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Fertil Steril. 2009 Feb;91(2):372-6. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2007.11.088. Epub 2008 Jun 2.

Live birth after vitrification of in vitro matured human oocytes.

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McGill Reproductive Centre, McGill University Health Centre, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To report the first healthy live birth from immature oocytes retrieved in a natural menstrual cycle, followed by in vitro maturation (IVM) and cryopreservation of the oocytes by vitrification.

DESIGN:

Case report.

SETTING:

University-based tertiary medical center.

PATIENT(S):

A 27-year-old woman with tubal disease and polycystic ovaries.

INTERVENTION(S):

Immature oocytes were retrieved by transvaginal ultrasound guided follicle aspiration on day 13 of her natural menstrual cycle, matured in vitro and vitrified. The oocytes were thawed in a subsequent menstrual cycle, inseminated by intracytoplasmic sperm injection, and the resulting embryos transferred.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S):

Oocyte maturation and survival rates, pregnancy, and live birth.

RESULT(S):

One metaphase II and 18 germinal vesicle stage oocytes were collected; 16 out of 18 germinal vesicle oocytes matured, and a total of 17 oocytes were vitrified. After thawing, four IVM oocytes survived; three embryos were transferred. The woman went on to deliver a single healthy live baby at term.

CONCLUSION(S):

We provide proof-of-principle evidence that the novel fertility preservation strategy of immature oocyte retrieval, IVM, and vitrification of oocytes can lead to successful pregnancy and healthy live birth.

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