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Pregnancy rates of day 4 and day 5 embryos after culture in an integrated time-lapse incubator

Holschbach, Verena ; Weigert, Julia ; Dietrich, Jens Erik ; Rösner, Sabine ; Montag, Markus ; Strowitzki, Thomas ; Toth, Bettina

In: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, 15 (2017), Nr. 37. pp. 1-8. ISSN 1477-7827

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Abstract

Background: The aim of this study was to compare pregnancy rates in patients undergoing IVF/ICSI with embryo transfer after 4 and 5 days of culture in a closed incubation system with integrated time-lapse imaging. Methods: Out of n = 2207 in vitro fertilization (IVF)/ intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) cycles performed between January 2011 and April 2016 at a tertiary referral university hospital, a total of n = 599 IVF/ICSI cycles with prolonged embryo culture in an integrated time-lapse system (EmbryoScope© (Vitrolife)) until day 4 or 5 were retrospectively analyzed with regard to embryo morphology and pregnancy rates. Results: A transfer on day 5 compared to a transfer on day 4 did not result in higher implantation and clinical pregnancy rates (IR 29.4% on day 4 versus 33.0% on day 5, p = 0.310; CPR 45.2% on day 4 versus 45.7% on day 5, p = 1.0). The percentage of ideal embryos transferred on day 4 was comparable to the rate of ideal embryos transferred on day 5 (41.6% versus 44.1%, p = 0.508). However, on day 4 a significantly higher number of embryos was transferred (1.92 on day 4 versus 1.84 on day 5, p = 0.023), which did not result in higher rates of multiple pregnancies. Conclusions: Pregnancy rates in IVF/ICSI cycles with integrated time-lapse incubation and transfer on day 4 and 5 are comparable. This finding provides the clinician, IVF laboratory and patient with more flexibility. Trial registration: This study was retrospectively registered by the local ethics committee of the University of Heidelberg on December 19, 2016 (registration number S-649/2016).

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology
Volume: 15
Number: 37
Publisher: BioMed Central
Place of Publication: London
Date Deposited: 10 May 2017 08:07
Date: 2017
ISSN: 1477-7827
Page Range: pp. 1-8
Faculties / Institutes: Medizinische Fakultät Heidelberg > Universitäts-Frauenklinik
Subjects: 610 Medical sciences Medicine
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