UK Fertility News
The subject of this year's Progress Educational Trust annual conference, entitled 'Reality Check', was 'a realistic look at assisted reproduction'. The choice of focus was motivated by ongoing controversy surrounding so-called 'IVF add-ons'. These are defined by the HFEA as 'optional extras that you may be offered on top of your normal fertility treatment, often at an additional cost'.
The latest meeting organised by the Progress Educational Trust (PET) asked the question 'Does fertility treatment still need to be a medical secret?' The event in Edinburgh last week, held in partnership with the Scottish Government, took place off the Royal Mile - through a narrow alleyway in Riddle's Court, one of the many old and imposing buildings scattered throughout the city.
Although cancer doctors know it’s important to talk about fertility concerns with young women patients, they may feel uncomfortable and unprepared to discuss the issue, a study in Canada suggests.
Book Review: Egg Freezing, Fertility and Reproductive Choice – Negotiating Responsibility, Hope and Modern Motherhood
Over the last decade the number of women who have opted to freeze their eggs for social reasons has risen exponentially. Nevertheless, there is still much to learn about why women decide to freeze their eggs, how they perceive the risks and benefits of this reproductive option, and what effect egg freezing has on the subsequent life trajectory of these women and society in general.
Appeared in BioNews 1023
Young people with cancer are potentially being robbed of the ability to have children as important information around fertility is not being communicated at the earliest opportunity says the cancer charity, Teenage Cancer Trust
Happily fraud, dishonesty and forgery are seldom features of IVF treatment.
But on rare occasions (and for widely differing reasons), some patients are not wholly transparent or honest in their engagement with clinics.