Author(s): Stanger JD, Yovich JL
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Abstract IVF productivity rate is an index defined as the sum of all live births from either fresh or frozen embryo transfers arising from a single oocyte collection. This retrospective analysis over 9 continuous years used this index to understand the potential impact on pregnancy rates of milder stimulation regimens with associated reduced egg numbers. The productivity rate per collection increased in a linear and significant rate as more oocytes were recovered, more embryos frozen and more frozen embryo transfers contributed to pregnancy. This observation was true for women aged <35 years and less so for women aged 35-39 years but not for women aged 40 years and older. The contribution of frozen embryo transfer to the productivity rate rose in a linear manner, reaching over 40\% of all live births with nine oocytes. The number of live births per oocyte, pronuclear embryos and thawed embryos decreased significantly but the number of live births per embryo transferred (fresh or frozen) rose with rising oocyte numbers, reflecting increasing opportunity for embryo selection. This study suggests that optimal benefits with minimal risks are gained from a model that includes both fresh and frozen transfers under stimulation generating between 8 and 12 eggs. Copyright © 2013 Reproductive Healthcare Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Reprod Biomed Online
and referenced in Journal of Fertilization: In Vitro - IVF-Worldwide, Reproductive Medicine, Genetics & Stem Cell Biology