Pregnancy rate fluctuations during routine work in an assisted reproduction technology unit

L. Gindes, R. Yoeli, R. Orvieto, M. Shelef, Z. Ben-Rafael, I. Bar-Hava

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Background: Fluctuations in spontaneous pregnancy rates have been observed in the general population. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether pregnancy rates fluctuate over time in a homogeneous assisted reproduction treatment unit. Methods: The study sample consisted of 3522 consecutive assisted reproduction cycles conducted from January 1996 to December 1999. Only fresh cycles in women >41 years old were included. All pertinent clinical data were prospectively collected on a computerized database and analysed at the end of the study. Results: Throughout the 4 years of the study, monthly pregnancy rates fluctuated between 10.5 and 34.1% (mean 21.4%) per cycle, and between 13.6 and 41% (mean 27.26%) per transfer. These fluctuations did not follow any specific seasonal pattern. Conclusion: During routine work in an assisted reproduction treatment unit, there are random fluctuations in the pregnancy rate. This factor should be considered in studies performed in a specific time-period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2485-2488
Number of pages4
JournalHuman Reproduction
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Assisted reproduction technology
  • Fluctuations
  • IVF
  • Pregnancy rate
  • Seasonality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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