Antiphospholipid antibodies and in vitro fertilization success: a meta-analysis
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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies among women undergoing IVF affects the likelihood of IVF success. DESIGN: A meta-analysis of seven eligible studies on antiphospholipid antibodies and IVF outcome. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) of an association between the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies and both clinical pregnancy and live birth from IVF. RESULT(S): There was no significant association between antiphospholipid abnormalities and either clinical pregnancy (OR 0.99; 95% CI 0.64-1.53) or live birth (OR 1.07; 95% CI 0.66-1.75) in IVF patients. CONCLUSION(S): The measurement of antiphospholipid antibodies is not warranted in patients undergoing IVF.
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