‘Why should I give it another go?’ is the title of the talk to be given by Dr Valentina Mauro, Consultant Gynaecologist at Bourn Hall Clinic, at 4.45pm on day one of The Fertility Show (3rd-4th Nov 2012).
Also at the show, Bourn Hall Clinic will be announcing the introduction of a brand new system which is designed to help embryologists select the best embryo for transfer to the womb.
Dr Mauro explains more about her talk:
“If patients have had one or more unsuccessful attempts at IVF, it can be a very difficult time and they may have a lot of questions. It is important that clinics make sure patients are fully aware of what has happened and what can be done to maximise their chances of success in the future, if they wish to continue with treatment.”
Reasons why IVF may be unsuccessful include low embryo quality or because the environment of the uterus is not supportive of pregnancy.
“Every patient is different and so it is important that we look at the individual circumstances,” says Valentina.
“Sometimes there is no clear reason why embryo quality was low during the last cycle, and it may be that quality is significantly better the next time around. However, for women over the age of 35, the likelihood of obtaining high quality embryos is greatly reduced and this may affect whether we recommend trying again.
“Alternatively, if it appears that the embryo did not successfully implant due to a problem with the environment of the uterus, we may be able to take steps to overcome this during the next cycle. This may include encouraging better endometrial development or the use of intralipid infusion therapy.”
Bourn Hall Clinic is also exhibiting at the show and will be announcing the introduction of the Eeva (early embryo viability assessment) system.
The intelligent software closely monitors how embryos are growing and dividing in the first two days after fertilisation, allowing embryologists to make better informed decisions about which embryo to transfer to the uterus.
Bourn Hall is one of the first fertility centres in the UK to obtain the Eeva system, which may further boost the clinic’s already excellent success rates.
The Fertility Show brings together leading specialists from across the UK and provides advice for everybody, from those who have just started to think about parenthood, to those who have been trying for some time.
If you are interested in attending the event, which takes place at the Olympia Two Conference Centre in Central London on the 3rd and 4th November, you can book admission tickets and seats for Valentina’s seminar on The Fertility Show website.