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Manchester Seminars

The seminar programme offers unparalleled access to the best minds in fertility. There’s nothing like it.

Please see below a taste of our seminar programme for Manchester 2018. Full seminar programme will be live in January. 

Saturday

10.30 - 11.15
Saturday
Planning treatment abroad? The arguments for travelling to Norway vs Spain vs Portugal

Planning treatment abroad? The arguments for travelling to Norway vs Spain vs Portugal

More Brits are travelling abroad for treatment, driven by availability of donors, cost, waiting times and treatment options. Doctors from Klinikk Hausken, UR Vistahermosa and Ferticentro give reasons why you should consider travelling to their country for treatment.

10.30 - 11.15
Saturday
Treatment add-ons. Do they add up?

Treatment add-ons. Do they add up?

Cost plays a very important role when choosing treatment and can be a source of great anxiety.  Here Kate Brian explains about add-ons and what they mean.

11.30 - 12.15
Saturday
Factors to consider when choosing a fertility clinic

Factors to consider when choosing a fertility clinic

Getting the right fit is just as essential as comparing success rates when deciding on a fertility clinic. Kate Brian, journalist, broadcaster, author of bestselling The Complete Guide to IVF, mother of two IVF children and regional organiser for Infertility Network UK, has been through it all. In this talk she guides you through the issues from a clinic’s location, culture, specialisations and waiting times to analysing costs and using the mass of data available on the HFEA website, data that clinics are legally obliged to provide on the outcomes of their fertility treatments, in order to compare success rates. 

 

11.45 - 12.30
Saturday

Decision-making, openness and family building

If you use donated sperm, eggs or embryos to start your family then the issues of what, when and how to tell the child about their genetic origin becomes crucial. Nina, who is the Director of Donor Conception Network and (TBC) discuss the importance of being open with children.

12.30 - 13.15
Saturday
Legal Issues when conceiving using a donor or co-parenting

Legal Issues when conceiving using a donor or co-parenting

If you’re considering conceiving using a donor, or co-parenting it’s important you know who will have legal rights and responsibilities for your child. This talk will explore: Who is a legal parent where a known/unknown sperm donor is used or there is a co-parenting arrangement. The talk will examine the key differences between using unknown vs known donors and co-parenting, married/civil partner couples vs unmarried couples and treatment in a fertility clinic vs treatment at home.

Why does being a legal parent matter and what are the legal consequences of this? Rose-Marie gives top tips to avoid problems arising.

12.45 -13.30
Saturday
Secondary infertility - Trying for another baby

Secondary infertility - Trying for another baby

Struggling to conceive again having had a successful pregnancy can be a tough and bewildering process. Families can be scared to share feelings in case they upset anyone still trying for their first baby. Helen, author of ‘More Love to Give’ talks openly about her struggle the second time round and why secondary infertility needs to be better understood.

13.30 - 14.15
Saturday
Natural Cycle and Mild IVF - fertility treatment without the drugs?

Natural Cycle and Mild IVF - fertility treatment without the drugs?

Natural Cycle IVF and Mild IVF are two forms of IVF which require no, or very little, use of the ovary stimulating drugs normally associated with this form of treatment and which can add to the stress and risks of treatment. Professor Geeta Nargund, Medical Director of CREATE Fertility, explains how it works and whether it’s right for you.

13.45-14.30
Saturday
Improving the odds of IVF working for you

Improving the odds of IVF working for you

It was only in 1978 that the world’s first IVF baby was born in the UK. However more than 30 years later, less than 1 in 3 cycles of IVF are actually successful. Raj Mathur, Consultant Gynaecologist and Clinical Lead for Reproductive Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester, explains what is understood to influence the success or failure of an IVF cycle including some of those factors within a patient’s control.

Visitor Quote from Manchester 2017 : 'Extremely knowledgable, informative and worthwhile.'

14.30-15.15
Saturday
Next Generation IVF - Today!

Next Generation IVF - Today!

There are a range of emerging technologies in the IVF field which claim to improve your chances of conceiving but can also increase the cost of treatment. Professor Simon Fishel, one of the original team who pioneered IVF 35 years ago and Founder and President of CARE Fertility, explains how the clinics in his group are using genetics, cryopreservation and time lapse technologies to improve embryo selection and the time at which the embryo is transferred, thereby boosting successful outcomes.

Visitor Quote from Manchester 2017: 'An honour to be in the man's company. One of the most informative and interesting talks of the weekend.'

14.45 - 15.30
Saturday
Dealing with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Dealing with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is a common cause of infertility in women and is particularly common in women who experience ovulation problems. Adam, who is Professor of Reproductive Medicine and is also the current Chairman of the British Fertility Society talks about what is known about PCOS and the runs through the most effective ways of investigating and treating it.

15.30-16.15
Saturday
What men need to know about fertility - testing it, boosting it, treating it

What men need to know about fertility - testing it, boosting it, treating it

It is often women who carry the shame and worry of infertility and yet men are a significant cause of problems in nearly half of all cases. A low sperm count or poor quality sperm, obstructions or mechanical difficulties can all be problems for those struggling to conceive. In this talk Allan Pacey, Professor of Andrology at the University of Sheffield and former Chairman of the British Fertility Society, outlines the potential problems, how to test for them and how male fertility might be boosted or treated.

Visitor Quote from Manchester 2017 : 'Superb engaging speaker. Content delivered logically and answered all my questions!'

15.45 - 16.30
Saturday
Underlying Health and Fertility: How Can Diet & Lifestyle Help?

Underlying Health and Fertility: How Can Diet & Lifestyle Help?

