Preovulatory progesterone concentration associates significantly to follicle number and LH concentration but not to pregnancy rate

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Using data from a large prospective randomized controlled trial that evaluated the effect of recombinant LH (rLH) co-administration for ovarian stimulation, the present study assessed whether progesterone concentration on the day of human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) administration was associated with pregnancy outcome. Progesterone concentration was measured on stimulation day 1 and on the day of HCG administration in 475 patients who underwent IVF/intracytoplasmic sperm injection treatment following ovarian stimulation with gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonist and recombinant FSH with or without rLH administration from day 6 of stimulation. There was no significant association between the late-follicular-phase progesterone concentration and the clinical pregnancy rate. However, progesterone concentration was strongly associated with the number of follicles and retrieved oocytes. Late-follicular-phase LH concentration also showed a significant positive association with progesterone concentration (P = 0.018). Administration of rLH during ovarian stimulation did not affect progesterone concentration. The present study does not support an association between progesterone concentration on the day of HCG administration and the probability of clinical pregnancy in women undergoing ovarian stimulation with GnRH agonists and gonadotrophins for assisted reproduction treatment. Instead, late-follicular-phase progesterone concentration appears to be governed by the number of preovulatory follicles and LH concentration. (C) 2011, Reproductive Healthcare Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


  • Claus Yding Andersen
  • Leif Bungum
  • Anders Nyboe Andersen
  • Peter Humaidan
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  • Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine


  • ovarian stimulation, pregnancy outcome, progesterone elevation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-195
JournalReproductive BioMedicine Online
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Publication categoryResearch