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A 38-year-old male asked:

Does high quantity of eggs retrieved in a pcos patient affect the quality of eggs ? does pcos patients produce more eggs than a normal female ?

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Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 31 years experience
Sort of: Most ivf programs see a trend. Women with pcos who undergo stimulation typically have vigorous responses with very high Estradiol levels, along with a higher-than-average risk for hyperstimulation syndrome. Large number of eggs may be retrieved but usually of lesser quality. Anecdotally, most have seen large follicle numbers but with low egg yield.
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Varies with age: The quality of a women's eggs is directly related to her age. A women is born with all the eggs she will ever have - she never makes more and they are all as old as she is. As a woman, and her eggs, age - the quality of the eggs decreases. Women with pcos, just like "normal" women, are born with all their eggs and never make more.
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Last updated Jun 25, 2014


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