The report, ‘Fertility Treatment in 2014 – Trends and Figures’, covers key information about the number and type of patients treated, the different treatments they had and the pregnancy rates for fertility treatment carried out in 2014. In 2014, 52,288 women had a total of 67,708 cycles of IVF, maintaining a near 5% year-on-year growth in the number of IVF cycles. Meanwhile, 2,511 women had a total of 4,675 cycles of donor insemination – a 1% increase from the previous year.
Overall success rates continue to rise: the IVF birth rate increased slightly, to 26.5% in 2013 from 25.9% the year before. Importantly, this increase in the birth rate has happened as the multiple birth rate has fallen. Multiple births have dropped from one in four IVF births in 2008 to one in six in 2013, showing that the ‘One at a time’ campaign to reduce multiple births without harming success rates continues to be successful.
Sheena Lewis, chair of the BAS, welcomed the report and congratulated all who have worked so hard in fertility services to improve outcomes as published in the HFEA report 2014, however she also noted:
‘As a learned society focusing on the man and his reproductive needs, we must not lose sight of a key, as yet unmet, need is better diagnosis and rational therapy for the male. All of conceptions rely on a sperm and in many this may be the reason that assisted conception still does not work. In 2016, we must include the male more in our focus for research and therefore care advances.’
Professor Richard Sharpe from Edinburgh will give this year’s Setchell Lecture at the AGM on Friday 24th June in London.
Richard Sharpe is based in the MRC/University Centre for Reproductive Health in Edinburgh where he has led a research programme on developmental disorders of (mainly male) reproductive health. He is a Professor in Edinburgh University’s College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine. His expertise and research interests cover sexual development/ masculinisation and puberty (and disorders thereof), fetal programming, endocrinology, the effects of lifestyle (smoking, obesity, diet, use of personal care products), drugs and environmental chemical exposures on reproductive development and function.
Recent results have led to a major new interest in the effects of such factors on epigenetic changes in fetal gonads, especially in fetal germ cells. He is increasingly interested in the inter-relationships between reproductive health and wider aspects of health in relation to diet, obesity, inflammation and aging. He also has a particular interest in the public communication of science and has given talks at all of the major science festivals in the UK as well as at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in the USA. He has served on numerous advisory bodies in Europe and elsewhere. He is currently a Deputy Editor of Human Reproduction. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He has published >360 papers and has an H index of 85 (Google).
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