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Volume 13, Number 4, Jan-Mar 2020 Pages: 282-288

Comparison of Laparoscopic Ovarian Drilling Success between Two Standard and Dose-Adjusted Methods in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Leili Hafizi, M.D, 1, Maliheh Amirian, M.D, 2, Yasmin Davoudi, M.D, 3, Mona Jaafari, M.D, 1, Ghazal Ghasemi, M.D, 1, *,
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
Department of IVF and Infertility, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
*Corresponding Address: Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Faculty of Medicine Mashhad University of Medical Sciences Mashhad Iran



One of the treatment methods for increasing the ovarian response to ovulation induction in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is laparoscopic ovarian drilling (LOD). The optimal amount of the electrosurgical energy discharged in the ovaries to achieve maximum treatment response with minimal follicle injury is unknown. This study was performed to compare the success level of LOD by means of standard and dose-adjusted treatment methods among infertile clomiphene-resistant PCOS women.

Materials and Methods

This randomized clinical trial was conducted on infertile clomiphene citrate-resistant PCOS women in the Gynaecology Department of Imam Reza Hospital between 2016 and 2017. The patients were randomly di- vided into two groups based on the ovarian cautery method. The two groups were examined and compared regarding the antral follicles, the serum levels of anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH), androgens, and mid-luteal progesterone one month after surgery. The regularity of cycles, ovulation, and pregnancy were examined monthly up to six months after surgery.


In total, 60 women received bilateral LOD (n=30 per group). The level of AMH (P=0.73), testosterone (P=0.91), and dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate (DHEAS, P=0.16) did not differ at study entrance and one month after ovarian cautery [P=0.94 (AMH), P=0.46 (testosterone), and P=0.12 (DHEAS)] and for postoperative mid-luteal pro- gesterone (P=0.31). Intragroup comparisons showed a statistically significant difference in the decrease in the number of antral follicles and testosterone in the standard group (P=0.02) and AMH level in the cautionary dose-adjusted group (P=0.04). We observed no difference in cycle regularity (P=0.22), ovulation (P=0.11), and pregnancy (P=0.40) between the two groups after six months.


The results indicated that there was no difference between the two methods of ovarian cautery with re- gards to establishing cycle regularity and ovulation. The standard treatment was effective in decreasing the numbers of antral follicles and testosterone levels, whereas the dose-adjusted method significantly affected the decrease in AMH levels (Registration Number: IRTC20171210037820N1).