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Hum Reprod. 2016 Mar;31(3):491-7. doi: 10.1093/humrep/dev339. Epub 2016 Jan 2.

A fresh look at the freeze-all protocol: a SWOT analysis.

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1
Centre for Reproductive Medicine, UZ Brussel, Laarbeeklaan 101, 1090 Jette, Belgium christophe.blockeel@uzbrussel.be.
2
Centre for Reproductive Medicine, UZ Brussel, Laarbeeklaan 101, 1090 Jette, Belgium.

Abstract

The 'freeze-all' strategy with the segmentation of IVF treatment, namely with the use of a GnRH antagonist protocol, GnRH agonist triggering, the elective cryopreservation of all embryos by vitrification and a frozen-thawed embryo transfer in a subsequent cycle, has become more popular. However, the approach still encounters drawbacks. In this opinion paper, a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis sheds light on the different aspects of this strategy.

KEYWORDS:

GnRH agonist trigger; GnRH antagonist; IVF; embryo cryopreservation; freeze-all; ovarian stimulation; vitrification

PMID:
26724793
DOI:
10.1093/humrep/dev339
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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