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Presentations at Fertility Forum


Presentations at the Fertility Forum event, held at the RCOG, on 30 March 2019.


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

10:20 – 10:50

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


Recurrent miscarriage – Lesley Regan

10:20 – 10:50

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 discusses investigations and what can be done to help.


Endometriosis – Ertan Saridogan

10:20 – 10:50

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


Using donor gametes (sperm donation / egg donation) – Nina Barnsley

10:55 – 11:25

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.


New technologies – Jason Kasraie

10:55 – 11:25

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.


Egg freezing – Ephia Yasmin

11:30 – 12:00

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.


Getting the right support: How specialist fertility counselling can help – Angela Pericleous-Smith

11:30 – 12:00

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.


Treatment overseas: The pros and cons – Kate Brian

11:30 – 12:00

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.


Choosing a fertility clinic – Joanne Triggs

12:05 – 12:35

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


Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – Adam Balen

12:05 – 12:30

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


IVF and assisted conception treatments: How they work – Jane Stewart

13:30 – 14:00

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.


What makes a good embryo: Embryo development & selection – Rachel Cutting

13:30 – 14:00

One of the UK’s leading embryologists, Rachel Cutting explains how embryos develop from fertilisation to blastocyst. She looks at how embryos are graded and selected, and explores how timelapse can help. She also talks about embryo freezing.


Add-ons: What’s the evidence? – Yacoub Khalaf

14:05 – 14:35

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 discusses what’s worth paying for and what isn’t.


What comes first: Stress or infertility? – Jacky Boivin

14:40 – 15:10

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


Understanding ovarian reserve and fertility treatment for older women – Melanie Davies

14:40 – 15:10

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.


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

14:40 – 15:10

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