The Fertility Show Seminar Programme 2018
Please see below the 2018 seminar programme. New 2019 programme launching soon...
Please see below the 2018 seminar programme. New 2019 programme launching soon...
Dr. Olivares will talk about the possibility of patients over the age of 40 who want a baby using their own eggs. He will talk about IVF and how they can improve their chances of this happening.
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 Janine Elson will outline testing options, processes, results and their potential impact at each stage of your reproductive journey.
Ms Elson will also describe the key differences between Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and Screening.
When IVF doesn’t work as expected, an important issue to consider is the response to stimulation. This talk will focus on the current evidence for IVF stimulation protocols and expected response. For those cycles where the response is suboptimal, we will consider what options and modifications are likely to help. We will also consider alternative ART treatments to IVF.
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.
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.
Visitor Quote from London 2017: "Brilliant and touching talk."
For many people getting pregnant can be harder than they anticipate. It can be a stressful time for couples, and given the myriad of advice from friends, family, the lay and medical press, its often hard to distinguish good evidence based information from old-wives’ tales. Mr Lavery will cover the essential information you need to know about how long should it take, frequency and timing of intercourse, the impact of stress, diet, smoking and alcohol. The role of sophisticated placebos will also be considered.
Visitor Quote from London 2017: "No nonsense, no selling. The most useful seminar so far."
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’!
Surrogacy is an increasingly popular way of building a family for heterosexual couples, single parents and gay dads, but knowing where to start can be a real challenge. Helen Prosser from non-profit UK surrogacy agency Brilliant Beginnings and Natalie Gamble, campaigner and founder of leading fertility law firm Natalie Gamble Associates, explain how to make surrogacy work, both in the UK and in the most popular international destinations, and give no-nonsense advice on the costs and the practical and legal issues you will need to think about.
According to an HFEA report in 2016 more than 20,000 children were born from assisted conception in 2016. The success rates of IVF improved significantly due to advancement in clinical and laboratory science. Although most IVF procedures take place without adverse events, there are still significant complications associated with IVF and therefore IVF should only be carried out when there is a strong clinical indication and benefits are likely to outweigh the risks.
As more women over the age of 40 are having medically assisted conception, The effect on long term health is also something to be mindful of and women should be judiciously counselled about the risks and benefits to empower them to assist them to make an informed choice.
Haitham Hamoda talks through the issues of endometriosis and outlines what can be done to preserve or restore fertility.
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.
Visitor Quote from London 2017: "Very informative and useful for men in the audience. Beautifully delivered and with humour. Highly recommend."
The stresses and strains of coping with, and treating, infertility put a terrible pressure on relationships. It impacts on sex, daily life, expectations of support, overcoming difficulties and can take a lot of the joy and fun away. Tracey Sainsbury, member of the British Infertility Counselling Association and a fertility counsellor offers some strategies on working together including a counselling model that helps you to cope better by understanding more about what’s going on unconsciously and the conflicts with your conscious thinking.
James Nicopoullos explains what medical investigations there are to test a woman’s ovarian reserve and what can (and can’t) be done about their fertility.
Visitor Quote from London 2017: "Good speaker with clear slides."
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
Mum of two IVF children and an adopted son, Anya will present her top ten techniques for maintaining a positive and constructive approach during difficult times.
Visitor Quote from London 2017: " Lovely to hear from someone who has been through it. Helpful without being patronising."
Getting the right fit is just as essential as comparing success rates when deciding on a fertility clinic. In this talk Joanne Triggs, Head of Communications at the HFEA 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.
Surrogacy is an exciting and fulfilling experience if you make the right choices and decisions.
Lots of things are involved in deciding on surrogacy, like the laws of the country, choosing the right clinic, finances and choosing your surrogate.
Surrogacy has more benefits than disadvantages but again, what good would it be without a challenge?
The UK has seen a legal and social revolution over the past 15 years making it easier than ever before for LGBT people to start a family. Leading LGBT family lawyer Natalie is joined by 2 same sex couples to talk about their journeys and what it's really like to be an LGBT parent in 2018.
Visitor Quote from London 2017: "Fantastic. Thank you for an informative and enjoyable seminar."
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.'
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.
A significant proportion of couples requiring assisted conception will be affected by male factor infertility. With sperm contributing 50% of the embryo’s genetic information, there is increasing awareness of the impact of the sperm cell on embryo quality and treatment outcome. So how can we ensure that the best sperm is selected for treatment? Laboratory Director Dr Lucy Richardson discusses novel sperm selection techniques and presents exciting evidence from Herts and Essex Fertility Centre demonstrating the benefits of such technology.
More Brits are travelling abroad for treatment, driven by availability of donors, cost, waiting times and treatment options. Doctors from two different overseas clinics (Dexeus Mujer Spain and Next Generation Clinic from Russia) set out reasons why you should consider travelling to their country for treatment.
You may be undecided about where to have treatment. You may not have investigated egg donation in the UK because you have assumed it is unaffordable or the wait is too long. Herts & Essex, CARE, the Lister and Altrui will discuss their egg donation recruitment, availability and other issues around UK donation to help you make an informed choice on staying in the UK or going abroad. Chaired by Donor Conception Network.