Evaluation of pronuclear morphology as the only selection criterion for further embryo culture and transfer: results of a prospective multicentre study

M. Montag, H. van der Ven
2001 Human Reproduction  
BACKGROUND: The aim was to study zygote evaluation based on pronuclear morphology under the German embryo protection law, according to which only a maximum of three zygotes are allowed to be cultured for embryo transfer. METHODS: In this prospective multicentre study, a total of 512 treatment cycles was performed at 10 centres, between November 1999 and October 2000. Zygotes were classified into seven patterns (0A, 0B and 1-5). Pattern 0A and 0B zygotes were preferentially used for further
more » ... ed for further culture and transfer. RESULTS: Cycles with transfer of at least one embryo derived from pattern 0B, but not pattern 0A, resulted in significantly higher pregnancy (37.9%) and implantation rates (20.5%) compared with non-pattern 0B cycles (26.4 and 15.7%; P < 0.05 and P < 0.01 respectively). In younger patients (aged ≤35 years), significantly more 0B zygotes were available for transfer than in older patients (34.2 versus 25.8%; P < 0.005). CONCLUSIONS: From these data, it is concluded that evaluation of pronuclear morphology is beneficial, especially for countries with legal restrictions regarding embryo selection.
doi:10.1093/humrep/16.11.2384 pmid:11679525 fatcat:sibloaavq5cx7efiyhz7vdyioy