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Laparoscopic Oocyte Retrieval and Cryopreservation during Vaginoplasty for Treatment of Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser Syndrome

Published: May 10, 2022 doi: 10.3791/63634
Valeria Stella Vanni*1,2, Alessandra Alteri*1,2, Lucia De Santis1,2, Greta Chiara Cermisoni1, Elisa Rabellotti1, Diana Delprato1, Marta Parma1, Enrico Papaleo1, Luigi Fedele3, Massimo Candiani1,2
* These authors contributed equally

Abstract

In Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser Syndrome (MRKHS) patients who are scheduled for laparoscopic vaginoplasty and have a desire for biological motherhood, we propose that a concomitant laparoscopic oocyte retrieval for cryopreservation is performed. Oocyte retrieval is pursued at the beginning of the laparoscopy. Right and left 5 mm trocars are positioned, through which a 17 G ovum aspiration needle is used for puncture of the right and left ovaries, respectively. To facilitate exposure of the follicles, the ovaries are mobilized and held with laparoscopic forceps.

When aspirating multiple follicles near each other, the needle tip is retained in the ovary to reduce the number of times that the ovarian cortex is transfixed and due to the inherent risk of bleeding. Subsequent steps are unchanged compared to the Davydov laparoscopic modified technique for vaginoplasty. Prior to surgery, controlled ovarian stimulation is performed with a gonadotropin hormone-releasing hormone (Gn-RH) antagonist protocol, and the concomitant procedure of oocyte retrieval and vaginoplasty is scheduled 36 h after the final follicular maturation trigger. Follicular fluid is collected in the same 10 mL sterile tubes used during transvaginal oocyte retrieval and transferred in a warming block (37 °C) to the assisted reproduction laboratory, where mature (metaphase II) oocytes are vitrified.

In this case, a series of 23 women with MRKH, oocytes were successfully retrieved and cryopreserved in all patients; vaginoplasty was subsequently conducted without modifications, and the inpatient and outpatient postoperative care (day of urinary catheter removal, day of hospital discharge, dilator use, and comfort at follow-up) remained unaffected. One postoperative complication occurred in one patient (fever developing on day 5 post surgery and intraperitoneal fluid detection on transabdominal ultrasound) and resolved after conservative treatment. Rather than performing surgical vaginoplasty and delaying oocyte retrieval in MRKH patients, this approach combines both procedures in a single laparoscopy, thereby minimizing surgical invasiveness and anesthesiologic risks.

Introduction

With an incidence of approximately 1 in 4-10,000 women, MRKHS is the cause of 15% of primary amenorrhea cases. MRKHS is characterized by the congenital absence of the upper segment of the vagina and the uterus, whereas urinary tract and skeletal anomalies are associated variably. More specifically, a vaginal vault with a depth of 1-2 cm is usually present, and two rudimental uterine horns may be found1.

In the past, the primary medical interest in MRKHS was to enable normal sexual intercourse, which generally requires the construction of a neovagina by either non-surgical or surgical approaches2. However, advances in reproductive medicine currently allow genetic motherhood in MRKHS patients, by either surrogacy3,4 or-more recently-uterus transplantation5. While uterus transplantation is still an experimental procedure, surrogacy is available in many countries worldwide6, and reported obstetric and psychosocial outcomes are comparable to those of standard in vitro fertilization and oocyte donation7.

Both surrogacy and uterus transplantation require oocyte retrieval and in vitro fertilization, but no consensus exists on how to perform egg collection in patients with MRKHS. A transvaginal approach can be unfeasible because of insufficient vaginal elasticity8 even after vaginoplasty, atypical location of the ovaries9, or excessive distance between the ovaries and the vaginal cuff4,10. In these cases, laparoscopic oocyte retrieval represents the optimal approach in terms of surgical access. However, as most MRKHS patients currently undergo laparoscopic neovaginoplasty, we suggest performing a laparoscopic oocyte retrieval at the time of surgery for vaginoplasty11, followed by oocyte cryopreservation for future use, thus minimizing invasiveness while combining the treatment of the sexual and reproductive function of MRKHS patients.

