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Is it true that ovarian stimulation in IVF treatments brings forward the menopause?

By Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez.
Last Update: 07/20/2021

No, this is not the case. Ovarian stimulation carried out prior to in vitro fertilisation treatments is aimed at developing follicles which, if they were not stimulated in this way, would have been lost in a natural menstrual cycle in favour of the dominant follicle that would have reached ovulation.

Therefore, ovarian stimulation does not entail an extra loss of ovarian follicles and does not bring forward the menopause.

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 Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez
Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez
Embryologist
Graduate in Health Biology from the University of Alcalá and specialized in Clinical Genetics from the same university. Master in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Valencia in collaboration with IVI clinics.
License: 3435-CV
Embryologist. Graduate in Health Biology from the University of Alcalá and specialized in Clinical Genetics from the same university. Master in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Valencia in collaboration with IVI clinics. License: 3435-CV.