In case, contemplating on undergoing IVF or ICSI treatment, you might as well find yourself joining the league of other women out there of undergoing IVF or ICSI treatment during the spring season. As the trees lose their leaves and others blossom during the spring, the fertilization rate in infertility centers goes up, something which is currently raising eyebrows.
According to Research
Whether a male or female, the research findings may become useful in one way or another in case planning to undergo IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) or ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection). In a study conducted in 2012, an increase in the fertilization procedures of ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) was witnessed in the spring season.
In addition, fertility researchers in Brazil were triggered to set out and evaluate the seasons’ effect on ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology). In a study conducted among one thousand nine hundred and thirty-two patients (1,932), patients undergoing IVF or ICSI were both grouped by season and according to the day of egg retrieval.
According to the evaluations taken from a single infertility centre, it turned out that four hundred and thirty-five patients underwent IVF/ICSI during the winter, four hundred and sixty-nine patients during the summer, four hundred and forty-four patients during spring and five hundred and eighty-four patients during autumn.
As per the results, it turned out that fertilization procedures were as below;
The winter emerged with 67.9%, autumn with 69%, summer with 68.7%, and Spring with 73.5%. It was then concluded that the spring season is characterized by higher ICSI successful fertilization procedures than other seasons.
The Pregnancy Rate During the Spring Season
Although there were more fertilization procedures during the spring season, the researchers found that no increase in the pregnancy rate. In other words, the pregnancy rate remained the same (33.1%) in all seasons.
Would you try out an ICSI treatment during the spring season?
ICSI is in most cases opted after the failure of IVF and in case of unexplained infertility. The procedure requires a single sperm to be directly injected into the egg for fertilization to occur after which the embryo is transferred back to the woman’s womb for development.
Women opting for ICSI treatment in the spring season may have been influenced by the fine weather conditions, but that has no influence on the pregnancy rate. However, experts found that the estradiol hormone levels in women are higher in the spring season.
The variability of the data still remains a consideration as the research was only based on a single fertility clinic. Wider margins for the research, especially in other clinics are likely to deliver new information as per patients who get their eggs and sperms joined during the spring season.