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Journal Cover Human Reproduction Update
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  • Thank you to our reviewers of 2016
    • First page: 263
      PubDate: 2017-03-24
      DOI: 10.1093/humupd/dmx007
  • Sperm recovery and ICSI outcomes in Klinefelter syndrome: a systematic
           review and meta-analysis
    • Authors: Corona G; Pizzocaro A, Lanfranco F, et al.
      First page: 265
      Abstract: <span class="paragraphSection"><div class="boxTitle"> </div><div class="boxTitle">BACKGROUND</div>Specific factors underlying successful surgical sperm retrieval rates (SRR) or pregnancy rates (PR) after testicular sperm extraction (TESE) in adult patients with Klinefelter syndrome (KS) have not been completely clarified.<div class="boxTitle">OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE</div>The aim of this review was to meta-analyse the currently available data from subjects with KS regarding SRRs as the primary outcome. In addition, when available, PRs and live birth rates (LBRs) after the ICSI technique were also investigated as secondary outcomes.<div class="boxTitle">SEARCH METHODS</div>An extensive Medline, Embase and Cochrane search was performed. All trials reporting SRR for conventional-TESE (cTESE) or micro-TESE (mTESE) and its specific determinants without any arbitrary restriction were included.<div class="boxTitle">OUTCOMES</div>Out of 139 studies, 37 trials were included in the study, enrolling a total of 1248 patients with a mean age of 30.9 ± 5.6 years. The majority of the studies (<span style="font-style:italic;">n</span> = 18) applied mTESE, 13 applied cTESE and in one case testicular sperm aspiration (TESA) was used. Additionally, four studies used a mixed approach and in one study, the method applied for sperm retrieval was not specified. Overall, a SRR per TESE cycle of 44[39;48]% was detected. Similar results were observed when mTESE was compared to cTESE (SRR 43[35;50]% vs 45[38;52]% for cTESE vs micro-TESE, respectively; <span style="font-style:italic;">Q</span> = 0.20, <span style="font-style:italic;">P</span> = 0.65). Meta-regression analysis showed that none of the parameters tested, including age, testis volume and FSH, LH and testosterone (T) levels at enrollment, affected the final SRR. Similarly, no difference was observed when a bilateral procedure was compared to a unilateral approach. No sufficient data were available to evaluate the effect of previous T treatment on SRR. Information on fertility outcome after ICSI was available for 29 studies. Overall a total of 218 biochemical pregnancies after 410 ICSI cycles were observed (PR = 43[36;50]%). Similar results were observed when LBR was analyzed (LBR = 43[34;53]%). Similar to what was observed for SRR, no influence of KS age, mean testis volume, LH, FSH or total T levels on either PR and LBR was observed. No sufficient data were available to test the effect of the women's age or other female fertility problems on PR and LBR. Finally, no difference in PR or LBR was observed when the use of fresh sperm was compared to the utilization of cryopreserved sperm.<div class="boxTitle">WIDER IMPLICATIONS</div>The present data suggest that performing TESE/micro-TESE in subjects with KS results in SRRs of close to 50%, and then PRs and LBRs of close to 50%, with the results being independent of any clinical or biochemical parameters tested.</span>
      PubDate: 2017-04-04
      DOI: 10.1093/humupd/dmx008
  • Surgical treatment of adhesion-related chronic abdominal and pelvic pain
           after gynaecological and general surgery: a systematic review and
    • Authors: van den Beukel BA; de Ree R, van Leuven S, et al.
