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Glossary

IVF (in vitro fertilisation)

IVF (in vitro fertilisation) is a treatment for infertility, in which eggs are removed from a woman's body, fertilised with sperm in a laboratory, then returned to the womb shortly afterwards to continue developing.



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Funding for IVF in England 'bleak'

26 September 2016 - by Lone Hørlyck

Thirteen Clinical Commissioning Groups are considering making cuts to IVF funding, potentially removing the procedure on the NHS in some areas... [Read More]

TV Review – Fertility & Me

26 September 2016 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd

The One Show's Alex Jones explores her own fertility and looks at the emotional and financial costs of IVF, while also examining the technological and medical advances that may help more people become parents in the future... [Read More]

Woman wrongly listed as a child's mother following IVF

26 September 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

An Australian woman has been wrongly listed as the biological mother of a child born following IVF treatment... [Read More]

NICE update guidance on IUI rejected by professionals

19 September 2016 - by Professor Roy Homburg and Dr Gulam Bahadur

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued new guidance on the use of IUI that displays a plethora of contradictions and inconsistencies in an effort to maintain the status quo, precluding a fair appraisal of IUI practice... [Read More]

Sperm shortage in New Zealand

19 September 2016 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars

New Zealand is facing a shortage of donor sperm, with some fertility experts saying women are waiting up to two years to receive treatment... [Read More]

Ten-year egg-freezing limit should be changed

12 September 2016 - by Dr Rachel Brown

Following the increase in 'social' egg freezing, the ten-year time limit on the storage of human eggs should be removed, according to a leading academic at the London School of Economics.... [Read More]

IVF culture media affects embryos and babies

30 August 2016 - by Helen Robertson

A study comparing two common IVF media used by fertility clinics has found different outcomes in implantation success rates and birth weight... [Read More]

IVM breakthrough suggests cheaper and lower-drug alternative to IVF

30 August 2016 - by Dr Rachel Huddart

Researchers have reported on an experimental technique that could improve the fertilisation success rate of in vitro maturation IVM, an alternative fertility method to IVF... [Read More]

Optimising IVF practice: Fresh or frozen embryos?

30 August 2016 - by Dr Bruce Shapiro

Is it better to transfer fresh embryos during IVF or frozen embryos that have been thawed... [Read More]

Fertility education in schools – a teenager's perspective

22 August 2016 - by Phoebe Thornhill

As a current sixth-form student, I am well-acquainted with the format of sex education in secondary schools. The single take-home message is: 'Don’t have unprotected sex because you’ll get pregnant, get an STI, or both.' I think that this needs to change... [Read More]

IVF more successful for 'white' women

22 August 2016 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist

White British women are more likely to have a successful pregnancy through IVF or ICSI than women from other ethnicities in the UK, according to a recent study... [Read More]

Judge criticises HFEA consent forms

22 August 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A High Court judge has questioned aspects of the consent process for fertility treatment in a ruling in which he made a declaration of parentage in respect of a child born following IVF... [Read More]

Book Review: The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction

15 August 2016 - by Dr Peter D Sozou

This book makes a startling prediction – within the next 20 to 40 years, most people with access to good healthcare will no longer have sex to conceive their children. Instead, parents will simply provide a few skin cells as the raw material for production of embryos... [Read More]

Controversy over NHS funding of fertility treatment for transgender patients

15 August 2016 - by Dr Mary Yarwood

Transgender men are being permitted to freeze their eggs at NHS-funded fertility clinics, prior to gender re-assignment... [Read More]

Frozen embryos increase pregnancy success for mothers with PCOS

15 August 2016 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome who undergo IVF using frozen embryos are more likely to have successful pregnancies than those using fresh embryos, a study suggests... [Read More]

Book Review: The House of Hidden Mothers

08 August 2016 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey

Meera Syal explores commercial surrogacy in a story about the mismatches between Indian culture and Indian immigrants and their families in Britain... [Read More]

Australian IVF experts propose allowing gender selection

01 August 2016 - by Lone Hørlyck

Australian IVF clinics are calling for parents to be permitted to choose the sex of their third child if they already have two children of the same gender... [Read More]

One in three couples conceive naturally after IVF failure

01 August 2016 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars

Around one in three women conceive naturally in the six years after discontinuing fertility treatment, an internet survey of over 400 women has found... [Read More]

Turning back the ticking clock: Could we? Should we?

01 August 2016 - by Dr Roger Sturmey

Reports that scientists in Greece have rejuvenated ovaries in perimenopausal women is potentially very exciting. However, there remain significant questions about this research... [Read More]

IVF not linked to breast cancer, large study shows

25 July 2016 - by Dr Marianne Kennedy

IVF treatment does not increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer later in life, a study has found... [Read More]

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Events using this Glossary Item

Futures in Reproduction
15 December 2012  Churchill College, Cambridge CB3 0DS, UK
A conference celebrating the award of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine to Professor Sir Robert Edwards...
Bob Edwards and IVF: The Early Years
08 March 2011 5pm Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, 10 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DZ, UK
A discussion about the early life and work of Professor Robert Edwards, introduced by Professor Martin Johnson...
Genetic Testing in the 21st Century: Should We Screen the Human Embryonic Genome before Implantation?
08 March 2011 1.15pm-1.55pm Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
A presentation by Dr Joyce Harper to mark International Women's Day...
Congenital Uterine Anomalies and Reproductive Outcome
20 November 2009 
A course for clinicians working in gynaecology, reproductive surgery and assisted reproduction...
IVF Preceptorship: Assisted Reproductive Technology - Current Practice In The 21st Century
13 November 2009  IVI Madrid-Aravaca, 68-70 Avenida del Talgo, Madrid-Aravaca 28023, Spain
A course that provides up-to-date knowledge of IVF procedures and skills useful in IVF practice...
Reproductive Medicine: Causes and Treatment of Infertility
10 September 2009  Institute of Physics, 76 Portland Place, London W1B 1NT, UK
An event addressing current issues and latest developments in fertility, clinical embryology and reproductive biology...
Meeting for Persons Responsible and Senior Staff
03 September 2009 9am-4.30pm Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, London W1G 9LQ, UK
A meeting for Persons Responsible and senior staff at fertility clinics...


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