At this year’s annual congress of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) from the 14th to the 17th of June 2015 approximately 9000 experts discussed the newest developments in reproductive medicine: “The automatic sperm sampler directs the discussion to one of the last taboos in fertility treatments”, explains our medical director, Univ. Prof. Dr. Heinz Strohmer.
It is mostly women as the central aspect of fertility treatments. However, the 2014 yearly report of the IVF register documents, amongst other things, the indications for an IVF treatment and thus shows a different reality: in 52.6% of treatments the reason was male infertility in contrast to only 16.6% female infertility being the reason. In 30.8% of cases the problem was on both sides. “We experience the stronger avoidance of this topic for men in comparison to women”, reports Prof. Dr. Strohmer.
Sperm delivery “on demand” is complicated
In the framework of an IVF treatment men have to deliver a sperm sample in order to fertilize the ovocyte. Many experience this “on demand” request – despite supportive media such as films and magazines – as challenging. If there are problems with the sperm delivery we usually only notice this when we urgently need it. “The worst case scenario means we have to break off the treatment because of a failed sperm delivery.”
Automatic Sperm Sampler (see photo and video) provides a solution
Currently, no studies can be found which concern themselves with the prevalence of problems during sperm delivery and thus how many treatments have to be discontinued due to this aspect. Strohmer: “The fact that a machine to aid sperm delivery was introduced at the leading conference for reproductive medicine means men need more attention in fertility treatments”. We are currently developing a research study on this topic.