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Kathrine Vauvert R Hviid, Sara Sofia Malchau, Anja Pinborg, Henriette Svarre Nielsen
BACKGROUND: The incidence of monozygotic twins (MZT) after ART appears to be higher than the incidence after spontaneous conceptions contradicting the aim of ART to avoid multiple pregnancies because of the associated risks. OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: The aim was to study the frequency of MZT after IVF and ICSI and how it is influenced by the day of embryo transfer, maternal age, zona pellucida manipulation, controlled ovarian stimulation, stimulation protocol, culture media and embryo quality...
March 12, 2018: Human Reproduction Update
Jaimin S Shah, Susan Hosseini Nasab, Neil Chappell, Han-Yang Chen, Amy Schutt, Hector Mendez-Figueroa
PURPOSE: To investigate whether twin pregnancies conceived by different forms of fertility treatments are associated with adverse neonatal outcomes and to examine the difference in maternal and obstetrical characteristics between patients. METHODS: Our study was a retrospective analysis of twin pregnancies conceived by fertility treatments from a prospectively collected database. Treatments were stratified into two groups: group 1 (ART) consisted of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), and group 2 (non-ART) included intrauterine insemination (IUI) and ovulation induction (OI)...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
C Fournier, E Labrune, J Lornage, G Soignon, S Giscard d'Estaing, J-F Guérin, M Benchaib
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between the proportion of sperm chromatin linked to remaining histone and assisted reproductive technology (ART) outcome. A prospective cohort study was performed on couples undergoing ART process at the Department of Reproduction Medicine (HFME, Bron, France). The histone-to-protamine ratio (HPR) was measured using the method described by Wykes & Krawetz (2003) J Biol Chem 278, 29471. The correlations with sperm DFI, blastocyst formation, pregnancy rate, and delivery rate were investigated...
March 2, 2018: Andrology
Letao Chen, Tubao Yang, Zan Zheng, Hong Yu, Hua Wang, Jiabi Qin
PURPOSE: We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to estimate the worldwide birth prevalence of total congenital malformations (CMs), major CMs, and specific CMs according to organs and systems classification associated with IVF/ICSI singleton pregnancies. METHODS: Unrestricted searches were conducted, with an end-date parameter of 1 June 2017, of PubMed, Embase, Google Scholar, Cochrane Libraries, and Chinese databases, to identify cohort studies assessing CMs associated with IVF/ICSI singleton pregnancies...
March 1, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Baris Ata, Ahmed M Abou-Setta, Ayse Seyhan, William Buckett
BACKGROUND: The female genital tract is not exposed to seminal plasma during standard assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycles. However, it is thought that the inflammatory reaction triggered by seminal plasma may be beneficial by inducing maternal tolerance to paternal antigens expressed by the products of conception, and may increase the chance of successful implantation and live birth. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness and safety of application of seminal plasma to the female genital tract prior to embryo transfer in ART cycles...
February 28, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
S Huyghe, A Verest, A Thijssen, W Ombelet
Background: The overall final outcome of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) is still more often a failure than a success. Assessing perifollicular blood flow (PFBF) is one technique to predict and possibly improve this outcome. The aim was to provide a structured review of studies concerning PFBF and its prognostic value in patients undergoing ART, including IUI (intrauterine insemination). Methods: PUBMED, EMBASE and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews were searched for relevant studies published until December 2016...
September 2017: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
Jawa Ashmita, Swarankar Vikas, Garg Swati
Background: Premature progesterone rise (PPR) has long been implicated as contributing to implantation failure. Despite the use of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) analogues, subtle increases in serum progesterone ( P 4 ) levels beyond a threshold progesterone concentration were observed on the day of trigger in controlled ovarian hyperstimulation cycles. Aims: The purpose of the study was to evaluate the incidence of PPR on the day of trigger in conventional IVF/ICSI cycles and its impact on clinical pregnancy rate...
