Assisted reproductive technology in Japan: A summary report for 2020 by the ethics Committee of the Japan Society of obstetrics and gynecology

Yukiko Katagiri, Seung Chik Jwa, Akira Kuwahara, Takeshi Iwasa, Masanori Ono, Keiichi Kato, Hiroshi Kishi, Yoshimitsu Kuwabara, Miyuki Harada, Toshio Hamatani, Yutaka Osuga

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Abstract

Purpose: Since 1986, the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology assisted reproductive technology (ART) registry system has collected data on national ART use and outcomes trends in Japan. Herein, we describe the characteristics and outcomes of ART cycles registered during 2020 and compare the results with those from 2019. Methods and Results: In 2020, 621 ART facilities participated in the registration. The total number of registered cycles was 449 900, and there were 60 381 live births, which decreased from the previous year (1.79% and 0.36% decrease, respectively). The number of freeze-all in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) cycles increased in 2020, and the number of neonates born was 2282 for IVF-embryo transfer (ET) cycles and 2596 for ICSI cycles, which had decreased from the previous year. Frozen–thawed ET (FET) cycles had slightly increased from 2019 (0.04%). In 2020, 215 285 FET cycles were conducted, resulting in 76 196 pregnancies and 55 503 neonates. Single ET was performed in 81.6% of fresh transfers and 85.1% of frozen–thawed cycles, respectively, resulting in over 97% singleton pregnancies/livebirths rates. Conclusion: Despite the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020, the overall number of ART cycles and neonates born demonstrated only a slight decrease in 2020 compared with 2019.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12494
JournalReproductive Medicine and Biology
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2023
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Cell Biology

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