Effects of early endometriosis on IVF-ET outcomes
There have been very few reports on the outcomes of in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer (IVF- ET) in women with stage I/II endometriosis. The objective of this study was to investigate IVF-ET outcomes in women with early-stage endometriosis. We enrolled 35 women less than 40 years with unexplained infertility who underwent IVF-ET into the study. We compared 18 women with stage I/II endometriosis according to the revised American Society for Reproductive Medicine classification for endometriosis, who underwent 39 IVF-ET cycles [En (+) group] with 17 women without endometriosis who underwent 41 IVF-ET cycles [En (−) group]. Higher requirements of total gonadotropin, a lower percentage of high-quality embryos of all fertilized eggs (9.0% vs. 16.3%), a relatively lower pregnancy rate (33.3% vs. 41.5%), and a lower live birth rate (25.6% vs. 34.1%) were observed in the En (+) group. Although no significant effect on IVF-ET outcome was observed, ovarian response may be decreased in women with stage I/II endometriosis. Considering the decreased number of high-quality embryos in the En (+) group, stage I/II endometriosis may have detrimental effects on embryo quality.