On May the 1st more than 100 reproductive endocrinologists attended 2010 Council of Physicians and Scientists in Dallas in order to discuss the future or fertility care. On the 16th annual conference the main topics covered were emerging technologies and trends in fertility care. Experts identified 3 trends that will transform fertility success rates and will positively impact the future of fertility:
Trend number 1: Metabolomics will increase pregnancy rates by decreasing multiples rates. Metabolomics enables to non-invasively evaluate embryo quality. This means that only the most viable embryo needs to be transplanted instead multiple embryos. Consequently, this improves pregnancy rates and reduces the instances of multiples through IVF.
Trend number 2: Vitrification is the technology of successfully freeze eggs. Vitrification is also one of the newest and long-awaited advances in fertility preservation. With vitrification process eggs are plunged in liquid nitrogen and this way instantly frozen. This ensures that this largely water-based cell does not form crystals that would expand and disrupt the egg's membrane. Human oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing) is a novel technology in which a woman s eggs aka oocytes are extracted, frozen and stored. Later, when she is ready to become pregnant, the eggs can be thawed, fertilized, and transferred to the uterus as embryos. Experts predict that in the next decade more than one fourth of all fertility preservation will utilize vitrification.
Trend number 3: Experts predict that the trend will be improving the rates in evaluating and treating severe male-factor infertility that contributes to more than 40% of infertility problems. It is misleading to think that women are responsible for infertility the male infertility contributes to as much as 40% (of not more) cases. The biggest problem is in evaluating male infertility and the experts predict that the procedures that can evaluate male infertility and mostly treatments of severe male-factor infertility will improve. I truly hope all their fertility predictions (and hopes) will come true and most of all that these trends that are yet to happen will increase fertility rates thus making many couples worldwide a bigger and happier family.