IVF Trends for 2015

GlobalTrends_490x300The past year saw many innovations come to the forefront. After conducting some research, we have found the following trends in infertility treatments that can be expected for the year 2015:

  1. Ovulation monitoring
  2. Quality standard in IVF clinics
  3. Endometrial receptivity
  4. Donor eggs
  5. The blastocyst stage
  6. Genetic research

Ovulation monitoring: For couples trying to conceive, it is important to chart ovulation dates and have intercourse around that time to increase chances of conceiving. Ovulation monitoring apps and wearable technology are slated to be popular in the coming year as more innovative ways are being discovered to track fertility. The OV-Watch is one such product that can be worn as a watch. It detects the skin’s secretion of chloride ions and accordingly notifies the person upto 4 days before ovulation, so that they can prepare and attempt conception at the right time.

  1. Quality standard in IVF clinics: One of the recent trends in infertility is to further look at the conditions required for optimum results in an IVF clinic. Scientists and researchers have been looking at the factors that make a high quality environment for IVF. This includes the design of the IVF clinic and the equipment. At Nova IVI, we ensure that our clinics adhere to the highest standards in quality conditions for IVF, using some of the most sophisticated technology, including the use of embryoscopes for embryo development.
  2. Endometrial receptivity: One of the most important factorsdetermining the appropriate kind of infertility treatment that a couple should consider is the woman’s endometrial receptivity. This will determine the success rate of a blastocyst/embryo being successfully implanted into the endometrium layer. There will be more studies focused on this factor in determining success rates for IVF and other infertility treatments, a topic that was widely discussed during our international conference on revolutionalizing infertility treatments.
  3. Donor eggs: More women over the age of 45 will start opting increasingly for donor eggs rather than trying to conceive on their own. This relates to the higher success rates of using frozen embryo transfers in women of an older age group.
  4. The blastocyst stage: More embryos will continue to be transferred right at the blastocyst stage – this is in order to prevent the occurrence of multiple births, something that is always a possibility during IVF and multiple embryo transfers. Multiple births from IVF have shown a decline when this method is used and this is set to continue in the coming year.
  5. Genetic research: The outlook seems promising on more investment in research on the genetic factors that contribute to infertility. For example, when it comes to male infertility, it has been observed that declining sperm counts can be attributed to genetics in addition to lifestyle factors. It is probable that there will be better research and insights into what genetic factors lead to infertility and how existing technology can help overcome it.

These are some of the top trends that we can anticipate for the coming year in infertility treatments. We are optimistic about discovering better ways to help those on the journey to conception and we hope the year 2015 also sees new and innovative breakthroughs in infertility treatments and technology.


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