The Real Cost of IVF

Progress Educational Trust
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 27 Sussex Place, Regent's Park, London NW1 4RG
11th April 2018 6.30pm-8pm
Sally Cheshire, Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and chair of the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event 'The Real Cost of IVF', taking place at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on the evening of Wednesday 11 April 2018 Professor Lesley Regan, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event 'The Real Cost of IVF', taking place at the RCOG on the evening of Wednesday 11 April 2018 Professor of Health Psychology at Cardiff University and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event 'The Real Cost of IVF', taking place at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on the evening of Wednesday 11 April 2018 Dr Rebecca Brown, Research Fellow at the University of Oxford's Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event 'The Real Cost of IVF', taking place at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on the evening of Wednesday 11 April 2018 Jessica Hepburn, author of the book 'The Pursuit of Motherhood' and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event 'The Real Cost of IVF', taking place at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on the evening of Wednesday 11 April 2018

A free-to-attend public event, produced by the Progress Educational Trust (PET) in partnership with the British Fertility Society, about the hidden costs of IVF - the emotional, psychological and opportunity costs, whether borne by individuals, couples or wider society.
The event will be chaired by Sally Cheshire, with speakers including Professors Lesley Regan and Jacky Boivin as well as Dr Rebecca Brown and Jessica Hepburn.
Attendance is free, but advance booking is required. Book your place now by emailing sstarr@progress.org.uk
If tweeting about this event, please use the hashtag #RealCostOfIVF
Questions explored at this event will include:
Does receiving fertility treatment confer any benefit to patients, even if there is no baby to take home at the end? Is unsuccessful fertility treatment more devastating than no treatment at all, or is it better to at least have had the chance to try?
How can we assess the costs and benefits of providing fertility treatment? Quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) are often used to compare the value of treatments for different conditions, but fertility is not easily captured in this way. Whose QALYs should be taken into account - those of an individual patient, a couple, a child conceived via fertility treatment, or a combination of these?
Is the cost to the NHS of mental health services for involuntarily childless people comparable to, or perhaps even greater than, the cost of providing those people with NHS-funded fertility treatment? With decreasing birth rates, an ageing population and the future tax contributions of today's IVF babies to consider, can we afford not to treat infertility?
In the PET tradition, much of the event's running time will be devoted to letting the audience put questions and comments to the speakers.

SPEAKERS

Lesley Regan Professor Lesley Regan, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event 'The Real Cost of IVF', taking place at the RCOG on the evening of Wednesday 11 April 2018
President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Deputy Head of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London, and Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St Mary's Hospital

Jacky Boivin Professor of Health Psychology at Cardiff University and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event 'The Real Cost of IVF', taking place at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on the evening of Wednesday 11 April 2018
Professor of Health Psychology and Chartered Health Psychologist at Cardiff University's School of Psychology
Counsellor Representative at the British Fertility Society

Dr Rebecca Brown Dr Rebecca Brown, Research Fellow at the University of Oxford's Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event 'The Real Cost of IVF', taking place at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on the evening of Wednesday 11 April 2018
Research Fellow at the University of Oxford's Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
Member of the research project Individual Responsibility and Healthcare, and author of research into the relationship between fertility, policy and ethics

Jessica Hepburn Jessica Hepburn, author of the book 'The Pursuit of Motherhood' and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event 'The Real Cost of IVF', taking place at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on the evening of Wednesday 11 April 2018
Author of the books The Pursuit of Motherhood and 21 Miles: Swimming in Search of the Meaning of Motherhood
Founder and Director of Fertility Fest

CHAIR

Sally Cheshire Sally Cheshire, Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and chair of the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event 'The Real Cost of IVF', taking place at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on the evening of Wednesday 11 April 2018
Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
Chair of Health Education North West

PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

The British Fertility Society, joint organiser of the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event 'The Real Cost of IVF', taking place at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on the evening of Wednesday 11 April 2018