Blastocoele expansion degree predicts live birth after single blastocyst transfer for fresh and vitrified warmed single blastocyst transfer cycles

Capsule:
The degree of blastocoele expansion is a better predictor of live birth after both fresh and vitrified/ warmed single blastocyst transfer cycles than inner cell mass and trophectoderm.

Authors:
Qing-Yun Du, M., En-Yin Wang, Ph.D., Yan Huang, M., Xiao-Yi Guo, M., Yu-Jing Xiong, M., Yi-Ping Yu, M., Gui-Dong Yao, Ph.D., Sen-Lin Shi, Ph.D., Ying-Pu Sun, M.D.

Volume 105, Issue 4, Pages 910-919

Abstract:

Objective:
To evaluate the independent effects of the degree of blastocoele expansion and the inner cell mass (ICM) and trophectoderm (TE) grades on predicting live birth after fresh and vitrified/warmed single blastocyst transfer.

Design:
Retrospective study.

Setting:
Reproductive medical center.

Patient(s):
Women undergoing 844 fresh and 370 vitrified/warmed single blastocyst transfer cycles.

Intervention(s):
None.

Main Outcome Measure(s):
Live-birth rate correlated with blastocyst morphology parameters by logistic regression analysis and Spearman correlations analysis.

Result(s):
The degree of blastocoele expansion was the only blastocyst morphology parameter that exhibited a significant ability to predict live birth in both fresh and vitrified/warmed single blastocyst transfer cycles by multivariate logistic regression and Spearman correlations analysis. Although the ICM grade was significantly related to live birth in fresh cycles according to the univariate model, its effect was not maintained in the multivariate logistic analysis. In vitrified/warmed cycles, neither ICM nor TE grade was correlated with live birth by logistic regression analysis.

Conclusion(s):
This study is the first to confirm that the degree of blastocoele expansion is a better predictor of live birth after both fresh and vitrified/warmed single blastocyst transfer cycles than ICM or TE grade.

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