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Ceana H Nezhat, Samantha Pfeifer, Bala Bhagavath, Steven R Lindheim, John C Petrozza, Peter T K Chan, Steven F Palter
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March 14, 2018: American Journal of Epidemiology
Charalampos S Siristatidis, Eleni Sertedaki, Dennis Vaidakis, Christos Varounis, Marialena Trivella
BACKGROUND: In order to overcome the low effectiveness of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and the high incidence of multiple births, metabolomics is proposed as a non-invasive method to assess oocyte quality, embryo viability, and endometrial receptivity, and facilitate a targeted subfertility treatment. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of metabolomic assessment of oocyte quality, embryo viability, and endometrial receptivity for improving live birth or ongoing pregnancy rates in women undergoing ART, compared to conventional methods of assessment...
March 16, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Bingqing Liu, Lulu Song, Hui Li, Xiaoxuan Zheng, Jing Yuan, Yuan Liang, Youjie Wang
AIMS: Epidemiological studies of the long-term maternal health outcomes of spontaneous miscarriages have been sparse and inconsistent. The objective of our study is to examine the association between spontaneous miscarriages and diabetes among middle-aged and older Chinese women. METHODS: A total of 19,539 women from the Dongfeng-Tongji cohort study who completed a questionnaire and had medical examinations performed on were included in the analysis. History of spontaneous miscarriage was obtained by self-reporting in the first follow-up questionnaire interview...
March 15, 2018: Acta Diabetologica
Kris Poppe, Candice Autin, Flora Veltri, Pierre Kleynen, Lidia Grabczan, Serge Rozenberg, Lieveke Ameye
Background: Since 2010, three meta-analyses have been published on the impact of thyroid autoimmunity (TAI) on pregnancy outcomes in infertile women treated with assisted reproductive technology (ART). The initially observed high risk of miscarriage became very low in the most recent meta-analysis published in 2016. Objective: To investigate whether the lower risk of miscarriage in the latest meta-analysis was associated with the increased use of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in recent studies...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Lanlin Yang, Sufen Cai, Shuoping Zhang, Xiangyi Kong, Yifan Gu, Changfu Lu, Jing Dai, Fei Gong, Guangxiu Lu, Ge Lin
STUDY QUESTION: Does single cleavage-stage (Day 3) embryo transfer using a time-lapse (TL) hierarchical classification model achieve comparable ongoing pregnancy rates (OPR) to single blastocyst (Day 5) transfer by conventional morphological (CM) selection? SUMMARY ANSWER: Day 3 single embryo transfer (SET) with a hierarchical classification model had a significantly lower OPR compared with Day 5 SET with CM selection. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Cleavage-stage SET is an alternative to blastocyst SET...
March 13, 2018: Human Reproduction
Robert John Aitken
This article is a personal perspective on male infertility, a condition that is not only extremely prevalent but also a major reason for couples to resort to assisted reproductive technology. The introduction of intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) as a form of facilitated fertilization had a revolutionary impact on our capacity to treat cases of male infertility associated with severely-compromised semen quality. However, the widespread use of this technique is also thought to pose risks in terms of the incidence of miscarriage, the health and wellbeing of the offspring and perpetuation of the infertile phenotype into future generations...
March 13, 2018: Molecular Human Reproduction
Natalia Anahí Juiz, Irma Torrejón, Marianela Burgos, Ana María Fernanda Torres, Tomás Duffy, Nelly Melina Cayo, Anahí Tabasco, Miriam Salvo, Silvia Andrea Longhi, Alejandro Gabriel Schijman
Infection with Trypanosoma cruzi in women at reproductive age is associated with congenital transmission and adverse pregnancy outcome. The placenta is a key barrier to infection. We characterized gene expression profiles of term placental environment from T. cruzi seropositive (SP) and seronegative (SN) mothers performing RNA-seq. Nine pools of placental RNA paired samples were used: three from SN and six from SP tissues. Each pool consisted of female/male newborns and vaginal/caesarean deliveries binomials...
