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American Society for Reproductive Medicine 2013

a blog by Michelle Ottey, PhD, Laboratory Director for Fairfax Cryobank, October 22, 2013

Last week I attended the annual American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) meeting in Boston. I was able to attend some intriguing talks and discussions about male fertility and female fertility, use of donor gametes, and a few on current research studies. It was energizing to speak with so many colleagues who are dedicated to this field, who value their patients, and who are working very hard to improve technology and services in the reproductive community.

I was honored to be asked to lead a round table lunch discussion. Our conversation was about the men who choose to be sperm donors and how the recipients choose their perfect donor match. We discussed the men, a topic I have written about here on the blog, and the recipients, but we also expanded our discussion to the importance of rigorous screening both for infectious and genetic diseases and the screening process from the initial application. The talk was attended by physicians, nurses, and by donor gamete counselors who work directly with the recipients. It was so great to see how committed they are to their patients, and to see how invested in the upstream processes they are. There were many questions about the specific screening and testing that is happening across the field and how genetic testing varies across banks. They were all in favor of the most rigorous screening possible, and stressed the importance of recipients finding donor gametes from donors who have had at the least; the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and ASRM recommended genetic testing.

Overall, the meeting was invigorating and informative. I had the opportunity to meet up with some of the wonderful Fertility Authority staff and film a few minutes for their “Ask the Expert” pieces. I hope that you all find the information helpful when it is posted.


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