The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has signed a consensus statement calling for private IVF clinics to stop charging patients costly optional add-on treatments that are not proven to work.
The number of children born per woman has halved globally since 1950, according to a study published in The Lancet.
Researchers found that although the global population has roughly tripled from 2.6 billion to 7.6 billion, the fertility rate has dropped from 4.7 live births per woman in 1950 to 2.4 in 2017. As well as women having better access to education, employment and health services, the fall in fertility rate has been attributed to better infant survival rate and an increase in the average age of marriage.
Improvements in the success rates of IVF treatment have been cited as part of the reason fewer people are choosing to adopt children in the UK, despite the number of children currently in care reaching a record high.
IVF treatment has risen from around seven percent success per cycle to around 30 percent for women under 35 years.
The Southwest Embryology Summit (SWES) will be held on Jan. 4-5, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ.
This meeting gives embryologists, andrologists and IVF lab directors a chance to hear great talks in an interactive setting. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, partcipate in lively discussions, get to know the speakerss and other participants all while earning CEUs! Last year's participants earned a total of 1.2 CEUs.
Registration is $75 and covers both conference days. Hotel rates for SWES participants are good up to December 6, 2018.
The UK´s anomalous 10-year limit on oocyte storage: time to change the law
Peter Bowen-Simpkins, Jinjun J Wang, Kamal K Ahuja
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England are setting their own criteria – contrary to official guidelines – to ration access to NHS fertility services, according to campaign group Fertility Fairness.
It is striking how IVF has become part of the national conversation in ways that would have been unthinkable one or two decades ago. Not all news has been good news; in the recent past, reports have revealed examples of unethical practice relating to inducements for donating eggs and sex selection. These are instances of the press doing its job of holding professionals to account, and present an opportunity for the fertility sector as well as its regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).
A novel solution for freezing small numbers of spermatozoa using a sperm vitrification device
Arie Berkovitz; Netanella Miller; Michal Silberman; Michael Belenky; Pavel Itsykson
Human Reproduction, Volume 33, Issue 11, 1 November 2018, Pages 1975–1983
Editor's Choice: 1.36% zygote splitting after nearly one million single embryo transfers
Human Reproduction, Volume 33, Issue 11, 1 November 2018, Pages e1
Associations of blastocyst features, trophectoderm biopsy and other laboratory practice with post-warming behavior and implantation
Danilo Cimadomo; Antonio Capalbo; Paolo Emanuele Levi-Setti; Daria Soscia; Giovanna Orlando Human Reproduction, Volume 33, Issue 11, 1 November 2018, Pages 1992–2001
Men produce the higher quality sperm in autumn and spring, according to a large study in the USA.
Researchers have bred mouse pups with genetic material from two male, or two female parents.