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?
CAMPUS: 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.
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.*
BEST OF ASRM & ESHRE
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.
2021 ANNUAL MEETING
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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