(1/1446) Conventional in-vitro fertilization versus intracytoplasmic sperm injection in sibling oocytes from couples with tubal infertility and normozoospermic semen.

An auto-controlled study was conducted in couples with tubal infertility and normozoospermic semen. The fertilization rates and embryonic development in sibling oocytes treated, using the same semen sample, either by conventional in-vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) at the same time were compared. Sibling oocyte-cumulus complexes (OCC) of 56 different couples with tubal infertility and normozoospermic semen were randomly divided in order of retrieval into two groups inseminated either by conventional IVF or by ICSI. Of the retrieved OCC in the same cohort, 53.0 +/- 31.2 and 62.0 +/- 26.6% showed two distinct pronuclei after conventional IVF and ICSI respectively (not significant). Complete fertilization failure occurred after conventional IVF in 12.5% (7/56 couples). After ICSI, the comparable figure was 3.6% (2/56). The number of cases was too small to apply a statistical test to this difference. Total cleavage rates were quite similar: 86.7 +/- 28.0 and 90.1 +/- 21% of the zygotes developed into transferable embryos after IVF and ICSI respectively (not significant). Similarly, no difference in embryo quality was observed. Although injection and insemination of the oocytes were performed at the same time in the two groups, at 42 h post-insemination more embryos were at the four-cell stage after ICSI (P < 0.001) than after conventional IVF, where more embryos were still at the two-cell stage (P < 0.02). Embryo transfer was possible in all 56 couples, resulting in 16 positive serum human chorionic gonadotrophin tests (28.6% per embryo transfer), from which a clinical pregnancy resulted in 15 couples. The best embryos were selected for transfer independently of the insemination procedure, but preferably from the same origin. There appeared to be no difference in implantation potency of the embryos obtained with either technique after the non-randomized transfers.  (+info)

(2/1446) The best donor.

Oocyte donation has become a common treatment modality for a large spectrum of infertility conditions. The purpose of this study was to assess the success rate of a shared egg donation programme, and to define the profile of a successful 'donor-recipient' couple in view of the limitations imposed by the shared programme. The results of all consecutive cycles of egg donation from 1st January 1995 to 31st December 1996 were analysed. A total of 383 donor cycles were matched with 946 recipient cycles; clinical pregnancy rates were 23. 5 and 16.7% respectively. With the exception of endometriosis, which significantly reduced the pregnancy rate in both groups, similar pregnancy rates were obtained in both groups for all the other infertility aetiologies of the donors. The donor's age had no impact on pregnancy rate of the recipient, but pregnancy rate was significantly decreased in donors >35 years. Recipients >50 years had significantly reduced pregnancy rates and those >45 years a significantly increased abortion rate. Recipients with severe male factor infertility, who had intracytoplasmic sperm injection treatment, showed pregnancy rates equivalent to those recipients who had regular in-vitro fertilization. We conclude that in a shared egg donation programme, the recipients' pregnancy rate and outcome are dependent only on the donors' infertility aetiologies and on recipients' ages.  (+info)

(3/1446) Failure of fertilization after intracytoplasmic sperm injection in a patient with Kartagener's syndrome and totally immotile spermatozoa: case report.

Patients with Kartagener's syndrome (KS) are invariably infertile with totally immotile spermatozoa. Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is considered to be the treatment of choice for patients with immotile spermatozoa. We report the second KS case in the literature from whom immotile spermatozoa from the ejaculate failed to fertilize mature oocytes after ICSI. The role of micromanipulation in the treatment of KS patients is discussed.  (+info)

(4/1446) Intracytoplasmic sperm injection: position of the polar body affects pregnancy rate.

A prospective study on intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) was performed to evaluate the effect of the position of the polar body relative to the opening of the injection needle during sperm injection, and of the person who performs the injections on fertilization, cleavage, and pregnancy rates. This study included 173 couples undergoing 313 ICSI cycles from September 1995 to December 1997. All injections were performed by two persons. For each injected oocyte the person who performed the injection was recorded as well as the position of the polar body during injection (6 o'clock: animal pole towards the opening of the needle; 12 o'clock: animal pole away from the opening of the needle). Of 2630 oocytes retrieved, 2232 were injected. Significantly more oocytes developed two pronuclei after injection with the polar body at 6 o'clock versus 12 o'clock (P = 0.01; 51 versus 45% respectively) and after injection by person 1 versus person 2 (P = 0.02; 50 and 45% respectively). Higher pregnancy rate (P = 0.046) was found after transfer of embryos from oocytes injected with the polar body at 6 o'clock (36%) versus 12 o'clock (18%). This was the result of a significant interaction (P = 0.03) between the position of the polar body and the person performing the injections. Given the higher fertilization rate in the 6 o'clock group, it is recommended that oocytes be injected with the polar body at 6 o'clock. The higher pregnancy rate as a result of polar body position and the interaction between polar body position and the operator suggest variations in injection technique.  (+info)

(5/1446) Prevention of twin pregnancy after in-vitro fertilization or intracytoplasmic sperm injection based on strict embryo criteria: a prospective randomized clinical trial.

