Cleavage stage versus blastocyst stage embryo transfer in assisted reproductive technology.

@article{Glujovsky2012CleavageSV,
  title={Cleavage stage versus blastocyst stage embryo transfer in assisted reproductive technology.},
  author={Demi{\'a}n Glujovsky and Debbie A Blake and Cindy Farquhar and Ariel Esteban Bardach},
  journal={The Cochrane database of systematic reviews},
  year={2012},
  volume={7},
  pages={CD002118}
}
BACKGROUND Advances in cell culture media have led to a shift in in vitro fertilization (IVF) practice from early cleavage embryo transfer to blastocyst stage transfer. The rationale for blastocyst culture is to improve both uterine and embryonic synchronicity and enable self selection of viable embryos thus resulting in higher implantation rates. OBJECTIVES To determine if blastocyst stage (Day 5 to 6) embryo transfers (ETs) improve live birth rate and other associated outcomes compared with… CONTINUE READING
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