      First page: 276
      Abstract: <span class="paragraphSection"><div class="boxTitle"> </div><div class="boxTitle">BACKGROUND</div>Chronic pain is a frequent post-operative complication, affecting ~20–40% of patients who have undergone surgery of the female genital or alimentary tract. Chronic pain is an important risk factor for diminished quality of life after surgery. Adhesions are frequently associated with chronic post-operative pain; however, surgical treatment of adhesion-related pain is controversial.<div class="boxTitle">OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE</div>The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy and harms of surgical interventions for chronic post-operative pain attributable to adhesions.<div class="boxTitle">SEARCH METHODS</div>A search was conducted using PubMed, EMBASE and CENTRAL, without restrictions pertaining to date, publication status or language. Randomized trials and cohort studies from all surgical interventions for chronic post-operative pain were considered eligible. Patients with a concomitant diagnosis that could cause chronic pain (e.g. endometriosis or inflammatory conditions) were excluded. Outcome measures were graded according to clinical relevance, with improvement of pain at long-term follow-up regarded as most clinically relevant.<div class="boxTitle">OUTCOMES</div>A total of 4294 unique citations were identified, of which 13 studies met the criteria for inclusion. Two of the analysed studies were randomized trials, of which one had a low risk of bias. Only one trial, randomizing between laparoscopic adhesiolysis without an adhesion barrier and diagnostic laparoscopy, reported improvement of pain at long-term follow-up. In this trial, pain improved in 55.8% of patients after adhesiolysis and in 41.7% of patients in the control group; however, the difference was not significant (relative risk (RR) 1.34; 95% CI: 0.89–2.02). Most non-randomized studies had mid-length follow-up (6–12 months). In pooled analyses of trials and non-randomized studies, improvement of pain was reported in 72% of patients who underwent adhesiolysis (95% CI: 61–83%) at any follow-up longer than 3 months. The incidence of negative laparoscopies was 20% (95% CI: 10–30%). The overall incidence of complications following laparoscopic adhesiolysis was 4% (95% CI: 1–6%).<div class="boxTitle">WIDER IMPLICATIONS</div>Laparoscopic adhesiolysis reduces pain from adhesions in ~70% of patients in the initial phase after treatment. However, there is little evidence for long-term efficacy of adhesiolysis for chronic pain. Other drawbacks of laparoscopic adhesiolysis are the high rate of negative laparoscopies and the risk of bowel injury. At present, there is little evidence to support routine use of adhesiolysis in treatment for chronic pain. New research is needed to investigate whether the results of adhesiolysis can be improved with new techniques for diagnosis and prevention of adhesion reformation.</span>
      PubDate: 2017-03-02
      DOI: 10.1093/humupd/dmx004
  • Biological basis for human capacitation—revisited
    • Authors: De Jonge C.
      First page: 289
      Abstract: <span class="paragraphSection"><div class="boxTitle"> </div><div class="boxTitle">BACKGROUND</div>A little more than a decade ago a review entitled ‘Biological basis for human capacitation’ was published. A primary conclusion of the review was that with all the technological advances that have been made since the first experiments demonstrated the <span style="font-style:italic;">in vivo</span> requirement of capacitation for fertilization, very little progress had since been made, most significantly for human.<div class="boxTitle">OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE</div>The present review was carried out to provide an update on the biological basis for human capacitation. It briefly revisits the original schema, presents a review of the literature that urged research interest in human sperm capacitation and puts under the spotlight the original definition of capacitation balanced against the limitations of experiments <span style="font-style:italic;">in vitro</span> to characterize a complex process that necessarily mandates a female component, and very recent findings in the mouse. It also includes proposed considerations for new thinking regarding capacitation, and progress toward understanding the biology of human capacitation.<div class="boxTitle">SEARCH METHODS</div>The PubMed, Google Scholar and Scopus literature databases were reviewed extensively using inclusive, broad and multispecies search terms without publication date limitation.<div class="boxTitle">OUTCOMES</div>Comprehensive screening of the literature database showed that no papers regarding human sperm capacitation <span style="font-style:italic;">in vivo</span> have been published in the past 20 years. Recent experiments in the mouse have provided compelling and unanticipated data regarding capacitation and <span style="font-style:italic;">in vivo</span> fertilization. Questions were posed and addressed regarding: stimuli for initiation of capacitation, capacitation relative to the cumulus–oocyte complex, comparison between <span style="font-style:italic;">in vivo</span> and <span style="font-style:italic;">in vitro</span> capacitation, and potential species-specific differences in location and timing of capacitation.<div class="boxTitle">WIDER IMPLICATIONS</div>There has been no progress on the <span style="font-style:italic;">in vivo</span> biology of human sperm capacitation since before the turn of the century. Human IVF and its technologies may likely have inhibited, and continue to hold back, any future <span style="font-style:italic;">in vivo</span> experiments that would address one or more questions regarding acquisition of fertilizing capacity in human. The limiting factor for progress in the area is access to funding and human subjects.</span>
      PubDate: 2017-01-23
      DOI: 10.1093/humupd/dmw048
  • Ovarian hormones and obesity
    • Authors: Leeners B; Geary N, Tobler PN, et al.
