Endometrial biopsy during hormone replacement cycle in donor oocyte recipients before in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer

Daniel A. Potter, Craig A. Witz, William N. Burns, Robert G. Brzyski, Robert S. Schenken

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Objective: To examine the usefulness of a trial cycle of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and endometrial biopsy before the actual ET cycle in recipients of donated oocytes. Design: Retrospective review. Setting: Clinical practice at the South Texas Fertility Center, San Antonio, Texas. Patient(s): Thirty-six concurrent patients who underwent a trial cycle of HRT with endometrial biopsy before the ET cycle with donated oocytes fertilized in vitro. Intervention(s): Patients ≤40 years of age received 100 mg of IM progesterone in oil daily; patients <40 years of age received 50 mg daily. Endometrial biopsies were performed during the late luteal phase of the trial cycle. Main Outcome Measure(s): Histologic dating of the biopsy specimens was correlated with the chronologic date of the biopsy. Result(s): Five of 20 patients ≤40 years of age had out-of-phase biopsies. All 16 patients <40 years of age had in-phase biopsies. All out-of-phase biopsies subsequently were corrected with higher doses of progesterone. Pregnancy rates after fresh and frozen ETs were not significantly different between the two age groups. Conclusion(s): Patients ≤40 years of age are at risk of having out-of-phase endometrial biopsies while they are receiving standard HRT despite receiving higher doses of progesterone. Trial HRT cycles with endometrial biopsies are recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-221
Number of pages3
JournalFertility and sterility
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 1998



  • Aging
  • Endometrium
  • Oocyte donation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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