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Fertility Forum – Bringing professionals and the public together

Start: 30/03/2019 09:00
End: 30/03/2019 16:00

Location: RCOG
Programme: Fertility Forum 2019.pdf


Joint RCOG/BFS meeting

Synopsis

The Fertility Forum will bring together the public and professionals for a full day of evidence-based information for those affected by fertility problems.

This is the first information day organised by patients and professionals working together. The RCOG and British Fertility Society (BFS) are working in partnership with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and Fertility Network UK (FNUK) alongside the Association of British Andrologists (ABA), British Andrology Society (BAS), Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE), British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA), Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the Senior Infertility Nurses Group (SING).

To book your place, visit our dedicated registration site

The day will be packed with informative sessions and workshops looking at the latest evidence and advice, covering a huge range of topics including:

  • How to improve natural fertility
  • The causes of infertility
  • The best treatments and how to seek treatment including the use of donor gametes, surrogacy, legal and social aspects, modern families and fertility preservation
  • Endometriosis
  • Choosing a fertility clinic
  • New technologies
  • Legal issues (surrogacy, donor eggs or sperm - co-parenting & legal parenthood explained)
  • Egg freezing  
  • Male fertility problems
  • PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome)

The aim of the Fertility Forum is to provide accurate and impartial information to help people understand their fertility and make informed decisions about treatment options. The day will consist of three parallel streams, and people will be able to select which stream they wish to attend.

Supported by the UK’s leading fertility organisations, this day will focus on what really matters to people going through fertility treatment.

People attending the Fertility Forum will also have access to a brand new Fertility Hub, which will be launched on the day of the event. The Fertility Hub will contain essential information and resources compiled by top fertility experts.

Course Organisers

Professor Adam Balen, Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, Leeds Centre for Reproductive Medicine

Ms Kate Brian, Women's Voices Lead and Chair of the Women's Network, RCOG

Honorary Director of Conferences

Mr Philip Toozs-Hobson FRCOG, Birmingham

Honorary Deputy Director of Conferences

Mr Andrew Sizer FRCOG, Shropshire

 

 

How to book

Tickets for this event are £25 per person.

 

To book your place, visit our dedicated registration site

 

 

For any queries regarding this event, please contact Selina Goyal, Conference Coordinator:

 

To book your place, visit our dedicated registration site

 

To book your place, visit our dedicated registration site

 

09:00

Registration

 

09:50 for 10:00

Welcome

Kate Brian and Adam Balen to set the scene and to welcome

 

Introduction to the day

Sally Cheshire, Chair HFEA and Lesley Regan, President RCOG

 

10:20 – 10:50

Stream I
Chair: Aileen Feeney
Nuffield Hall

Understanding your fertility and causes of subfertility – including investigations and how to seek advice

Raj Mathur

What can affect your chances of conceiving naturally? Fertility specialist Raj Mathur will explain when to seek advice and where best to get it and will discuss the tests you should have.

Stream II
Chair: Jane Stewart
Lecture theatre

Recurrent miscarriage

Lesley Regan

What causes miscarriage and why do some women experience recurrent miscarriage. Professor Lesley Regan, President of the RCOG, is a leading expert in recurrent miscarriage and will discuss investigations and what can be done to help.

Stream III
Chair: Adam Balen
L1,2,3

Endometriosis

Ertan Saridogan

What is endometriosis and how does it affect your fertility? Fertility specialist Ertan Saridogan will cover all the options for treatment and how to choose between them.

 

10:55 – 11:25

Stream I
Chair: Aileen Feeney
Nuffield Hall

Male fertility problems

Allan Pacey

Leading male fertility specialist, Professor Allan Pacey explains male fertility and how sperm are made. He will talk about what affects the number and quality of sperm that a man make and the tests that are used to diagnose male fertility problems, as well as the solutions that can be offered.

Stream II
Chair: Jane Stewart
Lecture theatre

Using donor gametes (sperm donation / egg donation)

Nina Barnsley

What do you need to consider if you’re thinking about using donor eggs, sperm or embryos? Director of the Donor Conception Network Nina Barnsley looks at the differences in family building when using a donor, what you need to consider when deciding whether it’s right for you and will discuss openness around donor treatment.

Stream III
Chair: Adam Balen
L1,2,3

New technologies

Jason Kasraie

What are the latest new techniques and technologies for fertility and can they help improve success rates? Chair of the Association of Clinical Embryologists Jason Kasraie will look at the evidence is as to whether they work and discuss the factors that influence the chances of successful treatment.

 

11:30 – 12:00

Stream I
Chair: Aileen Feeney
Nuffield Hall

Getting the right support – How specialist fertility counselling can help

Angela Pericleous-Smith

Fertility counsellor and Chair of the British Infertility Counselling Association Angela Pericleous-Smith will discuss the pressures on yourself, your relationships and your friendships. She will explore coping strategies and explain how to manage anxieties.

