Outcome of immature oocytes collection of 119 cancer patients during ovarian tissue harvesting for fertility preservation

Alon Kedem, Gil M. Yerushalmi, Masha Brengauz, Hila Raanani, Raoul Orvieto, Ariel Hourvitz, Dror Meirow

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Purpose Few clinical options for fertility preservation are available to females with cancer, and data about clinical outcomes is limited. Potential supplementary approaches to fertility preservation include retrieval of immature oocytes followed by in vitro maturation (IVM) and storage. The aim of this study was to evaluate post-thawing outcomes of immature oocytes collected both by transvaginal aspiration and from excised ovarian tissue. Methods We conducted a retrospective cohort study of patients treated in a single tertiary center.We reviewed the records of 119 cancer patients who underwent ovarian tissue cryopreservation and immature oocyte harvesting for fertility preservation. All embryos and oocytes that were frozen and thawed were included in the study. Post-thawing outcomes were evaluated. Results Thirty-five stored embryos from eight patients were thawed. Twenty-nine embryos survived (82% survival rate) and were transferred. Six oocytes were thawed, two oocytes survived, and no oocytes were fertilized. Only one PCOS patient became pregnant, resulting in the normal delivery of a healthy baby. Conclusions Although a relatively high number of mature oocytes and embryos can be stored with the combined procedure, the limited rate of pregnancies represents a poor reproductive outcome. Therefore, this approach should be reserved for special groups with limited options.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)851-856
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 24 Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Fertility preservation
  • In vitro oocyte maturation
  • Oocyte retrieval

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics(clinical)


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