Does bariatric surgery improve ovarian stimulation characteristics, oocyte yield, or embryo quality?

Abraham Tsur, Raoul Orvieto, Jigal Haas, Alon Kedem, Ronit Machtinger

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Background: Obesity is a major global health concern associated with multiple co-morbidities. Bariatric surgery has been considered a good treatment option in cases of morbid obesity. This preliminary study aims to investigate the effect of bariatric surgery on ovarian stimulation characteristics and IVF treatment cycle outcome. Methods: A retrospective study that was performed in a tertiary, university-affiliated medical center and included all patients who underwent IVF treatment both before and after bariatric surgery. Data on ovarian stimulation variables of IVF treatment cycle prior and following the bariatric surgery were reviewed and compared. Results: From January 2005 to June 2014, seven women fulfilled the inclusion criteria. After the operation, BMI was significantly reduced (mean ± SD) (43.1 ± 3.3 vs. 29.6 ± 7.33, p = 0.018), as was the number of gonadotropin ampoules required during stimulation (69.3 ± 10.5 vs. 44.5 ± 17, p = 0.043). No between-cycle differences were observed in peak estradiol level, the number of oocytes retrieved, and percentage of mature oocytes. Conclusions: To the best of our knowledge, this preliminary case series is the first comparison of IVF cycle characteristics prior to and following bariatric surgery. The operation seems to reduce treatment costs without affecting oocyte or embryo quality. Further large studies are required to establish the surgery's effect on IVF outcome among infertile women.

Original languageEnglish
Article number116
JournalJournal of Ovarian Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Bariatric surgery
  • Female fertility
  • IVF
  • Morbid obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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