Campaigning in Florida on Sunday, Republican candidate Newt Gingrich called for a closer look into the practices of the fertility care sector, questioning clinics who discard extra embryos or save them for use in stem cell research, which he opposes (source: Washington Post).
Regulating the fertility industry is a common topic within the field. In fact, we reported on the the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) back in June, which oversees fertility clinic protocols in the UK, and discussed the possibility of such standards expanding internationally. In the US, the fertility care sector is self-regulated, with authorities like ASRM and SART leading the discussions and implementation on studies within the field.
While Gingrich does have a point concerning the seemingly wasteful practice of disposing embryos that go unused, he is not well educated on the current trends within the field of in vitro fertilization. At ASRM’s annual meeting in October, the reproductive society, along with SART, called upon the fertility industry to widen their practice of single embryo transfers (SET), exemplify the industry’s move to safer and more cost effective IVF practices.
Not only has New Hope Fertility Center been a longtime advocate of SET, but also of minimally invasive in vitro fertilization techniques, like Mini-IVF™ and Natural Cycle IVF. The aforementioned protocols customize IVF care for each patient to ensure our fertility treatments use less medication and ovarian stimulation to ensure we’re treating our patient with the most holistic approach possible. All of these practices, along with fertility preservation and oocyte freezing, encourage less wasteful IVF practices, proving that Gingrich is misinformed on the fertility industry’s ability self-regulate, considering such minimal stimulation protocols have been around for nearly 10 years.
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