New statistics on assisted reproduction in Europe. The pregnancy rate for IVF has not improved

Overall, the pregnancy rate for IVF (in our opinion the more relevant rate) has not improved in Europe, it is around 35% The 33rd Annual Meeting of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) has just been held in Geneva, Switzerland. At the meeting, Dr...

Study shows, for the first, time, that chromosomal abnormalities are strongly associated with IVF – assisted reprodution practices

The presence of chromosomal abnormalities in embryos is very high following hormonal ovarian stimulation and in vitro fertilisation (IVF), occasionally exceeding 50%. Regardless of other medical reasons, part of these are thought to be caused by the type of treatment used to...

IVF mix up. 26 Dutch women inseminated with the wrong sperm

Utrecht University Hospital in the Netherlands has opened a medical investigation after revealing that at least 26 women may have been inseminated with the wrong sperm during their in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment. In a statement, the medical centre recognised the existence...

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Does it improve the effectiveness of IVF?

PGD reduces the live birth rates when used with IVF. It entails undeniable manipulation of embryos, which if avoided is ethically favourable. There is no doubt that a medical and ethical objective is to improve the effectiveness of in vitro fertilisation (IVF), i.e. improve...

More boys than girls are apparently born after IVF

 A recent study in Fertility and Sterility (Fertil Steril, 101; 1321-1325, 2014) that included 106,666 children born through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) between 2000 and 2010 in the United Kingdom found a tendency for more boys to be...

IVF clinic success rates. Live birth rates are much lower than those claimed in their advertising brochures.

An important medical and ethical issue is to determine the efficacy of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) following one or several fertilisation cycles. In other words, the likelihood of a woman giving birth to a live child after three or more fertilisation cycles in a IVF clinic, i.e....

Twin pregnancies, wich have more incidence in IVF, increase obstetric problems

Unquestionable risks of twin pregnancies It is recognised that multiple pregnancies increase the risk of obstetric and perinatal problems. In order to assess this risk, two groups of women undergoing in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) were compared: one in which a single embryo was...

Ovarian stimulation for ovulation or IVF treatment. Does it increase the risk of gynaecological cancers?

The ovarian stimulation used in in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a medical issue with extensive bioethical repercussions,  since it may increase the risk of gynaecological cancers. Now, however, a large study that included 178,396 women has confirmed that the ovarian stimulation...

It seems necessary for women undergoing IVF treatments to be informed of the possible negative consequences

Although often not discussed, in-vitro fertilisation can have particular medical complications. In relation to this, a recent paper published in Fertility and Sterility (98; 1470-1473, 2012) described a case of portal vein thrombosis, a serious medical problem, after in-vitro...
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Cryopreservated embryos is continuously increasing. Millions of frozen embryos only in the United States banks

Millions of frozen embryos only in the United States banks Numerous medical and ethical issues arise regarding the subject of freezing of embryos leftover after a cycle of in vitro fertilisation. There are three issues which deserve our attention: 1. Regarding the number of...