Masahiro Sasaki

Kato Ladies Clinic, Edo, Tōkyō, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: We used logistic regression analysis to investigate the relationship between serum anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) levels and the rate of ongoing pregnancy. Retrospective data were collected from 1043 women who had undergone their first cycle of in vitro fertilization (IVF), including 540 cycles of fresh embryo transfer and 503 cycles of frozen-thawed embryo transfer. The patients were divided into 4 groups based on the cutoff values from a receiver-operating characteristic curve: 0.0 to 12.4, 12.5 to 25.5, 25.6 to 44.1, and >44.2 pmol/L. After adjustment for multiple confounders, the serum AMH group was found to be significantly related to the rate of ongoing pregnancy in total cycles (0.0-12.4 vs 12.5-25.5 pmol/L; P = .0088, odds ratio, 1.909: vs 25.6-44.1 pmol/L; P = .0281, odds ratio, 2.109: vs >44.2 pmol/L; P = .0008, odds ratio, 2.840). In conclusion, there appears to be a significant relationship between serum AMH levels and the ongoing pregnancy rate in first IVF treatment cycles after adjustment for multiple confounders.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2012 · Reproductive sciences (Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
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    ABSTRACT: To determine which parameter of blastocyst morphology is the most important predictor of ongoing pregnancy or miscarriage. Retrospective analysis. One in vitro fertilization (IVF) center. Women who underwent a total of 1,087 frozen-thawed single-blastocyst transfer cycles. First IVF treatment with blastocysts after frozen-thawed cycle. Ongoing pregnancy and miscarriage rates as related to blastocyst morphology (blastocyst expansion, inner cell mass, and trophectoderm), and interaction tests in unadjusted logistic regression models to assess clinical factors affecting outcomes. After adjustment for trophectoderm, inner cell mass, and age as confounders, trophectoderm was determined to be statistically significantly related to the rate of ongoing pregnancy. Trophectoderm was also statistically significantly related to the miscarriage rate. By contrast, neither inner cell mass nor blastocyst expansion was statistically significantly related. In frozen-thawed embryo transfer cycles, trophectoderm morphology is statistically significantly related to the rates of ongoing pregnancy and miscarriage after adjusting for confounders. Trophectoderm morphology may be the most important parameter when selecting a single blastocyst for transfer.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2012 · Fertility and sterility
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    ABSTRACT: Recently, serum anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) has been used as a good marker of ovarian response during in vitro fertilization (IVF). However, in the clinical setting, we felt that ovarian response was clearly different by age with the same AMH level. Then in this study we evaluated the relationship between serum AMH, age and parameters related to ovarian response and compared these parameters in regard to age within serum AMH-matched group. The relationship of these parameters were evaluated retrospectively in patients undergoing their first IVF cycle under a GnRH agonist flare up protocol (n = 456) between October 2008 and October 2010 in our clinic. To understand the relations between variables described above, principal component analysis (PCA) was performed. PCA revealed patients' age was at the different dimension from serum AMH and other variables. Therefore at first we segregated all patients into Low, Normal and High responder groups by their serum AMH using cut-off value of receiver operator characteristics curve analysis. Secondary, we divided each responder group into four subgroups according to patients' age. The high aged subgroups required a significantly higher dose of gonadotropin and a longer duration of stimulation; however, they had significantly lower peak E2 and a smaller number of total oocytes as well as M2 oocytes compared to the low aged subgroups. The influence of aging on the ovarian response was clearly seen in all groups; the ovarian response tended to decrease as patients' age increased with the same AMH level. Therefore serum AMH in combination with age is a better indicator than AMH alone.
    Full-text · Article · Nov 2011 · Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics