Laser-assisted hatching of cryopreserved-thawed embryos by thinning one quarter of the zona

Petersen, Claudia Guilhermino; Mauri, Ana Lucia; Razera Baruffi, Ricardo Luiz; Alcântara Oliveira, João Batista; Felipe, Valeria; Cagnoto Massaro, Fabiana; Gonçalves Franco Jr., Jose
November 2006
Reproductive BioMedicine Online (Reproductive Healthcare Limited;Nov2006, Vol. 13 Issue 5, p668
Academic Journal
Laser-assisted hatching is little documented in the literature regarding its efficacy in cryopreserved--thawed (CT) embryo transfer cycles. The aim of the present study was to evaluate in a randomized manner the efficacy of thinning one quarter of the zona pellucida of CT embryos to a depth of 50-80% of the original thickness, via laser treatment (the qLZT-AH procedure), in improving implantation and pregnancy rates. Two populations were studied; population 1, patients who had all their supernumerary embryos cryopreserved, regardless of their morphology, and population 11, patients at risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome who had all their embryos cryopreserved. Artificial and natural protocols were used for the embryo transfers. A total of 350 laser-thinned CT embryos were compared with 352 intact zona embryos. No difference in implantation or pregnancy rate was found after using qLZT-AH in either population. These findings suggest that qLZT-AH should not be routinely performed in cryopreserved embryo programmes.


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