Infertility and abnormal uterine bleeding due to structural lesions of uterus is the subject of many hysteroscopy procedures.
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on several factors, among which embryo qualities
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Abnormal uterine bleeding is responsible for more than one third of gynecologist consultation (
The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of therapeutic intervention through operative hysteroscopy in improvement of pregnancy outcome and in reducing patients’ complaints in women with pregnancy and fertility problems.
This prospective interventional cohort study was performed between 2003 and 2009 in Alzahra and Sina hospital. It included 65 patients with primary and secondary infertility, recurrent abortion and structural uterine defects reported in sonography or hysterosalpangography (HSG). They all had normal chromosomal studies. All men had normal semen analysis according to World Health Organization criteria (more than 20 million/ml sperms with total motility of greater than 40% and more than 4% normal morphology). Therefore, individuals with male factors infertility, and other cause of infertility, except structural anomaly, were excluded from the study. All patients signed their informed consent, and the study was approved by the Ethics Committee of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences. All patients had a complete history and physical examination. They also underwent routine laboratory evaluations of blood and urine. Hysteroscopy was carried out at Alzahra and Sina Hospitals, Isfahan, Iran, with general anesthesia. All laparoscopy-guided-hysteroscopies were performed in early proliferative phase by hysteroresectoscope and laparoscope (Karl Storz GmbH and Co., Tuttlingen, Germany). A 1.5% glycine solution in a 3-liters bag was used for uterine distension and irrigation. Fluid balance was very carefully monitored throughout the procedure in order to avoid fluid overload. We used laminaria Woodside, Australia for dilation of the cervix 6 hours before surgery. In some patients, cervix was dilated using Hegar No 9 (Martin Hegar, Germany) before hysteroscopy.
Septum incision was made using a resectoscope loop with setting at 60W for cutting. After the identification of tubal ostia septum incision was performed until reaching the typical pink tissue which was underlying myometrial tissue, but it didn’t enter the myometrium in order to avoid severe bleeding. The incision was performed until there was no residual septum between the tubal os. This procedure also shows the proximity of the uterine serosa assessed by laparoscopy.
The procedure was performed using a 27 French wire monopolar-cutting loop. The first step of intervention was to evaluate the uterine cavity and the characteristic of the myomas or polyp. The intera-cavity component was removed by repeated passage of the monopolar angled cutting loop using the slicing technique. All procedures were videotaped, and all resected specimens were sent for histological analysis.
We used hydrodissection for thin or filmy adhesions (grade I), whereas for other grads (II, III) of adhesions, we used needle electrode, loop electrode or scissor under direct vision. The cutting and coagulating power was set at 60 W. At the end of procedure, hormone treatment was started consisting of conjugated estrogen 1.25 mg daily for 25 days with the addition of Medroxy progesterone acetate (Iran Hormone, Iran) at a dose of 10 mg per day in the last ten days of the cycle. This treatment continued for 2 months.
We evaluated the reproductive outcomes, early and late complications of each patient, during a period of 1 year after surgery. According to patients, chief complaint success was determined by relief of symptoms. Failure was recorded if subsequent intervention was required or symptoms persisted.
Statistical analysis was performed using Chi-squared (χ²) test and descriptive test. The Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS; SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL, USA) version 11, and a value of p<0.05 was considered as statistically significant.
Chief complaint, pathology, parity and type of infertility are summarized in table 1, while the obtained results showed that abnormal uterine bleeding was the most frequent chief complain in infertile women. The mean age of the patients was 31.49 ± 5.7 years, with the minimum and the maximum of 20 and 44 years old, respectively.
Before hysteroscopy, our multigravida patients had 108 case of pregnancy, of which 87 ended in abortion (80.55%). After hysteroscopy metroplasty, 13 patients had pregnancy (65%), of which 4 had abortion and 9 had term pregnancy (45%). Among patients with recurrent abortion, 6 patients (75%) completed their pregnancy, successfully. Pregnancy rate after myomectomy was 25% (4 out of 16 patients). Although abnormal uterine bleeding relief was found in 72% (17 out of 27 patients), but pregnancy rate was low (
Fever was shown to be the early complications in 2 patients. Unfortunately, oophorectomy due to ovarian obsess in one patient and hysterectomy due to sever vaginal bleeding in another patient were considered to be the late complications.
The difference between uterine pathology and treatment result was evaluated by Chi-square (χ²) test and shown in table 3. Distribution of chief complaint according to proven pathology in hysteroscopy is shown in table 4. Distribution of participants according to type of infertility has shown in table 5.
Demographic characteristic, main pathology and chief complaints
|31.49 ± 5.7 (Y)|
|AUB + infertility||27|
|Abortion + infertility||14|
AUB; Abnormal uterine bleeding.
Distribution of treatment results according to chief complaints.
|Pathology Chief complain||No relief||Term pregnancy||Abortion||Relief of symptoms||Statistical test*|
|4 14.8%||5 18.5%||1 3.7%||17 62.9%||χ²=32.4 p<0.001|
|5 37.5%||8 57.1%||1 7.1%||0||χ²=7.3 p=0.06|
|10 41.7%||10 41.7%||4 16.7%||0||χ²=14.6 p=0.002|
*; Each pathology was compared with rest of study population (df=3) and AUB; Abnormal uterine bleeding.
Distribution of treatment results according to uterine pathology procedure.
|Result Pathology||No relief||Positive pregnancy test||Term pregnancy||Abortion||Relief the symptoms||Statistical test*|
*; Each pathology was compared with rest of study population (df=4).
Positive pregnancy rate was successful rate of our procedure achieved after inducing a term pregnancy according to anatomical pathology and the efficacy of surgery.
Distribution of chief complaints according to pathology results in hysteroscopy procedure
AUB; Abnormal uterine bleeding.
Distribution of participants according to type of infertility
|ResultInfertility||No relief||Term pregnancy||Abortion||Relief of symptoms|
P value; 0.00.
Structural uterine lesions has been assumed to cause infertility, while several studies have shown very poor reproductive performance with high miscarriage and low term pregnancy rates when malformation is not treated. Septate uterus is considered to be one of these malformations and many studies have reported a significant improvement of pregnancy outcome after incision of the septum (
Polypectomy had the best obstetrical outcome in our study and supported this idea that small intrauterine lesions such polyps causing implantation failure show better results after polypectomy (
After adhesiolysis, more than 60 percent of patients had improvement in menstruation. Although pregnancy rate was 37%, but others found normal menstrual pattern after hysteroscopic adhesiolysis. Our findings are differentwith others research (
Abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) and reproductive problems are the most common indications for hysteroscopic myomectomy (
So, further studies is needed to determine the relationship between AUB and infertility. Sample size was small in our study. Controlled study with large sample size is needed in order to achieve better results.
We have best result in septoplasty and hysteroscopic polypectomy. Hysteroscopic adhesiolysis and myomectomy had poor outcomes due to the nature of pathology.