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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.



Articles using this Glossary Item

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Ethical principles and the HFEA's donation review

- by Professor Stephen Wilkinson

At a public meeting on 19 October, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) decided to move to a 'flat rate' system of monetary compensation for egg donors. The HFEA also decided to leave the regulations governing egg sharing substantially unchanged. Critics have already raised concerns about the quality of the discussion at the meeting, I want to look at a quite different issue: the use made by the HFEA of the idea of 'ethical principles'... [Read More]

First IVF baby born after new technique to eliminate genetic disease

13 April 2015 - by Rachel Brown

The first baby in Europe has been born following a new IVF-based technique developed to prevent the inheritance of genetic disorders... [Read More]

The picture doesn’t have to look like this

30 March 2015 - by Vicky Whitehead

In England, the IVF postcode lottery impacts on every different level of a patient's NHS treatment in a myriad of ways. Not only is there widespread variation in who can access treatment and the number of IVF cycles available, but even in how a cycle is defined... [Read More]

Offer three IVF cycles now, Scottish Government told

30 March 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A charity has called for all NHS Boards in Scotland to move towards offering eligible patients three full cycles of IVF... [Read More]

IVF autism link vanishes when only one child born

30 March 2015 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash

Children conceived with assisted reproductive technology may be twice as likely to develop autism... [Read More]

Modern families: The kids are alright!

23 March 2015 - by Professor Susan Golombok

The spat between Dolce & Gabbana and Elton John – apart from raising the somewhat baffling question of what exactly are 'chemical' babies? – highlights the more pertinent question of what are the consequences of IVF, surrogacy and other forms of assisted reproduction for parents and children... [Read More]

Man wins £40,000 in damages after wife tricks him into believing IVF baby is his

23 March 2015 - by Chee Hoe Low

A lecturer from London has been awarded nearly £40,000 in damages after his businesswoman ex-wife deceived him for over six years into believing that he was the biological father of her IVF-born son... [Read More]

IVF culture media may influence sex of embryo

23 March 2015 - by Sophie McLachlan

The nutrient-filled liquid used to grow embryos during IVF might affect the resulting male to female birth ratio, a study suggests... [Read More]

Poland poised to legislate for IVF

16 March 2015 - by Jessica Ware

Poland's government has drafted legislation to regulate IVF in the country. If it becomes law, Poland will become one of the last countries in the European Union to legislate for assisted conception... [Read More]

IVF test could predict best time for implantation

16 March 2015 - by Dr Katie Howe

A team of Spanish researchers has developed a test that could improve IVF success rates by identifying the optimal timing for embryo transfer.... [Read More]

A surrogacy conundrum that didn't need to be

16 March 2015 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey

A single man has become a father. Nothing wrong in this, you might suppose... [Read More]

Man who used his own mother as surrogate adopts child

09 March 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A single father has adopted his biological child born to his mother in a surrogacy arrangement using donor eggs... [Read More]

Event Review: 'Do You Really Want to Know?' screening by Genetic Alliance UK

23 February 2015 - by Sean Byrne

Do you really want to know? This was the question presented in the award-winning documentary of the same title, and to the panel in a discussion that followed its recent screening by Genetic Alliance UK... [Read More]

Mouse study tests obesity-fertility link

16 February 2015 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash

Obese female mice have lower fertility than healthy weight mice, according to a study led by researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia... [Read More]

Scientists find possible cause for IVF implantation failure

09 February 2015 - by Dr Katie Howe

Researchers have identified a biological process that may cause the failure of embryos to attach to the uterus wall during IVF, raising the possibility of future treatments... [Read More]

MPs vote overwhelmingly in favour of mitochondrial donation

04 February 2015 - by Sandy Starr

The House of Commons voted by 382 to 128 to pass regulations permitting mitochondrial donation, a majority of 254... [Read More]

ICSI no more effective than IVF

26 January 2015 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd

A US study has found that despite increased use of ICSI over recent years, the technique is not associated with any improved reproductive outcomes over conventional IVF... [Read More]

Complications for IVF babies declining, says Scandinavian study

26 January 2015 - by Purvi Shah

A study has shown a decline in the rates of stillbirths and premature deliveries of babies conceived via assisted reproductive technology in four Nordic countries.... [Read More]

The real cost of infertility?

19 January 2015 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey

The fourth and final session of the Progress Educational Trust's (PET) annual conference was a single speaker session: Professor Lord Robert Winston, who was introduced and chaired by Jeremy Laurance... [Read More]

The good, the bad and the ugly: compassion and corruption in the commercial baby business

12 January 2015 - by Ëlo Luik

Are business and medicine hopelessly intertwined in fertility care, at (quite literally) the expense of the patient?... [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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
Congenital Uterine Anomalies and Reproductive Outcome
20 November 2009 
A course for clinicians working in gynaecology, reproductive surgery and assisted reproduction... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]


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