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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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Fertility treatment provision in England violates NHS first principles

20 June 2016 - by Stephen Harbottle

Since its launch in 1948, the NHS has become the world's largest publicly funded health service and a beacon of what is possible to the rest of the world. Unless, it seems, you are finding it hard to conceive... [Read More]

Parents to fight access to dead son's sperm

20 June 2016 - by Chee Hoe Low

The parents of a dead Australian man whose sperm has been cryopreserved have said that they will block any attempts by his fiancée to use his sperm in an IVF attempt... [Read More]

France allows export of dead man's sperm

13 June 2016 - by James Brooks

A Spanish woman has been allowed to have her dead husband's cryopreserved sperm transported from France to Spain despite a French ban on the exportation of gametes for posthumous insemination... [Read More]

Mitochondrial donation is safe, study suggests

13 June 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya

An extensive study examining human embryos created using mitochondrial donation has demonstrated that the technique does not adversely affect embryo development... [Read More]

Scotland expands IVF on the NHS

13 June 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Scotland is set to expand the provision of publicly funded IVF, increasing the number of cycles for eligible patients from two to three... [Read More]

Australian documentary accuses IVF clinics of peddling false hope

06 June 2016 - by Dr Mary Yarwood

An Australian documentary has claimed that women over 40 are being misled about their chances of conceiving via IVF treatment when using their own eggs... [Read More]

Dutch government seeks to allow creation of human embryos for research

06 June 2016 - by Anneesa Amjad

The Dutch government is planning to change the law to allow for the creation of human embryos for research... [Read More]

Radio Review: Dangerous Visions - Brave New World

06 June 2016 - by Susan Tranfield

The latest episode in Radio 4's Dangerous Visions series is a new adaptation of Aldhous Huxley's iconic dystopian novel, set just 100 years in the future... [Read More]

Shock! Horror! Or business as usual?

06 June 2016 - by Professor Susan Bewley

As a long-time obstetric ringside observer, it seems to me that unnecessary and expensive treatments are de rigeur in the fertility industry, something that's haunted the field for decades... [Read More]

Expensive form of IVF is overused, says fertility journal editor

31 May 2016 - by Sarah Gregory

The editor-in-chief of Human Reproduction has criticised the overuse of ICSI, following a world report into the use of assisted reproduction technologies... [Read More]

Controversial Italian fertility specialist denies stealing woman's eggs

23 May 2016 - by Rikita Patel

A controversial Italian fertility doctor has been arrested after being accused of taking a woman's eggs without her consent... [Read More]

Stem cell study suggests mitochondrial donation might not be 100 percent effective

23 May 2016 - by Dr Rosie Morley

A study has identified a potential problem with mitochondrial donation, an IVF technique that aims to prevent the transmission of faulty mitochondria from mother to child... [Read More]

Culturing a human embryo for 14 days – what have we learned?

16 May 2016 - by Dr Helen O'Neill

Species-specific differences in terms of developmental timing and molecular expression patterns have restricted our true understanding of early human development... [Read More]

Woman in her 70s gives birth in India

16 May 2016 - by Dr Mary Yarwood

A woman believed to be 72 years old has given birth to a baby boy in India, following IVF treatment... [Read More]

Film Review: Future Baby

09 May 2016 - by Dr Lanay Tierney

Austrian documentary film-maker Maria Arlamovsky journeys around the world, investigating the state of reproductive treatment. Her film asks a single question: how far should we go?

IVF: the next generation – first UK baby born after DNA screening technique

09 May 2016 - by James Brooks

The UK's first baby resulting from an embryo that was screened using next-generation DNA sequencing has been born in Oxford... [Read More]

Sperm-binding fake egg could be contraceptive or IVF tool

03 May 2016 - by Dr Jane Currie

Researchers have created a sperm-binding 'fake egg' that could be used to either select the best sperm for fertility treatment or for contraception... [Read More]

Two genes linked to higher chance of having twins

03 May 2016 - by Anneesa Amjad

A study has identified two gene variants that increase the likelihood of a woman having twins and could explain why twins appears to run in families... [Read More]

Abnormal fetuses are highly unlikely to heal themselves

18 April 2016 - by Professor Caroline Ogilvie

Press coverage of a recent study on mouse embryos speculates that termination of human pregnancies diagnosed with aneuploidy (a family of conditions including Down's syndrome) at prenatal diagnosis could be unnecessary, due to the ability of the fetus to 'heal itself'. In fact, the paper's findings are not relevant to aneuploidy detected at prenatal diagnosis... [Read More]

Bedfordshire CCG considers removing all funding for IVF

18 April 2016 - by Dr Mary Yarwood

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is consulting the public on whether to remove all funding for IVF treatment, apart from for special medical exceptions... [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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