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Research Article

Anovulatory and ovulatory infertility: results with simplified management.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982; 284 doi: (Published 05 June 1982) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982;284:1681
  1. M G Hull,
  2. P E Savage,
  3. D R Bromham


    A simplified scheme for the management of anovulatory and of ovulatory (usually called unexplained) infertility was evaluated in 244 women. Eighteen patients were excluded because of primary ovarian failure, 164 were treated for ovulatory failure, and 62 with ovulatory infertility remained untreated. Twenty-five patients had a properly validated negative postcoital test. In the remaining 201 patients the two-year conception rates were 96% in patients with amenorrhoea, 83% in those with oligomenorrhoea, 74% in those with luteal deficiency, and 88% in those with ovulatory infertility. Comparison with normal rates implied that amenorrhoea represents a pure form of ovulatory failure that is completely correctable whereas in other conditions unexplained factors also contribute to infertility though to a much smaller extent than was previously thought.