      First page: 300
      Abstract: <span class="paragraphSection"><div class="boxTitle"> </div><div class="boxTitle">BACKGROUND</div>Obesity is caused by an imbalance between energy intake, i.e. eating and energy expenditure (EE). Severe obesity is more prevalent in women than men worldwide, and obesity pathophysiology and the resultant obesity-related disease risks differ in women and men. The underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. Pre-clinical and clinical research indicate that ovarian hormones may play a major role.<div class="boxTitle">OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE</div>We systematically reviewed the clinical and pre-clinical literature on the effects of ovarian hormones on the physiology of adipose tissue (AT) and the regulation of AT mass by energy intake and EE.<div class="boxTitle">SEARCH METHODS</div>Articles in English indexed in PubMed through January 2016 were searched using keywords related to: (i) reproductive hormones, (ii) weight regulation and (iii) central nervous system. We sought to identify emerging research foci with clinical translational potential rather than to provide a comprehensive review.<div class="boxTitle">OUTCOMES</div>We find that estrogens play a leading role in the causes and consequences of female obesity. With respect to adiposity, estrogens synergize with AT genes to increase gluteofemoral subcutaneous AT mass and decrease central AT mass in reproductive-age women, which leads to protective cardiometabolic effects. Loss of estrogens after menopause, independent of aging, increases total AT mass and decreases lean body mass, so that there is little net effect on body weight. Menopause also partially reverses women's protective AT distribution. These effects can be counteracted by estrogen treatment. With respect to eating, increasing estrogen levels progressively decrease eating during the follicular and peri-ovulatory phases of the menstrual cycle. Progestin levels are associated with eating during the luteal phase, but there does not appear to be a causal relationship. Progestins may increase binge eating and eating stimulated by negative emotional states during the luteal phase. Pre-clinical research indicates that one mechanism for the pre-ovulatory decrease in eating is a central action of estrogens to increase the satiating potency of the gastrointestinal hormone cholecystokinin. Another mechanism involves a decrease in the preference for sweet foods during the follicular phase. Genetic defects in brain α-melanocycte-stimulating hormone–melanocortin receptor (melanocortin 4 receptor, MC4R) signaling lead to a syndrome of overeating and obesity that is particularly pronounced in women and in female animals. The syndrome appears around puberty in mice with genetic deletions of MC4R, suggesting a role of ovarian hormones. Emerging functional brain-imaging data indicates that fluctuations in ovarian hormones affect eating by influencing striatal dopaminergic processing of flavor hedonics and lateral prefrontal cortex processing of cognitive inhibitory controls of eating. There is a dearth of research on the neuroendocrine control of eating after menopause. There is also comparatively little research on the effects of ovarian hormones on EE, although changes in ovarian hormone levels during the menstrual cycle do affect resting EE.<div class="boxTitle">WIDER IMPLICATIONS</div>The markedly greater obesity burden in women makes understanding the diverse effects of ovarian hormones on eating, EE and body adiposity urgent research challenges. A variety of research modalities can be used to investigate these effects in women, and most of the mechanisms reviewed are accessible in animal models. Therefore, human and translational research on the roles of ovarian hormones in women's obesity and its causes should be intensified to gain further mechanistic insights that may ultimately be translated into novel anti-obesity therapies and thereby improve women's health.</span>
      PubDate: 2017-03-02
      DOI: 10.1093/humupd/dmw045
  • Long-term adjustment to unmet parenthood goals following ART: a systematic
           review and meta-analysis
    • Authors: Gameiro S; Finnigan A.
