Comparison of different methods for the recovery of horse oocytes. Academic Article uri icon


  • The object of this study was to compare 4 different methods of oocyte recovery from mares; 1) transvaginal follicle aspiration in vivo; 2) follicle aspiration in vitro; 3) oocyte recovery by isolation of follicles in vitro and 4) follicle scraping in vitro. Oocyte recovery was highest after follicle scraping (71.1%) and follicle isolation and rupture (61.3%). Follicle aspiration in vitro and in vivo yielded oocytes on 31.2% and 19.3% of occasions, respectively. The output of different types of cumulus-oocyte-complexes was different among the methods; the portion of compact cumulus-oocyte-complexes was significantly higher with follicle scraping (50.7%) and follicle isolation (44.5%) than with aspiration in vivo (31.9%) and in vitro (23.7%). The recovery rate of oocytes from small follicles (<15 mm) was significantly higher than from larger follicles (P<0.05) using transvaginal follicle aspiration. The proportion of oocytes that were degenerate (exhibited shrunken, dense or visibly damaged ooplasm) ranged from 1.2% after follicle scraping, to 17.2% after aspiration in vivo. These results indicate that, for the recovery of horse oocytes in vitro, follicle scraping and follicle isolation give the highest recoveries of cumulus-intact oocytes.

published proceedings

  • Equine Vet J Suppl

author list (cited authors)

  • Alm, H., Torner, H., Kanitz, W., Becker, F., & Hinrichs, K.

citation count

  • 27

complete list of authors

  • Alm, H||Torner, H||Kanitz, W||Becker, F||Hinrichs, K

publication date

  • December 1997