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The Study and Preservation of Female Fertility

BOSTON — Over the past 20 years, through a combination of new technologies and basic and translational science, researchers and clinicians have made significant strides in the study of fertility preservation in women, noted Kutluk Oktay, MD, PhD, of New York Medical College.

During a plenary session, Dr Oktay outlined several specific advances that have allowed clinicians to preserve fertility in women who are facing ovarian failure related to genetics or medical treatments. These include ovarian cryopreservation and transplantation and ovarian stimulation.

“The success of the clinical work really is based on earlier basic studies in the laboratory,” Dr Oktay told Endocrinology Advisor. “Currently ovarian transplantation has reached certain success rates that make it quite acceptable as an option for fertility preservation, but there is still room for improvement.”

In this video, Dr Oktay discusses other advances, such as new surgical techniques, and a “paradigm-changing finding” in ovarian aging.
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