Demographic determinants and outcome of in vitro fertilization (IVF) services in Saudi Arabia

Faisal Almaslami, Syed Mohamed Al-Junid Syed Junid, Khalid Ghailan

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Objectives: To assess the demographic characteristics and outcomes of couples undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment at a private hospital in Al Qassim district, Saudi Arabia. Methods: For this retrospective study, information was extracted from the hospital electronic database and IVF unit medical records. Results: 2259 couples underwent 2703 IVF/ICSI cycles during 2014 to 2016. The utilization rate was approximately 1000 cycle per million of inhabitants. Mean ages ± standard deviation (SD) for women and men were 32.9 ± 5.7 and 39.2 ± 7.4 years, respectively. More couples were diagnosed with secondary infertility (55.2%) than primary infertility (44.8%). Male factor was the commonest single indication for IVF (36.2%). Mean ± SD infertility duration was 4.70 ± 4.03 years. Overall, 949 couples had a successful pregnancy. Age-specific pregnancy rates (PR) were highest for women <35 years (39.8%) and lowest for women >40 years (11.6%). Male age and infertility duration had no effect on PR but sperm source (fresh vs. frozen) and female age had significant impacts. However, fresh sperm was used in 90.6% cycles whereas frozen sperm was used in 9.4% cycles. Conclusions: IVF treatment outcomes in the Al Qassim district are within the boundaries of average international success rates. Infertile couples seeking IVF services should be counselled with regard to important prognostic factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1537-1544
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of International Medical Research
Volume46
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018

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Saudi Arabia
Fertilization in Vitro
Demography
Infertility
Spermatozoa
Pregnancy Rate
Private Hospitals
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injections
Male Infertility
Medical Records
Retrospective Studies
Databases
Pregnancy

Keywords

  • assisted reproductive technology
  • infertility
  • IVF/ICSI outcome
  • Saudi Arabia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry, medical

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Demographic determinants and outcome of in vitro fertilization (IVF) services in Saudi Arabia. / Almaslami, Faisal; Syed Junid, Syed Mohamed Al-Junid; Ghailan, Khalid.

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