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Spring into your fertility journey at The Fertility Show Manchester

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One of your new year’s resolutions may have been to start thinking about a family and preparing your mind and body for conception. Heading into Spring is a great time to make a positive step to help you understand how to boost your fertility and explore the best route for you to conceive. And now March is around the corner, which sees the return of the Fertility Show to Manchester.


The Visitor Experience

If you’ve been struggling to conceive, you’re not alone. One in six couples experience fertility problems and finding the right information and advice is essential to set them on the right path to parenthood.

Over a thousand prospective parents from all walks of life and with different experiences of fertility visited the first Fertility Show in Manchester last year. And this year, the two-day event – the UK’s leading fertility show – will take place on 24-25th March 2018 at the Central Convention Complex.

Visitors to the show can expect a variety of fertility experts, clinics, organisations, an extensive seminar programme, help, guidance and advice throughout the two days. The Show aims to provide a platform for those based in the North of England, who are looking to start or extend their family or who are seeking general support or advice. The Show will bring a wealth of support and expertise from local IVF clinics based in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool as well as renowned experts from across the UK and globally.

The Show provides an information hub for fertility, with a unique educational focus and unrivalled access to seminars and Q&A’s with the best minds in the fertility world. Visitors can also have one-to-one conversations in confidence with experts exhibiting at the Show, and leave feeling more able to make informed decisions about their fertility journey.

The Fertility Show’s seminar programme features some of the world’s leading fertility experts speaking on topics such as; how diet and lifestyle can help, the latest treatment options in IVF, alternative routes to parenting including surrogacy and managing your relationship if you experience fertility problems.

The Show welcomes everyone interested in learning more about fertility and for anyone wanting to start a family.

Expert seminars

The diverse and educational seminar programme showcases a carefully selected range of topics presented by independent experts, from both the NHS and private sectors. Visitors can book tickets to listen to some of the UK’s leading fertility experts such as Mr Andrew Drakeley from The Hewitt Fertility Centre, Kate Brian, HFEA, Professor Simon Fishel from Care Fertility and Mr Anthony Rutherford from Leeds Fertility.

30 seminars over the event will cover topics including:

  • Treatment add-ons. Do they add up?
  • Single women? Thinking about having a baby?
  • Options for adoptionFactors to consider when choosing a fertility clinic in the UK and abroad
  • Reduced ovarian reserve
  • What men need to know about their fertility – testing it, boosting it and treating it

Fertility Show Manchester Kate Brian

Put your questions to the experts

The Q&A stage, in association with Fertility Network UK, gives visitors an opportunity to put forward their questions, either openly or anonymously, to a panel of experts. This year in Manchester, Jessica Hepburn, author of The Pursuit of Motherhood, will once again host a series of thought provoking sessions including:

  • Patient stories from Fertility Road with editor Tone Jarvis
  • Male infertility panel with Professor Allan Pacey, Head of Andrology for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Mr Marc Lucky, Liverpool Women’s Hospital and Olly Kayes, Leeds Teaching Hospital
  • Holistic care during your fertility journey – a nurse panel with Andreia Trigo, inFertileLife, Shiona Johnston, Dumfries House Trust in Ayrshire, Anthea Tween, Care Fertility

Over 4,000 visitors used our recent London and Manchester shows as a place to learn, listen and discover more. Come join us at Manchester to put your fertility questions centre stage!

Supporting people through the fertility journey

Finding trustworthy advice on the issue of fertility is crucial for visitors and The Fertility Show provides a safe and discreet environment where people can get the information and advice they need – all in one place. While some people are happy to speak openly about their fertility experiences, others are naturally more apprehensive. So, for anyone who needs “time out” when they’re at the Show, there are plenty of pop up seating areas and cafes, as well as Fertility Network’s quiet room. Many of the seminars and sessions at the Q&A stage also deal with the emotional aspects of fertility issues which many visitors can relate to. Visitors can seek advice and support from fertility counsellors, former fertility patients and representatives from the industry’s independent organisations such as the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Association (HFEA), the British Fertility Society (BFS) and the British Infertility Counselling Network (BICA).

The Fertility Show has formed a close partnership with Fertility Network UK, the national charity for everyone who has experienced fertility problems. Aileen Feeney, Chief Executive of Fertility Network UK, says:

“The Fertility Shows provides unparalleled access to the world’s leading fertility experts from across the UK and abroad. Fertility Network UK are proud to be part of the show. We are the only UK-wide charity that provides free and impartial advice to people wherever they are on their fertility journey. We hope you come and visit us on our stand (C10) where you can ask us questions and find out about the practical and emotional support we provide.”

The team of experts and advisors from the charity will be on hand again at Manchester to offer advice and support to all those people with questions or concerns about fertility.

Fertility Show Manchester 2018

Fertility Network UK runs an information line on 01424 732 361 which offers free and impartial support for anyone affected by fertility issues.

Get your tickets

Tickets are priced at £10 for each day or £16 for a weekend tickets. Individual seminars can be booked for an additional £3 per session. With a range of exhibitors including doctors, clinicians and fertility experts appearing at the event it will give visitors a cost effective and confidential way to get information first hand, in one place! www.fertilityshow.co.uk

The Fertility Show London is in its ninth year and returns to Olympia on 3rd and 4th November 2018. Watch this space for more information!

