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The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

New saliva test for infertile women could replace blood tests

A new saliva test being rolled out by Boston IVF could save women undergoing infertility treatments from the pain and inconvenience of repeated blood tests to measure hormone levels.

Normally, women undergoing in vitro fertilization have to get up to seven blood tests per cycle while they give themselves daily hormone injections to stimulate their egg production. The blood tests measure a form of estrogen called estradiol -- also found in saliva -- allowing women to adjust the dose of their hormone injections to avoid over-stimulating their ovaries, according to Boston IVF medical director Dr. Michael Alper.

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