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The Fertility Show Seminar Programme 2018

The Fertility Show Seminar Programme 2018

 

Please see below the 2018 seminar programme..New 2019 programme launching in the Spring

 

 

Saturday

10.30 - 11.15
Saturday
Planning treatment abroad? The arguments for travelling to Spain, Portugal,  India and Turkey & Cyprus

Planning treatment abroad? The arguments for travelling to Spain, Portugal,  India and Turkey & Cyprus

More Brits are travelling abroad for treatment, driven by availability of donors, cost, waiting times and treatment options. Doctors from four different overseas clinics (IVF Spain, Ferticentro, Nova IVI and Bahceci) set out reasons why you should consider travelling to their country for treatment.

Chaired by FNUK

Dr. Natalia Szlarb, Medical Director of IVF Spain
Monica Aresta, Ferticentro
Manish Banker, Executive Director of Nova IVI
Dr. Necati Findikli, Scientific Director Bahceci Fertility
10.30-11.15
Saturday
The Ultimate Survivor’s Guide to IVF

The Ultimate Survivor’s Guide to IVF

So you’re about to undergo fertility treatment? Hold on tight. Whether this is your first time or you’re already an IVF veteran, you need to prepare yourself for the Roller coaster of your life. If there’s one person who knows the secret to survival, it’s Jessica Hepburn - author, fertility campaigner and host of The Fertility Show’s Let's Talk Fertility stage. Jessica will be revealing her top tips for surviving the IVF process - whatever your fertility story, however it ends.  

10.45 - 11.30
Saturday
Travelling to the USA for egg donor treatment. A patient’s journey

Travelling to the USA for egg donor treatment. A patient’s journey

In this talk Sarah Esdaile explains what happened in her earlier treatment, why that lead her to the decision to look for an egg donor, and having made that decision, the reasons and thought process behind opting to travel to the States for treatment. 

10.45-11.30
Saturday
Stress and its impact on fertility

Stress and its impact on fertility

What do we know about the impact of stress on men and women’s fertility? Jacky identifies some of the lifestyle changes that can reduce the impact of stress.

Visitor Quote from London 2017: "Fantastic talk, really well presented, very clear and well explained." 

11.30 - 12.15
Saturday
Dealing with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Dealing with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Adam Balen talks about what is known about PCOS and the most effective ways of investigating and treating it. 

11.30 -12.15
Saturday
Nursing support & care through the cycle and how to prepare yourself.

Nursing support & care through the cycle and how to prepare yourself.

This talk aims to look at how your nursing team can support you through your treatment and guide you through the IVF process. The emotional aspect of fertility treatment  is as important as the clinical aspect and people accessing fertility services should feel supported and informed at every step of the journey. Fertility nurses play a crucial role in this and should provide high quality, specialist, emotional and physical fertility care to our patients.

Helen Kendrew, Director of Nursing of Bath Fertility
11.30-12.15
Saturday
Decision-making, openness and family building

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. Lucia, who is Membership Coordinator of Donor Conception Network and Gill Pearson discuss the importance of being open with children.

Lucia Grounds, Membership Coordinator of Donor Conception Network
11.45 - 12.30
Saturday
Fertile; how lifestyle changes may improve fertility

Fertile; how lifestyle changes may improve fertility

Holistic fertility specialist, acupuncturist and author of The Baby Making Bible and Total Fertility, Emma explains how she works with patients and the results she has achieved.

Visitor Quote from London 2017: "Really inspiring talk, very down to earth. Positivity is priceless - thank you."

11.45 - 12.30
Saturday
Managing relationships through infertility

Managing relationships through infertility

The stresses and strains of coping with and treating infertility puts a terrible pressure on relationships. It impacts on all aspects of a relationship. Tracey Sainsbury, a member of BICA, offers some strategies on working together.

Visitor Quote from London 2017: "Content was really good and very informative."

12.30 - 13.15
Saturday
Reduced ovarian reserve: is anyone too difficult to treat?

Reduced ovarian reserve: is anyone too difficult to treat?

Dr Raef Faris looks at what the boundaries are in reproductive medicine today?  Can anyone be treated and any problem overturned? 

Raef Faris, Consultant Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist
12.45 - 13.30
Saturday
IVF and cutting edge technologies - do they make a difference and the evidence for them

IVF and cutting edge technologies - do they make a difference and the evidence for them

The need to evolve IVF is the imperative to make IVF even more efficient than it is today. Since the early days of IVF live birth rates, in the best clinics, have improved 3-fold due in part to evolved practice and technology – most of which had little or no evidence before introduction to clinical practice. We will explore some of the latest technologies already bringing changing practice in some clinics, such as Time-Lapse Imaging and Chromosome Assessment, we shall examine the opportunity for the ‘personalised medicine’ approach, the value of natural cycle IVF and is it really ‘back to the future’, and some interesting potential opportunities for the ‘Next Generation IVF’ such as ‘AI’ and ‘PIV’!    

Charles Kingsland, Clinical Director, CARE Fertility
12.45 - 13.30
Saturday
Men matter too - how men can move on from the silent despair of infertility (and better support their partners)

Men matter too - how men can move on from the silent despair of infertility (and better support their partners)

Two years ago Richard attended the Fertility Show as a visitor during a particularly low point in his life.  In his presentation he opens up about the dark, emotional times he went through and how hard he found it to express his feelings.  He hopes his own experiences can help others on their journey.

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.

