The Dynamics of the Vaginal Micro-Ecology During in Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer (IVF-ET) Cycles and its Impact on Pregnancy Outcomes [post]

Quan Tian, Yujie Liu, Jiane Liu, Jianru Wu, Jianxin Liu, Xiuming Tang, Weihong Hu, Xia Liu
2021 unpublished
BackgroundAbnormal reproductive tract flora may cause infertility, and it may play a key role in the success of assisted reproductive technologies (ART). The obvious short-term changes in estrogen caused by clinical protocols with IVF-ET provide a unique perspective for us to assess the vaginal flora, shifting hormonal condition and investigate the potential associations of the vaginal micro-ecology with cycle outcome of pregnancy. The Vaginal Micro-ecology Evaluation System (VMES) as a tool to
more » ... (VMES) as a tool to analyze the vaginal microbiomes in most areas of China. This study aims to apply the VMES to evaluate the dynamics of vaginal micro-ecology during IVF-ET, and investigate the correlations between vaginal micro-ecology with pregnancy outcome.Methods 150 patients were enrolled who underwent early follicular phase prolonged protocol IVF-ET due to tubal factors. The VMES is used to evaluate vaginal microbiology indicators of vaginal swabs obtained in different hormonal milieu during the IVF-ET cycle. The pregnancy outcomes were observed, if pregnant.Results In our data, the prevalence of bacterial vaginitis (BV) accounts for 3.3%. During IVF procedure, the vaginal microbiome varied across hormonal milieu in some but not all patients. The proportion of BV, and unidentified dysbiosis were increased significantly on the day of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) administration. The vaginal micro-ecology on the day of HCG administration correlated with outcome (live birth / no live birth). The multivariable logistic regression model showed that the average age, the duration of infertility, and the vaginal micro-ecology after controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) were associated with the live birth rate.ConclusionOur retrospective cohort study suggests that the VEMS has enabled discovery of unidentified dysbiosis shift in the vaginal micro-ecology during IVF-ET therapy. More importantly, the vaginal micro-ecology on the day of HCG administration was significantly associated with the live birth rate.
doi:10.21203/ fatcat:scj77pzebbapnoffol5di6h2na