Assisted Reproduction Techniques: A Technological Insight to IVF or Test Tube Baby

Guest Author: Dr. Khaldoun Sharif

While over-population is often cited as one of the biggest challenges facing our planet, this is no comfort to the millions of couples having problems getting pregnant. About 1 in 6 couples wishing to conceive need medical help, totaling over 100 million worldwide. Their distress has been biblically highlighted by barren Rachel who said “Give me children, or else I die” (Genesis 30:1). The mainstay of treatment for many of them is assisted reproduction, mainly in-vitro fertilization – better known as IVF or test-tube baby. Relatively speaking, human IVF is a new science, with the world’s first IVF baby turning 35 later this year. However, in this short time in terms of scientific evolution, IVF has progressed and spread all over the world, with more than 5 million IVF babies born so far. Assisted reproduction is needed, and is here to stay. But the more we use it, the more challenges we face. How do we treat those with infection such as HIV? How do we treat older women? Does it cause cancer? Does it lead to early menopause? What are the complications and how to treat them? Better still, how to prevent them? For challenges and questions that both providers and users of IVF face and ask, but to which they may not find readily available evidence-based answers, here comes our new book, Assisted Reproduction Techniques: Challenges and Management Options.

For a global issue such as infertility, a global perspective is needed, and this book is truly an international joint effort, written by 122 experts from all over the world. The process of IVF treatment involves various counseling, medical, surgical and laboratory steps, and at each step challenges may be faced. The aim of this book is to stimulate resourceful thinking in the IVF practitioner when dealing with those challenges, by outlining various management options, the reasoning behind them, and the evidence on which they are based. The practitioner would then be better equipped to choose the most suitable solution that best fits the needs of each patient. Each of the 100 concise chapters includes clinical cases, background, evidence-based practical management options, preventive measures and key-point summaries of the important details.

Author’s Bios: The book, Assisted Reproduction Techniques: Challenges and Management Options” is edited by Khaldoun Sharif and Arri Coomarsamy. Khaldoun is a consultant in reproductive medicine and surgery and the director of the Istishari Fertility Center in Amman, Jordan. Arri is a professor of gynaecology and a sub-specialist in reproductive medicine and surgery at the Birmingham University, Birmingham, United Kingdom. They collaborate from different corners of the world in writing, research, and to treat their patients who are, in the final analysis, the most informative teachers. Khaldoun’s website is http://www.jordanivf.com/ and Arri’s is http://www.ammalife.org/

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