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      Effect of vaginal sildenafil on the outcome of in vitro fertilization (IVF) after multiple IVF failures attributed to poor endometrial development

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      Fertility and Sterility

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          To evaluate the effects of vaginally administered sildenafil on endometrial thickness and IVF outcome in a large cohort of infertile women with poor endometrial development. Retrospective cohort analysis. Private practice setting. A cohort of 105 infertile women aged <40 years, with normal ovarian reserve and at least two consecutive prior IVF failures attributed to inadequate endometrial development. Patients underwent IVF using a long GnRH-a protocol with the addition of sildenafil vaginal suppositories (25 mg, 4 times per day) for 3-10 days. Peak endometrial development, pregnancy, and implantation rates. Of 105 patients, 73 (70%; Group A), attained an endometrial thickness of >/=9 mm, whereas 32 (30%; Group B) did not. Implantation and ongoing pregnancy rates were significantly higher for Group A (29% and 45%) than for Group B (2% and 0). Of 11 women in Group B who had embryos transferred in that cycle, only one conception occurred, which resulted in a miscarriage. In Group B, 59% of women had a history of endometritis, compared with 44% in Group A. Vaginal administration of sildenafil enhanced endometrial development in 70% of patients studied. High implantation and ongoing pregnancy rates were achieved in a cohort with a poor prognosis for success. Previous endometritis may decrease the response to sildenafil.

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          Journal
          Fertility and Sterility
          Fertility and Sterility
          Elsevier BV
          00150282
          November 2002
          November 2002
          : 78
          : 5
          : 1073-1076
          Article
          10.1016/S0015-0282(02)03375-7
          12413996
          © 2002

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