Demographic data of patients
Twenty-three MRKH patients underwent treatment with this protocol so far. Anamnestic, instrumental, and laboratory findings of patients are summarized in Table 1. Unless specified in Table 1, no associated congenital anomalies were found.

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Protocol

The local ethical committee at the tertiary referral center for MRKHS (IRCCS San Raffaele University Hospital, Milan, Italy) was notified and approved the protocol before its implementation in July 2017. All patients or guardians gave signed informed consent for laparoscopic oocyte retrieval and cryopreservation during vaginoplasty and for the use of anonymized clinical/laboratory data for scientific purposes.

1. Team composition

  1. Designate a dedicated team, composed of an experienced laparoscopic surgeon, an experienced vaginal surgeon, an infertility expert, a dedicated psychologist, and a committed nurse.
  2. Assist the patient as a team during the whole setup and performance of the procedure.

2. Diagnostic work-up and counseling

  1. Perform transabdominal pelvic and abdominal ultrasonography on the patient for visualization of the ovaries and estimation of the Antral Follicle Count (AFC). Assess blood levels of anti-Müllerian-hormone (AMH) to optimize the gonadotrophin starting dose for controlled ovarian stimulation. Perform serological tests for infectious diseases (HIV-Ab, HCV-Ab, HBV-Ab, RPR-TPHA) according to national/local protocols for cryopreservation of tissues/gametes.
  2. Counsel the patient about both the sexual and reproductive aspects of MRKHS, including nonsurgical and surgical vaginoplasty, the costs and legislation related to surrogacy, the perspective of uterine transplantation in the context of an experimental program, the different approaches available for oocyte retrieval and the performance of oocyte cryopreservation in terms of live-birth rates.
  3. Offer the patient psychological evaluation to support her through the procedure and assess emotional stability and commitment and desire for future motherhood. Obtain signed, informed consent for concomitant laparoscopic oocyte retrieval, gamete cryopreservation, and laparoscopic vaginoplasty. In the case of an underage patient, perform the clinical assessments in the presence of the parents who also sign the relative informed consent.

3. Scheduling of the surgical procedure and of controlled ovarian stimulation

  1. Schedule the procedure of concomitant laparoscopic oocyte retrieval, gamete cryopreservation, and laparoscopic vaginoplasty, taking into account the availability of the clinical team (see above) as well as that of the lab staff performing oocyte vitrification.
  2. Start controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) on day -14 from the day of surgery, taking into account a planned duration of COS of n = 12 days and the 36 h needed between ovulation triggering and oocyte retrieval and vitrification.
  3. In case COS requires a different duration from the expected, reschedule the surgery accordingly.

4. Controlled ovarian stimulation: starting dose, dose adjustments and monitoring, final oocyte maturation triggering

  1. Start COS in any phase of the ovarian cycle, as commonly done in the context of "random start" protocols for fertility preservation.
  2. Choose the starting dose of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)/human menopausal gonadotropin (hMG) based on the patient's AFC and AMH, and instruct the patient to continue daily self-administered subcutaneous injections. Perform individualized dose adjustments subsequently based on the ovarian response.
  3. Monitor ovarian response by serial transabdominal ultrasound and concomitant measurements of E2 and P (day 1, day 6, day 8, day 10, and day 12).
  4. Trigger final oocyte maturation by subcutaneous administration of 0.2 mL of a Gn-RH-analog (Triptorelin).

5. Clinical procedure (laparoscopy): oocyte retrieval

  1. Position the patient in modified dorsal lithotomy position, which allows excellent simultaneous access to the abdomen and perineum. Induce general anesthesia and administer 2 g of Cefazolin intravenously as per routine intraoperative antibiotic prophylaxis. Position an intravesical Foley catheter.
  2. Establish pneumoperitoneum with a peri-umbilical Veress needle, position one 10 mm umbilical trocar for insertion of the laparoscope and two 5 mm trocars in the right and left upper quadrants. Under laparoscopic vision, use a 17 G single lumen needle connected to an aspiration pump, as commonly employed for transvaginal retrieval, through the right and left trocars for puncture of the right and left ovary, respectively.
  3. Lift and hold the ovaries with laparoscopic forceps to facilitate exposure of the follicles. When aspirating multiple follicles that are one close to another, retain the needle tip in the ovary to reduce the number of times that the ovarian cortex is transfixed and the inherent risk of bleeding.

