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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
Panyu Chen, Tingting Li, Lei Jia, Cong Fang, Xiaoyan Liang
The purpose of this study is to determine whether all-blastocyst-culture can benefit advanced maternal age (AMA) patients with low ovarian reserve. We retrospectively analyze AMA patients with low ovarian reserve undergoing IVF/ICSI in Reproductive Medicine Research Center of the Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University from May 2016 to August 2017. We divide them into group A (all-blastocyst-culture) and group B (none-blastocystculture) based on different culture approach of D3 transferrable embryo...
March 16, 2018: Gynecological Endocrinology
Nayla J Bushaqer, Nawal M Dayoub, Khalsa K AlHattali, Hisham A Ayyoub, Samaher S AlFaraj, Samar N Hassan
OBJECTIVE: To compare follicular reduction prior to human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) trigger and coasting in terms of ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome (OHSS) reduction, pregnancy, and cancellation rates in in vitro fertilization/ intracytoplasmic sperm injection (IVF/ICSI) cycles. METHODS:  This study was designed as a prospective study. The setting was the IVF unit at King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A total of 39 patients undergoing IVF/ICSI cycles, who were at risk of OHSS, 20 were put into a coasting group and 19 had follicular reduction instead...
March 2018: Saudi Medical Journal
Paulina A Santander Pérez, Álvaro P Ceschin, Daniela M P de Moraes, Lucileine K S N de Oliveira, Nathan I Ceschin, Nathan Ichikawa
OBJECTIVE: To analyze progesterone and prolactin plasma levels nine days after oocyte retrieval and evaluate their correlation with pregnancy rates in in vitro fertilization cycles. To achieve pregnancy, several factors are analyzed before and during the in vitro fertilization cycle. Progesterone supplementation for adequate luteal phase support is indicated despite the presence of multiple corpus luteum in IVF stimulation cycles because of blockage caused by hypothalamic agonists and antagonists...
March 15, 2018: JBRA Assisted Reproduction
Marcia C Inhorn, Pasquale Patrizio
Reproductive health services, including infertility care, are important in countries with infrastructure deficits, such as Lebanon, which now hosts more than one million Syrian refugees. Islamic prohibitions on child adoption and third-party reproductive assistance (donor eggs, sperm, embryos, and surrogacy) mean that most Muslim couples must turn to in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) to overcome their childlessness. Attempts to bring low-cost IVF-ICSI to underserved populations might help infertile couples where no other services are available...
March 1, 2018: AMA Journal of Ethics
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
C R Sacha, D J Kaser, L V Farland, S Srouji, S A Missmer, C Racowsky
PURPOSE: We examined whether short-term exposure to in vitro maturation (IVM) medium of cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) from a stimulated cycle increases the yield of metaphase II (MII) oocytes and usable embryos. METHODS: Retrospective review of two consecutive autologous IVF/ICSI cycles per patient between 2007 and 2015 in which cycle 1 did not result in live birth. Patients with short-term exposure of COCs to IVM medium (3-5 h before standard insemination or ICSI) in cycle 2 (treated) were matched 1:4 on %MI and %MII to patients without use of IVM in cycle 2 (untreated)...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
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
Geng An, Zihao Zou, Ryan Flannigan, Jianqiao Liu, Hongzi Du, Xin Fu, Feixiang Guo, Wen Zhang
BACKGROUND As a safety and efficacy protocol, oocyte vitrification has been widely used in IVF treatment. The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcome of ICSI-ET utilizing vitrified oocytes with sperm obtained from non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA) patients via micro-TESE. MATERIAL AND METHODS A total of 150 NOA patients underwent micro-TESE. Ten patients were unable to ejaculate and refused to accept TESA at the time of oocyte retrieval; later, these patients underwent TESA. A total of 174 obstructive azoospermia (OA) patients underwent TESA...
March 7, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Chen-Yu Huang, Guan-Yeu Chen, Miawh-Lirng Shieh, Hsin-Yang Li
BACKGROUND: The use of oral progestin has been shown to effectively prevent luteining hormone (LH) surge during ovarian stimulation with daily human menopausal gonadotropin injections. This study was aimed to investigate the efficacy of long-acting follicle stimulating hormone (long-acting FSH; corifollitropin alfa, Elonva®) use in progestin-primed ovarian stimulation for normal and high responders undergoing IVF/ICSI. METHODS: This is a retrospective and proof-of-concept study...