A prospective randomized study comparing single embryo transfer with double embryo transfer after in-vitro fertilization or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (IVF/ICSI) was carried out. First, top quality embryo characteristics were delineated by retrospectively analysing embryos resulting in ongoing twins after double embryo transfer. A top quality embryo was characterized by the presence of 4 or 5 blastomeres at day 2 and at least 7 blastomeres on day 3 after insemination, the absence of multinucleated blastomeres and <20% cellular fragments on day 2 and day 3 after fertilization. Using these criteria, a prospective study was conducted in women <34 years of age, who started their first IVF/ICSI cycle. Of 194 eligible patients, 110 agreed to participate of whom 53 produced at least two top quality embryos and were prospectively randomized. In all, 26 single embryo transfers resulted in 17 conceptions, 14 clinical and 10 ongoing pregnancies [implantation rate (IR) = 42.3%; ongoing pregnancy rate (OPR) = 38.5%] with one monozygotic twin; 27 double embryo transfers resulted in 20 ongoing conceptions with six (30%) twins (IR = 48.1%; OPR = 74%). We conclude that by using single embryo transfer and strict embryo criteria, an OPR similar to that in normal fertile couples can be achieved after IVF/ICSI, while limiting the dizygotic twin pregnancy rate to its natural incidence of <1% of all ongoing pregnancies.  (+info)

(6/1446) Pronuclear orientation, polar body placement, and embryo quality after intracytoplasmic sperm injection and in-vitro fertilization: further evidence for polarity in human oocytes?

Three hypotheses were tested: (i) the distance between first and second polar bodies (PB) may relate to embryo morphology, (ii) that the orientation of pronuclei (PN) relative to PB may relate to embryo morphology, (iii) that the placement of a spermatozoon in a fixed plane relative to the first PB [intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)] may alter PN/PB orientation relative to in-vitro fertilization (IVF). A total of 251 two pronuclear (2PN) embryos (124 ICSI, 127 IVF) from 64 patients was studied. Angles were measured between the PN axis and the nearest PB (alpha), the furthest PB (beta), and between the two PB (gamma). On day 2, the morphological grades of embryos were recorded. gamma ranged from 0 to 150 degrees and was not significantly different for ICSI or IVF embryos of different grades; however, an unusual distribution of gamma suggested different populations of oocytes. The first hypothesis was rejected. alpha and beta ranged from 0 to 90 degrees : alpha did not relate significantly to embryo grade, but beta increased significantly with decreasing quality of ICSI embryos (P < 0.05) and the total group (P < 0.01), supporting hypothesis (ii). The difference in beta between ICSI and IVF embryos was not significant, so hypothesis (iii) was unproven. Significant differences between ICSI and IVF embryos in PN positions, irregular cleavage, and cleavage failure were noted.  (+info)

(7/1446) Obstetric outcome of pregnancies after the transfer of cryopreserved and fresh embryos obtained by conventional in-vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmic sperm injection.

This study reports the obstetric outcome of pregnancies obtained after the transfer of cryopreserved or fresh embryos where the initial procedure was standard in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Pregnancies obtained after frozen IVF (n = 245) or frozen ICSI (n = 177) were compared with a control group of pregnancies after fresh embryo transfer in standard IVF (n = 245) and ICSI (n = 177) cycles were selected as controls. The controls were matched according to maternal age, parity and date of embryo transfer. In the standard IVF group, the biochemical pregnancy rates in the cryopreserved and fresh groups were 18.8 and 9.8% respectively (P < 0.01). In the ICSI group, the biochemical pregnancy rates in the cryopreserved and fresh groups were 16.4 and 6.8% respectively (P < 0.01). The miscarriage rates were comparable between the cryopreserved and fresh groups. However, in the frozen ICSI group the miscarriage rate (26.0%) was significantly higher than in the frozen conventional IVF group (13.1%) (P = 0.001). The frequencies of preterm deliveries, infants with very low birthweight and intrauterine deaths were similar in the groups. The low birthweight rates in the frozen IVF (16.1%) and ICSI (12.1%) groups were significantly lower than those in the fresh IVF (32.2%) and ICSI (32.7%) groups (P < 0.001). The major malformation rates in the frozen IVF (2.4%) and ICSI (2.9%) groups were not different from the major malformation rates in the fresh IVF (4.5%) and ICSI (2.4%) groups. In conclusion, the cryopreservation process had no negative impact on the outcome of pregnancies over 20 weeks of gestation. Long-term follow-up studies are needed in order to prove the safety of the freezing-thawing process.  (+info)

(8/1446) Genetic sonography as the preferred option of prenatal diagnosis in patients with pregnancies following intracytoplasmic sperm injection.

The option of prenatal diagnosis with nuchal translucency measurement at 10-14 weeks of gestation and second trimester targeted ultrasound including fetal echocardiography (genetic sonography) is reported in patients after intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). From January 1995 to December 1998, 153 consecutive patients, with a mean age of 32.3 years (+/-4.1) and 29. 6% >/= 35 years, who had become pregnant after ICSI, were studied. They attended our unit for first and second trimester sonography. Of these, 67.8% of primigravid and 80.9% of nulliparous women were included. Multiple pregnancy rate was 19.7%; 189 fetuses were screened in total. Due to the introduction of genetic sonography in 1995, the rate of invasive prenatal diagnosis decreased from 74% in 1995, to 48, 36 and 19% in 1996, 1997, and 1998 respectively. Two inherited numerical and structural chromosomal anomalies in clinically healthy children at birth (1.0%) and four major malformations in all liveborn children and late abortions (2.1%) were recorded. The results demonstrate that especially in women of advanced reproductive age with a long history of infertility, detailed genetic sonography may be a reasonable and highly accepted alternative to avoid even the relatively low risks associated with invasive screening procedures.  (+info)