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Impact of time-lapse imaging incubators with single-step culture medium on cumulative live birth rate in IVF cycles: a retrospective cohort study
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  • Mariano Mascarenhas,
  • Sarah J Owen,
  • Emily French,
  • Karen Thompson,
  • Adam H Balen
Mariano Mascarenhas
The Fertility Partnership
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Sarah J Owen
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
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Emily French
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
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Karen Thompson
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
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Adam H Balen
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
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Abstract

Objective To compare the cumulative live birth rate per egg retrieval between time lapse imaging (TLI) incubators and standard culture (SC) incubators both using a single-step culture medium Design Retrospective cohort study Setting A tertiary level fertility-centre Population Women undergoing an IVF cycle between November 2015 and December 2017 Methods Comparison was done between 1219 IVF cycles using TLI and 1039 cycles using SC after accounting for confounding factors such as age and number of oocytes retrieved. Main outcome measure Cumulative live birth rate per egg retrieval Results The live birth rate per egg retrieval following fresh embryo transfer was noted to be higher for TLI cycles (TLI 39.87% vs SC 38.02%, aOR 1.20, 95% CI 1.01 to 1.44). More embryos were available for cryopreservation in the TLI arm (MD 0.08 embryos, 95% CI 0.10 to 0.41). The live birth rate per frozen embryo transfer was not significantly different. The cumulative live birth rate per egg retrieval was significantly higher in the TLI arm (TLI 50.29% vs SC 46.78%, aOR 1.24, 95% CI 1.04 to 1.48) Conclusions With the use of single step medium, there appears to be a greater benefit of TLI through a reduced interruption in embryo culture conditions, resulting in a higher number of embryos available for cryostorage which in turn appears to improve the cumulative live birth rate. Funding No funding was obtained for this study Keywords Time lapse imaging, cumulative live birth rate, single step culture medium, embryo utilization rate

Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

17 Apr 2021Submitted to BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
23 Apr 2021Assigned to Editor
23 Apr 2021Submission Checks Completed
08 May 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned