Fertility Treatment: A Life-Changing Event?

Progress Educational Trust
Institute of Child Health, University College London, 30 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1EH
28th November 2012
The 2012 annual conference of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) focused on the impact of mothers' and fathers' lifestyles upon conception, upon the success of fertility treatment, and upon the health of the resulting child.
Much is often made of patients' lifestyle choices when they are having difficulties conceiving. Some lifestyle advice is supported by scientific evidence, but often there is no clear-cut evidence supporting the merits (or demerits) of such advice.
This conference also explored the ethical issues that arise, when those who commission fertility services use lifestyle factors as criteria for rationing access to fertility treatment, and when practitioners sell 'add-ons' to optimise the chances of fertility treatment working (for example alleviating a patient's stress).
The conference was supported by Merck (gold sponsor), the London Women's Clinic (silver sponsor) and Ferring Pharmaceuticals (bronze sponsor).

Welcome Address
Sarah Norcross (Director of PET)

NICE Try: The Impact of Policy
Chair: Professor Lord Naren Patel (Crossbench Peer and Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Maternity)
Peter Taylor (Healthcare Policy Adviser at the Cooperation and Competition Panel for NHS-Funded Services)

Calm Down Dear: The Impact of Stress
Chair: Professor Lord Naren Patel (Crossbench Peer and Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Maternity)
Stress and Fertility: A Complicated Relationship
Jacky Boivin (Professor of Health Psychology and Chartered Health Psychologist at Cardiff University, and Lead Researcher at Cardiff Fertility Studies)
Loss of Fantasy: Taking Your Blinkers Off
Tracey Sainsbury (Fertility Counsellor at the London Women's Clinic, the London Sperm Bank and the London Bridge Fertility, Gynaecology and Genetics Centre)
Is It All in the Mind?: The Mind Body Approach to Dealing with Stress
Zita West (Founder and Clinical Director of the Zita West Clinic and the Zita West Assisted Fertility Programme)

Weighing Up Your Options: The Impact of Weight and Nutrition
Chair: David Whittingham (Emeritus Professor of Experimental Embryology at St George's University of London and former Chair of Trustees at PET)
Universal Panacea or Snake Oil?
Fiona Ford (Dietitian)
Your DNA Doesn't Forget (But Will It Forgive?)
Bas Heijmans (Associate Professor of Molecular Epidemiology at Leiden University's Medical Centre)
Periconceptional Nutrition and Outcomes
Nick Macklon (Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Southampton, and Director of the Complete Fertility Centre)

What's Your Poison? The Impact of Alcohol and Smoking
Chair: Dr Gillian Lockwood (Medical Director of Midland Fertility Services)
Are We Blaming the Wrong Generation?
Jean Golding (Emeritus Professor of Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology at the University of Bristol, and Founding Scientific and Executive Director of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children)
No Drinking! Pregnancy and the Politics of Risk Consciousness
Dr Ellie Lee (Reader in Social Policy and Director of the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies at the University of Kent)
We Know It's Right, Therefore It Must Be Right
Neil McClure (Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Queen's University Belfast)
Balls of Steel: Do Lifestyle Factors Affect Semen Quality?
Professor Allan Pacey (Trustee at PET)

The Age-Old Question: The Impact of Age
Chair: Professor Allan Pacey (Trustee at PET)
Who Benefits From Women Becoming Unfit to Reproduce?
Susan Bewley (Professor of Complex Obstetrics at King's College London)
What's Age Got To Do with It?
Louisa Ghevaert (Partner at Porter Dodson Solicitors and Advisers)
Past Their Sell-By Date? Fertility Implications of Deferred Motherhood
Dr Gillian Lockwood (Medical Director of Midland Fertility Services)

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