Abstract / Description: 

Commonly used in vitro fertilization protocols produce pregnancies without a corpus luteum (CL), a major source of reproductive hormones. In vitro fertilization pregnancies without a CL showed deficient gestational increases of central (aortic) arterial compliance during the first trimester and were at increased risk for developing preeclampsia. Here, we investigated whether there was generalized impairment of cardiovascular adaptation in in vitro fertilization pregnancies without a CL compared with pregnancies conceived spontaneously or through ovarian stimulation, which lead to 1 and >1 CL, respectively. Prototypical maternal cardiovascular adaptations of gestation were serially evaluated noninvasively, initially during the follicular phase before conception, 6◊ in pregnancy, and then, on average, 1.6 years post-partum. The results provided strong support for a critical role of CL factor(s) in the transformation of the maternal cardiovascular system in early gestation. Regimens that lead to the development of a CL or replacement of missing CL factor(s) may be indicated to improve cardiovascular function and reduce preeclampsia risk in in vitro fertilization pregnancies.

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Kirk P. Conrad, John W. Petersen, Yueh-Yun Chi, Xiaoman Zhai, Minjie Li, Kuei-Hsun Chiu, Jing Liu, Melissa D. Lingis, R. Stan Williams, Alice Rhoton-Vlasak, Joseph J. Larocca, Wilmer W. Nichols, Mark S. Segal