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Fertility Exeter is now a recruiting centre for an IVF research programme using stored eggs and embryos.

Fertility Exeter now has links with an IVF research programme run by the Reproductive Medicine department at Old St Mary’s hospital, Manchester and the University of Manchester.

Patients who have embryos in storage, but have come to the end of their own fertility journey, will now have the opportunity to donate their stored embryos to research.

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Open Evening: 21st June 2018

We are pleased to announce that we will be running an open evening on Thursday 21st June 2018 from 17.30 until 18.30.

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Zika virus - Updated March 2017

Zika virus Zika virus disease is mainly spread by mosquitoes. For most people it is a very mild infection and isn’t harmful. However, it may be more serious for pregnant women, as it’s been linked to birth defects – in particular, abnormally small heads (microcephaly). Zika does not naturally occur in the UK. Zika outbreaks have been reported in the Pacific region, and the virus has now spread to South and Central America and the Caribbean. Experts expect the Zika virus to spread to all countries in the Americas (including the Caribbean), with the exception of Chile and Canada. People travelling to affected areas should seek travel health advice before their trip.

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Fertility Exeter Embryologist Sarah Armstrong Best performer in Embryology

Congratulations to our clinical embryologist, Sarah Armstrong, who has been identified as the best performer in embryology according to gamete-expert, an international quality assessment system.

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Ebola virus

The Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa has increased the potential risk of Ebola virus transmission via donated blood and blood components, cells, tissues and organs.

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Obesity and reproduction

An American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Practice Committee report provides clinicians with strategies for the evaluation and treatment of couples with infertility associated with obesity. The report states that obesity in women is associated with anovulation, reduced ovarian responsiveness to ovulation-inducing agents, and altered oocyte as well as endometrial functions or lower birth rates, while obesity in men may be associated with impaired reproductive function. Conclusions and recommendations include:

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Passive smoking linked to increased risk of infertility

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Fertility treatments do not increase risk of developmental delay

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Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos

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'Three-parent baby' fertility technique could be made legal

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How massive parallel sequencing will help you to increase Your success rate

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Upcoming events

Open Evening - 21st June 201821/06/18

We are pleased to announce that we will be running an open evening on Thursday 21st June 2018 from 17.30 until 18.30.  The evening will be designed for both patients and non-patients to learn more about the services provided at the clinic. The evening will begin with a series of short presentations from the Consultant, Nursing and Embryology teams within the clinic with an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the service.  Following this, there will be time to look around the unit and meet some members of the team.  Light refreshments will also be provided. Please be aware that we will not be available to give individual advice at this event. Spaces are limited so please register online or contact the clinic on 01392 405333 to reserve your place.  If you are attending with an additional guest, then please ensure that you include them in your booking. We look forward to meeting you