6. Clinical procedure (laparoscopy): vaginoplasty

NOTE: Vaginoplasty steps remain unchanged compared to the Davydov's laparoscopic modified technique12.

  1. Dissect the peritoneum by lifting and incising the peritoneal strand transversally between the two rudimental uterine horns, and then extending the incision anteriorly, laterally, and posteriorly.
  2. Begin a purse-string suture in polydioxanone synthetic absorbable (PDS) 2-0 monofilament in each hemipelvis, from the mobilized peritoneum above the bladder, with consecutive transfixion of the round ligament, the tubal isthmus, the uteroovarian ligament, and the lateral peritoneal leaf. Then, include in the two sutures the lateral aspect of the mesorectum and the anterior aspect of the rectal serosa, immediately below the rectosigmoid junction.
  3. Expose the vaginal dimple on the perineal approach and perform an H-shaped incision, and create a neovaginal space by sharp and blunt dissection of the vesicorectal space. Then, pull down the dissected peritoneal margins to the edge of the vaginal vestibulum. Position interrupted sutures in PDS 3-0 for the peritoneal-vestibular anastomosis. Lastly, place a paraffin coated gauze in the peritoneum-coated neovagina.

7. IVF laboratory: the day before the oocyte retrieval

  1. Prepare 2 to 5 round-bottom tubes with 9 mL of Quinn's Advantage Medium with HEPES (supplemented with 5% human serum albumin [HSA]) according to the number of expected follicles and incubate them overnight at 37 °C.
  2. Prepare one or two 4-well dishes with 0.5 mL/well of Fertilization Medium (supplemented with 5% HSA), covered with 0.5 mL of mineral oil for embryo culture and incubate it overnight at 37 °C in a controlled atmosphere (6% CO2, 5% O2).
  3. Prepare one dish containing 9 (30 µL) drops of Continuous Single Culture (CSCM) medium (supplemented with 10% serum substitute supplement [SSS]) covered with 6 mL of mineral oil. Incubate it overnight at 37 °C in a controlled atmosphere (6% CO2, 5% O2).

8. IVF laboratory: oocyte retrieval procedure

  1. Prepare a solution of Quinn's Advantage Medium with HEPES (supplemented with 5% HSA) with heparin at a final concentration of 10 IU/mL in which follicular aspirates will be collected.
  2. Similar to routine transvaginal oocyte retrieval13, collect the follicular aspirates in 10 mL round-bottom tubes, kept warm (37 °C) in a portable incubator and immediately transported to the embryology laboratory, with a transportation time of approximately 10 min.
  3. Examine the follicular fluid in a prewarmed sterile 90 mm Petri dish to identify cumulus-oocyte complexes (COC). Once a COC is detected, rinse it in a central-well dish filled with 1 mL of prewarmed Quinn's Advantage Medium with HEPES (supplemented with 5% HSA).
  4. As all the COCs are collected, place them into the 4-well dish containing the Fertilization Medium and label the lid and the bottom with data relating to the patient's identity.
  5. Incubate them at 37 °C in a controlled atmosphere (6% CO2, 5% O2).
  6. Ensure that a double-checking of the procedure is performed by a second member of the laboratory staff.

