Report Identifies Top Ten Priorities for Future Research for Infertility

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is pleased to announce the release of the global report: Priority Setting Partnership for Infertility: What should infertility research focus on next? Barbara Collura, President/CEO, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association sat on the international steering committee and participated on a panel that launched the study today at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Wien, Austria.

Anyone can be challenged to have a family. Regardless of geographic location, race, religion, sexuality, or economic status, infertility doesn’t discriminate,” said Barbara Collura, RESOLVE’s President/CEO. “I’m so proud that RESOLVE is part of a global effort to identify and answer fundamental questions about the treatment of infertility.

People affected by fertility problems have called for better-targeted research for a condition that brings heartbreak to over 48 million couples worldwide. Their calls emerged from a large international consultation which identified the top ten priorities for future research across four key areas: male infertility, female and unexplained infertility, in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other treatments including IVF add-ons, and the organization of care.

The project, a collaboration between the Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Group, the University of Auckland, and the University of Oxford, was launched to identify the most pressing research questions as perceived by people with fertility problems, patient organizations, and professionals. More than 700 people from 52 countries participated, including over 330 people with fertility problems and their partners.

Among the top ten fertility questions:

  • Do environmental factors cause male infertility?
  • Can age-related infertility be prevented?
  • What causes unexplained infertility?
  • What is the emotional and psychological impact of repeated fertility treatment failure?
  • How can the cost of infertility treatment be reduced?

The full report, ‘Priority Setting Partnership for Infertility: What should infertility research focus on next?’, can be downloaded from:

About RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association: Established in 1974, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age has trouble conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options. For more information, visit