March 12, 2018: American Journal of Pathology
Jin Yang, Yang Liu, Hongjie Liu, Heming Zheng, Xiaofeng Li, Lin Zhu, Zhe Wang
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to explore the effects of maternal iodine status and thyroid diseases on adverse pregnancy outcomes. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted on 2347 pregnant women, who provided 2347 urinary samples tested for iodine, 1082 serum samples tested for thyroid function, and 2347 questionnaires about demographic information. Their pregnancy outcomes were recorded and compared between different urinary iodine concentration (UIC) and thyroid function groups...
May 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Qinghong Meng, Jie Luo, Lijun Li, Wei Shi, Jinqian Yu, Yingjie Shen, Li Li, Yajuan Wang, Kaihu Yao
BACKGROUND: Rubella infection in pregnant women can result in serious effects, such as miscarriages, stillbirths, and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS). However, very little is known about the rubella seroprevalence among pregnant women in China. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional and hospital-based study. From June 2016 through March 2017, a total of 324 serum samples from healthy pregnant women were collected in the Shunyi Women and Children's Hospital of Beijing Children's Hospital...
March 15, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
F Popescu, C R Jaslow, W H Kutteh
STUDY QUESTION: Will the addition of 24-chromosome microarray analysis on miscarriage tissue combined with the standard American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) evaluation for recurrent miscarriage explain most losses? SUMMARY ANSWER: Over 90% of patients with recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) will have a probable or definitive cause identified when combining genetic testing on miscarriage tissue with the standard ASRM evaluation for recurrent miscarriage...
March 12, 2018: Human Reproduction
Alexandros Laios, Jenneke Kasius, Anastasios Tranoulis, Alexandros Gryparis, Thomas Ind
OBJECTIVE: It is difficult to critically outline the optimal treatment for women with early-stage cervical cancer (eCC) wishing fertility preservation. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) to downstage "bulky" eCC could potentially lead to fertility-sparing surgery (FSS) in a wider patient population. The rationale is to provide oncological safety balanced with maximal fertility effort. We aimed to obtain the most accurate fertility outcomes for eCC women treated with NAC followed by FSS and identify potential factors favoring fertility...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Athena P Souka, Ioannis Papastefanou, Athanasios Pilalis, Dimitrios Kassanos, George Papadopoulos
OBJECTIVES: To assess the feasibility and the results of introducing a policy of universal screening for preterm delivery. METHODS: Transvaginal sonography for cervical length (CL) measurement was performed at 20-24 weeks of gestation. Vaginal progesterone therapy was offered to women with CL ≤ 15mm. RESULTS: 10,969 singleton pregnancies were assessed. The decline rate was 1.32%. Spontaneous preterm delivery at less than 32 weeks (SPD32), less than 34 weeks (SPD34) and less than 37 weeks (SPD37) occurred in 0...
March 14, 2018: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Subramanian Kannan, Shriraam Mahadevan, Alben Sigamani
Background: Small cross-sectional studies are published on the trimester-specific normal ranges of thyrotropin and thyroxine levels in Indian women from various parts of the country. Objective: We sought to review the published literature on thyroid function tests in normal pregnant Indian women to see if the pooled data from various studies can define normative data and hypothyroidism in pregnancy. Methods: We retrieved 56 studies from online databases with detailed search using multiple search terms...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Emily Aherne, Katie Beauchamp, Niamh Maher, Thomas Walsh, William Boyd, Maeve Eogan, Leo Lawler
A 32-year-old primiparous woman presented with severe abdominal pain at 21 weeks' gestation. Background history of laparoscopy for chronic pelvic pain and a spontaneous miscarriage was noted. On examination, she was peritonitic and tachycardic with low grade fever and anemia. MRI abdomen demonstrated a uterine rupture with a large cap of clotted blood overlying the uterine fundus with the appearance of a "shower cap" and large volume haemoperitoneum, the presumptive diagnosis was uterine rupture with placental extrusion...
