IVF breakthroughs – Top 10 listed here 1. Comeback of PGD/PGS embryo screening
2. Egg Freezing
Egg freezing, also known as mature oocyte cryopreservation, is a method used to preserve reproductive potential in women. Eggs are harvested from your ovaries, frozen unfertilized and stored for later use. A frozen egg can be thawed, combined with sperm in a lab and implanted in your uterus (in vitro fertilization).
3. Extending embryo life in the lab
Scientists have struggled to keep embryos alive in the lab for longer than a week because at the seven-day point an embryo must implant in the uterus in order to thrive and grow. But researchers have found a novel way to extend the amount of time by as much as an additional week—to 14 days total. The discovery could lead to a better understanding of the early stages of human development, and could also provide critical information on the causes of pregnancy complications such as miscarriage and birth defects.
4. Minimal-stimulation IVF
Minimal stimulation is kinder to the body than standard IVF. It costs less than standard IVF, producing, quite often, fewer but better-quality eggs. The downside is that pregnancy rates are lower.
5. Egg quality – can it be improved?
Egg quality is a key issue in IVF. A new approach could help women, controversially, improve egg quality.
6. Three-person IVF
UK has approved the use of three-person IVF – the only country in the world to do so – it could pave the way for greater protection from known genetic diseases.
7. Sperm and eggs – from stem cells
Artificial sperm and eggs have been successfully grown in a lab using stem cells. 1 in 7 couples have fertility problems. Just imagine how many infertile couples could be helped worldwide. More children, more happy families.
8. Frozen-embryo transfers
A frozen embryo transfer (FET) is a cycle in which the frozen embryos from a previous fresh IVF or donor egg cycle are thawed and then transferred back into the woman's uterus.
9. Womb transplant – then IVF
Up to 50,000 women in the UK have no viable womb.
The uterine transplant is the surgical procedure whereby a healthy uterus is transplanted into an organism of which the uterus is absent or diseased. Uterus transplants are expensive, with some estimates putting the cost at up to $500,000. Like other infertility treatments, it's very rare that an insurance company would cover the procedure, which is largely viewed as elective.
10. Embryo Adoption
Embryo donation is a form of third party reproduction. It is defined as the giving—generally without compensation—of embryos remaining after one family's in vitro fertilization to either another person or couple for implantation or to research.
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