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MOSAICISM

Still no clear views on the transfer of mosaic embryos

Despite reports of successful outcomes and new guidelines, doubts continue to prevail over the acceptability of transferring mosaic embryos.

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ICSI

Updated guidelines fail to find benefit of ICSI in non-male factor treatment

As registry data presented at ESHRE’s online annual meeting continue to show, ICSI remains by far the world’s favoured fertilisation method, even in non-male factor cases. Updated guidelines still cannot justify the trend.

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ANNUAL MEETING 2020

Response to stimulation in IVF may predict longer-term health risks

A large registry study from Denmark suggests that low ovarian reserve – as reflected in a poor response to IVF stimulation – is associated with a higher risk of age-related chronic disease.

ESHRE 2020 Gonzalezread

ANNUAL MEETING 2020

Serological and molecular tests to improve diagnosis in COVID-19 patients

Further testing for peripheral antibodies and nasopharyngeal PCR has added value to diagnosing COVID-19 patients formerly screened as negative based on exposure and symptoms. Laurentiu Craciunas reports on the diagnostic lessons learned from a COVID-19 session.

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OHSS

Rates of OHSS in assisted reproduction continue to fall

A new cohort study from a national US database confirms that a lower risk of OHSS is associated with increasing use of GnRH antagonists and agonist trigger and a freeze-all approach to avoid immediate pregnancy.

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2020 ANNUAL ASSEMBLY OF MEMBERS

Minutes of the Annual Assembly of Members, held online on Tuesday 7 July 2020 at 18.00 CEST

In presenting ESHRE’s 2020 Annual Assembly of Members report, the Society’s Chair, Cristina Magli, noted in a live introduction that the composition of slides for the pre-recording had been completed on 30 June; some of the data presented, notably in ESHRE membership numbers, would since that recording have been updated. Throughout the presentation there was a quorum of around 190 members remotely present.

ESHRE 2020 Karavadraread

ANNUAL MEETING 2020

Pandemic treatment delays prompt steep rise in psychosocial problems for IVF patients

Evidence presented from surveys of UK and Italian patients found that delays and uncertainties in treatment have been – and remain – a source of anxiety and depression for many. Priorities are proposed for resumed treatment.

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FERTILITY RATES

‘Dramatic’ decline in worldwide total fertility rates predicted

A new complex modelling study forecasts steep declines in total fertility rate by the end of this century, with most of 195 countries analysed unable to maintain their population levels.

ESHRE 2020 Fabianiread

ANNUAL MEETING 2020

Expanded carrier screening for assessing reproductive genetic risk in the general population

A study of more than 2000 people trying to conceive naturally or by IVF and screened for carrier status of ten genes responsible for inheritable diseases identified 8.6% as carriers and 2.2% of passing on the disease.

ESHRE 2020 Bahadurread

ANNUAL MEETING 2020

Maternal-fetal vertical SARS-CoV2 transmission cannot be dismissed

Despite an abundance of case reports and much heterogeneity, a new systematic review of 80 publications and a total of 846 COVID-19 positive pregnant women plus 688 babies born to infected mothers suggests that vertical transmission is possible.

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