9. Oocyte denudation

  1. Perform cumulus/corona cells removal within 38 h post ovulation trigger.
  2. Prepare a solution of Quinn's Advantage Medium with HEPES (supplemented with 5% HSA) with Hyaluronidase at a final concentration of 10 IU/mL.
  3. Prepare a central-well dish with 1 mL of prewarmed Quinn's Advantage Medium with HEPES (supplemented with 5% HSA) containing Hyaluronidase and another one with 1 mL of prewarmed HEPES-buffered medium (supplemented with 5% HSA).
  4. Label the oocyte denudation dishes with patient identification data.
  5. Place COCs in the central-well containing the enzyme to disperse the cumulus cells with a glass Pasteur pipette, gently pipetting the solution containing COCs up and down for up to 30 s.
  6. Move the oocytes to the second central-well dish containing only HEPES-buffered medium, making sure to displace a minimum amount of the enzyme.
  7. Remove the remaining corona cells using denuding pipettes with decreasing inner diameters (170-140 µm).
  8. Assess the stage of oocyte maturation, separating metaphase II (MII) oocytes, characterized by the extrusion of the first polar body, from metaphase I oocytes (MI) and germinal vesicles (GV).
  9. Transfer the MII oocytes in an IVF culture 60 mm Petri dish containing nine (30 µL) drops of Continuous Single Culture (CSCM) medium (supplemented with 10% serum substitute supplement [SSS]) covered with 6 mL of mineral oil.
  10. Incubate them at 37 °C in a controlled atmosphere (6% CO2, 5% O2).

10. Oocyte vitrification

  1. Perform vitrification of MII oocytes immediately after oocyte denudation, following the protocol provided by the vitrification kit's manufacturer.
  2. Bring to room temperature (25-27 °C): the equilibration solution (ES), the vitrification solution (VS), and the washing solution (WS), nearly 30 min before the procedure.
    NOTE: As reported by the manufacturers, ES contains 7.5% DMSO, 7.5% ethylene glycol, 20% dextran serum supplement (DSS), Gentamicin in M-199 HEPES-buffered Medium; VS contains 15% DMSO, 15% ethylene glycol, 0.5 M sucrose, 20% DSS, Gentamicin in an M-199 HEPES-buffered Medium, and WS contains 20% DSS, Gentamicin in an M-199 HEPES-buffered Medium.
  3. For a cryodevice, use Cryotop consisting of a fine strip of transparent film attached to a plastic handle.
  4. Label the cryodevices with the patient's name, date of birth, ID, date of cryopreservation, and number of oocytes loaded on any single device.
  5. Label the vitrification dish with the patient's name and ID.
  6. Ensure that a witness operator checks the correct patient data on the cryodevices and dish.
  7. Fill a cooling box up to the top with fresh liquid nitrogen and cover until use to minimize dispersion and evaporation.
  8. Use a stripper pipette with an inner diameter of 170 µm to avoid damaging oocytes during manipulation.
  9. Gently shake each vial of ES, VS, and WS to mix the contents before use.
  10. Prepare the lid of a 60 mm Petri dish with one drop of 50 µL of WS1 (Figure 1A).
  11. Place drops just before use to limit medium evaporation.
  12. Take the oocyte dish from the incubator and transfer the MII oocytes (up to 3 at a time) with minimal volume of medium from the culture dish into the 50 µL of WS.
  13. Dispense 50 µL drops of WS2, ES1, and ES2 in close proximity and transfer oocytes from drop WS1 into drop WS2 (Figure 1B).
  14. Merge the drop of ES1 to WS2 and wait for 2 min for the spontaneous mixing of both the solutions.
  15. Then, merge the drop of ES2 to the previously merged drops and leave for further 2 min.
  16. Finally, merge a new 100 µL drop of ES3 to the previously merged drops and leave for 1 additional minute.
  17. Place the oocytes into a 100 µL drop of ES4 for 10 min (Figure 1C).
  18. Dispense two 50 µL drops of VS and one 100 µL of VS (Figure 1D).
  19. Move the oocytes sequentially into the three drops of VS for 60 s so that the oocytes remain in each drop for ~20 s.
  20. When approximately 10 s are left before the end of the 60 s of incubation, place the cryodevice under the microscope.
  21. Carry the oocytes at the tip of the pipette and place them on the cryodevice with the minimum amount of VS.
  22. Aspirate the excess of VS, leaving the oocytes covered by a thin layer of VS.
  23. Plunge the cryodevice directly into liquid nitrogen and move it rapidly. Keep the device in liquid nitrogen and cover it with the protective lid.
  24. Store the cryodevice in a storage system (e.g., visiotube) and place it in the cryogenic tank. Record cryopreservation data on the laboratory database and sheet.

