NuvaRing vs. Oral Contraceptive Pills (OCP) for In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Pre-treatment

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Recruitment Status : Terminated
First Posted : February 17, 2011
Results First Posted : July 17, 2012
Last Update Posted : October 5, 2012
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kimberly Liu, University of Toronto

February 15, 2011
February 17, 2011
August 17, 2011
July 17, 2012
October 5, 2012
February 2006
March 2010   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Incidence of Side Effects of Oral Contraceptives Such as Abnormal Bleeding, Headache, Breast Discomfort, Bloating and Mood Swings (See Description) [ Time Frame: patients were followed for the duration of an in-vitro fertilization cycle- 2 months ]
abnormal bleeding, intermittent bleeding, headache, breast discomfort, bloating, mood swings, nausea, vaginal discharge, vomitting, weight gain
Side effects
Side effects of OCP
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NuvaRing vs. Oral Contraceptive Pills (OCP) for In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Pre-treatment
A Randomized Controlled Trial of NuvaRing® Versus Combined Oral Contraceptive Pills for Pre-treatment in In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Cycles
The newly designed contraceptive ring, Nuvaring has a lower total steroid dose, and medications are delivered locally. It has been proven to be as safe and effective as the combined OCP in ovarian suppression and preventing ovulation with fewer side effects due to minimal systemic absorption. Following a single vaginal insertion, steroid concentrations remain stable for up to 4 weeks. It is hypothesized that Nuvaring may, therefore lead to better compliance, tolerability and acceptance by patients requiring ovarian suppression prior to COH for IVF.
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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Infertility
  • In-vitro Fertilization
  • Drug: NuvaRing
    NuvaRIng 21 days for IVF pre-treatment.
  • Drug: marvelon
    marvelon 21 daily
  • Experimental: NuvaRing
    NuvaRing for IVF pre-treatment
    Intervention: Drug: NuvaRing
  • Active Comparator: Combined oral contraceptive pill
    OCP for IVF pre-treatment
    Intervention: Drug: marvelon
Liu KE, Alhajri M, Greenblatt E. A randomized controlled trial of NuvaRing versus combined oral contraceptive pills for pretreatment in in vitro fertilization cycles. Fertil Steril. 2011 Sep;96(3):605-8. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2011.06.073.

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December 2010
March 2010   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients less than 38 years of age.
  • Healthy women starting their first IVF/ICSI cycle.
  • No contraindication to Combined Oral Contraceptive (COC) use. Appendix 1
  • Consent to randomization.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any contraindication to COC use.
  • Hypersensitivity to Nuva ring or any of its components.
  • Language barrier to consent.
Sexes Eligible for Study: Female
18 Years to 38 Years   (Adult)
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Kimberly Liu, University of Toronto
University of Toronto
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Principal Investigator: Kimberly E Liu, MD Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto ON
University of Toronto
October 2012

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