In the beginning of July, thousands of members of the global fertility community gathered in Munich, Germany for the annual conference hosted by the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). Our team had the pleasure of meeting scientists, physicians and embryologists from over 20 countries. Year round, these are the people who are working to help patients grow their families, and it’s exciting when the international professional fertility community can gather in one place.
Leaving the conference I had a few distinct takeaways. Firstly, I noted the collective enthusiasm for new research and the eagerness of attendees to share best practices. While research in reproductive medicine is thriving, it is clear that there continues to be a growing need for new technologies. According to 2010 data from the International Committee Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ICMART), over 70% did not result in a live birth. Many of us are working to improve these odds.