11. Inpatient postoperative care

  1. Remove the urinary catheter and vaginal paraffin-coated gauze 48 h after surgery.
  2. Digitally explore the patients' neovagina after the removal and instruct the patient on how to perform the digital exploration. Then, coat a vaginal mold (9 cm in length and 2 cm in diameter) with estrogen gel (to favor epithelialization) and instruct the patient on how to insert and maintain the mold.
  3. Starting on day 3 post surgery and on each following day, instruct the patient on how to position the mold and maintain it in place for at least 2 h daily.
  4. If no complications occur, discharge the patient on day 5-6 post surgery.

12. Outpatient postoperative care

  1. Instruct the patient on how to perform neovaginal dilation for 2 months with the same mold (9 cm in length and 2 cm in diameter) used during the hospital stay, and then a larger one (11 cm in length and 2.5 cm in diameter).
  2. After the 3 months' visit, allow the patient to begin sexual activity and inform her to keep using the molds on the days when there is no intercourse.

13. Follow-up

  1. Schedule follow-up visits at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months post procedure.
  2. At each follow-up visit, assess compliance with dilation exercises and ask the patient whether she has experienced any limitation to her daily life activities, pain, urinary symptoms, or sexual dysfunction (as of the visit after the third month post surgery). Perform gynecological examination at each follow-up visit to measure vaginal width, length, suspension, and mobility of the adnexa.

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Representative Results

Table 2 includes ovarian stimulation data of the patients, whereas main surgical and functional outcomes are described in Table 3. The concomitant laparoscopic procedures of oocyte retrieval and vaginoplasty were combined successfully in all patients. An average of 11.4 ± 5.4 (mean ± SD) oocytes were retrieved, and 9.6 ± 4.3 MII oocytes were cryopreserved (Table 3). In our experience with oocyte cryopreservation in patients undergoing ART, postwarming oocyte survival rate following this vitrification protocol-defined as the proportion of morphologically intact oocytes at the time of intracytoplasmic sperm injection-was 84.5 ± 19.3. The total average operative time was 114 ± 17 min, intraoperative blood loss was insignificant (<50 mL) in all patients, and no intraoperative adverse events were observed. The urinary catheter and vaginal gauze were removed on day 2 after surgery in all patients. On day 3 post surgery, the patients began daily dilator use and were discharged on day 6.0 ± 1.0. One postoperative complication occurred in one patient (fever developing on day 5 post surgery and intraperitoneal fluid detection on transabdominal ultrasound). The patient was treated successfully with orally administered antibiotics and discharged on day 9 post surgery. Follow-up after surgery confirmed anatomical and functional success of the procedure. None of the patients reported any limitation to their daily life activities, any pain, or urinary symptom.

Figure 1
Figure 1: Oocyte vitrification protocol. Schematic showing the various steps of vitrification workflow of oocytes. Oocytes are first placed in a drop of WS1 (A), and then in a drop of WS2 (B). Mix the drop of ES1 into WS2 and after 2 min of incubation, merge the drop of ES2 to the previously merged drops (B). After 2 min, a third drop of ES3 is merged (B). After 1 min, place oocytes in a drop of ES4 incubating for 10 min (C). Then, oocytes are moved sequentially into the three drops of VS for 60 s (D). Please click here to view a larger version of this figure.

