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Fertility Forum March 30


There's a new information day - the Fertility Forum - taking place in London on March 30. It is organised by patients and all the professional groups working in the field, and the aim of the day is to provide clear and reliable information without any commercial elements, so there will be no one promoting particular clinics or treatments and no commercial exhibition stands. There will be 3 strands of talks throughout the day covering a huge range of issues related to fertility, tests and treatments with many of the country's leading experts taking part.

They will cover everything from nutrition and lifestyle advice to the latest developments in fertility treatment. There will be talks on specific fertility issues such as endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), on donor treatments and surrogacy, on recurrent miscarriage, on stress and fertility support, on male fertility problems and how men deal with infertility. The HFEA will give advice on how to choose a fertility clinic and there will be a talk on deciding whether to opt for treatment abroad. How embryos develop and why IVF does and doesn’t work will also be discussed along with an assessment of the evidence on additional treatments like endometrial scratch or embryo glue. There will be a session on accessing NHS funding with Fertility Network UK and Fertility Fairness. You will be able to choose which talks you attend when you get your tickets. There is a charge for the tickets (£25) to cover the cost of putting on the day, but there are no additional charges. You can buy tickets here - bit.ly/FertilityForum

The day has been organised by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the British Fertility Society working in partnership with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and Fertility Network UK alongside the Association of British Andrologists, British Andrology Society, Association of Clinical Embryologists, British Infertility Counselling Association, Royal College of Nursing and the Senior Infertility Nurses Group. A group of women who have experience of fertility problems have worked with them The Donor Conception Network will be taking part in the event along with other patient groups including the Miscarriage Association. The day will be opened by the RCOG President, Professor Lesley Regan, and the Chair of the HFEA, Sally Cheshire CBE.

The full line up of speakers for this event has now been released and it is pretty amazing. Do have a look as it's such a great opportunity to get information without any promotion or sales pitch attached - it's all about evidence! Information and tickets are here - bit.ly/FertilityForum


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