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Day 5 expanded blastocysts transferred on same day have comparable outcome to those left for more extended culture and transferred on day 6

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To study the outcome of blastocysts showing expansion on day 5 and transferred on day 5 or 6, in comparison with those unexpanded and transferred on day 6.

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Prospective cohort of 221 women prepared for BET classified into three groups according to timing of blastocyst expansion and day of embryo transfer. Group I; with expanded blastocysts on day 5 having day 5 transfer, group II; with expanded blastocysts on day 5 having day 6 transfer and group III ; with delayed expansion undergoing day 6 BET.


Implantation rates, pregnancy rates, ongoing pregnancy rates, and live birth rates in the first 2 groups were almost double the rates in the third group. The figures for implantation rates were 40 % in the first two groups vs. 19 % in the third group (P < 0.05). Pregnancy rates were 60.9 % and 64 % vs. 31.8 % (P < 0.05) and ongoing pregnancy/ live-birth rates were 52.3 % & 56 % vs. 27.3 %.


The current study reports better implantation and pregnancy rates with earlier expanding blastocysts regardless of the time of transfer.

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Correspondence to Mervat Sheikh-El-Arab Elsedeek.

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Capsule Expanded blastocysts on day 5 have good outcome whether transferred on day 5 or 6.

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Elgindy, E., Elsedeek, M.SEA. Day 5 expanded blastocysts transferred on same day have comparable outcome to those left for more extended culture and transferred on day 6. J Assist Reprod Genet 29, 1111–1115 (2012).

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