ESHRE guideline: female fertility preservation.



ESHRE Guideline Group on Female Fertility Preservation, , Anderson, Richard A, Amant, Frédéric, Braat, Didi, D'Angelo, Arianna, Chuva de Sousa Lopes, Susana M, Demeestere, Isabelle, Dwek, Sandra, Frith, Lucy ORCID: 0000-0002-8506-0699, Lambertini, Matteo
et al (show 5 more authors) (2020) ESHRE guideline: female fertility preservation. Human Reproduction Open, 2020 (4). hoaa052 - hoaa052.

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<h4>Study question</h4>What is the recommended management for women and transgender men with regards to fertility preservation (FP), based on the best available evidence in the literature?<h4>Summary answer</h4>The ESHRE Guideline on Female Fertility Preservation makes 78 recommendations on organization of care, information provision and support, pre-FP assessment, FP interventions and after treatment care. Ongoing developments in FP are also discussed.<h4>What is known already</h4>The field of FP has grown hugely in the last two decades, driven by the increasing recognition of the importance of potential loss of fertility as a significant effect of the treatment of cancer and other serious diseases, and the development of the enabling technologies of oocyte vitrification and ovarian tissue cryopreservation (OTC) for subsequent autografting. This has led to the widespread, though uneven, provision of FP for young women.<h4>Study design size duration</h4>The guideline was developed according to the structured methodology for development of ESHRE guidelines. After formulation of key questions by a group of experts, literature searches and assessments were performed. Papers published up to 1 November 2019 and written in English were included in the review.<h4>Participants/materials setting methods</h4>Based on the collected evidence, recommendations were formulated and discussed until consensus was reached within the guideline group. A stakeholder review was organized after finalization of the draft. The final version was approved by the guideline group and the ESHRE Executive Committee.<h4>Main results and the role of chance</h4>This guideline aims to help providers meet a growing demand for FP options by diverse groups of patients, including those diagnosed with cancer undergoing gonadotoxic treatments, with benign diseases undergoing gonadotoxic treatments or those with a genetic condition predisposing to premature ovarian insufficiency, transgender men (assigned female at birth), and women requesting oocyte cryopreservation for age-related fertility loss.The guideline makes 78 recommendations on information provision and support, pre-FP assessment, FP interventions and after treatment care, including 50 evidence-based recommendations-of which 31 were formulated as strong recommendations and 19 as weak-25 good practice points and 3 research only recommendations. Of the evidence-based recommendations, 1 was supported by high-quality evidence, 3 by moderate-quality evidence, 17 by low-quality evidence and 29 by very low-quality evidence. To support future research in the field of female FP, a list of research recommendations is provided.<h4>Limitations reasons for caution</h4>Most interventions included are not well studied in FP patients. As some interventions, e.g. oocyte and embryo cryopreservation, are well established for treatment of infertility, technical aspects, feasibility and outcomes can be extrapolated. For other interventions, such as OTC and IVM, more evidence is required, specifically pregnancy outcomes after applying these techniques for FP patients. Such future studies may require the current recommendations to be revised.<h4>Wider implications of the findings</h4>The guideline provides clinicians with clear advice on best practice in female FP, based on the best evidence currently available. In addition, a list of research recommendations is provided to stimulate further studies in FP.<h4>Study funding/competing interests</h4>The guideline was developed and funded by ESHRE, covering expenses associated with the guideline meetings, with the literature searches and with the dissemination of the guideline. The guideline group members did not receive payment. R.A.A. reports personal fees and non-financial support from Roche Diagnostics, personal fees from Ferring Pharmaceuticals, IBSA and Merck Serono, outside the submitted work; D.B. reports grants from Merck Serono and Goodlife, outside the submitted work; I.D. reports consulting fees from Roche and speaker's fees from Novartis; M.L. reports personal fees from Roche, Novartis, Pfizer, Lilly, Takeda, and Theramex, outside the submitted work. The other authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.<h4>Disclaimer</h4><i>This guideline represents the views of ESHRE, which were achieved after careful consideration of the scientific evidence available at the time of preparation. In the absence of scientific evidence on certain aspects, a consensus between the relevant ESHRE stakeholders has been obtained</i>. <i>Adherence to these clinical practice guidelines does not guarantee a successful or specific outcome, nor does it establish a standard of care. Clinical practice guidelines do not replace the need for application of clinical judgment to each individual presentation, nor variations based on locality and facility type</i>. <i>ESHRE makes no warranty, express or implied, regarding the clinical practice guidelines and specifically excludes any warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular use or purpose. (Full disclaimer available at</i>  www.eshre.eu/guidelines.<i>)</i> <sup>†</sup>ESHRE Pages content is not externally peer reviewed. The manuscript has been approved by the Executive Committee of ESHRE.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ESHRE Guideline Group on Female Fertility Preservation
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2021 14:11
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2022 02:10
DOI: 10.1093/hropen/hoaa052
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3115550