Journal article

Embryo transfer: techniques and variables affecting success

WB Schoolcraft, ES Surrey, DK Gardner

FERTILITY AND STERILITY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2001

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To review the literature on the variables affecting embryo transfer success or failure and to define technical factors associated with optimal outcome. DESIGN: Literature review. RESULTS: Avoidance of blood, mucus, bacterial contamination, excessive uterine contractions, and trauma to the endometrium is associated with optimal pregnancy and implantation rates after transcervical embryo transfer. A trial transfer, ultrasonographic guidance, and use of "soft" catheters appear to facilitate successful embryo transfer. CONCLUSION: An understanding of the variables associated with embryo transfer success together with adherence to techniques shown to facilitate atraumatic embryo transf..

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