October 2017: Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences
Ileana Mateizel, Greta Verheyen, Hilde Van de Velde, Herman Tournaye, Florence Belva
PURPOSE: Calcium ionophore treatment is being used in assisted reproductive technology (ART) for cases with previous low fertilization rate or total absence of fertilization after insemination by intracytoplasmic sperm injection or when a specific indication such as globozoospermia is present. As this technique is more invasive and differs from the physiological process of fertilization, a thorough investigation of the health of the children born following this procedure is required. We intent to report the medical outcome of all children conceived following calcium ionophore treatment in our IVF center...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Ilhan Sanverdi, Enis Ozkaya, Suna Kabil Kucur, Dilsat Bilen, MeryemKurek Eken, Bulent Emre Bilgic
OBJECTIVES: To determine the predictive value of antral follicle diameter variance within each ovary for ovarian response in cases with normal ovarian reserve tests. METHODS: This is a prospective observational study. One hundred and thirty nine infertile women who underwent ART in IVF-ICSI unit of Zeynep Kamil women and children's Health Training and research hospital between January 2017 to June 2017 were recruited. Blood samples were collected on day 2/day 3 for assessment of serum FSH and estradiol...
January 31, 2018: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
Dapeng Chu, Lei Fu, Wenhui Zhou, Yuan Li
The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy of different open cryo-carriers: the CryoloopTM, CryotopTM, and CryoleafTM, in embryo survival and clinical outcome in patients with frozen embryo transfer (FET) cycle. We analyzed the embryo survival rate and clinical outcome in 325 patients of 348 FET cycles vitrified with the CryoloopTM (160 cycles), CryotopTM (105 cycles), or CryoleafTM (83 cycles). No significant differences were observed in embryo survival rate (98.8% vs. 100% vs. 97.7%, p > 0...
January 20, 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
M Nickkho-Amiry, R Savant, K Majumder, E Edi-O'sagie, M Akhtar
OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of surgical management of endometrioma on the outcome of assisted reproduction treatment (ART). DESIGN: A systematic review and meta-analysis. SETTING: Department of reproductive medicine at teaching university hospital, UK. PATIENTS: Subfertile women with endometrioma undergoing ART. INTERVENTIONS: Surgical removal of endometrioma or expectant management. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Clinical pregnancy rate, pregnancy rate, live birth rate, number of oocytes retrieved and number of embryos available and ovarian response to gonadotrophins...
January 17, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Huixing Chen, Yong Zhu, Zijue Zhu, Erlei Zhi, Keming Lu, Xiaobo Wang, Feng Liu, Zheng Li, Weiliang Xia
BACKGROUND: The mechanism of intramanchette transport is crucial to the transformation of sperm tail and the nuclear condensation during spermiogenesis. Although few dysfunctional proteins could result in abnormal junction between the head and tail of spermatozoon, little is known about the genetic cues in this process. OBJECTIVE: Based on patients with severe decapitated and decaudated spermatozoa (DDS) syndrome, the study aimed to validate whether new mutation exists on their Hook microtubule-tethering protein 1 (HOOK1) genes and follow their results of assisted reproduction treatment (ART)...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Medical Genetics
Iman Halvaei, Shahin Ghazali, Stefania A Nottola, Mohammad Ali Khalili
Embryo micromanipulation was developed after introduction of microinjection to overcome infertility. Embryo micromanipulation may be performed at any embryo stage from pronuclear to blastocyst. The technique started out as basic and turned out to be increasingly more complex. Embryo micromanipulation at the cleavage-stage includes a wide range of techniques, from opening the zona pellucida in order to improve the chance of implantation, to removing detrimental components from the embryo to enhance embryo development or blastomeres for preimplantation genetic diagnosis and embryo splitting...
January 3, 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Jui-Chun Chang, Ming-Jer Chen, Hwa-Fen Guu, Ya-Fang Chen, Yu-Chiao Yi, Hsiao-Fan Kung, Li-Yu Chen, Min-Min Chou
OBJECTIVE: There are increasing concerns regarding the adverse effects associated with control ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) in both endometrial and uterine environments. With the "segmentation treatment policy" of assisted reproductive techniques (ART), endometrial problems may be obviated through embryo cryopreservation. However, it remains unclear if the "freeze-all policy" offers a better outcome when compared with fresh embryo transfer (ET). To clarify this, we compared the cumulative live birth rates (CLBRs) between these two patient populations...
