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OBJECTIVE To test the hypothesis that differential surface-enhanced laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry protein or peptide expression in plasma can be used in infertile women with or without pelvic pain to predict the presence of laparoscopically and histologically confirmed endometriosis, especially in the subpopulation with a(More)
BACKGROUND Endometriosis is associated with chronic subclinical inflammation. C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation, could serve as a biomarker of endometriosis. We tested the hypothesis that a high sensitivity CRP assay (hsCRP) is more accurate than a classical CRP assay in the detection of subclinical inflammation in plasma of women with(More)
Human follicular fluid (FF) is a unique biological fluid in which the oocyte develops in vivo, and presents an optimal source for non-invasive biochemical predictors. Oocyte quality directly influences the embryo development and hence, may be used as a predictor of embryo quality. Peptide profiling of FF and its potential use as a biomarker for oocyte(More)
BACKGROUND Embryo selection has been based on developmental and morphological characteristics. However, the presence of an important intra-and inter-observer variability of standard scoring system (SSS) has been reported. A computer-assisted scoring system (CASS) has the potential to overcome most of these disadvantages associated with the SSS. The aims of(More)
Embryo selection has been based on developmental and morphological characteristics. However, the presence of an important intra-and inter-observer variability in the microscopic evaluation of standard scoring system (SSS) has been reported. A golden standard for selection of embryos on day 3 is currently lacking. New technology using multilevel images(More)
STUDY QUESTION Can controlled ovarian stimulation with low-dose human menopausal gonadotrophin (hMG) improve the clinical pregnancy rate when compared with ovarian stimulation with clomiphene citrate (CC) in an intrauterine insemination (IUI) programme for subfertile couples? SUMMARY ANSWER Ovarian stimulation with low-dose hMG is superior to CC in IUI(More)
Endometriosis is associated with a range of pelvic-abdominal pain symptoms and infertility. It is a chronic disease that can have a significant impact on various aspects of women's lives, including their social and sexual relationships, work, and study. Despite several international guidelines on the management of endometriosis, there is a wide variety of(More)
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