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Intracytoplasmic morphologically selected sperm injection is beneficial in cases of advanced maternal age: a prospective randomized study.

Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2013 Dec;171(2):286-90. doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2013.09.006. Epub 2013 Sep 12.

Setti AS, Figueira RC, Braga DP, Aoki T, Iaconelli A Jr, Borges E Jr.
Author information Instituto Sapientiae – Centro de Estudos e Pesquisa em Reprodução Humana Assistida, Rua Vieira Maciel, 62, 04503-040 São Paulo, SP, Brazil; Fertility – Centro de Fertilização Assistida, Av. Brigadeiro Luis Antonio, 4545, 01401-002 São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate advanced maternal age as a rationale for performing intracytoplasmic morphologically selected sperm injection (IMSI).STUDY DESIGN: This study included couples undergoing intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) as a result of advanced maternal age (=37 years old). Sample size calculations were based on the assumption that a 15% difference in implantation rate would mean a clinically significant difference. To achieve this difference, 33 cycles would be needed in each treatment arm (with a significance level of 5% and power of 85%). Couples were randomly allocated to one of two sperm selection procedures (ICSI, n=33; or IMSI, n=33). Sperm selection in the ICSI group was analyzed under a magnification of 400×. Sperm selection in the IMSI group was analyzed under high magnification of 6600×. The groups were compared with regard to the outcome of the cycles.RESULTS: IMSI cycles showed significantly higher implantation (4/33, 12.1% vs. 18/47, 38.3%, p=0.026) and pregnancy (4/29, 13.8 vs. 18/30, 60.0%, p<0.001) rates. The IMSI procedure positively influenced the blastocyst formation rate (RC: 15.00, R2: 49.9%, p=0.001) and implantation rate (RC: 24.04, R2: 9.6, p=0.027), and was determinant to the increased odds of pregnancy (OR: 9.0, CI: 2.17-37.38, p=0.001).CONCLUSION: It seems that the injection of a morphologically normal spermatozoon overcomes the low oocyte quality in older women, resulting in improved embryo quality and in a 9-fold increase in the clinical pregnancy rate in couples with advanced maternal age.Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Full Text Source: Elsevier Science
PMID:24103532 |

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