Often, with fertility problems, underlying biological factors contribute to difficulties conceiving, aside from known medical problems.  This talk offers evidence-based information on health and lifestyle factors that can affect male and female fertility.  It includes general information on preparing for a healthy pregnancy and the importance of preconception care for the lifetime health of your child.

16.30 - 17.15
Saturday
Dealing with and treating endometriosis

Dealing with and treating endometriosis

Endometriosis is a common condition in which the cells which normally line the uterus implant around the outside of the uterus and/or ovaries, causing internal bleeding and pain. It’s affects up to 2 million women in the UK and can substantially reduce fertility. Whilst there is no “cure”, there are different treatments. Anthony Rutherford, Consultant Gynaecologist in reproductive medicine and surgery at Leeds Centre for Reproductive Medicine, talks through the issues and outlines what can be done to preserve or restore fertility.

Visitor Quote from Manchester 2017: 'Informative. Really informative.'

16.45 - 17.30
Saturday
Reproductive Reflexology - how it can benefit you on your fertility journey

Reproductive Reflexology - how it can benefit you on your fertility journey

Barbara has been practising as a reflexologist for the past twenty years and has developed successful treatment plans for enhancing and treating fertility issues. In this seminar, Barbara discusses the benefits of reflexology and what is involved. 

Sunday

11.30 - 12.15
Sunday
Natural Cycle and Mild IVF - fertility treatment without the drugs?

Natural Cycle and Mild IVF - fertility treatment without the drugs?

Natural Cycle IVF and Mild IVF are two forms of IVF which require no, or very little, use of the ovary stimulating drugs normally associated with this form of treatment and which can add to the stress and risks of treatment. Professor Geeta Nargund, Medical Director of CREATE Fertility, explains how it works and whether it’s right for you.

12.30 - 13.15
Sunday
Recurrent Implantation Failiure

Recurrent Implantation Failiure

Successful implantation of a human embryo in a receptive endometrium (lining of the womb) requires a remarkable and intricate collaboration of factors. Whether the principal reason for implantation failure lies with the mother or the embryo is a longstanding and as yet unanswered question. This presentation provides an insight into the terms ‘implantation’, ‘implantation failure’ and ‘recurrent implantation failure’, discusses the possible reasons for implantation failure and the management strategies to improve reproductive outcome following a diagnosis of recurrent implantation failure. Mr Bhandari from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust talks though this important topic of Implantation Failure.

Mr. Harish Bhandari
12.45 - 13.30
Sunday
Reduced Ovarian Reserve

Reduced Ovarian Reserve

As medical techniques improve, so the boundaries of those who can be helped to conceive through reproductive medicine seem to widen. Seemingly, age and a host of medical conditions now offer no barriers to parenthood. Yet still, many thousands struggle to conceive even after years of stressful and expensive treatment.  What are the boundaries of reproductive medicine today and can anyone be treated and any problem overturned? Dr David Polson, Medical Director of Manchester Fertility explains.

13.30 - 14.15
Sunday
What men need to know about their fertility - testing it, boosting it, treating it

What men need to know about their fertility - testing it, boosting it, treating it

It is often women who carry the shame and worry of infertility and yet men are a significant cause of problems in nearly half of all cases. A low sperm count or poor quality sperm, obstructions or mechanical difficulties can all be problems for those struggling to conceive. In this talk, Allan Pacey, Professor of Andrology at the University of Sheffield, outlines the potential problems, how to test for them and how male fertility might be boosted or treated.

13.45 - 14.30
Sunday
Single woman in your 30s or 40s? Thinking about having a baby on your own?

Single woman in your 30s or 40s? Thinking about having a baby on your own?

Caroline looks at your choices, how they relate to you, what you need to consider and outlines some of her own experiences. Caroline is a fertility coach, ex-nurse, cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist and single Mum to a donor conceived child, and she will guide you through the decision making process.

14.30 - 15.15
Sunday
Next Generation IVF - Today!

Next Generation IVF - Today!

There are a range of emerging technologies in the IVF field which claim to improve your chances of conceiving but can also increase the cost of treatment. Professor Simon Fishel, one of the original team who pioneered IVF 35 years ago and Founder and President of CARE Fertility, explains how the clinics in his group are using genetics, cryopreservation and time-lapse technologies to improve embryo selection and the time at which the embryo is transferred, thereby boosting successful outcomes.

14.45 - 15.30
Sunday
Options for adoption

Options for adoption

If you've decided to become an adoptive parent, the next step is to choose an agency who will prepare and support you on that journey. There are around 180 adoption agencies in England including voluntary agencies and local authorities. First4Adoption, the national information service for people interested in adopting a child in England, encourage you to contact as many as you like and in this talk Gemma Gordon-Johnson, who works for the service, offers this helpful guide as well as explaining the matching process, a bit of background information on children in care and a few of the steps that a few of the people who've had fertility treatment might want to consider as they go down this route.

Visitor Quote from Manchester 2017: 'Fabulous. Great information for those new to adoption.'

15.30 - 16.15
Sunday
Infertility management and the rule of 3

Infertility management and the rule of 3

Mr Andrew Drakeley MD FRCOG is the Clinical Director, Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Consultant Gynaecologist at the Hewitt Fertility Centre in Liverpool and Knutsford. This is one of the largest fertility clinics in the UK and treats both NHS and private patients. He is also the Clinical Programme Lead for the MSc in Advanced Fertility Practice at Edge Hill University. Andrew aims to simplify the approach to managing the sub-fertile couple by explaining the common causes and then rationalising the approach to investigation and subsequent treatment options based on individual findings.

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