Hysteroscopy for treating subfertility associated with suspected major uterine cavity abnormalities

Jan Bosteels, Jenneke Kasius, Steven Weyers, Frank J. Broekmans, Ben Mol, Thomas M. D'Hooghe

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Abstract

Background Observational studies suggest higher pregnancy rates after the hysteroscopic removal of endometrial polyps, submucous fibroids, uterine septum or intrauterine adhesions, which are detectable in 10% to 15% of women seeking treatment for subfertility. Objectives To assess the effects of the hysteroscopic removal of endometrial polyps, submucous fibroids, uterine septum or intrauterine adhesions suspected on ultrasound, hysterosalpingography, diagnostic hysteroscopy or any combination of thesemethods inwomenwith otherwise unexplained subfertility or prior to intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilisation (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Search methods We searched theCochraneMenstrualDisorders and Subfertility SpecialisedRegister (8 September 2014), theCochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (The Cochrane Library 2014, Issue 9), MEDLINE (1950 to 12 October 2014), EMBASE (inception to 12 October 2014), CINAHL (inception to 11 October 2014) and other electronic sources of trials including trial registers, sources of unpublished literature and reference lists. We handsearched the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) conference abstracts and proceedings (from January 2013 to October 2014) and we contacted experts in the field. Selection criteria Randomised comparisons between operative hysteroscopy versus control in women with otherwise unexplained subfertility or undergoing IUI, IVF or ICSI and suspected major uterine cavity abnormalities diagnosed by ultrasonography, saline infusion/gel instillation sonography, hysterosalpingography, diagnostic hysteroscopy or any combination of these methods. Primary outcomes were live birth and hysteroscopy complications. Secondary outcomes were pregnancy and miscarriage. Data collection and analysis Two review authors independently assessed studies for inclusion and risk of bias, and extracted data. We contacted study authors for additional information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-63
Number of pages62
JournalCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Volume2015
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)

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Bosteels, J., Kasius, J., Weyers, S., Broekmans, F. J., Mol, B., & D'Hooghe, T. M. (2015). Hysteroscopy for treating subfertility associated with suspected major uterine cavity abnormalities. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2015(2), 2-63.