EXPERTS in the field of infertility have met for a leading conference in Hartlepool.
A seminar at the Hartlepool College of Further Education saw 80 delegates attend for talks on in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) – two of the major processes used to help childless couples become parents.
Leading speakers in the field of infertility also attended, travelling from as far afield as Australia and all parts of the UK.
The event was titled Management of Reduced Ovarian Reserve and got underway with an introduction given by Hany Mostafa who is the clinical lead for the assisted reproduction unit based at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.
The unit is one of the leading units of its type in the country in helping childless couples.
He told the Hartlepool Mail at the start of the event: “It is very important for us to have high-calibre speakers coming here. We are getting fertility experts from all over the country coming here for scientific debate.”
He was followed by Dr Steven Fleming who talked on optimising the use of IVF and ICSI in laboratories to help women who have reduced ovarian reserves.
The annual conference also saw talks given by Professor Geeta Nargund on the main obstacles which stand in the way to implementing IVF.
Dr Stephen Troup discussed ways of ensuring fertility success rates are improved and Dr Jordana Moody gave a review of recurrent failures in implantation.
The day’s proceedings ended with counsellor Janet Owen giving a talk on infertility from a woman’s perspective.
Mr Mostafa added: “We are here to discuss the problems of reduced ovarian reserve which is a difficult group of patients to manage.
“The pregnancy rates are very low and this is about getting experts from all around the country to discuss recent developments, and how we can improve the management of these aeas.”
The unit, run by the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, has helped hundreds of couples to become mums and dads in the five years since it was opened.
Mr Mostafa said recent investments had included £40,000 in the latest hi-tech equipment so that couples get the best chance of becoming parents.