Research Article

Gonadotrophin-releasing hormone treatment for induction of follicular maturation and ovulation in amenorrhoeic women with anorexia nervosa.

Br Med J 1975; 3 doi: (Published 16 August 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;3:405
  1. S J Nillius,
  2. L Wide


    Follicular maturation and ovulation can be induced in amenorrhoeic women with anorexia nervosa by long-term treatment with 500 mug of luteinizing hormone releasing hormone (LH-RH) every eight hours. In some women, however, treatment with LH-RH alone results in ovulatory menstrual cycles with indications of luteal phase insufficiency. Human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) was therefore given with LH-RH during three treatment cycles. This resulted in ovulation and normal corpus-luteum function, as shown by the occurrence of a single pregnancy in the only involuntarily sterile patient. During the prolonged LH-RH treatment the LH response to LH-RH increased in parallel with the increased oestrogen secretion while the follicle-stimulating hormone response to LH-RH decreased. These changes in the pituitary responsiveness to LH-RH may result from modulating effects on the pituitary by the sex steroids.