It’s a couple issue!

May 7, 2024

At the Women’s health network meeting: “Driving innovation and empowerment to improve women´s health”, arranged by Hologic, Inc. and Medicon Valley Alliance, Lærke Priskorn, Researcher at Department of Growth and Reproduction, Rigshospitalet was one of four Nordic experts invited to share her view on how knowledge, technological progress and innovative approaches can be used to improve women’s health and empower women.

Lærke Priskorn work with fertility trends, infertility and male reproductive health as a reproductive epidemiologist, and she is active in the ReproUnion collaboration since 12 years. She highlighted that infertility is a couple issue, and that we today treat the women even when it’s a male cause! Lærke shared facts and examples of what we know and still don’t know within reproductive health:

  • 20% of couples experience infertility but we don’t know how this has changed over time as reproductive illnesses has not been monitored over time.
  • The male semen quality in Denmark is bad, but we don’t know the root cause.
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) are increasing, but we don’t know if it is because couples are trying to get children too late or if we have a general decrease in success rate.

We do know that women carry the treatment burden!

With more than 1400 couples included in the ReproUnion Biobank and Infertility cohort RUBIC, Lærke Priskorn was hopeful and mentioned that researchers soon can start to look at and analyze data from RUBIC. Data that can help us understand risk factors, natural life courses of infertility, diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers, and answer some of the basic questions of infertility, and in the end, lead to innovative and better treatments for the woman, the man and the couple! Thank you Lærke Priskorn.


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