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A Multicenter Study Comparing the Efficacy, Safety and Tolerability of Oral Dydrogesterone 30 mg Daily Versus Intravaginal Micronized Progesterone Capsules 600 mg Daily for Luteal Support in In-Vitro Fertilization (Lotus I)

This study has been completed.
Quintiles, Inc.
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Abbott Identifier:
First received: April 19, 2013
Last updated: November 16, 2016
Last verified: November 2016
Female inability to conceive a child. The purpose of this randomized, two-arm and double-blind study is to demonstrate that the treatment of a daily dose of 3x10mg dydrogesterone orally is as effective and safe as the daily dose of 3x200 mg micronized progesterone capsules administered intravaginally for the luteal support in patients undergoing IVF. The treatment will start on the day of oocyte retrieval and continue until pregnancy is negative or until week 12 gestation.Patients will be followed during treatment until 30 days after delivery to record any safety and tolerability data of the patient and their newborn(s).

Condition Intervention Phase
Female Infertility Drug: Dydrogesterone 30 mg Drug: Micronized Progesterone 600 mg Drug: Placebo progesterone Drug: Placebo dydrogesterone Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Double-Blind, Double-Dummy, Randomized, Two-arm, Multicenter Study Comparing the Efficacy, Safety and Tolerability of Oral Dydrogesterone 30 mg Daily Versus Intravaginal Micronized Progesterone Capsules 600 mg Daily for Luteal Support in In-Vitro Fertilization (Lotus I)

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Pregnancy Rate [ Time Frame: 12 weeks´ gestation ]
    Pregnancy rate defined as the presence of fetal heart beats at 12 weeks´gestation determined by transvaginal ultrasound

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Positive Pregnancy test rate [ Time Frame: Day 14 after embryo transfer ]
    Positive biochemical pregnancy test on Day 14 after embryo transfer

  • Rate of successful completion of pregnancy [ Time Frame: After delivery (about 9 months after IVF) ]
    Incidence of live births and healthy newborns

  • Adverse Events [ Time Frame: Study Completion (about 10 months after IVF) ]
    Safety data

  • Status newborn [ Time Frame: After delivery (about 9 months after IVF) ]
    The gender, APGAR score, height, weight and head circumference, physical examination and any malformations of the newborn(s) will be recorded

  • Adverse Events [ Time Frame: At Study Completion (about 10 months after IVF) ]
    Tolerability Data

Enrollment: 1070
Study Start Date: August 2013
Study Completion Date: March 2016
Primary Completion Date: March 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Dydrogesterone 30 mg Drug: Dydrogesterone 30 mg
Oral Dydrogesterone 10 mg tablets tid
Drug: Placebo progesterone
Placebo intravaginal micronized progesterone 200 mg capsules tid
Experimental: Micronized Progesterone 600 mg Drug: Micronized Progesterone 600 mg
Intravaginal micronized progesterone 200 mg capsules tid
Drug: Placebo dydrogesterone
placebo oral dydrogesterone 10 mg tablets tid


Ages Eligible for Study:   19 Years to 41 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Signed informed consent
  • Premenopausal females, age > 18 years < 42 years
  • Non-smokers. For females who were past smokers, they must have stopped tobacco usage for at least 3 months prior baseline visit
  • Early follicular phase (Day 2-4) Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) less than or equal to 15 IU/L and estradiol (E2)within normal limits
  • Luteinizing hormone (LH), prolactin (PRL), T (testosterone) and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), within the normal limits for the clinical laboratory, or considered not clinically significant by the Investigator within 6 months prior to screening
  • Documented history of infertility (e.g., unable to conceive for at least one year or for 6 months for women ≥ 38 years of age or bilateral tubal occlusion or absence)
  • Normal transvaginal ultrasound at screening (or within 14 days of screening) without evidence of clinically significant abnormality consistent with finding adequate for ART with respect to uterus and adnexa (no hydrosalpinx or clinically relevant uterine fibroids)
  • Negative pregnancy test on the day of pituitary down regulation (prior to administration of gonadotropin releasing hormones (GnRH) agonist or GnRH antagonist)
  • Clinically indicated protocol for induction of IVF with a fresh embryo
  • Single or dual embryo transfer
  • BMI ≥ 18 and ≤ 30 kg/m2

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Evidence of cardiovascular, respiratory, urogenital, gastrointestinal/hepatic, hematologic/immunologic, head, ears, eyes, nose, throat (HEENT), dermatologic/connective tissue, musculoskeletal, metabolic/nutritional, endocrine, neurologic/psychiatric, allergy, recent major surgery (< 3 months), or other relevant diseases as revealed by history, physical examination and/or laboratory assessments which could limit participation in or completion of the study
  • Acute urogenital disease
  • Known allergic reactions to progesterone products
  • Known allergic reactions to peanuts and peanut oil
  • Intake of experimental drug or participation in any other clinical trial within 30 days prior to study start
  • Mental disability or any other lack of fitness, in the Investigator's opinion, to preclude subjects to participate in or to complete the study
  • Current or recent substance abuse, including alcohol and tobacco (Note: Patients who stopped tobacco usage at least 3 months prior to screening visit would be allowed)
  • History of chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • Patients with more than 3 unsuccessful IVF attempts
  • Contraindication for pregnancy
  • Refusal or inability to comply with the requirements of the study protocol for any reason, including scheduled clinic visits and laboratory tests
  • History of recurrent pregnancy loss defined as 3 or more spontaneous miscarriages
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01850030

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Quintiles, Inc.
Study Director: Darline Cheatham-Seitz, MD, PhD Abbott
  More Information

Responsible Party: Abbott Identifier: NCT01850030     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: M13-563
2012-002215-26 ( EudraCT Number )
Study First Received: April 19, 2013
Last Updated: November 16, 2016

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Infertility, Female
Genital Diseases, Male
Genital Diseases, Female
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on September 19, 2017