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A Gathering of the Minds to Help Generations to Come

Publish Date

17 OCT 2021


Libby Horne


This week, infertility and reproductive care experts are gathering both in-person and virtually to attend ASRM2021 - the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual Scientific Congress.

Making progress in the field.


The theme of this year’s conference is titled, “Reproduction Reimagined.” The program is covering important topics in the infertility field including new technologies to improve clinical application, strategies to reduce treatment cost and broaden accessibility, advances in embryo biology and transfer, and the patient experience.

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine is an organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of reproductive medicine. I’m excited for the organization’s Scientific Congress because each annual event signifies the progress and support of innovative research and a rally cry from people around the world who are helping those impacted by infertility.

An infertility diagnosis is not uncommon. In fact, it’s estimated that as many as one in eight couples struggle to conceive, and a third of Americans have either sought fertility treatment themselves or know someone who has.[1] It also affects men and women equally – you can read more here about my husband’s and my personal experience.

Advancing care together.

EMD Serono has been a leader in the fertility space for more than 20 years, helping couples throughout their fertility journey.[2] We were there for the first IVF baby and more than 3 million since then.[3]  We are proud to reflect on our legacy of innovation, and we are relentlessly focused forward as the science and patient journey in fertility is constantly changing. Better understanding patients on their journey to parenthood can help to inform the advancement of fertility care, and we look forward to this year’s congress as an opportunity to re-connect to share our continued commitment to patient support and access.

Addressing infertility head on.

Every person’s situation is different when it comes to infertility and that serves as no surprise to me. My immediate family was impacted by infertility when my husband and I were first trying to conceive children. Like all others impacted by the issue, we experienced the heartache, disappointment, and stress that come from struggling to conceive.

I’m proud to know that we are supporting those on their respective journeys to start families. I’m also thankful for an opportunity to give back to others who are facing a challenge that I too have experienced. It’s certainly not lost on me how different our lives and family would be if I had not had access to modern medicine and fertility care.

With that, I offer thanks to all who are working to support people impacted by infertility, from those attending this year’s Scientific Congress, to those who are in the trenches each day on the front line of fertility patient care.

Finally, if you’re facing infertility, or know someone who is, take solace in knowing that you are not alone on this journey. There are many people and companies working to develop tools and strategies to help.


[1] https://resolve.org/learn/infertility-101/facts-diagnosis-and-risk-factors/

[2] https://www.emdseronofertility.com/home.html

[3] https://us.fertility.com/