March 5, 2018: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Hanna Motak-Pochrzest, Andrzej Malinowski
158 non-pregnant women with recurrent implantation failures after IVF/ET procedures were tested for peripheral blood autoimmune profile. The control group consisted of 76 patients after first successful IVF procedure and pregnancy outcome. The objective of this study was to investigate different autoantibodies peripheral blood profile after excluding anatomical, endocrinological, endometrial and genetic disorders and to estimate the risk of implantation failures. The study's including criteria were 1.indications for IVF/ET determined by male factor and unexplained infertility 2...
February 6, 2018: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
Weijie Xing, Jianping Ou, Liuhong Cai
PURPOSE: To examine whether thawed embryo transfers can reduce the rate of EP. METHODS: The PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library databases and two randomized controlled trials registration centers were thoroughly searched until March 2017. The clinical outcomes of IVF/ICSI cycles were compared between thawed and fresh embryo transfer. RESULTS: Twenty-one articles were included in this meta-analysis. There were 801,464 pregnancies totally (thawed-ET: n = 158,967, fresh-ET: n = 642,497)...
March 3, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Kun Chu, Wenjuan Pang, Ningxia Sun, Qing Zhang, Wen Li
PURPOSE: No research has studied the effect of GH co-treatment in mild stimulation protocol for poor responders. We therefore conducted this retrospective analysis to assess the outcome of IVF/ICSI cycles after the adjunct GH use to the mild stimulation protocol in poor responders. METHODS: 132 poor responders who received mild stimulation protocol at Reproductive Medicine Center of Changzheng Hospital from January 2014 to December 2016 were included in this study...
March 2, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
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
Ahmad Mahran, Ahmed R Abdelraheim, Abdelrahman Eissa, Mohamed Gadelrab
Background: More than 3 decades after the introduction of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and despite the improved success rates of assisted reproductive technologies, the argument for performing laparoscopy as a part of the infertility workup still stands. Objective: To evaluate the role of laparoscopy±hysteroscopy in diagnosis and management of infertility in our setting in view of modern fertility practice. Materials and Methods: This case control study was carried out on 600 infertile women subjected to laparoscopy or combined laparoscopy and hysteroscopy at endoscopy unit in Minia University Hospital, Egypt during the period from January 2012 to December 2014...
December 2017: International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine (Yazd, Iran)
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
A Racca, S Santos-Ribeiro, N De Munck, S Mackens, P Drakopoulos, M Camus, G Verheyen, H Tournaye, C Blockeel
STUDY QUESTION: Is elevated late-follicular phase progesterone (EP) associated with a deleterious impact on embryo quality (EQ) and cumulative live birth rates (LBRs)? SUMMARY ANSWER: EP was associated with a decrease in embryo utilization and cumulative LBRs. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Ovarian stimulation promotes the production of progesterone (P) which adversely affects IVF pregnancy outcomes. However, evidence regarding a potential association between EP an EQ is lacking...
February 22, 2018: Human Reproduction
Wei Yang, Tao Zhang, Zhou Li, Xinling Ren, Bo Huang, Guijin Zhu, Lei Jin
To evaluate the combined effect of endometrial thickness and pattern on clinical outcomes in females following in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection and frozen-thawed embryo transfer (IVF/ICSI-FET).FET cycles using at least 1 morphological good-quality blastocyst conducted between 2012 and 2013 at a university-based reproductive center were reviewed retrospectively. Endometrial ultrasonographic characteristics were recorded on the day of progesterone supplementation in FET cycles. In the combined analysis, endometrial thickness groups (group 1: equal or < 8 mm; group 2: >8 mm) were subdivided into 2 endometrial patterns (pattern A: triple-line; pattern B: no-triple line)...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Eri Araki, Fumiaki Itoi, Hiroyuki Honnma, Yukiko Asano, Hisanori Oguri, Kazuyo Nishikawa
PURPOSE: In this study, we examined the correlation between pronucleus size and the potential for human single pronucleus (1PN) zygotes to develop into blastocysts after IVF and ICSI. METHODS: This study included 112 patients who underwent a total of 112 cycles of IVF/ICSI. To evaluate embryo development, 1PN zygotes were compared with 2PN zygotes in the same IVF/ICSI cycle (control cycles) using time-lapse live embryo imaging. To assess the potential for blastocyst formation, cutoff values for pronuclear area and diameter were established through receiver operating characteristic curve analysis, after which 1PN zygotes were classified based on those cutoff values...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
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