Local and systemic factors and implantation: what is the evidence?

Some medical conditions and lifestyle factors can influence implantation in the setting of IVF. Multiple endometrial and circulating factors affecting implantation will be reviewed.

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Chelsea Fox, M.D., Scott Morin, M.D., Jae-Wook Jeong, Ph.D., Richard T. Scott Jr., M.D., Bruce A. Lessey, M.D., Ph.D.

Volume 105, Issue 4, Pages 873-884


Significant progress has been made in the understanding of embryonic competence and endometrial receptivity since the inception of assisted reproductive technology. The endometrium is a highly dynamic tissue that plays a crucial role in the establishment and maintenance of normal pregnancy. In response to steroid sex hormones, the endometrium undergoes marked changes during the menstrual cycle that are critical for acceptance of the nascent embryo. There is also a wide body of literature on systemic factors that impact assisted reproductive technology outcomes. Patient prognosis is impacted by an array of factors that tip the scales in her favor or against success. Recognizing the local and systemic factors will allow clinicians to better understand and optimize the maternal environment at the time of implantation. This review will address the current literature on endometrial and systemic factors related to impaired implantation and highlight recent advances in this area of reproductive medicine.

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Fertility and Sterility

Editorial Office, American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Fertility and Sterility® is an international journal for obstetricians, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, urologists, basic scientists and others who treat and investigate problems of infertility and human reproductive disorders.