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Question of the Day: Follicle Reduction

So as I was wasting precious time by goofing around on my blog I came across this post on another internet bulletin board. At the risk of getting flamed by posting on a patient board I have elected to reply here in the relative safety of my own blog/Facebook page! So here is the post.....I was diagnosed with PCOS and am prone to overstimulating. Two of my IUI cycles were canceled due to too many follicles. I was googling and found Dr. Gordon's facebook page on follicle reduction. Just cautious whether someone here been through a follicle reduction procedure and what it is like. When I spoke to a nurse at my clinic, she told me they don't do follicle reduction. Instead I can choose selective reduction in the event of multiples or covert the cycle to IVF. Wonder why my clinic doesn't provide this procedure?So first of all, a follicle reduction is performed the same day as an IUI (or coitus) and timing in terms of HCG is the same as for an IVF egg collection. Es…

Returning to Old Haunts

Over Spring Break I found myself back in Houston where I completed my first internship in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston at Hermann Hospital. As a medical student at Duke I had spent my 4th year doing electives that were not in Ob Gyn because the Chairman of Ob Gyn at Duke had encouraged me to rotate onto other specialties since I would be doing Ob Gyn for 4 full years....."But Dr Hammond," I inquired "won't that put me at a disadvantage come July 1st when I begin my intern year?" He reassured me that the first few months "might be a bit rough" but that I would quickly catch on....

Well those first few months were "a bit rough"in the same way that the maiden voyage of the Titanic was "a bit disappointing..." I was pretty much terrified by the responsibility thrust upon me on Labor and Delivery. But nearly all of my senior residents were supportive and dedicated to helping the newbies…