Cost effectiveness analysis of preimplantation genetic screening and in vitro fertilization versus expectant management in patients with unexplained recurrent pregnancy loss

In vitro fertilization/preimplantation genetic screening is not cost effective in achieving live birth compared with expectant management in patients with unexplained recurrent pregnancy loss.

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Authors

Gayathree Murugappan, M.D., Mika S. Ohno, M.D., Ruth B. Lathi, M.D.

Volume 103, Issue 5, Pages 1215-1220

Abstract

Objective:

To determine whether in vitro fertilization with preimplantation genetic screening (IVF/PGS) is cost effective compared with expectant management in achieving live birth for patients with unexplained recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL).

Design:

Decision analytic model comparing costs and clinical outcomes.

Setting:

Academic recurrent pregnancy loss programs.

Patient(s):

Women with unexplained RPL.

Intervention(s):

IVF/PGS with 24-chromosome screening and expectant management.

Main Outcomes Measure(s):

Cost per live birth.

Result(s):

The IVF/PGS strategy had a live-birth rate of 53% and a clinical miscarriage rate of 7%. Expectant management had a live-birth rate of 67% and clinical miscarriage rate of 24%. The IVF/PGS strategy was 100-fold more expensive, costing $45,300 per live birth compared with $418 per live birth with expectant management.

Conclusion(s):

In this model, IVF/PGS was not a cost-effective strategy for increasing live birth. Furthermore, the live-birth rate with IVF/PGS needs to be 91% to be cost effective compared with expectant management.

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