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Manchester Seminars

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

See below the seminar list from our Manchester 2017 programme.

Saturday

10.45-11.30
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.

Visitor Quote: 'I have been in the IVF world for 3 years but wish I had attended this talk at the beginning of our journey.'

11.30-12.15
Saturday
An overview of the common causes of infertility and the main approaches to treatment

An overview of the common causes of infertility and the main approaches to treatment

If you’ve been trying to conceive for a while without success, this session could help you decide on your next steps. Looking at some of the main reasons why couples fail to conceive, Professor Charles Kingsland, co founder of the Hewitt Fertility Centre in Liverpool, the UKs largest provider of NHS funded treatment, will cover the basic areas of testing used to identify common causes of infertility and offer an overview of the range of treatments available at specialist fertility clinics.

Visitor Quote: 'Engaging, entertaining and fun. A refreshing approach to infertility.'

11.45-12.30
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.

Visitor Quote: 'Very good information gathered. Extremely inspiring.'

12.30-13.15
Saturday
How to keep costs down - do you really need those add ons?

How to keep costs down - do you really need those add ons?

Cost plays a very important role when choosing treatment and can be a great source of anxiety. John Parsons, part of the team that established the first IVF pregnancy to deliver at the Hammersmith hospital, explains what the add-ons mean. He will cover items such as pre-implantation genetic screening, time-lapse photography, immunology and endometrial scratch, and advises how best to save money to get the right treatment for you. John moved to King’s College Hospital to set up the King’s assisted conception unit where he was the lead consultant from 1986 until his retirement in 2010. He has been a board member of the charity Progress Educational Trust (PET) for over 10 years. PET works to improve the choices for people affected by infertility or genetic conditions and its mission is to educate and debate the responsible application of reproductive and genetic science.

Visitor Quote: 'A very refreshing and honest seminar. Very useful and enlightening.'

12.45-13.30
Saturday
Fertility treatment for older women

Fertility treatment for older women

A woman’s ability to conceive reduces with age especially after the age of 40. In this talk Dr Jane Stewart, Consultant in Reproductive Medicine at The Newcastle Fertility Centre (NHS) outlines the issues relating to fertility for older women and discusses the options, success rates and risks.

Visitor Quote: 'Excellent speaker. Excellent talk. Excellent delivery.'

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: 'Extremely knowledgable, informative and worthwhile.'

14.30-15.15
Saturday
Planning treatment abroad? The arguments for travelling to Norway vs Spain vs USA chaired by Susan Seenan of Fertility Network UK

Planning treatment abroad? The arguments for travelling to Norway vs Spain vs USA chaired by Susan Seenan of Fertility Network UK

As more and more Brits head abroad for fertility treatment- often driven by the availability of donors, prices, waiting times or treatments not available in the UK- selecting a clinic overseas can feel like wandering into the unknown. Come to this session with your list of questions for fertility specialists from 3 different clinics- Dr Jon Hausken from Klinikk Hausken, Natalia Szlarb from IVF Spain and Craig Reisser from Oregon Reproductive Medicine- who deal with hundreds of British patients every year and who hope to allay your fears. Chaired by Susan Seenan of Fertility Network UK.

Visitor Quote: 'Factual, Personable, Useful.'

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 particularly common among women with ovulation problems. Adam Balen, Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at Leeds NHS Centre for Reproductive Medicine and Chairman of the British Fertility Society, talks about what is known about PCOS and the most effective ways of investigating and treating it.

Visitor Quote: 'The information was amazing and extremely helpful. Thank you so much and god bless.'

15.30-16.15
Saturday
What men need to know about fertility

What men need to know about 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 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: 'Superb engaging speaker. Content delivered logically and answered all my questions!'

15.45-16.30
Saturday
Issues for families created with donors

Issues for families created with donors

If you are hoping to use donated sperm, eggs or embryos to start your family, then the issues of what, when and how to tell a child about their genetic origin becomes crucial. This can be even more complicated with the use of anonymous overseas donors. DC Network long-standing member Jane Ellis, mother to two donor conceived adults, will discuss being open with children.

Visitor Quote: 'Really eye-opening, down to earth and compassionate.'

16.30-17.15
Saturday
Innovations in embryo selection, do they really make a difference?

Innovations in embryo selection, do they really make a difference?

Newspapers are full of headlines about developments in genetic screening and time-lapse imaging that allow clinics to select the embryo for transfer most likely to succeed in an ivf cycle. But are these reports reliable and should patients be pinning their hopes (and cash) on such techniques? Rachel Cutting MBE, Chair 2010-2014 of the Association of Clinical Embryologists and Principal Embryologist at Jessop Fertility in Sheffield, provides guidance.

Visitor Quote: 'Excellent knowledge, informative and unbiased. Covered more than I could have hoped for.'

