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Letter to the Editor | Open Access

Volume 2015 |Article ID 318902 |

Raoul Orvieto, "Comment on “The Role of Overweight and Obesity in In Vitro Fertilization Outcomes of Poor Ovarian Responders”", BioMed Research International, vol. 2015, Article ID 318902, 1 page, 2015.

Comment on “The Role of Overweight and Obesity in In Vitro Fertilization Outcomes of Poor Ovarian Responders”

Academic Editor: Mittal Suneeta
Received22 Aug 2015
Accepted28 Sep 2015
Published05 Oct 2015

We read with interest the study by Vural et al. [1], who aimed to retrospectively explore the effects of overweight and obesity on IVF outcomes of poor ovarian responders (POR). While the oocyte maturity, total gonadotropin dose-duration, and cycle cancellation rates were similar, they observed significantly lower fertilization and clinical pregnancy rates in obese compared to normal and overweight POR. Surprisingly, our previous study, which was the first to challenge the relationship between obesity and POR, went unnoticed [2]. While examining whether body mass index (BMI) may influence IVF outcome, we could demonstrate that obese patients had a significantly higher prevalence of poor responders as compared to nonobese patients, required longer stimulation, used significantly more gonadotropin ampoules, had lower peak estradiol levels, and showed significantly lower fertilization rate. Moreover, in agreement with Vural et al. [1], obese poor responder patients achieved a significantly lower pregnancy rate compared to nonobese poor responders. We therefore concluded that while the likelihood of poor responders is increased among obese women, reasonable conception rates were achieved in nonobese poor responders, which were comparable to nonobese or normal responder patients. Moreover, until sufficient prospective studies on the effect of weight reduction on IVF outcomes of POR women appear, we recommended that POR women with obesity should receive meticulous counsel for weight reduction programs before an IVF trial.

Conflict of Interests

The author declares that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.


  1. F. Vural, B. Vural, and Y. Çakıroğlu, “The role of overweight and obesity in in vitro fertilization outcomes of poor ovarian responders,” BioMed Research International, vol. 2015, Article ID 781543, 5 pages, 2015. View at: Publisher Site | Google Scholar
  2. R. Orvieto, S. Meltcer, R. Nahum, J. Rabinson, E. Y. Anteby, and J. Ashkenazi, “The influence of body mass index on in vitro fertilization outcome,” International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, vol. 104, no. 1, pp. 53–55, 2009. View at: Publisher Site | Google Scholar

Copyright © 2015 Raoul Orvieto. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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