Characteristic Mean ± SD or n (%)
Age at diagnosis, years 13.8 ± 1.5
46 XX karyotype 23
Age at surgery, years 20.3 ± 3.4
Antral Follicle Count (AFC), n 13.2 ± 4.1
Relevant findings (instrumental/laboratory)
Horseshoe kidney 2 (8.7)
Extra pelvic ovary/ovaries 3 (13.0)
Unilateral renal agenesis 2 (8.7)
Dilative cardiomyopathy 1 (4.3)
Mesocardia 1 (4.3)
Vater Syndrome 1 (4.3)
Sensorineural hearing loss 1 (4.3)
Congenital clubfoot 1 (4.3)
Scoliosis 1 (4.3)
Celiac disease 1 (4.3)
Type 1 Diabetes 1 (4.3)
Autoimmune Hypothyroidism 1 (4.3)

Table 1: Demographic, anamnestic, and clinical data of the 23 patients treated so far.

Mean ± SD
FSH starting dose, IU 196 ± 44
FSH total dose, IU 2,174 ± 506
Days of stimulation, n 12.1 ± 0.4
E2 levels at triggering, pg/mL 4,330 ± 2,007
P levels at triggering, ng/mL 1.06  ± 0.95

Table 2: Controlled ovarian stimulation data of the 23 patients treated so far. Abbreviations: FSH = follicle-stimulating hormone; E2 = estradiol; P = progesterone.

Mean ± SD or n (%)
Operative time, min 114 ± 17
Hospital stay, days 6.0 ± 1.0
Blood loss, mL insignificant
Retrieved oocytes, n 11.4 ± 5.4
Mature oocytes (vitrified), n 9.6 ± 4.3
Complications
None 22 (95.6)
Postoperative fever and intraperitoneal fluid detection 1 (4.3)

Table 3: Outcomes of the combined laparoscopic procedure of oocyte retrieval and vaginoplasty in the 23 patients treated so far.

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Discussion

This protocol reduces the invasiveness in the treatment of MRKHS by combining the procedures of vaginoplasty and oocyte retrieval. To this purpose, it is crucial that a dedicated team is designated to ensure that the timing of COS, the surgical procedure, and oocyte vitrification are scheduled efficiently.

MRKHS patients for whom this combined laparoscopic method is expected to be most beneficial are those in whom a transvaginal retrieval would be considered technically challenging or unfeasible due to extrapelvic ovaries located laterally along the pelvic walls14 or in proximity of organs such as the liver and gallbladder9, or due to the presence of pelvic kidneys. In these patients, a transabdominal approach could be hypothesized and has been reported in the literature: nonetheless, a mean number of 4.92 ± 1.7 oocytes was collected15, suggesting a suboptimal retrieval due to technical limitations. In addition, a transabdominal approach might be difficult or impossible in some cases, such as in patients with marked abdominal wall thickness or poor visibility of ovaries due to overlying loops of bowel16.

Safety is a noteworthy strength of this approach. In addition to the advantages of optimal visualization and access described above, combining two procedures into a single one reduces anesthesiologic risks. Of note, a similar operative time is maintained compared to that of Davydov laparoscopic vaginoplasty alone, for which a mean duration of 125 min was reported in the literature12. Moreover, the fact that patients undergo COS at a very young age rather than later in life does not imply an increased risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome for them, as this complication is efficiently avoided by triggering final follicular maturation with a Gn-RH analog.

Current guidelines for MRKHS require clinicians to address future options for having children with patients and parents at the time of diagnosis as a means to help them cope with the disease and its implications1. Adoption, surrogacy, or uterine transplant are the available solutions, with both options for biological motherhood requiring oocyte retrieval17. This combined laparoscopic approach might thus also be particularly beneficial in those MRKHS patients expressing major distress about their diagnosis of infertility18. In fact, surveys have shown that infertility can be one of the most challenging conditions to accept for patients receiving the diagnosis of MRKHS19. Early cryopreservation of oocytes in patients with a desire for future genetic offspring might alleviate their psychological distress, compared to delaying this necessary invasive intervention to an undefined date in the future.

However, as the main limitation to this approach, not all patients who opt for oocyte cryopreservation as early as at the time of vaginoplasty will eventually pursue their desire for genetic motherhood in their later adulthood years. For this reason, the team should also obtain and record the patient's decision regarding the use of her oocytes in the event of her ceasing to renovate cryopreservation (i.e., elimination, donation for research purposes, donation, or sell for heterologous reproduction where legal).

