Kartha I. B. M, Putra I. M. M, Mandini I. A. I, Dwipayana I. M. P. Maternal Beta Hcg Levels Day 12 After Embryo Transfer to Predict Pregnancy Outcome in In-Vitro Fertilization Clinic Prima Medika, Denpasar Bali Indonesia. Biomed Pharmacol J 2017;10(4).
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Maternal Beta Hcg Levels Day 12 After Embryo Transfer to Predict Pregnancy Outcome in In-Vitro Fertilization Clinic Prima Medika, Denpasar Bali Indonesia

Ida Bagus Made Kartha1, I. Made Mahadinata Putra2, Ida Ayu Indira Mandini2 and I. Made Pande Dwipayana3

1Ob/gyn specialized, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Consultant doctors in In-vitro Fertilization Clinic, Prima Medika Hospital, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.

2Ob/gyn specialized doctors, in In-vitro Fertilization Clinic, Prima Medika Hospital Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.

3Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Udayana University, Sanglah General Hospital, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.

Corresponding Author E-mail: dr.ibk_spog@yahoo.com

DOI : http://dx.doi.org/10.13005/bpj/1300

Abstract:

Many methods to predict the outcome of pregnancies achieved after assisted reproductive technology (ART) has been tested. Several serum markers have been studied in relation to pregnancy outcomes, such as β-subunit of human chorionic gonadotropin (β-hCG), estradiol, progesterone, cancer antigen 125 (Ca-125), activins, and inhibin. Among them, β-hCG has been proven that the most predictive factor. Prediction of pregnancy outcome is important in an assisted reproductive technology program. Pregnancy obtained through IVF with or without ICSI have a higher risk of obstetric and perinatal complications compared with spontaneous pregnancies. To determine the clinical value of maternal serum ß-hCG twelfth days after the embryo transfer and to predict pregnancy outcome. The method used was a retrospective study, in which the data was obtained from women undergoing IVF Clinic IVF Prima Medika Hospital Denpasar from January to December 2015. The non-viable pregnancy is defined as a biochemical pregnancy, ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage. Ongoing pregnancy is defined as a single pregnancy and multiple pregnancies, which reached more than a gestational age of 12 weeks. Serum ß-hCG levels measured on the twelfth day after ovum pick up (OPU) and compared between the two groups Twelve days after embryo transfer, the mean levels of β-hCG in ongoing pregnancy group (419.7 ± 232.9 mIU/ml) was significantly higher than the group of non-viable pregnancies (44.8 ± 72.9 mIU/ml) (p < 0.005). In multiple pregnancies, the levels of β-hCG in multiple pregnancies (683.3 ± 194.4 mIU/ml) were significantly higher than singleton pregnancies (272.7 ± 155.0 mIU/ml) (p < 0.005). Levels of maternal serum β-hCG on the twelfth day after the embryo transfer has a good predictive value for assessing the clinical pregnancy outcomes in IVF program and helps to plan the subsequent follow-up.

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Embryo Transfer;  levels of beta hCG day 12;Prediction of Pregnancy Outcome

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Introduction

The ability to predict the occurrence of pregnancy in the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) program is desirable both for the clinician and the patient. Some serum markers have been studied in relation to pregnancy, such as β-subunits from human chorionic gonadotropin (β-hCG), estradiol, progesterone, cancer antigen-125 (Ca-125), activin, and inhibin. β-hCG has proven to be the most predictive factor. Pregnancy obtained through IVF with or without ICSI has a high risk of obstetric and perinatal complications compared to spontaneous pregnancy.1,2,3 Ultrasound scanning is part of what is routinely done after embryo transfer, but the gestational sac can only be seen clearly during the third week after embryo transfer.4,5

The success of embryo implantation, with invasion and proliferation of trophoblast cells, depends on endometrial receptivity. Estradiol (E2) is formed in the follicle , and the high number of pre-ovulatory follicles shows high E2 levels. Further affects the final oocyte maturation process with hCG in invitro fertilization (IVF),  the suprafisiological formation of  E2 and progesterone concentrations in the initial luteal phase, including the time of implantation. The high number of oocytes obtained during oocyte retrieval can lead to subsequent embryo-endometrial asynchrony affecting the embryo implantation process, resulting in less optimal trophoblast proliferation and low β-hCG levels.6

Materials and Methods

In vitro fertilization clinic, Prima Medika Hospital Denpasar in January – Desember 2015, there are 138 participants who follow In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) program, with 123 participants who can follow up in the Ovum Pick Up (OPU) stage. Fifty-seven participants tested positive for biochemical pregnancy (46.3%) and 42 participants tested positive for clinical pregnancy (34.1%). The inclusion criteria is patient medical record data in Medical Record Unit of Prima Medika Hospital Denpasar, with positive biochemical pregnancy result after transfer of at least two embryo 8 cells. Levels of serum ß-hCG were measured on the twelfth day after embryo transfer, at In vitro fertilization clinic, Prima Medika Hospital Denpasar, using immunoassay electroiluminesens method, measuring ß-hCG levels to a minimum of <2.00 mIU/ml. Participants who tested positive for biochemical pregnancy were ß-hCG> 10 mIU/mL. Of the 57 participants who had positive ß-hCG levels, followed by 12 weeks’ gestation, they were grouped into two major groups: viable pregnancies (ongoing pregnancy) and non-viable pregnancies (abortion, ectopic pregnancy, and biochemical pregnancy). Using an independent T-Test can detect the average difference in ß-hCG levels between biochemical pregnancies, and abortion. The ANOVA (analysis of variance) test can determine the difference in mean ß-hCG levels between single pregnancy, twin pregnancy, and multiple pregnancies, with 95% confidence intervals.7 As additional analysis, adjusted body mass index (BMI), maternal age and infertile duration. Statistical analysis was performed with SPSS IBM Statistical Package version 17 for Windows with p <0.05 being significant.