      First page: 322
      Abstract: <span class="paragraphSection"><div class="boxTitle"> </div><div class="boxTitle">BACKGROUND</div>Fertility treatment is not guaranteed to succeed and around 30% of patients do not achieve parenthood. Failed treatment represents the loss of parenthood and often triggers intense and prolonged grief reactions. There is an increasing awareness of the need to support patients in the aftermath of failed treatment; however, there are no effective interventions for the effect. This need for support is expected to increase as the number of people delaying parenthood increases and therefore so does the number for whom assisted reproduction will not offer a solution.<div class="boxTitle">OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE</div>This mixed-methods review aims at investigating if patients with failed fertility treatment experience significant psychosocial adjustment difficulties that warrant the provision of psychosocial support, and at developing a comprehensive model of adjustment to unmet parenthood goals that can be used to assist the design of theory led psychosocial interventions.<div class="boxTitle">SEARCH METHODS</div>Five databases were systematically searched between 1978 and December 2015. Search terms were variations of fertility treatment AND psychosocial adjustment AND post-treatment. Quantitative studies had to include group mean comparisons on psychosocial adjustment (mental-health and well-being) between patients who had failed treatment and a control group. Qualitative studies had to focus on experiences of psychosocial adjustment after failed treatment. Screening, data extraction and critical appraisal were carried out independently by the authors using predefined protocols. Two meta-analyses were performed on mental-health and well-being with a random effect model. The primary outcome was Hedge's <span style="font-style:italic;">g</span>. Publication bias was checked with visual inspection of funnel plots, Egger's test and the trim-and-fill method. A three-stage thematic analysis of results reported in primary qualitative papers was implemented. First-order descriptive and second-order interpretative themes were extracted.<div class="boxTitle">OUTCOMES</div>Nine quantitative (9052 individuals, 8 countries) and 9 qualitative (267 individuals, 6 countries) studies were included. Six (67%) of the quantitative studies reported on mental-health and six on well-being. The meta-analyses showed that the failed group had worse mental-health (<span style="font-style:italic;">g</span> = −0.496, <span style="font-style:italic;">P</span> = 0.001, 95% CI [−0.791 to 0.200]; <span style="font-style:italic;">I</span><sup>2</sup> = 88%, <span style="font-style:italic;">P</span> < 0.001) and well-being (<span style="font-style:italic;">g</span> = −0.324, <span style="font-style:italic;">P</span> < 0.001, 95% CI [−0.454 to 0.193], <span style="font-style:italic;">I</span><sup>2</sup> = 0%, <span style="font-style:italic;">P</span> = 0.552) than controls. The qualitative review resulted in 28 first-order themes that were grouped into 6 second-order themes: individual and relational adjustment, social adjustment, acceptance, pursuit of new life goals, meaning making, and fertility care perceptions and needs. The data showed that individual, relational and social adjustment tended to increase with time since treatment, and that individuals’ care perceptions and needs also changed. The data also suggested that individuals who engage in the psychological tasks of accepting and making meaning of their situation and pursuing new life goals adjust better and have fewer support needs. These predictions were articulated in the Three Tasks Model of Adjustment to Unmet Parenthood Goals.<div class="boxTitle">WIDER IMPLICATIONS</div>Results provide compelling evidence for the provision of psychosocial care directed at helping individuals who are relinquishing their parenthood goals. The Three Tasks Model of Adjustment to Unmet Parenthood Goals offers comprehensive guidance on the therapeutic mechanisms that psychosocial care should target to promote adjustment. Future research should test the model with prospective cohort studies or by developing and testing interventions based on its predictions.</span>
      PubDate: 2017-02-06
      DOI: 10.1093/humupd/dmx001
  • Preimplantation and prenatal diagnosis, wrongful birth and wrongful life:
           a global view of bioethical and legal controversies
    • Authors: Frati P; Fineschi V, Di Sanzo M, et al.
      First page: 338
      Abstract: <span class="paragraphSection"><div class="boxTitle"> </div><div class="boxTitle">BACKGROUND</div>Prenatal diagnosis based on different technologies is increasingly used in developed countries and has become a common strategy in obstetric practice. The tests are crucial in enabling mothers to make informed decisions about the possibility of terminating pregnancy. They have generated numerous bioethical and legal controversies in the field of ‘wrongful life’ claims (action brought by or on behalf of a child against the mother or other people, claiming that he or she has to endure a not-worth-living existence) and ‘wrongful birth’ claims (action brought by the mother or parents against the physician for being burdened with an unwanted, often disabled child, which could have been avoided).<div class="boxTitle">OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE</div>The possibility which exists nowadays to intervene actively by programming and deciding the phases linked to procreation and birth has raised several questions worldwide. The mother's right to self-determination could be an end but whether or not this right is absolute is debatable. Freedom could, with time, act as a barrier that obstructs intrusion into other people's lives and their personal choices. Therapeutic choices may be manageable in a liberal sense, and the sanctity of life can be inflected in a secular sense. These sensitive issues and the various points of view to be considered have motivated this review.