When it comes to solving fertility issues, however, our work is never quite done. Some 6.7 million women between the ages of 15 to 44 have impaired fecundity, or trouble with getting pregnant or carrying a baby to term. Many more men also struggle with infertility, leaving millions of couples who require special care and assistance with having a child.
Fertility clinics often aim to provide a wide range of infertility treatments to best assist couples in need, but the science is always looking to improve. Here are some of the newest and most exciting developments happening in the fertility field right now.
Lab-Grown Sperm: Scientists in China have successfully developed sperm-like cells out of the stem cells of laboratory mice that were capable of fertilization. They still have to be injected, and the ability to replicate these results for humans is likely a long ways off. Still, it's a huge leap forward for infertile men who struggle to produce viable sperm on their own.
Uterine Transplants: These procedures are extraordinarily tricky. Doctors in the U.S. have yet to execute a successful womb transplant, though women in the U.K. and Sweden who have had such operations have given birth to perfectly healthy babies.
Time-Lapse IVF: New technologies that can provide time-lapse imaging of embryos harvested for in vitro fertilization can help doctors monitor the health and viability of each. That process can help lead to healthier selections and increase IVF success rates.
Penile Transplants: In May, doctors performed the first successful penile transplant in the United States. The recipient, a 46-year-old cancer patient who underwent 15 hours of surgery for the procedure, told reporters at the time: "I'm going to walk out of here complete."
In the field of reproductive medicine, there are always new cases to solve, more obstacles to overcome. Yet today's treatments already offer an incredible array of solutions for couples struggling with infertility. Contact our fertility clinic to learn more about your options.