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CLINIC ADVERTISING

UK clinics warned to be transparent in their information to patients

An ‘enforcement notice’ has been sent to all UK fertility clinics setting out details of how they should promote their services and ensure compliance with advertising and competition codes of practice. A problem for other jurisdictions?

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CAMPUS: GAMETE DONATION

Anonymity and commercialisation dominate the unanswered questions in gamete donation

Virginie Rozée, co-ordinator of the ESHRE’s SIG Socio-cultural aspects of (in)fertility, said in her opening remarks to this Campus meeting that there remain two key controversies in gamete donation: anonymity and commercialisation. Both were featured in the two half-day sessions of this May meeting.

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BMI

Obesity and IVF outcome: cohort study finds no effect of BMI on embryo ploidy

A retrospective cohort study has found no significant relationship between the ploidy status of IVF embryos and BMI, suggesting that an explanation for lower birth rates in obese patients lies elsewhere. This is the first report of another new writer recruit for Focus on Reproduction, Georgios Sigalos from Athens.*

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BEST OF ASRM & ESHRE

PGT-A for all? The debate goes on

After 25 years of controversy, and as the protagonists of a debate at our Best of ASRM & ESHRE meeting implied, consensus on the applicability of PGT-A for everyone seems as remote as ever. Efthymia Constantinou, Junior Deputy of ESHRE’s SIG Reproductive Genetics, offers her opinion from the IVF lab.

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2021 ANNUAL MEETING

Assessing the effect of short IVF treatment delays at the time of covid pandemic

The study for this year’s Human Reproduction keynote lecture to open the annual meeting found that a treatment delay of up to six months had little effect on outcome, even in ‘time-sensitive’ poor responders.

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CAMPUS: BRAIN

The many effects of reproductive hormones on the brain

The aim of a well attended Campus meeting organised by the SIG Reproductive Endocrinology in May was to present the latest findings on how sex hormones from various organs influence the brain, not vice versa – and to emphasise that there’s a psychological as well as physical effect in women.

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MISCARRIAGE

Miscarriage: ‘The era of telling women to "just try again" is over’

A three-part report from international leaders in the medicine of early pregnancy calls for more consistency and focus in the diagnosis, investigation, treatment and management of miscarriage.

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OVARIAN REJUVENATION

Platelet-rich plasma and the restoration of fertility in POI

Following an increasing number of studies, two new reviews have described treatment with platelet-rich plasma in POI patients as ‘encouraging’, but raise questions over the methodology of these studies and how platelet activation might work in the ovary.

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CAMPUS: ENDOMETRIUM

How science is unravelling the unknowns of the ‘enigmatic’ endometrium

A well attended Campus meeting in April considered how advances in 3D imaging, uterine immunology, the microbial environment and signalling pathways are adding step by step to our understanding of the pathogenesis of endometrial disorders.

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SEPTATE UTERUS

No evidence that septum resection improves reproductive outcomes

A randomised trial has confirmed earlier cohort study findings that septum resection in women with a septate uterus and a history of subfertility has no advantages over expectant management in improving live birth rates. Is there now any rationale behind surgery, ask the authors?

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