Stream II
Chair: Jane Stewart
Lecture theatre

Egg freezing

Ephia Yasmin

Is freezing your eggs a good insurance for future fertility? Fertility specialist Ephia Yasmin looks at how eggs are frozen and the chances of success, as well as looking forward to future developments in egg freezing.

Stream III
Chair: Adam Balen
L1,2,3

Treatment overseas – the pros and cons

Kate Brian

Have you been tempted by the idea of having fertility treatment abroad? Kate Brian explores why people chose to go overseas and looks at the risks and benefits. She will give some tips to consider when you are making a decision.

 

12.05 – 12:35

Stream I
Chair: Aileen Feeney
Nuffield Hall

Choosing a fertility clinic

Joanne Triggs

The HFEA’s Jo Triggs will explain what to look for when choosing a clinic, what statistics can and can’t tell you and will explore the other factors you should take into account.

Stream II
Chair: Jane Stewart
Lecture theatre

Living without children

Jessica Hepburn, Jody Day, Lesley Pyne, Kelly da Silva

Jessica, Jody, Lesley and Kelly have all helped to change the way we think about living without children. They will discuss how to find peace and happiness after unsuccessful treatment, and will talk about the societal attitudes to childlessness that need changing.

Stream III
Chair: Adam Balen
L1,2,3

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Adam Balen

Professor Adam Balen is a leading specialist in PCOS and will discuss the causes of this common cause of fertility problems. He will discuss how PCOS should be investigated and treated and will also look at ways that you can help yourself.

 

12:35 – 13:30

Lunch

 

13:30 – 14:00

Stream I
Chair: Raj Mathur
Nuffield Hall

IVF and assisted conception treatments – how they work

Jane Stewart

If you want to know more about IVF, fertility specialist Jane Stewart will explain what assisted conception is and why it doesn’t always work. She will talk about the limitations of IVF and why it may not always be the right treatment.

Stream II
Chair: Jason Kasraie
Lecture theatre

What makes a good embryo: Embryo development & selection

Rachel Cutting

One of the UK’s leading embryologists, Rachel Cutting will explain how embryos develop from fertilisation to blastocyst. She will look at how embryos are graded and selected, and will explore how time- lapse can help. She will also talk about embryo freezing.

Stream III
Chair: Kate Brian
L1,2,3

Where do the men figure?

Richard Clothier

Men often get overlooked when it comes to fertility support. Richard Clothier has been a leading voice for men's experiences of fertility problems. He will focus on men and fertility, and the importance of talking as well as exploring tips for mitigating the grief.

 

14:05 – 14:35

Stream I
Chair: Raj Mathur
Nuffield Hall

Planning for a healthy pregnancy: lifestyle advice, diet, supplements

Grace Dugdale

Is your lifestyle having an impact on your fertility? Grace Dugdale is a reproductive biologist and nutrition scientist and will give evidence-based information about health, diet and lifestyle in relation to male  and female fertility.

She will talk about what can impact your fertility, and about preparing your body for pregnancy.

Stream II
Chair: Jason Kasraie
Lecture theatre

Add-ons – what’s the evidence?

Yacoub Khalaf

IVF treatment is usually more like a marathon than a sprint. Emotional and financial resilience are crucial to continuing the journey, and there can be pressure to pay for additional tests, drugs or interventions which may not increase the chances of success. Fertility specialist Professor Yacoub Khalaf will discuss what’s worth paying for and what isn’t.

Stream III
Chair: Kate Brian
L1,2,3

NHS funding for fertility

Aileen Feeney Sarah Norcross

Are you eligible for NHS funded fertility treatment? There are guidelines from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on who should qualify, but these are often ignored. Sarah Norcross from Fertility Fairness and Aileen Feeney from Fertility Network UK will explain the current funding situation and what you should be entitled to.

 

14:40 – 15:10

Stream I
Chair: Raj Mathur
Nuffield Hall

What comes first – stress or infertility?

Jacky Boivin

Psychology Professor Jacky Boivin explains stress, and what evidence there is about the impact it may have on fertility. She will also discuss strategies for coping with stress.

Stream II
Chair: Jason Kasraie
Lecture theatre

Understanding ovarian reserve and fertility treatment for older women Melanie Davies

What is ovarian reserve testing and what does it mean? Fertility specialist Melanie Davies will look at ovarian testing and what it can and can’t tell you. She will explain the realities of having fertility treatment when you are older and what this means for the chances of success.

Stream III
Chair: Kate Brian
L1,2,3

Legal issues (surrogacy, donor eggs or sperm – co-parenting & legal parenthood explained)

Natalie Gamble

One of the UK’s leading fertility lawyers, Natalie Gamble will discuss the legal situation regarding parenthood for sperm and egg donation. She will explain surrogacy law and practice, recent developments and law reform.

 

15:15 – 16:00

Q&A Panel

Chair: Kate Brian

Adam Balen
Anya Sizer
Jane Stewart
Jason Kasraie
Joanne Triggs

 

16:00

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