Lori D. Homa, MD: Gaps in Knowledge for Fertility

April 22, 2022
Kenny Walter

Kenny Walter is an editor with HCPLive. Prior to joining MJH Life Sciences in 2019, he worked as a digital reporter covering nanotechnology, life sciences, material science and more with R&D Magazine. He graduated with a degree in journalism from Temple University in 2008 and began his career as a local reporter for a chain of weekly newspapers based on the Jersey shore. When not working, he enjoys going to the beach and enjoying the shore in the summer and watching North Carolina Tar Heel basketball in the winter.

Dr. Homa suggests many women consider freezing their eggs during their childbearing years.

There remains a need to learn about why some women are seemingly plagued by fertility issues.

“For our fertility field one of the biggest things that we want to know is implantation issues, implantation failure, early losses, issues with the uterus that we do not fully understand,” Lori D. Homa, MD, Allegheny Health Network, said in an interview with HCPLive®. “We can put a perfect embryo in there and sometimes patients still have implantation failure or early losses that are not explained by a chromosomally normal embryos being placed in the uterus.”

Homa said along with the need to focus research on pinpointing why some of these issues occur, she would like to advocate for some of the misconceptions and gaps in knowledge patients may have.

The biggest of these gaps in knowledge centers around age.

“Female fertility drops off rather exponentially in the 40s,” Homa said. “After 43 there is really a less than 5% chance of achieving a pregnancy. Women don’t always know that.”

Homa said 1 option that many women should consider as they age is freezing their eggs ahead of time. She said this could be a “great insurance plan” for all women to consider as they go through their careers.