This issue’s Views and Reviews series furthers our understanding of the phenotyping and the environmental, genetic, and evolutionary determinants of polycystic ovary syndrome, assisting in elucidating the fundamental etiologies underlying this common and pervasive syndrome.
All the papers from the July 2016 issue of Fertility and Sterility.
The authors review the evolution of the criteria used to diagnosis polycystic ovary syndrome, the prevalence of the disorder, the distribution of polycystic ovary syndrome phenotypes, their morbidity, and the role that referral bias plays in the epidemiology of this syndrome.
This paper reviews the current research on the role of environmental factors in the development and progression of polycystic ovary syndrome, including toxins, diet, socioeconomic status, and geography.
High-throughput disease gene mapping has identified 16 susceptibility loci for polycystic ovary syndrome and functional analysis to understand how these genes act in disease pathways will help to illuminate the pathophysiology of polycystic ovary syndrome.
Although polycystic ovary syndrome is the most common cause of anovulatory infertility, its high prevalence is an evolutionary paradox. In this article the potential explanations for this enigma are explored.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a prehistoric evolutionary paradox. Although there are claims that PCOS has undergone positive selection, it is more likely that nonadaptive evolutionary mechanisms have driven its persistence across time.
Increased antimüllerian hormone levels and other reproductive endocrine changes in adult male relatives of women with polycystic ovary syndrome
Male relatives of women with polycystic ovary syndrome have a distinct reproductive phenotype. We report novel features of this phenotype including elevated antimullerian hormone, luteinizing hormone, and follicle-stimulating hormone levels.
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Predictors of spermatogenesis in radical orchiectomy specimen and potential implications for patients with testicular cancer
In a cohort of 214 patients with testicular cancer, larger tumors were associated with lower rates of spermatozoa in the cancerous testis. Importantly, 58% of patients with azoospermia and cryptozoospermia had spermatozoa in their histologic sections.
Effectiveness of in vitro fertilization with preimplantation genetic screening: a reanalysis of United States assisted reproductive technology data 2011–2012
Preimplantation genetic screening performed in fresh in vitro fertilization cycles during 2011–2012 decreased chances of live birth for most patients. Older women observed small improvements, which are likely consequence of favorable patient selection biases.
Factors associated with the use of elective single-embryo transfer and pregnancy outcomes in the United States, 2004–2012
Elective single-embryo transfer (eSET) is more likely with infertility treatment insurance coverage, and specific demographic and reproductive characteristics. Term non–low birth weight singleton live birth is most likely with eSET.
Risk factors for ectopic pregnancy in assisted reproductive technology: a 6-year, single-center study
Tubal infertility is the main risk factor for ectopic pregnancy in assisted reproductive technology.
Low versus atmospheric oxygen tension for embryo culture in assisted reproduction: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Although we observed a small improvement in live birth/ongoing pregnancy and clinical PRs, the evidence is of very low quality and the best interpretation is that we are still very uncertain about differences in this comparison.
Obstetric and neonatal outcomes in blastocyst-stage biopsy with frozen embryo transfer and cleavage-stage biopsy with fresh embryo transfer after preimplantation genetic diagnosis/screening
Blastocyst biopsy and vitrification were associated with a higher incidence of gestational hypertension but better neonatal outcomes compared with cleavage-stage biopsy and fresh embryo transfer, especially in twins.
Nondominant small follicles are a promising source of mature oocytes in modified natural cycle in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer
Nondominant small follicles are a promising supplementary source of in vivo–matured oocytes, and their use increases the live birth rate in natural cycle in vitro fertilization.