Posted by: babyblue | 2006/10/31

travel during 2 week wait of ivf by plan

Dear doc
tw o questions
Is it safe to fly for eg to capetown [2 hr flight] during the 2 week wait or not?
During stimmulation is it possible that not all follicles contain an egg?How does one measure egg quality?

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Dear Baby blue

Indeed it is safe to travel short distances by plane without any undue risks. However, if there are any symtoms of hyperstimulation syndrome for e.g very large number of follicles which had developed or the presence of abdominal distention due to fluid retention then I would advice against flying unless absolutely necessary.
Also, with very large ovaries the risk of inadvertened trauma, eg blood trauma to lower abdomen should be avoided as this may predispose to internal bleeding.

Depending on the underlying conditions, many follicles especially with Polycystic ovarian disease may not contain any eggs. There are very specific lab findings which can be utilised to determine whether a follicle did infact contain an egg which may not have been aspirated or whether the follicle was empty to start of with.
Whilst this does not have any significant impact on the outcome perse of the cycle, it may be important from a failure perspective should another IVF cycle be considered.
Egg quality is also a laboratory finding and there are specific criteria which the embryologist uses to denote the specific egg quality parameters.

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