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Fertil Steril. 2011 Mar 1;95(3):948-52. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2010.06.067. Epub 2010 Aug 1.

Prediction of pregnancy rate by blastocyst morphological score and age, based on 1,488 single frozen-thawed blastocyst transfer cycles.

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Hanabusa Women's Clinic, Kobe, Japan. gotoms@tcn.zaq.ne.jp

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To present an estimation of the pregnancy rate after IVF or intracytoplasmic sperm injection stratified by blastocyst morphology and age.

DESIGN:

Retrospective analysis.

SETTING:

Private IVF clinic.

PATIENT(S):

A total of 1,488 single frozen-thawed blastocyst transfer cycles.

INTERVENTION(S):

All frozen-thawed blastocysts used in the study were obtained in the patients' first oocytes retrieval cycles.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S):

Clinical pregnancy rate (CPR), viable pregnancy rate (VPR), and delivery rate (DR) according to blastocyst morphological score (Gardner and Schoolcraft score) in three different age groups: women aged 22-33 years, 34-37 years, and 38-45 years.

RESULT(S):

The quality of blastocysts degraded as age group increased. The proportions of good-quality blastocysts (grades 4 and above) were 62.3%, 56.3%, and 41.1% in age groups of 22-33 years, 34-37 years, and 38-45 years. Within the same blastocyst quality, CPR, VPR, and DR tended to be lower with increased age. Chances of pregnancy were reduced by 60% or more for women 38 years and older with blastocyst morphology of grades 1 and 2. Significant trends were observed for both age and blastocyst morphology groups.

CONCLUSION(S):

There was a significant correlation between blastocyst quality and CPR, VPR, and DR in addition to the influence of age on the three rates. The findings may help predict successful pregnancy in single-blastocyst transfer.

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