The birth of the world’s first baby after a uterus transplant by the Swedish gynecologist Professor Mats Brännström almost one year ago gave hope to thousands of women. The pioneer the University of Gothenburg will be one of the prominent guests of the 6th Congress of the Confederation of Reproductive Biology and Medicine (DVR). Hosted 3-5 December 2015 at the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH), 800 reproductive specialists, biologists and andrologist will be discussing latest trends in fertility treatment.
New Technologies Increase Chances of a Planned Child
“New technologies have optimised human reproductive medicine and opened up new opportunities to all those who are childless unintentionally”, says Prof. Dr. Georg Griesinger. The Director of the Department of Gynaecological Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine at the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck, will steer the 6th DVR Congress together with the chief physician of the Department of Urology at Südharz Hospital Nordhausen, Dr. Matthias Beintker. The multidisciplinary presidency makes it clear that the treatment of couples with fertility problems is always an interdisciplinary affair, because causes are equally rooted in men, women or both and manifold.
The causes for infertility are thus also of interest for basic researchers, clinicians and biologists from nine organisations and associations. In addition to the benign growth of the uterine lining cells. i.e. endometriosis, also lifestyle and environmental factors are risk factors for man and woman along with infections.
In the Discussion: Cryopreservation
After the first year of preimplantation genetic diagnosis in Germany, the reproductive medicine wants to draw first conclusion at the Hamburg congress. Also on the agenda will be the freezing of gametes. Today, cryopreservation allows to preserve the fertility of men and women with cancer, but is only offered to just 40 per cent of patients. “It still requires a lot of education and work”, says congress president Prof. Griesinger.
This is also true for the “oocyte cryopreservation”, the freezing of unfertilised eggs for later artificial insemination for non-medical reasons. “Despite good fertilisation rates, cryopreservation is no insurance for a baby. In addition, many women think too late of this option, because the chances of success decline when the oocytes are recovered beyond the 35 years of age”, the Lübeck gynecologist explains.
First Figures on Assisted Fertilization
The DIR-Yearbook 2014 of the German IVF Register (DIR) will also be eagerly awaited in Hamburg, presenting for the first time reliable data on the number of assisted fertilisation and pregnancy rates in Germany. Experts have been alarmed to learn about the high age of women treated, which averages around 35.2 years of age.
Last but not least, Professor Mats Brännström will be presenting at CCH his worldwide unique research project at the University of Gothenburg, where further three more babies were born growing up in a transplanted uterus. Faced with this success, the 6th DVR Congress will ask the question: can the uterus transplantation to be an alternative for surrogacy the forbidden in Germany?
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