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PCRS Meeting Review
Pacific Fertility Center’s team directed the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society’s annual meeting in April this year. Dr. Carolyn Givens was President of the Society and Dr. Joe Conaghan was Program Co-Chair at the meeting this year. And what a meeting it was!
Optimizing success rates for patients was the focus, with presentations on “Improving Live Birth Rates”, videos on the importance of early embryo development, optimizing treatment protocols, and early embryo testing. There were sessions on stress reduction, discussions on single embryo transfer, healthy debates between experts, and conversations about new advances that will improve patient care.
We all know that people that are not particularly health-conscious can conceive, many times easily or even unintentionally. However, conception is a much more common event when the involved parties are young, and eggs and sperm are much more likely to be genetically normal. It may also be that the reproductive system has not been subjected to years of accumulated age-related, environmental damage. Successful conception does not just involve eggs and sperm and the reproductive tract. Just as in all other areas of human physiology, the reproductive system works best when the entire organism is healthy and balanced. This includes not just physical health, but mental health and sexual health.
I had a case recently which demonstrated to me the utility of Gene Security Network's (GSN) Microarray Chromosome Analysis with Parental Support. A 40 year old patient had previously had a miscarriage and underwent a D&C procedure, complicated by her hemorrhage and appropriate vigorous curettage. Following that procedure, her endometrial cavity appeared compromised with both filmy and dense adhesions found at a subsequent hysteroscopy. Some of the adhesions were lysed but the question of the competency of her uterus remained.
She conceived again with fertility treatment but had a fetus that underwent demise between the 6 and the 7 week ultrasounds. I really wanted to know if the pregnancy loss was due to her uterine compromise or due to fetal aneuploidy.
Empowering a woman’s choice using fertility preservation
Protecting and preserving fertility is a new way of empowering reproductive choice. The fertility of youth is no longer a limited resource, constrained by age. Women can now pursue their reproductive lives at their own pace, rather than according to the obligations of biology. Reproductive choice means having children when you want them, rather than when you must have them.
Fertility preservation, specifically egg freezing, is changing the way we think about building families. Through fertility preservation, eggs can be stored and saved for use a later.
The potential of fertility preservation replaces the tick of the biological clock