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EU-funded fertility testing awaits ethical approval

Published söndag 3 juni 2012 kl 11.54

The southern Skåne region wants to offer free fertility tests for men and women, reports the regional newspaper Sydsvenskan. The idea comes from the National Hospital in the nearby Danish capital Copenhagen, where a new clinic has been flooded by patients wanting to know if they can wait or not to start a family.

The Swedish version is now awaiting the go ahead from the county's medical ethics board.

"If we get the approval we'll send letters to women between the ages of 25 and 35 in Malmö," says chief doctor Britt Friberg at the gynaecological ward of Skåne University Hospital.

"They'll get a reasonable picture of their chances of conceiving," she says.

Using ultrasound and blood tests, as well as assessing life style factors and previous medical history, doctors should be able to tell women how many eggs they have left.

Men can have their sperm count measured, but only if they go to the clinic with a female partner.

The clinic will focus on women because their fertility is age-related to a greater extent, says Aleksander Giwercman, head of the Centre for Reproductive Medicine at Skåne University Hospital.

If approved, the hospital will receive funding from the same EU research project that funds the Danish clinic.

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