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OBJECTIVE To test the hypothesis that the concentration of early follicular phase serum müllerian-inhibiting substance (MIS) is associated with ovarian response in women undergoing ovulation induction in preparation for assisted reproductive technology (ART). DESIGN Retrospective analysis of frozen day 3 serum samples. SETTING Academic ART program. (More)
Semen parameters of raw and prepared (post-swim-up) specimens from 451 cycles of intrauterine insemination (IUI) were analyzed in relation to cycle fecundity in 232 patients undergoing ovarian stimulation with sequential clomiphene citrate/menotropin therapy. Pregnancy occurred in 42 cycles, resulting in an overall pregnancy rate of 17.7%, and a cycle(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was undertaken to evaluate the presence or absence of neurotrophins and their respective receptors within adult human preovulatory follicles. STUDY DESIGN Prospective study of neurotrophins and their receptors in follicular cells and unfertilized oocytes from women undergoing aspiration for in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic(More)
Neurotrophins are a family of soluble polypeptide growth factors widely recognized for their roles in the mammalian nervous system. One such neurotrophin, brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) was originally described in the nervous system but has now been shown to be expressed in a variety of nonneuronal tissues including endocrine tissues. We examined(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the impact of embryo retention in the embryo transfer catheter followed by "immediate" retransfer on pregnancy outcome in women undergoing assisted reproduction. DESIGN Retrospective analysis of embryo transfer following in vitro fertilization. SETTING Assisted reproductive technology practice in a university in vitro fertilization(More)
Neurotrophins are a family of soluble polypeptide growth factors widely recognized for their role in the mammalian nervous system. We first reported the unique presence of one neurotrophin, brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), in the follicular fluid of the human ovarian follicle. The BDNF receptor, Trk B, was identified in mouse oocytes, and BDNF(More)
Anatomic, hormonal, psychosocial and psychosexual variables of sexual expression were evaluated in 69 non-patient post-menopausal women. Subjects received a 2-h individually administered interview, a gynecologic examination with subjective scoring of vaginal atrophy, and serum determinations of estrone, estradiol, and androstenedione, testosterone, FSH and(More)
Over a 27-month period, the authors observed 70 pregnancies in 66 women following intrauterine insemination (IUI) in conjunction with human menopausal gonadotropins/human chorionic gonadotropin (hMG/hCG) stimulation. Excluding ectopic pregnancies (n = 3) and spontaneous miscarriages (n = 15) during the first 10 weeks of gestation, 14 of the 52 pregnancies(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the probability of detecting the gestational sac of a normal intrauterine pregnancy by vaginal ultrasound at different gestational ages and serum hCG concentrations. DESIGN Prospective, randomized study. SETTING Pregnant human volunteers in a university-based clinical research environment. PATIENTS Women with viable pregnancies(More)