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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


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]

Number of single women using IVF tripled in last decade

17 August 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The number of single women using fertility clinics in the UK has tripled in the last decade and has risen by 20 percent in just one year, reports the Mail Online... [Read More]

Chinese egg-freezing ban criticised

10 August 2015 - by Mary Yarwood

The ban on single women freezing their eggs in China has been heavily criticised on social media after a Chinese actress revealed that she had travelled to the USA in 2013 to have her eggs cryopreserved... [Read More]

Young cancer patients 'unaware of fertility options'

10 August 2015 - by Dr Rosie Morley

Adolescents or young adults with cancer may not be aware of available options to preserve their fertility, according to a study published in the journal Cancer... [Read More]

Computer model suggests age 'to start trying for a family'

03 August 2015 - by Ruth Retassie

Researchers have developed a mathematical model for determining what age women should start trying to conceive... [Read More]

Dr Howard Jones, IVF pioneer, dies at 104

03 August 2015 - by Ayala Ochert

Dr Howard W. Jones, a pioneer of IVF in the United States, has died at the age of 104... [Read More]

Japan allows egg donation from strangers

03 August 2015 - by Ayala Ochert

Two women in Japan have received eggs from donors who are strangers – the first time this has happened in the country, following approval by an ethics committee earlier this year... [Read More]

RNA findings could diagnose male infertility

13 July 2015 - by Rhys Baker

A test to diagnose male infertility that uses RNA as a biomarker has been developed by researchers in the USA... [Read More]

Unexplained infertility - inexplicable guidelines

13 July 2015 - by Professor Roy Homburg and Dr Gulam Bahadur

The recommendation in the 2013 NICE guideline to exclude IUI as a treatment option is based on flimsy, and sometimes mistakenly interpreted, evidence... [Read More]

Switzerland votes for PGD

06 July 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald

In a national referendum, a majority of Swiss voters have supported allowing preimplantation genetic diagnosis to screen for genetic diseases... [Read More]

When sperm banking went crackers

06 July 2015 - by Professor Allan Pacey

When I was first telephoned by a journalist to ask what I thought about the proposal that the NHS should pay for the sperm banking of every 18-year-old male in order to guard against reproductive ageing, I said just one word: 'Crackers!'... [Read More]

Poland passes IVF law

29 June 2015 - by Rachel Brown

Poland's lower house of parliament has approved a bill that, for the first time, provides statutory regulation of IVF in the country... [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]

Published by the Progress Educational Trust

The Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'From Three-Person IVF to Genome Editing: The Science and Ethics of Engineering the Embryo', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 9 December 2015

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