May 2017: Ulster Medical Journal
Yu Li, Claire Margerison-Zilko, Kelly L Strutz, Claudia Holzman
BACKGROUND: Prior studies indicate associations between preconception adversities and risk of miscarriage, but few have considered type (e.g., financial, substance use, abuse) or timing (e.g., childhood, adulthood) of adversities. We examined relationships between life course adversities in multiple domains and probability of miscarriage. METHODS: Data came from women with at least one previous pregnancy in the Pregnancy Outcomes and Community Health (1998-2004) study (n = 2,106)...
March 9, 2018: Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
Rachel Flink-Bochacki, Megan E Hamm, Sonya Borrero, Beatrice A Chen, Sharon L Achilles, Judy C Chang
OBJECTIVE: To explore initial pregnancy intentions and postmiscarriage family planning needs and counseling preferences of women experiencing spontaneous abortion. METHODS: We conducted semistructured qualitative interviews with women who recently experienced spontaneous abortion to explore their feelings about conception, pregnancy, and miscarriage; their future family planning goals; and contraceptive counseling preferences. Two trained coders utilized an inductive, iterative approach to code transcripts and identify themes using Atlas...
March 8, 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Rulin Dai, Yuan Pan, Yan Fu, Qian Liu, Weifeng Han, Ruizhi Liu
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the roles of male genetic factors, including Y chromosome microdeletions and chromosomal heteromorphism, in recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) in Northeast China. STUDY DESIGN: We evaluated 1072 male patients from Northeast China whose wives had a history of two or more consecutive miscarriages. We also selected 971 infertile and 200 fertile men as control groups. Semen analysis was carried out by computer-assisted sperm analysis...
March 1, 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Hong Qi, Zhao-Ling Xuan, Yang Du, Li-Rong Cai, Han Zhang, Xiao-Hui Wen, Xiang-Dong Kong, Kai Yang, Yang Mi, Xin-Xin Fu, Shan-Bo Cao, Juan Wang, Chong-Jian Chen, Jun-Bin Liang
OBJECTIVE: Chromosome aberrations are generally considered as one of the most substantial causative factors contributing to spontaneous miscarriages. Cytogenetic analyses like G-banded karyotype and chromosomal microarray analyses are often performed to further investigate the chromosome status of a miscarried fetus. STUDY DESIGN: Here, we describe a novel method, AnnoCNV, to detect DNA copy number variations (CNVs) using low coverage whole genome sequencing (WGS)...
March 8, 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Charlée Nardin, Morgane Colas, Vincent Curie, Fabien Pelletier, Eve Puzenat, François Aubin
Little is known about whether immunosuppressed patients mount the immunological response necessary to ensure tubal occlusion. Theoretical concern for non-occlusion has limited the use of hysteroscopic sterilization in patients on immunosuppressive therapies. The effects of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) blockers and interleukin (IL)-17 inhibitors on contraception and pregnancy for patients with psoriasis are poorly documented. We report a case of pregnancy that ended in miscarriage in a patient treated first with TNF-α and then with IL-17 inhibitors for severe psoriasis after tubal sterilization with micro-inserts...
March 9, 2018: Dermatology and Therapy
Alexander N Yatsenko, Paul J Turek
PURPOSE: To examine current evidence of the known effects of advanced paternal age on sperm genetic and epigenetic changes and associated birth defects and diseases in offspring. METHODS: Review of published PubMed literature. RESULTS: Advanced paternal age (> 40 years) is associated with accumulated damage to sperm DNA and mitotic and meiotic quality control mechanisms (mismatch repair) during spermatogenesis. This in turn causes well-delineated abnormalities in sperm chromosomes, both numerical and structural, and increased sperm DNA fragmentation (3%/year of age) and single gene mutations (relative risk, RR 10)...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
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