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King's College London - Health: More than a medical matter

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]

Weight loss to improve fertility outcomes: how far should we go?

14 April 2014 - by Amanda Jefferys

Weight loss improves both fertility and reproductive outcomes, and weight management medications and surgery are more effective than lifestyle interventions in achieving significant weight loss. Can infertility be considered a medical condition associated with obesity?... [Read More]

Italian court lifts ban on donated sperm and eggs in fertility treatment

14 April 2014 - by Siobhan Chan

Italy's constitutional court has lifted a ban on the use of donor sperm and eggs for assisted conception, saying it was 'unconstitutional'... [Read More]

Embryonic stem cell production breakthrough achieved in mice

31 March 2014 - by Dr Lanay Tierney

A technique to generate mouse embryonic stem cells could, if repeated in human cells, improve access to stem cells by using fertilised eggs that would previously have been discarded... [Read More]

Miscarriage more likely when fewer eggs produced

24 March 2014 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith

A study has found that women who produce fewer eggs during IVF treatment may have an increased risk of miscarriage.... [Read More]

Is mitochondrial donation 'genetic engineering'?

24 March 2014 - by Professor Janna Thompson

MP Jacob Rees-Mogg recently implied that mitochondrial transfer is akin to eugenics, but it is a way of combating debilitating ailments rather than producing 'perfect' human beings... [Read More]

Event Review: Bonking Baby Boomers and the Future of Sex

24 March 2014 - by Dr Lucy Freem

The annual Society for Reproduction and Fertility's 'Sex in 3 Cities' lecture series was given this year by John Aitken, Laureate professor of biological sciences at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, with the title 'Bonking baby boomers and the future of sex'.... [Read More]

High Court rules that widow can keep husband's sperm

10 March 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low

A widow has won a legal battle to keep her late husband's sperm preserved for future use... [Read More]

Ethics around womb transplantation

10 March 2014 - by Dr Kevin Grimes

Ethics is about communication, and this is true when looking back on our ethical discussion of womb transplantation... [Read More]

Embryo transfer for four women after womb transplants

10 March 2014 - by Barbara Czub

Four women who had womb transplants have had embryos transferred in an attempt to become pregnant... [Read More]

Improving quality of care for IVF patients

03 March 2014 - by Peter Thompson

IVF in the UK is thriving. But is it as good as it could be? We at the HFEA want to think about how we can get the best out of the IVF sector in the UK... [Read More]

FDA Advisory Committee weighs up mitochondrial replacement

03 March 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low

The USA's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering whether to allow human clinical trials of mitochondrial replacement, an IVF technique that uses gametes from three people... [Read More]

Draft regulations on mitochondrial donation published

03 March 2014 - by Patricia Cassidy

The UK Department of Health has published draft guidelines for the use of new techniques to prevent mothers passing on serious mitochondrial diseases to their children. The guidelines will be the subject of a three-month consultation... [Read More]

Mitochondrial transfer and three-person IVF: What's in a name?

24 February 2014 - by Dr Roger Sturmey

The description of mitochondrial transfer as 'three-person IVF' may conjure up some unnerving perceptions of the consequences, and may be met in the public arena with discomfort, but it's worth considering the fundamental aspects of this approach... [Read More]

IVF births hit record high in USA

24 February 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low

More than 61,000 babies born in the USA in 2012 were conceived via IVF - hitting a record high, a report shows... [Read More]

Womb 'entrance exam' determines whether embryos implant

17 February 2014 - by Shanya Sivakumaran

An 'entrance exam' set by the cells that line the womb can determine whether or not human embryos are able to implant into the womb's lining, according to researchers... [Read More]

Poll: One in four think 40 is too old for IVF

10 February 2014 - by Patricia Cassidy

A recent poll conducted ahead of a television documentary has shown that one quarter of respondents believed women should stop trying to 'trying to bring babies into the world' past the age of 40... [Read More]

Patients worried after sudden closure of Irish IVF clinic

10 February 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low

The sudden closure of an Irish IVF clinic has left patients unable to access their medical files, with some claiming that they are owed substantial amounts of money, reports the Irish Independent.... [Read More]

Film Review: Fonzy

10 February 2014 - by James Brooks

Fonzy doesn't so much apply the formula of sperm-donor comedy 'Starbuck' as drop it like a concrete slab on an entirely different cultural context... [Read More]

Out-of-court settlement for girl conceived with abnormal donor sperm

03 February 2014 - by Nina Chohan

A London fertility clinic has settled a claim over a 4-year-old girl who was born with a genetic defect after a mix-up in the sperm used in her conception... [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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