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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]

Radio Review: The Report - Surrogacy

15 December 2014 - by Sean Byrne

Surrogacy has always posed serious legal and ethical questions of society, and will continue to do so for a while yet... [Read More]

Another U-turn as York agrees to fund IVF

08 December 2014 - by Sean Byrne

The NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group has agreed to fund one cycle of IVF, having at one time been the only CCG not to offer the treatment at all after funding was suspended in 2010.... [Read More]

Response to open letter on mitochondrial transfer

24 November 2014 - by Professor Peter Braude and Professor Robin Lovell-Badge

A response to the open letter to the UK Parliament by Dr Paul Knoepfler... [Read More]

Open letter to UK Parliament: avoid historic mistake on rushing human genetic modification

24 November 2014 - by Dr Paul Knoepfler

Experimental mitochondrial replacement technology has a noble goal, but in my opinion there are too many unanswered questions and risks that remain to allow it to proceed at this time. I believe that moving forward with it would most likely be a tragic mistake for the UK... [Read More]

IVF will mostly be a lifestyle choice by 2050, says man who invented the Pill

18 November 2014 - by Siobhan Chan

By 2050, most women will opt to conceive through IVF using cryopreserved eggs and sperm, meaning that sex will become 'purely recreational', an eminent scientist has claimed... [Read More]

Woman starts relationship with 'anonymous' sperm donor

10 November 2014 - by Jenny Sharpe

An Australian woman has become engaged to the sperm donor who fathered her one-year-old daughter... [Read More]

Actor Jason Patric declared legal parent and not sperm donor after long legal battle

10 November 2014 - by Ari Haque

Actor Jason Patric has been declared legal parent after a two-year long legal challenge to a ruling that declared him simply a sperm donor for his son... [Read More]

National sperm bank opening coincides with HFEA report

03 November 2014 - by Sean Byrne

A national sperm bank set up by a £77,000 grant from the UK's Department of Health has now opened for business.... [Read More]

Choosing a fertility clinic - what information is important?

03 November 2014 - by Nick Jones

The HFEA will soon modernise its website and redesign Choose a Fertility Clinic - the website's online database enabling patients to access clinics success rates, treatments options and inspection reports. But before we start, we are seeking views on some thorny issues... [Read More]

NICE releases fertility quality standard, says postcode lottery is 'completely unacceptable'

27 October 2014 - by Sean Byrne

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a quality standard that aims to bring an end to a 'postcode lottery' in the provision of fertility services on the NHS, which it says is restricting access to treatment.... [Read More]

Look north: Better Together but fertility 'devo max' in Scotland is a good thing

27 October 2014 - by Dr Sarah Martins da Silva

As a consultant clinician working in one of the four NHS tertiary fertility units in Scotland, I was somewhat surprised to read the objection from the Association of Clinical Embryologists about proposed plans to devolve legislative powers for fertility treatment to the Scottish Government... [Read More]

Alcohol good, coffee bad, vegetables debatable – men's route to successful conception

27 October 2014 - by Isobel Steer

To improve chances of conception, men should drink a pint of beer daily, cut down on coffee, eat more fruit and vegetables (beware a coating of sperm-harming pesticides), and avoid vegetarian or vegan diets... [Read More]

Better Together: Why devolution of fertility legislation is not a good thing

20 October 2014 - by Stephen Harbottle

The Association of Clinical Embryologists is concerned that proposals to devolve powers for forming legislation covering the provision of fertility treatment, genetic screening and abortion to the Scottish Parliament may be a step too far in the process of devolution... [Read More]

Womb transplants: 'Now the impossible has become real'

13 October 2014 - by Dr Amel Alghrani

Following the first baby born after a womb transplant, the time has come to debate uterus transplantation. How will it be regulated in the UK and what social, legal and ethical issues does it raise?

First baby born following womb transplant

13 October 2014 - by Barbara Czub

A boy has become the first baby to be born to a womb transplant recipient.... [Read More]

Mid Essex CCG cuts IVF funding

29 September 2014 - by Siobhan Chan

Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group has announced it will no longer be funding IVF except under 'clinically exceptional circumstances'... [Read More]

French same-sex couples allowed to adopt children conceived via IVF

29 September 2014 - by James Brooks

France's top civil court, the Court of Cassation, has ruled that children conceived via assisted reproduction overseas can be adopted by same-sex parents... [Read More]

Some NHS commissioners paying twice as much for IVF

22 September 2014 - by Rebecca Carr

Research conducted by the campaign group Fertility Fairness has uncovered significant variations in the amount that NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups are paying for one cycle of IVF treatment.... [Read More]

Commissioning decisions reveal the trivialisation of infertility

22 September 2014 - by Vicky Whitehead

In the UK, clinical commissioners seem to view the national recommendations on fertility treatment as a sort of à-la-carte menu from which they can pick and choose; altering the definition of a cycle, the age requirements, the number of cycles available, and the access criteria at will... [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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