As a possible modification of this technique, we foresee the use of laparoscopic ultrasound probes, which could assist the infertility expert in puncturing the follicles that are located far from the ovarian surface. Lastly, we envisage that building expertise in laparoscopic oocyte retrieval for fertility preservation at the time of other procedures might allow the availability of this option. As an example, patients undergoing other laparoscopic procedures such as myomectomy and showing an indication to fertility preservation might benefit from this approach.

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Disclosures

The authors do not have any conflicts of interest to disclose.

Acknowledgments

No specific funding was received for this work.

Materials

Name Company Catalog Number Comments
Oocyte retrieval procedure
Equipment
CO2 O2 Incubator Sanyo
Incubator Thermo Scientific
Laminar Flow Hood Cooper Surgical
Portable incubator Cooper Surgical
Stereomicroscope Nikon
Consumables
14 mL Polystyrene Round-Bottom Tube Falcon 352057
4-well dish Nunc 144444
60 mm Petri dish Nunc FA9150270
90 mm Petri dish Nunc FA9150360
Human Serum Albumin 100 mg/ml in Normal Saline (5%) Origio 3001
Mineral oil for embryo culture Origio 4008
One Well Dish Oosafe OOPW-CW05
Quinn’s Advantage Fertilization medium SAGE Origio 1020
Quinn’s Advantage medium with HEPES Origio 1024
Sterile glass pasteur pipettes
Oocyte denudation
Equipment
CO2 O2 Incubator Sanyo
Flexipet adjustable handle set Cook G18674
Incubator Thermo Scientific
Laminar Flow Hood Cooper Surgical
Stereomicroscope Nikon
Consumables
4-well dish Nunc 144444
CSCM (Continuos single culture) medium Fujifilm irvine Scientific 90165
Human Albumin 100 mg/mL in Normal Saline (5%) Origio 3001
Hyaluronidase Fujifilm Irvine Scientific 90101
IVF culture 60 mm petri dish Nunc FA9150270
Mineral oil for embryo culture Origio 4008
One Well Dish Oosafe OOPW-CW05
Quinn’s Advantage medium with HEPES Origio 1024
Serum Substitute Supplement Fujifilm irvine Scientific 99193
Sterile glass pasteur pipettes
Stripping pipette tips (140 μm) Cook K-FPIP-1140-10BS-5
Stripping pipette tips (170 μm) Cook K-FPIP-1170-10BS-5
Oocyte vitrification
35 mm Petri dish NUNC 150255
60 mm Petri dish NUNC 150270
90 mm Petri dish NUNC 150360
Container for Cooling rack Kitazato
Cryodevice/cryotop Kitazato 81111
Electronic timer
Flexipet COOK K- 1000
Gilson Pipetman Gilson F123601
Lab Printer LabXpert Brady XSL-86-461
Tips 20-200 µL Thermo Scientific 2160G
Tips 2-20 µL Thermo Scientific 2139-HR
Visotubes Cryo Bio System 20
Vitrification Freeze Kit Fujifilm Irvine Scientific 90133-SO
Vitrification Thaw kit Fujifilm Irvine Scientific 90137-SO

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Vanni, V. S., Alteri, A., De Santis, L., Cermisoni, G. C., Rabellotti, E., Delprato, D., Parma, M., Papaleo, E., Fedele, L., Candiani, M. Laparoscopic Oocyte Retrieval and Cryopreservation during Vaginoplasty for Treatment of Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser Syndrome. J. Vis. Exp. (183), e63634, doi:10.3791/63634 (2022).More

Vanni, V. S., Alteri, A., De Santis, L., Cermisoni, G. C., Rabellotti, E., Delprato, D., Parma, M., Papaleo, E., Fedele, L., Candiani, M. Laparoscopic Oocyte Retrieval and Cryopreservation during Vaginoplasty for Treatment of Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser Syndrome. J. Vis. Exp. (183), e63634, doi:10.3791/63634 (2022).

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