Oxygen Consumption as an Indicator of Oocyte and Embryo Viability

  • Ana S. Lopes


Oxygen consumption has been regarded as a valuable parameter for evaluating oocyte and embryo metabolism and seems to provide an alternative approach for assessing their developmental potential prior to transfer. This chapter will detail all aspects related to the oxygen-consumption measurements performed using oxygen microsensors, and describe how oxygen consumption correlates with morphology, developmental stage, sex, chromosomal and genetic background, reactive oxygen species production and viability of the measured oocytes/embryos following transfer. Additionally, it will discuss how oxygen consumption can provide a means to evaluate mammalian embryo quality and possibly complement other selection methodologies currently used within a clinical setting.


Oxygen consumption Embryo metabolism Oocyte quality Embryo quality Oocyte embryo viability Embryoscope 



I thank Dr. Don Rieger for his critical review of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Reproductive Medicine Unit - Heilig Hart HospitalLeuven Institute for Fertility and Embryology (LIFE)LeuvenBelgium

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