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Saturday 30th September 2017 - Fertility in the 21st Century - Helping you in your journey

  • Venue:  Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh   2 - 5 pm

    Tickets £8

    An exciting opportunity to hear about the latest advances in IVF with leading specialist Dr. Raul Olivares of BCN IVF as well as experts from Fertility Focus with tips and advice on getting pregnant, how mindfulness can enhance fertility success and a live interview with a couple about their personal IVF journey. Chair: Dr. Caroline Phillips BSc PhD

    The event includes a question and answer session and refreshments. There will also be an opportunity to win a gift of IVF treatment courtesy of Barcelona IVF.

    Book tickets at www.fertilityinthe21stcentury.eventbrite.co.uk

    For more information call 07505 976208 / 07760 196321  or email   support@fertilityfocus.org.uk


  • Read my Blog for Fertility Clinics Abroad http://www.fertilityclinicsabroad.com/1/post/2014/03/infertility-how-open-are-you.html   
  • Article.  Women's fertility could be linked to their immune status.  Read the full article here by clicking on the link.  http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/women-s-fertility-could-be-linked-with-their-immune-status-113051800291_1.html
  • 20th May 2013.  Glasgow RIE NHS fertility clinic hit by falling success rates.  Read the full article by following this link.  http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/health/fertility-clinic-hit-by-falling-success-rates-faces-new-investigation.21126495
  • New from Fertilivres - your own fertility diary especially written for you.  The diary is divided into a theoretical part and a diary part and is a wonderful support whilst going through treatment or about to go through treatment.  Contact Juliet for more details.
  • 7th July 2011.  In the 40 plus years since it was developed, the all-natural Billings Ovulation Method has helped millions of women to conceive.  Follow link to the article.  http://www.heraldsun.com.au/ipad/thanks-for-the-family-mrs-billings/story-fn6bn9st-1226084471796
  • 4th February 2011.  New pioneering IVF treatment.  Thanks to new pioneering IVF treatment known as Comparative Genomic Hybridization (CGH) a couple were given the chance they had been hoping for after years of failed IVF treatment.  Follow link to the news story and video clip.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12364251
  • Monday 2nd August 2010. Researchers predict IVF success from previous cycles.  A mathematical model for predicting a couple's chances of a successful pregnancy by IVF after one failed attempt has been developed by US researchers. The model is 1000 times more accurate at predicting a positive outcome than standard methods, which are mainly based on a woman's age.  The most important factor predicting success after the second cycle is the rate the embryos developed during the first cycle of IVF.  http://www.ivf.net/ivf/researchers_predict_ivf_success_from_previous_cycles-o5255.html
  • Saturday 17th July 2010.  Shadowy world of web's unregulated fertility sites.  Women are warned of risks of finding sperm donors online.  To read full article click on link http://www.gambleandghevaert.com/blog/2010/07/19/times-article-on-unregulated-fertility-sites-quotes-natalie-gamble/
  • Sunday 27th June 2010.  Blood test to predict when women will become infertile.  A simple blood test that tells a woman as young as 20 how long she has to start a family is being developed by doctors.  The kit, which could be on sale within three years, would predict when a woman will go through menopause to within four months.  For more information read full article http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1290043/Blood-test-predict-women-infertile.html
  • Funding for fertility.  Getting funding for NHS fertility treatment remains a post-code lottery and it is often difficult to find out exactly what your local Primary Care Trust will and won’t fund.  Infertility Network UK (INUK) has done some truly ground breaking work in this area. They have now set up a new section called Funding for Fertility on their web site www.infertilitynetworkuk.com
  • Monday 23rd March 2009.  Kisspeptin offers new hope for infertile women.  Scientists at Imperial College London have found that the administration of a recently discovered protein called 'Kisspeptin' could 'restore fertility' for some women whose infertility was caused by the cessation of their menstrual periods and form the basis for a new fertility treatment.  For more information visit: http://www.ivf.net/ivf/kiss_hormone_to_give_new_hope_to_infertile_women-o4061.html
  • Friday 06 August 2008.  Fertility treatments 'no benefit'.  Two common treatments for fertility problems do not work, an Aberdeen University-led study suggests.  UK guidelines recommend the drug Clomid and artifical insemination for couples having trouble conceiving despite no known cause for their infertility.  But trials of 580 women in Scotland found the treatments were no better than trying to get pregnant naturally, the British Medical Journal reports.
  • 16 February 2008.  Acupuncture may increase IVF success rates.  A team of doctors from the University of Maryland and the University of Amsterdam have published a report in the British Medical Journal claiming that acupuncture could increase IVF success rates by as much as 65 per cent.  They reviewed seven different studies published since 2002, comprising trials involving 1,266 women undergoing IVF treatment and by taking all the information from the studies concluded that women who had acupuncture in conjunction with IVF were 65 per cent more likely to have a successful embryo transfer compared to those that had no treatment or were given fake acupuncture.  The cost of acupuncture treatments is around £50 per session as compared to the £4,000 to £6,000 cost of one IVF cycle.  This means that it is potentially cost effective to introduce acupuncture alongside IVF. 
  • 21 February 2008.  New Study Shows SET Can Improve Success and Reduce Mutliple Births.  A new study published in the BJOG journal shows that using single embryo blastocyst transfer improved success rates and cut down on multiple births in a select group of women.
  • 17 March 2008.  Concerns over decreasing male fertility rates.  Two new studies have identified factors that could be causing a decline in male fertility.  In one study research published in the journal Fertility and Sterility on the anti-impotence drug Viagra concluded that men taking the drug could be damaging their sperm and lowering their ability to conceive.  Another study published in the environmental journal the Ends Report suggests that pollution from chemicals such as dioxin can lower a man's sperm count.
  • 17 March 2008.  First ever drug for male infertility.  New hope has been given to infertile couples in Australia where Menevit, the first ever drug for male infertility, has been developed.  It contains antioxidants and works by acting on free radicals that fragment the sperm, the main cause of infertility.  In a preliminary study of 60 infertile men the rate of pregnancy was increased significantly but larger clinical trials are required before the drug can be merited.
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