Ilse De Croo

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The aetiology of azoospermia can be grossly divided into obstructive and non-obstructive causes. Although in both cases testicular spermatozoa can be used to treat male fertility, it is not well established whether success rates following intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) are comparable. Therefore, a retrospective analysis of fertilization, pregnancy(More)
To maximize the total number of spermatozoa which can be retrieved from a testicular biopsy, four mechanical methods for preparation were compared. In all, 17 biopsies were divided into four equal fractions, which were weighed individually and prepared by rough shredding (control), fine mincing, vortexing and crushing (electrical Potter). After resuspension(More)
STUDY QUESTION What are the precise patterns of calcium oscillations during the fertilization of human oocytes matured either in vivo or in vitro or aged in vitro and what is the effect of cryopreservation? SUMMARY ANSWER Human oocytes matured in vivo exhibit a specific pattern of calcium oscillations, which is affected by in vitro maturation, in vitro(More)
This study aimed to determine whether fertilization and implantation rates after intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) with fresh or frozen-thawed testicular spermatozoa were comparable. Between 1 January 1996 and 31 December 1996, 65 ICSI cycles with testicular spermatozoa and 35 cycles with frozen-thawed testicular spermatozoa were carried out. In 50(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the effects of cryopreservation on the quality of human testicular spermatozoa and the efficiency of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) with frozen-thawed testicular sperm into metaphase II oocytes in vitro-matured from the germinal-vesicle stage oocyte. DESIGN Preclinical freezing study on supernumarary testicular spermatozoa(More)
OBJECTIVE To create a pool of frozen donated human oocytes and find the optimal stage for slow controlled-rate freezing of human in vitro matured oocytes. DESIGN Oocytes at different developmental stages of maturation (germinal vesicle, metaphase I, or metaphase II) and oocytes that failed to fertilize after IVF or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of our study was to review the results of microsurgically performed testicular sperm extraction (TESE) and to evaluate its possible long term effects on serum testosterone (T). METHODS We operated on 48 men (35 +/- 8 years) with non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA). If no spermatozoa were found following a micro epididymal sperm extraction(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS A large proportion of men with normal sperm results as analyzed using conventional techniques have fragmented DNA in their spermatozoa. We performed a prospective study to examine the incidence of DNA fragmentation in sperm in cases of couples with previously unexplained infertility and treated with intrauterine insemination. We evaluated(More)
BACKGROUND Several retrospective studies have evaluated seasonal variations in the outcome of IVF treatment. Some also included weather conditions, mostly temperature and hours of daylight. The results were conflicting. METHODS In a retrospective study we analysed all fresh cycles (N = 9865) that were started between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2012.(More)
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