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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]

UK Government plans to legalise mitochondrial replacement for IVF

28 July 2014 - by Rachel Brown

The UK Government has announced that regulations around the use of mitochondrial replacement techniques will be presented to Parliament in the next few months... [Read More]

Twelve healthy babies born following 'safer' IVF hormone treatment

28 July 2014 - by Purvi Shah

Twelve healthy babies have been born after trials of a hormone treatment called kisspeptin-54 that has been hailed as a safer way to mature women's eggs prior to IVF... [Read More]

Mid Essex: Only HIV and cancer patients could be eligible for IVF

28 July 2014 - by Ruth Retassie

Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group has proposed to limit access to IVF to cancer patients and HIV-positive men under its options for reform to the funding of its fertility services.... [Read More]

Mistakes happen, but the picture is mostly positive

21 July 2014 - by Juliet Tizzard

If our recent report, 'Adverse incidents in fertility clinics: lessons to learn', tells us one thing, it is that mistakes in IVF are rare... [Read More]

The world we live in: Spinning multiple plates at once

14 July 2014 - by Dr Ruth Shidlo

Today women are creating families later in life, yet the workplace may offer little support for those who wish to become mothers. Life can become a juggling act between finding a compatible mate and becoming a parent, while maintaining workplace commitments and furthering a career... [Read More]

HFEA: More than 1,600 fertility clinic mistakes in three years

14 July 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low

Hundreds of adverse events occur in UK fertility clinics each year, according to a report from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority... [Read More]

Mental health risk for children born to parents with fertility problems is 'real but modest'

07 July 2014 - by Alice Plein

Children born to parents with fertility problems are more likely to develop psychiatric disorders, a large-scale population study suggests.... [Read More]

High blood pressure and pre-eclampsia risk raised in egg-donation pregnancies

07 July 2014 - by Dr Lucy Freem

Using donated eggs in IVF increases the risk of complications, according to a study of 580 IVF patients in France.

Event Review: The Physiological Society's 2014 annual public lecture

07 July 2014 - by Molly Godfrey

A doctor by training and a researcher at the forefront of fertility studies, Professor Lord Robert Winston, pioneer in the field of IVF and PGD, discusses the implications of new techniques for genetically modifying embryos in the Physiological Society's 2014 annual public lecture... [Read More]

Second IVF company to be floated sees share prices grow

30 June 2014 - by Ayesha Ahmad

An Australian fertility company has seen the price of its shares rise on the first day of its public listing on the stock market.... [Read More]

Radio Review: Thinking Allowed - 'New' Biological Relatives and Kinship

30 June 2014 - by Ari Haque

Surprisingly, the theme of kinship is not explored in detail during this show. Instead, the speakers skirt around the topic and set the scene without going any further... [Read More]

Age of sperm donors does not affect IVF success

30 June 2014 - by Siobhan Chan

The age of sperm donors has no impact on the chances of having a baby via IVF and donor insemination, a study has found... [Read More]

Book Review: Letters to My Donor

17 June 2014 - by Kate Brian

Produced by the National Gamete Donation Trust, 'Letters to my donor' is a collection of letters from parents who have undergone or who are undergoing IVF using donor sperm or eggs to their gamete donor... [Read More]

Time-lapse IVF embryo imaging tool cleared by FDA

16 June 2014 - by Molly Godfrey

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a time-lapse imaging tool designed to improve the embryo selection in IVF for use in the USA.... [Read More]

Mitochondrial replacement likely to be safe but more research needed, says report

09 June 2014 - by Alice Plein

Two experimental IVF techniques that could prevent certain types of incurable genetic disease are 'not unsafe', a report from the UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has found.... [Read More]

Changes afoot in York, last place in UK not to fund IVF

09 June 2014 - by Purvi Shah

The Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group has agreed in principle to fund IVF treatment for couples in the area, although a formal decision on the matter will be made at a later date.... [Read More]

Podcast: Risk Assessment - Breast Cancer, Prediction and Screening

02 June 2014 - by James Brooks

Is the benefit attributed to widespread breast cancer screening programmes supported by the evidence? What to make of the phenomenon of overdiagnosis, where patients are treated for cancers that would not have spread or been problematic in their lifetime?... [Read More]

46-year-old becomes oldest IVF mother to use own eggs

02 June 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A woman from Orlando, USA, has become the oldest woman on record to give birth following IVF using her own, fresh eggs.... [Read More]

Breast cancer: breaking the chain

28 May 2014 - by Dr Ann Robinson

As a GP in North London, I see the ravaging effects of breast cancer in young women. Each patient sticks in my mind as their illness traumatises the whole family... [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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