December 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
C Choux, C Binquet, V Carmignac, C Bruno, C Chapusot, J Barberet, M Lamotte, P Sagot, D Bourc'his, P Fauque
STUDY QUESTION: Do assisted reproductive technologies alter DNA methylation and/or transcription of transposable elements and imprinted genes in cord blood and placenta? SUMMARY ANSWER: After ART, DNA methylation and/or transcription changes of some transposable elements and imprinted genes were found in placenta samples while transcription modifications for some transposable elements were also discovered in cord blood. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Recent studies have confirmed the increased risk of placenta-related adverse pregnancy outcomes and the excess of imprinted disorders with abnormal methylation patterns after ART, which raises the issue of a potential ART-induced epigenetic risk...
December 11, 2017: Human Reproduction
Yuki Sawada, Takeshi Sato, Chieko Saito, Fumiko Ozawa, Yasuhiko Ozaki, Mayumi Sugiura-Ogasawara
This study investigated the concentration of decorin (DCN) in mature follicular fluid and the existence in the granulosa cells. It also investigated whether DCN is useful as a biomarker for outcomes of assisted reproductive technology (ART). A retrospective cohort study was performed involving 130 oocytes of 88 patients treated with ART because of unexplained infertility. The concentration of DCN in the follicular fluid (F-DCN) was 39.26ng/ml (median value); it was higher than that in serum. F-DCN of the oocytes fertilized by intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) was significantly lower than that of oocytes that were not fertilized (33...
December 8, 2017: Reproductive Biology
Iwona Szymusik, Przemyslaw Kosinski, Katarzyna Kosinska-Kaczynska, Damian Warzecha, Anetta Karwacka, Bartosz Kaczynski, Miroslaw Wielgos
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine if the levels of biochemical aneuploidy markers in in vitro fertilisation (IVF)/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) pregnancies differ from those in spontaneous pregnancies and to verify if biochemical markers could predict pregnancy outcome in IVF/ICSI gestations. METHODS: This was a prospective observational study performed in a group of 551 patients who underwent a combined first trimester prenatal screening (ultrasound scan and serum markers)...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
Rayanne B Burl, Stephanie Clough, Edward Sendler, Molly Estill, Stephen A Krawetz
Idiopathic infertility, an etiology not identified as part of standard clinical assessment, represents approximately 20% of all infertility cases. Current male infertility diagnosis focuses on the concentration, motility, and morphology of spermatozoa. This is of limited value when predicting birth success and of limited utility when selecting the optimum treatment. At fertilization, spermatozoa provide their genomic contribution, as well as a set of RNAs and proteins that have distinct roles in development...
February 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Daniel F Salamone, Natalia G Canel, María Belén Rodríguez
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) has become a useful technique for clinical applications in the horse-breeding industry. However, both ICSI blastocyst and offspring production continues to be limited for most farm and wild species. This article reviews technical differences of ICSI performance among species, possible biological and methodological reasons for the variable efficiency and potential strategies to improve the outcomes. One of the major applications of ICSI in animal production is the reproduction of high-value specimens...
December 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
A R Gilman, G Younes, S Tannus, W Y Son, P Chan, W Buckett
The objective of this study was to assess whether testicular-retrieved spermatozoa improve reproductive outcomes compared to fresh ejaculate in women with poor ovarian response and a history of previous ART failure. The study was performed as a retrospective case-control study at a university-based reproductive center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Eighteen poor-responder patients were matched 3 : 1 with 54 controls. Poor responders were defined as those with ≤3 oocytes retrieved at oocyte pickup. Cases were identified as poor responders, and only those with previous IVF failure(s) as an indication for testicular-retrieved spermatozoa were included...
January 2018: Andrology
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