Pathologic findings in hysteroscopy before in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET)

Nicola Doldi, Paola Persico, Francesca Di Sebastiano, Elena Marsiglio, Lucia De Santis, Elisa Rabellotti, Francesco Fusi, Claudio Brigante, Augusto Ferrari

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Background. The aim of this study was to evaluate hysteroscopy routinely performed prior to in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET). Methods. We analyzed in a prospective study 300 patients who underwent hysteroscopy before the first IVF-ET cycle. We analyzed then in a retrospective manner 300 patients who did not perform hysteroscopy. Results. One-hundred-and-eighty (60%) hysteroscopies were normal but 120 (40%) revealed an unsuspected intrauterine abnormality. We did not find statistically significant differences between patients with normal or abnormal hysteroscopy in any characteristic. We found a statistically significant difference in pregnancy rate between women who performed hysteroscopy before IVF-ET cycle and in women who did not perform it. Conclusions. Hysteroscopy, as a routine examination, should be performed before the first IVF-ET cycle in all patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-237
Number of pages3
JournalGynecological Endocrinology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005


  • Hysteroscopy
  • IVF-ET

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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