16.45-17.30
Saturday
A patient’s experience of the fertility rollercoaster and what to expect

A patient’s experience of the fertility rollercoaster and what to expect

If you are about to start fertility treatment for the first time, prepare yourself for the physical and emotional ups and downs ahead with this talk by Jessica Hepburn, fertility campaigner and author of Amazon bestseller, The Pursuit of Motherhood, which chronicles her long struggle to have a child. Jessica outlines her experiences and offers practical advice following 11 cycles of IVF including her top tips for survival. 

Visitor Quote: 'As ever, Jessica delivers her personal experience both beautifully and poignently. An amazing speaker. Inspirational and so brave.'

Sunday

10.30-11.15
Sunday
Unknown donor vs known donor vs co-parenting

Unknown donor vs known donor vs co-parenting

Single women and lesbian couples looking to start a family face big issues from the outset when it comes to choosing a donor. Anonymity may seem like the simplest route but knowing more about a donor has its advantages, not least for those who want their child to have a relationship with its father. Erika Tranfield of Pride Angel, a website that facilitates and encourages conversations between donors and potential parents, offers an insight into the thinking and motivation of the people who connect via her site.

 

10.45-11.30
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: 'Fabulous. Great information for those new to adoption.'

11.30-12.15
Sunday
Recurrent Miscarriage

Recurrent Miscarriage

Recurrent miscarriage (ie when miscarriage occurs 3 or more times) is highly distressing and affects 1 in every 100 women. And yet most couples who have faced it still have a good chance of a successful birth in the future. Siobhan Quenby, Professor of Obstetrics and Director of the Biomedical Research Unit in Reproductive Health at the University of Warwick, talks about what we know about the reasons behind recurrent miscarriages and the most effective ways of investigating and treating it.

Visitor Quote: 'Excellent speaker. Gave great, honest information.'

11.45-12.30
Sunday
Planning treatment abroad? The arguments for travelling to Portugal vs Spain chaired by Susan Seenan of Fertility Network UK

Planning treatment abroad? The arguments for travelling to Portugal vs Spain chaired by Susan Seenan of Fertility Network UK

As more and more Brits head abroad for fertility treatment- often driven by the availability of donors, prices, waiting times or treatments not available in the UK- selecting a clinic overseas can feel like wandering into the unknown. Come to this session with your list of questions for fertility specialists from 2 different clinics- Monica Aresta from Ferticentro and Salome Lopez from URVista Hermosa who between them deal with hundreds of British patients every year and who hope to allay your fears. Chaired by Susan Seenan of Fertility Network UK.

Visitor Quote: 'Very useful.'

Monica Arestas
Salome Lopez
12.30-13.15
Sunday
Fertility treatment on the NHS?

Fertility treatment on the NHS?

Provision of fertility treatment on the NHS has always been a postcode lottery. With government funding constraints making this worse, it is the people who best understand how the NHS works, its criteria and the information they need, who will fare best. Professor Charles Kingsland, co founder of The Hewitt Fertility Centre in Liverpool, the UK's largest provider of NHS funded treatment, will offer some helpful tips on how to fast track your fertility treatment on the NHS.

Visitor Quote: 'Engaging, informative and refreshing.'

13.30-14.15
Sunday
Getting your head around treatments, clinics and statistics

Getting your head around treatments, clinics and statistics

Navigating your way through information about fertility treatments and choosing a clinic seem like daunting decisions. The Human Fertilisation Embryology Authority (HFEA) is here to help. As the regulator of all UK fertility clinics, is publishes clear, balanced information about treatment options and what to consider when choosing a clinic. Juliet Tizzard, Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs at the HFEA, will show you how to research treatments, what to look for in a clinic (including their new patient ratings and inspection ratings features) and how to understand pregnancy and birth statistics.

Visitor Quote: 'Wonderful. Best thing I've ever been to at the Show. Pitched exactly right and extremely informative.'

13.45-14.30
Sunday
Surrogacy Arrangements

Surrogacy Arrangements

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.

Visitor Quote: 'Very helpful and informative.'

14.30-15.15
Sunday
NEXT GENERATION IVF

NEXT GENERATION IVF

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

14.45-15.30
Sunday
Single women and lesbian couples - option for conceiving

Single women and lesbian couples - option for conceiving

What are the routes open to women who want to conceive without having sex with a man? Dr Raúl Olivares, Medical Director of Barcelona IVF, a Spanish clinic that treats a number of single women and lesbian couples from the UK, explains the practical issues around getting pregnant with donor sperm - known vs unknown donors, IUI, IVF and increasingly, reciprocal IVF, where one partner in a female couple contributes her eggs for the other to carry.

Visitor Quote: 'Clear and sensitively delivered. Really like Raul- he knows his stuff!'

15.30-16.15
Sunday
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: 'Informative. Really informative.'

15.45-16.30
Sunday
What men need to know about fertility

What men need to know about 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 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: 'Superb engaging speaker. Content delivered logically and answered all my questions!'

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