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This study aimed at quantifying some important social and economic consequences of the altered handling of tubal infertility after the establishment of IVF treatment. The number of tubal operations was reduced by 50%. This had most important and positive implications on the availability of the operating theater for other elective operations, on the(More)
We studied 1,165 pregnancies after in vitro fertilization in six public hospitals in Norway in the years 1988-91. The annual number of pregnancies increased from 158 in 1988 to 365 in 1991. The mean number of replaced embryos was reduced from 3.7 to 2.7. The rate of multiple births was not significantly altered in the same period, 24.3% were twin births and(More)
Transcapillary fluid dynamics were studied in 10 women during ovarian stimulation for in vitro fertilization. The examinations were done on the first day of stimulation (day 3 of the menstrual cycle, mean serum estradiol concentration 0.2 nmol/L), and the day before oocyte aspiration (day 10 to 12, mean serum estradiol concentration 6.8 nmol/L).(More)
Concentrations of inhibin, oestradiol and progesterone were determined in pre-ovulatory follicular fluid from 16 women undergoing in-vitro fertilization and embryo transfer treatment. A prospective randomized design was used such that ovulation was induced in eight women with human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) (9000 IU), and in eight women with an(More)
To study proteoglycan metabolism in inflammatory macrophages, primary cultures of human macrophages were cultured in the absence and presence of bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS). When exposed to [35S]sulfate, the cells incorporated the label almost exclusively into chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan (CSPG), which was recovered from the culture medium and(More)
The results of 220 consecutive IVF treatments are presented, comparing the use of culture media supplemented with either patient serum (Group 1; n = 110), or Medi-Cult SSR 2 synthetic serum replacement with pyruvate, and human serum albumin (HSA) (GEA BioTech, Hvidovre, Denmark) (Group 2; n = 110). In both groups the Medi-Cult Hybritest was used for routine(More)
The concentrations of immunoreactive C-terminal (ANH-(99-126)) and N-terminal (ANH-(1-98] portions of pro-ANH were measured in follicular fluid and plasma samples from 9 young women undergoing in vitro fertilization. ANH-(99-126) and ANH-(1-98)-like immunoreactivity levels in plasma were 6.0-25.4 (mean 12.2 pmol/l and 184-427 (mean 300) pmol/l,(More)
A new, simple and sensitive bioassay for quality testing in IVF is described. This bioassay (Medi-Cult Hybritest, GEA Ltd, Biotech Division, Hvidovre, Denmark) is based on the culture of the rapidly growing mouse hybridoma cell line 1E6 in a defined serum-free culture medium. The use of serum-free conditions greatly increases the sensitivity to toxic(More)
The experience using pre-treatment with GnRH-agonists in an IVF-program are reported. 55 patients having a 'poor response', premature LH surge, or follicular luteinization in previous treatment cycles were treated for a total of 68 cycles. Therapy with GnRH agonists was initiated in the midluteal phase, and given by self-administration subcutaneously.(More)