April 21, 2024

IVF developments featured in Copenhagen conference

The annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology took place in Copenhagen this year, drawing thousands of experts on fertility and embryology. Each conference offers a window on current developments in the controversial world of assisted reproduction. Below are some of the highlights of the papers presented.

  • Infertility will double in Europe over the next 10 years, says a leading UK fertility expert. Professor Bill Ledger, from Sheffield University, said that obesity and sexual diseases like chlamydia plus declining sperm quality were factors in an alarming rise in infertility. “The sustainability of the population of Europe is at risk because there are too few children being born. it is a risk to the future,” he said. At the moment, one in seven couples has trouble conceiving, but this could rise to one in three.