Results and Discussion

The mean β-hCG levels on day 12 after embryo transfer based on maternal age, body mass index and infertile duration. The mean ß-hCG concentrations based on maternal age (23-33 years vs 34-45 years) were obtained (357.9 + 276.7 vs 269.5 ± 244.4 mIU/mL), where the differences in both groups did not differ significantly statistically (p = 0.206). Based on body mass index (BMI), the sample with IMT 18-24 kg/m2 was 349.1 ± 290.8 mIU/mL, while sample with IMT> 24 kg/m2 was 281.0 ± 232.9 mIU/mL. Differences in both BMI groups showed no statistically significant (p = 0.335). Infertile duration between 1-10 years, the average ß-hCG concentration was 324.9 ± 268.2 mIU/mL. The mean β-hCG concentration in infertile 11-20 years was 176.5 ± 121.8 mIU/mL, where the difference between the two groups did not differ significantly (p = 0.086) (table 1). Sekhonm et al., on observation of 458 patients who became pregnant after a single frozen embryo transfer (FET) transfer also found that maternal age factors did not differ significantly statistically.8 Similarly, in embryo or blastocyst transfer, the β-hCG concentration in days 14 and 16 after OPU have no significant correlation with maternal age.9

Table 1: Characteristics of Research Samples Based on Maternal-β-hCG Levels

Variables  Category Levels of ß-hCG Maternal (mIU / mL)
Mean Standard Deviation P
Maternal Age (Years) 23 – 33 357.9 276.7 0.206
34 – 45 269.5 244.4
Body Mass Index (BMI)  (kg/m2) 18 – 24 349.1 290.8 0.335
> 24 281.0 232.9
Infertile duration

(Years)

1 – 10 324.9 268.2 0.086
11 – 20 176.5 121.8

The mean maternal ß-hCG concentrations in the viable pregnancy were higher than non-viable pregnancies (419.7 vs 44.8 mIU/mL, P = 0.000). In non-viable pregnancies, for mean β-hCG levels in biochemical pregnancy was lower than abortion (24.3 vs 165.2 mIU/mL) but not statistically significant (P = 0.495). Wang et al., in 212 IVF cycles received ß-hCG 10 days after OPU differed significantly in both viable and non-viable pregnancies, as well as in single pregnancy and multiple pregnancy.10 Similarly, Reljic et al. found significantly different levels of ß-hCG in both viable and non-viable pregnancies in the group of fresh embryo transfer and frozen embryo transfer examined on day 13 after embryo transfer.11 The mean ß-hCG concentrations in single pregnancies, twin pregnancies, and multiple pregnancies suggest a significant difference, as shown in Table 2.

In a viable pregnancy, the mean β-hCG concentrations in single pregnancies is smaller with twin pregnancies (gemelli) and is statistically significant (p = 0.008). The mean β-hCG levels of multiple pregnancies were greater than that of single pregnancies, which were statistically significant (p = 0.004). Meanwhile, the mean ß-hCG concentrations in multiple pregnancies and twin pregnancies (gemelli) were different but not statistically (p = 0.283), as in Table 3.

Table 2: Mean of Maternal β-hCG Based Maternal Ratio Viability

Category Variables  Levels of ß-hCG Maternal (mIU / mL)
Mean Standard Deviation P
Non-viable 44.8 72.9 0.000
Biochemical Pregnancy 24.3 22.5 0.495
Ectopic Pregnancy 70.5
Abortion 165.2 196.5
Category  Ongoing pregnancy 419.7 232.9 0.000
Single Pregnancy 272.7 155.0 0.000
Twins Pregnancy 497.9 192.7
Multiple Pregnancy 683.3 194.4

Sing N, et al. on observation of median ß-hCG levels on day 14 after transfer embryo, found significant differences in median ß-hCG concentrations in viable pregnancies (625 IU/L) and non-viabel (174 IU/L), while median β-hCG levels singleton pregnancies (502 IU/L), twins (1093 IU/L) and triplets (2160 IU/L) were statistically significant.12

Table 3: Differences in Maternal-β-hCG Levels by Number of Fetuses

Variables Category  Levels of ß-hCG Maternal (mIU/mL)
Mean Diff. P
Viable pregnancy Single Pregnancy 410.56 0.004
Multiple Pregnancy
Twin Pregnancy 185.44 0.283
Multiple Pregnancy
Single Pregnancy 225.12 0.008
Twin Pregnancy

Conclusions and Suggestions

In this study there was a difference in mean ß-hCG concentrations in viable pregnancies and non-viable pregnancies, with greater viable pregnancies. In single pregnancies, twin pregnancies and multiple pregnancies, there is a statistically significant difference.

In this study it was found that maternal ß-hCG levels in very early pregnancy showed a significant difference based on viability. This finding has an effect on the interpretation of ß-hCG levels after the ART program

Acknowledgement

The researcher would like to thank dr. H.M. Ilyas Angsar, SpOG (K), Head of In-vitro Fertilization Clinic, Prima Medika Hospital, Denpasar

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