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Acoustic waves used to select high-quality sperm in IVF

Acoustic waves used to select high-quality sperm in IVF

A new approach which uses sound waves to filter sperm for IVF has been developed by Australian researchers.

The research team combined acoustic waves with fluid dynamics to sort high-quality sperm from semen samples, which they hope could eventually improve IVF success in patients. The method selects sperm cells on the basis of size, shape, and DNA integrity, rather than just motility.

What is a fertility doctor’s duty?

What is a fertility doctor’s duty?

The subject of this year's Progress Educational Trust annual conference, entitled 'Reality Check', was 'a realistic look at assisted reproduction'. The choice of focus was motivated by ongoing controversy surrounding so-called 'IVF add-ons'. These are defined by the HFEA as 'optional extras that you may be offered on top of your normal fertility treatment, often at an additional cost'.