Who will you find at this year’s Fertility Show?

logoIt’s here at last – the seminar details for this year’s Fertility Show are now available online for you to browse! Once again, there are a really great array of speakers covering pretty much everything you might want to find out about fertility problems, tests and treatments.

Starting with the basics, there are talks from Zita West, nutritionist Marilyn Glenville and IVF Hammersmith’s Stuart Lavery. There are talks on ovarian reserve (from  James Nicopoullos, Consultant Gynaecologist at the Lister Fertility Clinic) and on the causes of infertility, and Infertility Network UK trustee Jessica Hepburn will be talking about the patient experience. Leading consultant Yacoub Khalaf will explain how to improve your chances of success, Professor Geeta Nargund, Medical Director of CREATE Fertility,will be looking at natural cycle and mild IVF, the HFEA’s Juliet Tizzard will discuss making sense of success rates and I will be talking about choosing a clinic.

There are some interesting debates on new techniques in IVF and on dealing with particular problems. Professor Lesley Regan will be covering recurrent miscarriage, Dimitrios Nikolaou, lead clinician at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Hospital, will talk about treatment for over 40s while Dr Melanie Davies, consultant in the Reproductive Medicine Unit at London’s NHS University College Hospital will talk about how to deal with the diagnosis of unexplained infertility. Sam Abdalla, Director of the Lister Fertility Clinic, will ask whether anyone is too difficult to treat with a low ovarian reserve, Professor Adam Balen, Chair of the British Fertility Society, will talk about PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and Tarek El-Toukhy will discuss treatment for older women.

There will also be some interesting discussions on donor treatment with Laura Witjens of the National Gamete Donation Trust and Kamal Ahuja of the London Women’s Clinic as well as a variety of talks on different aspects of fertility treatment overseas.  Complementary therapies such as acupuncture, hypnosis and massage will be covered in  a number of seminars. There will be four sessions for single women and lesbian couples and separate sessions on surrogacy. Male fertility issues will be covered by Professor Allan Pacey of Sheffield University, who will be talking on both the Saturday and Sunday so that no one needs to miss his sessions.

Fertility counsellors Jennie Hunt and Tracey Sainsbury will look at emotional issues and coping with treatment, along with Anya Sizer who is the support co-ordinator at London Women’s Clinic. The difficult issue of whether to try again after unsuccessful treatment will be covered by Tim Child who is Associate Professor and Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine at the University of Oxford and and Honorary Consultant Gynaecologist at John Radcliffe Hospital. Finally, there will also be three sessions over the weekend looking at different aspects of adoption.

This year’s Fertility Show will be on November 7 and 8 and London’s Olympia and you can find the full seminar list here 

 

 

Cardiff fertility information day speakers

The speakers have now been confirmed for the fertility information day in Cardiff on September 27, and there’s a brilliant range of talks covering everything from what to expect at your first appointment to counselling and complementary therapies.

Wales-Info-day-Lottery-logoYou can hear speakers from leading fertility clinics in Wales including Dr Hemlata Thackare and Louise Mitchell from London Women’s Clinic Wales and Paul Knaggs from Wales Fertility Institute – as well as Dimitrios Kafetzis from Newlife Clinic in Surrey. Specialist acupuncturist Jackie Brown who has a clinic at CGRW, fertility counsellor Wendy Martin and Ann Bell from Adoption UK. Finally, Infertility Network UK trustee and fertility author Jessica Hepburn will be there, talking about her personal experience.

I will be there chairing along with Infertility Network UK‘s Andrew Coutts.

You can book your tickets for the day now for just £10 to include lunch – http://www.infertilitynetworkuk.com/regional_network_2/

 

Are you getting NHS funding for fertility treatment?

It’s good to see that pressure is mounting for the NICE guideline to be followed – and for all those who are eligible to have three full cycles of fertility treatment funded by the NHS. The BBC were running a story this morning about calls for proper funding in Cornwall, and it follows a stream of coverage after NICE made it clear that commissioners should be mindful of the guidelines, which are based on what is both clinically and economically effective.

Infertility Network UK campaign on this as part of the National Infertility Awareness Campaign.  If you are in London and the South East and are having problems accessing treatment, do contact me via I N UK at katebrian@infertilitynetworkuk.com

Funding for fertility

It’s good to see that pressure is mounting for the NICE guideline to be followed – and for all those who are eligible to have three full cycles of fertility treatment funded by the NHS. The BBC were running a story this morning about calls for proper funding in Cornwall, and it follows a stream of coverage after NICE made it clear that commissioners should be mindful of the guidelines, which are based on what is both clinically and economically effective.

Infertility Network UK campaign on this as part of the National Infertility Awareness Campaign.  If you are in London and the South East and are having problems accessing treatment, do contact me via I N UK at katebrian@infertilitynetworkuk.com

Free – Complete Guide to IVF

9780749952495-1We have a FREE copy of The Complete Guide to IVF to give away – get in touch through the contact page if you’d like to be included in the draw which will take place at the end of the month.

The book gives a “behind the scenes” view of what is involved in assisted conception, and includes expert views and first-hand accounts from patients as well as Kate’s personal experiences.  Essential reading for everyone considering assisted conception.

 

What other people say:

“Every part of the process, both scientific and emotional, is covered succinctly by Kate, who has been through it all herself” (Irish Tatler)

“…if all our patients had read this book, a lot of their anxieties and uncertainties would have gone away” (Dr Stephen Troup)

“An authoritative book which combines factual accuracy with intuitive understanding of how couples deal with the complexities of IVF treatment” (Professor Siladitya Bhattacharya, Professor of Reproductive Medicine, University of Aberdeen)

 

Fertility myths at WoW festival

If you’re in London this weekend, you may want to come along to the Women of the World festival at the Southbank Centre, where I’ll be chairing a session discussing fertility myths with a fascinating panel – there’s obstetrician Dr Susan Bewley who is known for her concerns about women leaving it later to conceive, there’s Zita West who runs a very popular and successful fertility clinic in Central London, there’s Jody Day founder of Gateway Women which supports those who are childless by circumstance and Jessica Hepburn who wrote a powerful memoir about her experiences of fertility treatment.

It promises to be a fascinating debate – and I hope you may be able to join us at lunchtime on Saturday – details here