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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


Age does not increase risk of IVF or ICSI birth defects

24 October 2016 - by Lone Hørlyck

Bearing a child at a higher age does not increase risk of birth defects when the woman has received IVF or ICSI treatment to become pregnant, a recent study suggests... [Read More]

Artificial sweeteners may reduce fertility

24 October 2016 - by Annabel Slater

Artificial sweeteners found in soft drinks may reduce female fertility, a study suggests... [Read More]

Functional mouse eggs made from artificial stem cells

24 October 2016 - by Dr Katie Howe

Scientists in Japan are the first to have created live mouse pups from eggs that were made from stem cells... [Read More]

High stress hormones may predict lower IVF success rate

24 October 2016 - by Nina Chohan

A study has found that women with higher levels of the 'stress hormone' cortisol in their hair are less likely to conceive through IVF than women with lower levels of the hormone... [Read More]

Podcast Review: The Primitive Streak

24 October 2016 - by Anneesa Amjad

In this podcast, Radiolab presenter Molly Webster explores the origins of the 14-day rule – the internationally agreed two-week time constraint on growing embryos in a lab... [Read More]

Profession and income affect IVF success

24 October 2016 - by Sarah Pritchard

Female teachers are more likely to conceive during IVF treatment than their peers of a similar age in similarly paid professions, research shows... [Read More]

WHO considers new definition of infertility that includes being single

24 October 2016 - by Dr Rachel Brown

The World Health Organisation is considering making changes to the definition of infertility to recognise that every individual has the 'right to reproduce'... [Read More]

Event Review: The ethics of uterus transplantation

17 October 2016 - by Dr Nicola Williams

This symposium was organised to facilitate in-depth discussion as well as international and interdisciplinary collaboration between academics and clinicians with an interest in uterus transplantation (UTx), which would allow women who lack a functioning uterus to become pregnant and give birth to their own babies... [Read More]

Mitochondrial donation technique used in Ukraine, doctors claim

17 October 2016 - by Ayala Ochert

Two women in the Ukraine are pregnant with babies conceived through mitochondrial donation as a treatment for infertility, according to a report in New Scientist... [Read More]

Mitochondrial replacement therapy and the welfare of the child

17 October 2016 - by Dr Mair Crouch

The announcement of the birth of the first child conceived using mitochondrial donation was unforeseen. Nonetheless, in any country regulation should be required to protect the interests of the child... [Read More]

Boys born through ICSI have lower sperm counts

10 October 2016 - by Rikita Patel

The first generation of men born through intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) have lower sperm counts, according to a small study... [Read More]

First uterus transplants from living donors carried out in the US

10 October 2016 - by Sarah Pritchard

Four women in the USA have become the first in the country to receive uteruses transplanted from living donors...

The Mexican mitochondrial case and moral supremacy

10 October 2016 - by Giulia Cavaliere

The announcement of the first baby born using mitochondrial spindle transfer, one of the two techniques that allow the replacement of faulty mitochondrial DNA, caught the UK scientific and bioethics community by surprise... [Read More]

Women's ovaries can grow new eggs, study claims

10 October 2016 - by Ayala Ochert

Scientists say they have evidence that new eggs can grow in adult ovaries, something that had previously been considered impossible... [Read More]

US Congress passes bill approving IVF for veterans

03 October 2016 - by Georgia Everett

The United States has introduced legislation allowing the Department of Veteran Affairs to fund fertility treatment, including IVF, for veterans wounded in combat... [Read More]

Widow wins frozen embryo case

03 October 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A widow has been allowed by the High Court to keep embryos created with her late husband in storage for ten years... [Read More]

Funding for IVF in England 'bleak'

26 September 2016 - by Lone Hørlyck

Thirteen Clinical Commissioning Groups are considering making cuts to IVF funding, potentially removing the procedure on the NHS in some areas... [Read More]

TV Review – Fertility & Me

26 September 2016 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd

The One Show's Alex Jones explores her own fertility and looks at the emotional and financial costs of IVF, while also examining the technological and medical advances that may help more people become parents in the future... [Read More]

Woman wrongly listed as a child's mother following IVF

26 September 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

An Australian woman has been wrongly listed as the biological mother of a child born following IVF treatment... [Read More]

NICE update guidance on IUI rejected by professionals

19 September 2016 - by Professor Roy Homburg and Dr Gulam Bahadur

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued new guidance on the use of IUI that displays a plethora of contradictions and inconsistencies in an effort to maintain the status quo, precluding a fair appraisal of IUI practice... [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...
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...
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...
Congenital Uterine Anomalies and Reproductive Outcome
20 November 2009 
A course for clinicians working in gynaecology, reproductive surgery and assisted reproduction...
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...
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...
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...

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Preserving Sperm, Eggs and Embryos

FREE event
25 October 2016


Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond

Public Conference
7 December 2016

Speakers include

Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Dr Kathy Niakan

Professor Sir Ian Wilmut

Lord George Carey

Baroness Mary Warnock

Dr Simon Fishel

Professor Bruce Whitelaw

Professor Alison Murdoch

Professor David Jones

Professor Sarah Franklin

Professor Stephen Wilkinson


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