<div class="boxTitle">SEARCH METHODS</div>Literature searches were conducted on relevant demographic, social science and medical science databases (SocINDEX, Econlit, PopLine, Medline, Embase and Current Contents) and via other sources. Searches focused on subjects related to bioethical and legal controversies in the field of preimplantation and prenatal diagnosis, wrongful birth and wrongful life. A review of the international state of law was carried out, focusing attention on the peculiar issue of wrongful life and investigating the different jurisdictional solutions of wrongful life claims in a comparative survey.<div class="boxTitle">OUTCOMES</div>Courts around the world are generally reluctant to acknowledge wrongful life claims due to their ethical and legal implications, such as existence as an injury, the right not to be born, the nature of the harm suffered and non-existence as an alternative to a disabled life. Most countries have rejected such actions while at the same time approving those for wrongful birth. Some countries, such as France with a law passed in March 2002, have definitively excluded Wrongful Life action. Only in the Netherlands and in three states of the USA (California, Washington and New Jersey) Wrongful Life actions are allowed. In other countries, such as Belgium, legislation is unclear because, despite a first decision of the Court allowing Wrongful Life action, the case is still in progress. There is a complete lack of case law regarding wrongful conception, wrongful birth and wrongful life in a few countries, such as Estonia.<div class="boxTitle">WIDER IMPLICATIONS</div>The themes of ‘wrongful birth’ and ‘wrongful life’ are charged with perplexing ethical dilemmas and raise delicate legal questions. These have met, in various countries and on certain occasions, with different solutions and have triggered ethical and juridical debate. The damage case scenarios result from a lack of information or diagnosis prior to the birth, which deprives the mother of the chance to terminate the pregnancy.</span>
      PubDate: 2017-02-09
      DOI: 10.1093/humupd/dmx002
  • Tubal anastomosis after previous sterilization: a systematic review
    • Authors: van Seeters JH; Chua S, Mol BJ, et al.
      First page: 358
      Abstract: <span class="paragraphSection"><div class="boxTitle"> </div><div class="boxTitle">BACKGROUND</div>Female sterilization is one of the most common contraceptive methods. A small number of women, however, opt for reversal of sterilization procedures after they experience regret. Procedures can be performed by laparotomy or laparoscopy, with or without robotic assistance. Another commonly utilized alternative is IVF. The choice between surgery and IVF is often influenced by reimbursement politics for that particular geographic location.<div class="boxTitle">OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE</div>We evaluated the fertility outcomes of different surgical methods available for the reversal of female sterilization, compared these to IVF and assessed the prognostic factors for success.<div class="boxTitle">SEARCH METHODS</div>Two search strategies were employed. Firstly, we searched for randomized and non-randomized clinical studies presenting fertility outcomes of sterilization reversal up to July 2016. Data on the following outcomes were collected: pregnancy rate, ectopic pregnancy rate, cost of the procedure and operative time. Eligible study designs included prospective or retrospective studies, randomized controlled trials, cohort studies, case–control studies and case series. No age restriction was applied. Exclusion criteria were patients suffering from tubal infertility from any other reason (e.g. infection, endometriosis and adhesions from previous surgery) and studies including <10 participants. The following factors likely to influence the success of sterilization reversal procedures were then evaluated: female age, BMI and duration and method of sterilization. Secondly, we searched for randomized and non-randomized clinical studies that compared reversal of sterilization to IVF and evaluated them for pregnancy outcomes and cost effectiveness.<div class="boxTitle">OUTCOMES</div>We included 37 studies that investigated a total of 10 689 women. No randomized controlled trials were found. Most studies were retrospective cohort studies of a moderate quality. The pooled pregnancy rate after sterilization reversal was 42–69%, with heterogeneity seen from the different methods utilized. The reported ectopic pregnancy rate was 4–8%. The only prognostic factor affecting the chance of conception was female age. The surgical approach (i.e. laparotomy [microscopic], laparoscopy or robotic) had no impact on the outcome, with the exception of the macroscopic laparotomic technique, which had inferior results and is not currently utilized. For older women, IVF could be a more cost-effective alternative for the reversal of sterilization. However, direct comparative data are lacking and a cut-off age cannot be stated.<div class="boxTitle">WIDER IMPLICATIONS</div>In sterilized women who suffer regret, surgical tubal re-anastomosis is an effective treatment, especially in younger women. However, there is a need for randomized controlled trials comparing the success rates and costs of surgical reversal with IVF.</span>
      PubDate: 2017-02-22
      DOI: 10.1093/humupd/dmx003
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