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Assisted reproductive technology - What's new and what's important?
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PMID:  23210097     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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Background Difficulty with conception is a common reason for young couples to present to their primary care physician. Fertility assistance, whether minimal or high level, aims to optimise the chances of having a singleton pregnancy and the birth of a healthy baby. Recent advances in assisted reproductive technology, particularly at a genetic level, have helped us to better understand the causes of infertility, and also to offer techniques that maximise the safety and efficiency of treatment and therefore the chance of a successful outcome. Objective This article provides an update on available fertility assistance and preservation technologies to help guide the general practitioner's approach to patients presenting with fertility concerns. Discussion Recognition of the significance of a woman's age remains the highest priority for healthcare providers and allows thorough and timely evaluation and development of a management strategy. Despite technological advances, we are still limited by the inability to protect oocytes from ageing and hence are unable to 'make' embryos better.
Authors:
Kate Stern
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australian family physician     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0300-8495     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust Fam Physician     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0326701     Medline TA:  Aust Fam Physician     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  762-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
MBBS, FRANZCOG, MMed, CREI, FRCOG, is Senior Fertility Specialist, Melbourne IVF and Head, Endocrine and Metabolic Service, Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria.
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