13.30 - 14.15
Saturday
Boost fertility and prevent miscarriage with nutrition

Boost fertility and prevent miscarriage with nutrition

Find out how nutrition can help you get pregnant and also prevent miscarriages. Come to this talk to discover the best diet, supplements and lifestyle factors to maximise your chances of getting, and staying, pregnant. Also learn how to improve your chances for a successful IVF and how nutrition can help if you have been diagnosed with an immunological problem

13.45 - 14.30
Saturday
Freeing your mind to improve fertility

Freeing your mind to improve fertility

Russell, a cognitive hypnotherapist and founder of The Fertile Mind, believes that the mind can be a factor in low pregnancy success rates.  He offers some techniques to help improve your chance of success.

13.45 - 14.30
Saturday
Factors to consider when choosing a fertility clinic.

Factors to consider when choosing a fertility clinic.

Kate talks through factors from a clinic’s location, culture, specialisations and waiting times to costs and using the data available on the HFEA website.

Visitor Quote from London 2017: "Thank you to Kate for her impartial advice."

14.30 - 15.15
Saturday
Male Fertility: Is there a problem and what can be done

Male Fertility: Is there a problem and what can be done

Whilst Male Fertility has traditionally been a neglected area and seen by many as a taboo subject, things are now changing. There has been much recent interest in Male Fertility problems and efforts are now being made increase public  awareness of this common, distressing, yet enigmatic problem and its associated health issues. In this talk we will discuss the facts about the reported decline in Male Fertility and what men can do to improve their own fertility. We will also talk about what the current options are for couples affected by Male Factor fertility challenges and what the future may hold.

14.30-15.15
Saturday
Planning treatment abroad? The arguments for travelling to Spain, Norway and Greece

Planning treatment abroad? The arguments for travelling to Spain, Norway and Greece

More Brits are travelling abroad for treatment, driven by availability of donors, cost, waiting times and treatment options. Doctors from three different overseas clinics (URVista Hermosa, Klinnik Hausken and Newlife) set out reasons why you should consider travelling to their country for treatment.

Salome Lopez, URVista Hermosa
Dr. Jon Hausken, Klinnik Hausken
Dimitrios Dovas, Newlife IVF
14.45 - 15.30
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.

Visitor Quote from London 2017: "Useful and interesting talk - it's a minefield of informatin which Kate helped to explain."

14.45 - 15.30
Saturday
Practical strategies to manage emotions

Practical strategies to manage emotions

At the beginning of a fertility journey, people often underestimate the emotional challenge ahead. In this seminar, Andreia Trigo (RN BSc MSc Dip NLP) talks about practical strategies to manage emotions, drawing from her experiences as a fertility nurse and researcher, NLP coach and infertility patient. 

15.30 - 16.15
Saturday
Fertility treatment for older women

Fertility treatment for older women

Tarek outlines the issues related to compromised ovarian reserve and discusses the options and new techniques that can boost fertility and improve success rates for women over 40.

15.30 - 16.15
Saturday
Choosing a known donor or Co-parent to create your family - For LGBT, Single and infertile Couples

Choosing a known donor or Co-parent to create your family - For LGBT, Single and infertile Couples

During Erika's talk she will cover the options of known/private sperm and egg donation for creating your family. In addition Erika will talk about the increasingly popular option of co-parenting.

15.45 - 16.30
Saturday
Building Healthy Families - What you need to know about PGS

Building Healthy Families - What you need to know about PGS

There are now a selection of genetic testing options which can be used across the whole reproductive pathway and which are specifically designed to help you build or grow a healthy family. 

In this talk Charles Kingsland will outline testing options, processes, results and their potential impact at each stage of your reproductive journey. 

Professor Kingsland will also describe the key differences between Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and Screening.

Charles Kingsland, Clinical Director, CARE Fertility
15.45 - 16.30
Saturday
Decision-making, openness and family building

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 Gill Pearson discuss the importance of being open with children.

16.30 - 17.15
Saturday
Improving the odds of IVF working for you

Improving the odds of IVF working for you

Yacoub explains what is understood to influence the success or failure of an IVF cycle including some of those factors within a patient’s control.

16.30-17.15
Saturday

Planning treatment abroad? The arguments for travelling to Spain and Bulgaria

More Brits are travelling abroad for treatment, driven by availability of donors, cost, waiting times and treatment options. Doctors from two different overseas clinics (Clinica Tambre, Spain and Nadezhda Women's Health Hospital, Bulgaria ) set out reasons why you should consider travelling to their country for treatment.

Dr. Laura Garcia de Miguel, Medical Director
16.45 - 17.30
Saturday
Complementary Medicine - Where is the Evidence

Complementary Medicine - Where is the Evidence

Many couples choose to use a variety of differing forms of complementary therapy and or medicine as part of their fertility journey. These can range from acupuncture, hypnotherapy, nutritional support, massage and reflexology.  But what evidence is there to support them and how effective are they, which of these are worth considering as part of a more holistic approach.  Are they a stand alone treatment ? Or can they be used to prepare for or to support assisted conception? If so, then which kinds of assisted conception are they useful for and how beneficial are they?

Barbara Scott aims to share some of the available evidence on a variety of complementary medicines so that you are able to make informed decisions about what you would like to include as part of your treatment planning.

16.45-17.30
Saturday
Donor eggs in the UK - Don’t have to fly to succeed

Donor eggs in the UK - Don’t have to fly to succeed

Many Brits have the misconception that donor egg treatments are cheaper, more readily available and successful overseas. In this seminar, Mr Ogutu discusses egg donation availability, success rates as well as pros and cons of treatment in the UK .