This is a prospective cross-sectional study. The main objective of this study is to assess whether poor dental status does play a role as a contributing factor to IVF failure (whether at the level of embryo quality or at the level of implantation) among patients who are trying to conceive.
patients undergoing their first cycle of in vitro fertilization (IVF) at the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Unit at the American University of Beirut-Medical Center in Beirut, Lebanon.
Have a normal uterine cavity (as assessed by hysteroscopy or HSG)
Absence of hormonal, coagulation or immunological disorders
Had healthy, fresh sperm used for their IVF procedure
Have at least 20 natural teeth
Do not have maternal cardiac disease that would warrant the need for antibiotics for periodontal examination or treatment
- History of an inflammatory disease and/or chronic infectious diseases
Inherited/congenital or acquired thrombophilia and women with medical conditions requiring anti-coagulant treatment.
An already identified medical reason for the failure of implantation.
Extreme male factor infertility