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Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 249–253 | Cite as

Clinical observations of sequential therapy with Chinese medicine and hysteroscopic mechanical stimulation of the endometrium in infertile patients with repeated implantation failure undergoing frozen-thawed embryo transfer

  • Xiao-le Zhang (章晓乐)
  • Yong-lun Fu (傅永伦)
  • Yan Kang (康 艳)
  • Cong Qi (齐 聪)
  • Qin-hua Zhang (张勤华)Email author
  • Yan-ping Kuang (匡延平)Email author
Original Article

Abstract

Objectives

To investigate the clinical effect of sequential therapeutic intervention Yupei Qisun [compensating for weakness by invigorating Kidney (Shen) and Spleen (Pi) in advance] in Chinese medicine (CM) and hysteroscopic endometrial mechanical stimulation on the treatment of infertile patients with repeated implantation failure (RIF); and to study the differences in patients’ endometrial thickness and type on the day of embryo transfer, serum hormone levels on embryo transfer day and clinical pregnancy outcomes.

Methods

In the clinical study, 168 frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FET) cycles for couples with RIF conforming to the research protocol were randomly divided into three groups: a CM group with 56 cycles (CM combined with FET), a hysteroscopy group with 55 cycles (hysteroscopic endometrial mechanical stimulation), and a control group with 57 cycles (conventional FET). Differences in endometrial thickness on the embryo transfer day, levels of serum estradiol (E2) and progesterone (P) on the embryo transfer day, the E2/P ratio on the embryo transfer day, biochemical and clinical pregnancy rates, implantation rate, abnormal pregnancy rate and other indices were compared among the three groups.

Results

Endometrial thickness, E2 and P levels, and the E2/P ratio on embryo transfer day and other factors had no significant differences among groups. The biochemical pregnancy, clinical pregnancy, and implantation rates of the CM and hysteroscopy groups were significantly higher than the control group (P<0.05), and there were no significant differences between these two groups. The abnormal pregnancy rate had no significant difference among the three groups.

Conclusions: Sequential therapy of Yupei Qisun could significantly improve the clinical outcomes of RIF-FET cycles, being equivalent to hysteroscopic endometrial mechanical stimulation, and provided a reliable method to treat such infertile couples

Keywords

sequential therapy Chinese medicine Yupei Qisun repeated implantation failure frozen embryo transfer hysteroscopy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiao-le Zhang (章晓乐)
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yong-lun Fu (傅永伦)
    • 2
  • Yan Kang (康 艳)
    • 2
  • Cong Qi (齐 聪)
    • 1
  • Qin-hua Zhang (张勤华)
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yan-ping Kuang (匡延平)
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Gynecology, Shuguang HospitalShanghai University of Traditional Chinese MedicineShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Department of Assisted Reproduction, the 9th HospitalShanghai Jiaotong University School of MedicineShanghaiChina

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