Use of oral contraceptives in infertile patients: A descriptive review

Stefano Palomba, Angela Falbo, Serena Del Negro, Tiziana Russo, Fulvio Zullo

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In the past and currently, there are several applications of oral contraceptives (OCs) in the field of infertility. The aim of the present descriptive review is to analyze the old and new uses of OCs in infertile patients undergoing simple or multiple ovulation-induction programs. Available data seem to indicate that OCs given before treatment could be effective in patients who are resistant to clomiphene citrate and in poor responders. In addition, the use of OCs is useful for scheduling in vitro fertilization programs downregulated with gonadotropin-releasing hormone-antagonists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-546
Number of pages10
JournalGynecological Endocrinology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2006


  • Assisted reproductive technologies
  • Infertility
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Ovulation induction
  • Sterility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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