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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


Womb transplants – is surrogacy safer?

16 November 2015 - by Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning

The recent news that the Health Research Authority has given approval to a UK charity to conduct a clinical trial for womb transplants is seen as welcome news for women without wombs. But when compared to the extensive surgeries required for a womb transplant, is surrogacy not the safer option?... [Read More]

Natural killer cells and fertility: unwarranted treatments flourish amid misinformation and poor regulation

09 November 2015 - by Dr Norman Shreeve

In recent years a range of treatments aimed at suppressing uterine natural killer activity have sprung up, but this has no scientific rationale and can have significant and dangerous side effects... [Read More]

Spermatid injection technique allows 'sterile' men to become fathers

09 November 2015 - by Isobel Steer

Men previously considered sterile have successfully fathered children thanks to a newly improved technique called round spermatid injection (ROSI)... [Read More]

UK mitochondrial donation regulations introduced

02 November 2015 - by Dr Katie Howe

Regulations that came into force this week will enable the UK to be the first country in the world to allow the use of mitochondrial donation techniques during IVF... [Read More]

'Worrying' trend in NHS IVF provision

02 November 2015 - by Rebecca Carr

The number of CCGs in England offering the recommended number of IVF cycles to its patients is falling, with two CCGs in Essex decommissioning their assisted conception services altogether... [Read More]

Aspirin increases chances of getting pregnant, say US doctors

26 October 2015 - by Dr Jane Currie

Low-dose aspirin may increase the chances of pregnancy in certain women, according to a US study... [Read More]

Beating the biological clock - should you freeze your eggs?

26 October 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald

Will egg freezing enable women to take full reproductive control and beat the biological clock? Or is it just another way to tell women they can't have a career and a family? These were some of the questions tackled at PET's recent event 'Beating the Biological Clock: should you freeze your eggs?'... [Read More]

IVF linked to increased risk of ovarian cancer

26 October 2015 - by Lone Hørlyck

Women who have used assisted reproductive technologies are over a third more likely to develop ovarian cancer than other women, a large-scale study finds... [Read More]

Mitochondrial DNA test improves IVF success rates

26 October 2015 - by Jessica Richardson

A test which measures mitochondrial DNA levels in the embryo could help increase IVF success rates, scientists claim... [Read More]

Freezing ovaries preserves fertility for cancer patients

12 October 2015 - by Rachel Brown

A Danish study has reported that ovarian tissue transplants appear to be safe and can restore fertility in women who have undergone treatment for cancer, with around one in three procedures in young women leading to live births.... [Read More]

Womb transplants approved for ten UK women

12 October 2015 - by Nina Chohan

Ethical approval has been given for clinical trials involving ten womb transplants in the UK to go ahead.... [Read More]

Book Review: Louise Brown - My Life as the World's First Test-Tube Baby

05 October 2015 - by Sarah Norcross

'My Life as the World’s First Test-Tube Baby' is a must-read for anyone who works in this sector – especially those who are too young to remember the circumstances around Louise Brown's birth... [Read More]

North East Essex CCG cuts IVF funding

05 October 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald

North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group has announced that it is ending its IVF funding, and fertility treatment will only be available to specific groups of patients... [Read More]

HFEA releases 2014 incidents report

21 September 2015 - by Mary Yarwood

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has released its second annual report into adverse incidents at fertility clinics in the UK, showing a slight reduction in the overall number of reported problems following fertility treatment... [Read More]

UK scientists seek permission to edit embryos

21 September 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald

Researchers from London's Francis Crick Institute are seeking permission to edit the genome of human embryos... [Read More]

Human rights court upholds Italy's prohibition on donating embryos to science

07 September 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Italy's prohibition on donating IVF embryos for research is not contrary to a right to private and family life.... [Read More]

UK science bodies call for gene-editing debate

07 September 2015 - by Dr Katie Howe

A consortium of medical research funders and learned societies has called for further research into the genetic modification of human cells, as well as a national debate into the ethics of such techniques... [Read More]

IVF availability linked to motherhood delay

01 September 2015 - by Arit Udoh

Access to IVF may serve as 'fertility insurance' for women, making them more inclined to delay motherhood and focus on their career, a study has suggested... [Read More]

Ageing ovaries - not eggs - may lead to IVF failure

17 August 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald

Changes to the activity of cells in the ovary may contribute to poorer IVF success rates among women in their 40s... [Read More]

Donor IVF less successful with frozen eggs

17 August 2015 - by Meghna Kataria

Using frozen donated eggs over fresh ones for IVF hampers the odds of a successful live birth, a study has found... [Read More]


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]
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]
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]
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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