Free Primary Care Event:  Understanding GP Practices Role in Fertility Support

Leeds Fertility, one of the UK’s leading fertility units, have organised a unique education evening for GP practices across the region on the 20thNovember at Weetwood Hall, Leeds (6.00pm until 8.30pm).

Introduced by Tony Rutherford, Consultant in Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Surgery at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, the evening will support GPs to understand the role of primary care in supporting patients with fertility problems, and to showcase advancements in reproductive medicine.

The event will provide a great network opportunity for GPs and primary care staff to meet fertility specialists, as well as take part in presentations on:

Fertility Problems: Harish Bhandari, Consultant Gynaecologist and Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, will look at the investigations that can be undertaken in primary care and the interpretation of these to make a decision on referral to secondary or tertiary care. The role of primary care in providing information and support to couples on healthy lifestyle interventions will also be discussed, as well as the local care pathways and potential eligibility criteria for IVF.

Evaluation and Treatment of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): Professor Adam Balen, Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, will look at this far-reaching condition that has a number of reproductive and general health implications. PCOS may also be associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the metabolic syndrome and endometrial cancer. The symptoms of PCOS may have a profound impact on psychological well-being.

Assisted Reproductive Technology and Recent Advances in ART: Dr Ellissa Baskind, Consultant in Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecology will look at the advances in reproductive technologies. This presentation will bring participants up to date with developments including: embryo selection, blastocyst culture, time-lapse imaging, embryo vitrification and pre-implantation testing of embryos. Advances including ‘three-parent babies’ and uterine transplantation will also be discussed.

Fertility Preservation: Catherine Hayden, Consultant Gynaecologist and Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine, will look the fertility preservation options available at Leeds Fertility. Leeds Fertility will soon be able to offer ovarian tissue freezing to (pre-pubertal) young girls with a view to auto-grafting in adulthood. This new service will be described, as well as social egg freezing and the management of transgender individuals.

Nutrition and Reproductive Health: Grace Dugdale, Reproductive Biologist and Nutrition Scientist, will discuss the multiple factors which affect male and female fertility including diet and lifestyle. Lifelong health starts before conception and planned conceptions represent the ultimate preventive medicine opportunity, making the relationship between GP and fertility specialist particularly important.

Event attendance is free, and a buffet is provided, but you need to register to secure your place. Please email sarah-m.taylor@nhs.net before 12 November to register and for the full venue details.