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Neue Entwicklungen in der Reproduktionsmedizin

Since the birth of the first child conceived by in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer in 1978 reproductive medicine and its associated research underwent a rapid deve lopment concerning diagnostic and therapeutic inter ventions for dealing with female infertility. In many areas infertile couples in Germany are not allowed to participate in these developments due to restrictive legislation in the field of reproductive medicine. One example is the prohibition of genetic testing of preimplantation embryos. However, research in reproductive medicine aims at increasing the efficiency of the techniques offered, at a reduction of complications, e. g. the multiple pregnancy rate, at further optimization of ovarian hyperstimulation and at a reduction of treatment costs. During the last years enormous efforts have been made to achieve these goals and new developments have been introduced from basic science into clinical routine. Selected recent efforts in the field of reproductive medicine are presented in the following paragraphs.

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Reviewer: Michael Dumschat, Minden
und Thilo Schill, Hannover

CME Prakt Fortbild Gynakol Geburtsmed Gynakol Endokrinol 2007;3(2):16-25