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Extend Fertility Brings Its Game-Changing Approach to IVF and Unveils Brand Transformation

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 settembre 2019

Extend Fertility, the leader in egg freezing, today announced the expansion of its service offerings to include the full spectrum of treatments for infertility, including in vitro fertilization (IVF). A new company website and modern brand creative bring to life the company’s mission and new campaign, “Fearlessly Take on Your Fertility.” “We have frozen over 27,000 eggs at our practice to date. It is a natural extension of the journey that many of our patients are returning to Extend Fertility to use those frozen eggs. We have seen success rates that equal or surpass those of leading IVF labs and are thrilled to have achieved pregnancy from eggs frozen at our practice,” said Joshua U. Klein, MD, the Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer at Extend Fertility.Extend Fertility, disrupting the way fertility treatment has been provided, launched in 2016, with a focus on fertility preservation at a time when traditional IVF practices treated it as a side business. Extend Fertility has become one of the largest providers of proactive egg freezing (cryopreservation) in the country, completing over 1,000 cycles in 2018. Extend has also focused on democratizing access to fertility care, with prices 20-40% below the national average.Extend is led by three double board-certified reproductive endocrinologists and a head of embryology with a combined 40+ years of experience performing thousands of IVF cases. Extend’s full suite of fertility services include diagnostic fertility testing, fertility medication management, intrauterine insemination (IUI), thawing and fertilization of frozen eggs, use of donor eggs and donor sperm, semen analysis, embryo freezing and preimplantation genetic testing. Learn more about our services here.As part of the brand transformation, the company added veteran marketer, Steph So, as Chief Marketing Officer earlier this year to build Extend Fertility’s modern brand experience and connect with millennial consumers in a new way. So most recently served as CMO at Cover FX, a global cosmetics brand and has previously held marketing roles at Ralph Lauren, Shopbop, and Estee Lauder. Under So, Extend Fertility launched a new website with updated brand creative and a logo that reflects the company’s truth-based approach. The new website allows users to easily access information about egg freezing, embryo freezing and IVF service offerings.

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Fertility prognosis: a moving target

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 giugno 2019

Unexplained subfertility is, by definition, an unsatisfactory diagnosis; indeed, it could be argued that it is not a real ‘diagnosis’ at all. Instead, it is a situation in time commonly defined as the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after at least 12 months of regular unprotected sexual intercourse. This is evidenced by the high rate of natural conception in prolonged follow-up studies of couples with unexplained subfertility. Validated prediction models have been developed from these studies facilitating realistic counselling of couples with unexplained subfertility. These models, which have been applied in a number of countries, are used as decision tools in deciding whether to start fertility treatment or not.Models predicting conception are highly time-dependent. Consequently, prognostic estimates for conception by these “old-fashioned” models cannot be reused at a later time point. However, it is of clinical and practical relevance to predict the chance of pregnancy at different points in time after an original prognosis was set. Therefore, newer dynamic models have been developed that fine-tune prognosis over a period of time after the original prediction was made. The first models were able to update predictions of natural conception.In this issue of Human Reproduction, McLernon and colleagues present a new prediction model that can update a prognosis for conception, not only over a period of time but during a treatment period – either expectant management or active treatment. Such dynamic modelling allows more realistic counselling of couples with explained subfertility about different treatment options. Furthermore, these models can be implemented within scientific studies evaluating effectiveness of new and existing treatment strategies. The development of these prediction models was only possible because of long-term expectant management strategies for unexplained subfertility we used in the past. Notwithstanding their value there is one important point to consider: with widespread implementation of these models in guidelines, future replication and update of natural conception prediction in patients with unexplained subfertility might become almost impossible. (Nils Lambalk, Editor-in-Chief Human Reproduction)

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‘Wake up Call’ on Alarming Decline in Male Fertility

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 4 maggio 2019

A world authority on human reproductive health is calling for a global response to an alarming decline in male fertility with an estimated one in 20 young men today having sperm counts low enough to impede conception.Christopher Barratt, Professor of Reproductive Medicine at the University of Dundee in Scotland, said the world had not “woken up” to the impending crisis of male infertility and its longer-term economic and societal consequences.He will highlight the need for a concerted global response to this issue as a keynote speaker at the 9th Congress of the Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE 2019) in Hong Kong this week.He said success rates from procedures such as IVF, often including Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) – where a single sperm is injected into an egg to assist fertilisation – had captured the attention of the general public.
Professor Barratt said sperm counts had been declining steadily for the past 40 years and, while environmental factors may be the cause, the specific reason for this disturbing trend was only “educated guesswork.”In some countries, including Scandinavia, there has been extensive research in this area, however in other parts of the world, including Africa, Asia and South America, there is little definitive data on male infertility.
Professor Barratt praised the Australian Government for a recent announcement that it was investing millions of dollars in a national men’s health strategy, including research into the causes and prevention of male infertility.“Australia has grasped the nettle on this issue,” he said. “It is a shining light example that needs to be replicated around the world.”Professor Barratt said the ASPIRE Congress in Hong Kong provided a powerful platform to promote awareness of male infertility in the Asia Pacific region of four billion people, representing about 60 per cent of the global population.
“Little progress has been made in developing new diagnostic tools or medical management strategies for male infertility beyond the advent of ICSI. Quality semen analysis could be part of the strategy of action as we now know for sure that semen samples analysed in different laboratories give different results, hence diagnostic and prognostic information.”As sperm counts decline, the chances of achieving conception are less. Many men and women are also now delaying having children beyond prime reproductive age and in some parts of the world, including the European Union, family sizes are below population replacement level.“The combined impacts of these factors equate to a very negative outlook,” Professor Barratt said.

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New global and regional population estimates and projections presented by the United Nations

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 28 luglio 2015

Onu palaceNew York Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 11:00 a.m. EDT S-237, UN Headquarters. Press briefing by Mr. John Wilmoth, Director, Population Division, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), Mr. François Pelletier, Chief, Population Estimates and Projections Section, Population Division, UN DESA and Moderator: Ms. Francyne Harrigan, Chief, Development Section, UN Department of Public Information presenting the latest population estimates and projections: “World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision”. The report published by the UN Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs provides a comprehensive review of worldwide demographic trends and future prospects. This information is essential to understand the progress achieved by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to guide policies aimed at achieving the new sustainable development agenda. Data presented incudes new estimates and projections for the world’s population from 1950 to the end of the century, along with new figures for country populations, and new estimates and projections for fertility, life expectancy, and net migration at global, regional and country levels.

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