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The Fertility Show Returns To Manchester On 24-25th March 2018 For Their Two Day Event

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Tickets are now on sale for The Fertility Show Manchester. Please visit fertilityshow.co.uk/manchester for further information and to book.

New Year often heralds a time for change and for many people this may be the exciting moment when thoughts turn to starting a family. So, as we head into 2018, you’ll want to look at all the options to help you understand how to boost your fertility and explore the best route for you to conceive. For everyone wanting to start a family, The Fertility Show Manchester offers unbiased and balanced advice, information and support to help you on your journey.

The world’s biggest fertility show is set to return to Manchester this year, with the two-day event taking place on 24-25th March 2018 at Manchester Central Convention Complex. Last year, over a thousand people visited the first ever Northern event in the Fertility Show’s long-standing history.

Kate Brian

For the 1 in 6 couples who experience fertility problems, finding the right information and advice is essential to set them on the right path to parenthood. The Show provides an information hub for fertility, with a unique educational focus and unrivalled access to seminars and Q&A’s with the best minds in the fertility world. Visitors can also have one-to-one conversations in confidence with experts exhibiting at the Show, and leave feeling more able to make informed decisions about their fertility journey.

The Fertility Show’s seminar programme features some of the world’s leading fertility experts speaking on topics such as; how to boost your fertility through nutrition and lifestyle changes, the latest treatment options in IVF, alternative routes to parenting such as surrogacy and managing your relationship if you experience fertility problems.

The Show welcomes everyone interested in learning more about fertility and for anyone wanting to start a family.

Expert seminars

The two-day Manchester event includes a diverse and educational seminar programme, with a carefully selected range of topics presented by independent experts, from both the NHS and private sectors. Visitors can book tickets to listen to some of UK’s leading fertility experts such as Professor Adam Balen, Consultant in Reproductive Medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Chairman of the British Fertility Society, Professor Geeta Nargund, Medical Director of CREATE Fertility and Dr Raj Mathur, Consultant Gynaecologist from Manchester Fertility.

Geeta and Adam Balen Q&A Stage

Seminars over the two days will cover:

  • The latest treatment options and clinical advances
  • Factors to consider when choosing a fertility clinic in the UK and abroad
  • Advice on conditions which may affect fertility such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis
  • Treatment add-ons, do they add up?
  • Alternative routes to parenting including donor conception, adoption and surrogacy
  • What men need to know about fertility – testing it, boosting it and treating it.

Put your questions to the experts

Our Q&A stage, in association with Fertility Network UK, gives visitors an opportunity to put forward their questions, either openly or anonymously, to a panel of experts. At this year’s London Show in November 2017, author of The Pursuit of Motherhood, Jessica Hepburn, hosted a series of thought provoking sessions. Some of the most popular sessions involved former IVF patients sharing their stories and giving visitors advice from their own experiences. Izzy Judd, author of Dare to Dream, in conversation with Jessica was one of the most engaging and well attended Q&A sessions in London, with Izzy giving a heartfelt insight into her two-and-a-half-year IVF journey. The Fertility Show London also held the first ever nurse panel with fertility nurses answering questions and giving advice about this sometimes difficult journey.

The Fertility Show Q&A Stage

Over 4,000 visitors used our recent London and Manchester shows as a place to learn, listen and discover more. Come join us at Manchester to put your fertility questions centre stage! Supporting people through the fertility journey

Finding trustworthy advice on fertility is crucial for visitors and The Fertility Show provides a safe and discreet environment where people can get the information and advice they need – all in one place. While some people are happy to speak openly about their fertility experiences, others are naturally more apprehensive. So, for anyone who needs “time out” when they’re at the Show, there are plenty of pop up seating areas and cafes, as well as Fertility Network’s quiet room. Many of the seminars and sessions at the Q&A stage also deal with the emotional aspects of fertility issues which many visitors can relate to. Visitors can seek advice and support from fertility counsellors, former fertility patients and representatives from the industry’s independent organisations such as the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Association (HFEA), the British Fertility Society (BFS) and the British Infertility Counselling Network (BICA).

Since the very first event, eight years ago, The Fertility Show has formed a close partnership with the national charity for everyone who has experienced fertility problems, Fertility Network UK. The team of experts and advisors from the charity will be on hand again at Manchester to offer advice and support to all those people with questions or concerns about fertility. Fertility Network UK runs an information line on 01424 732 361 which offers free and impartial support for anyone affected by fertility issues.

Visitor testimonials

“When we attended t he Show, we were just starting out on our fertility journey and wanted to get an idea about clinics and information that was available to us. We really enjoyed t he seminars and found t hem incredibly helpful. By the time t he next Show came around we were already pregnant but still attended anyway.” Miranda and David

“We had our first child through IVF and decided we wanted to have a second, t his is when we visited The Fertility Show 2016. We found t he show really useful and got loads of tips and advice which we’ve used.” Joanne

Just the ticket!

Tickets for the event go on sale in January and the Show looks forward to welcoming thousands of prospective parents. With a range of exhibitors including doctors, clinicians and fertility experts appearing at the event it will give visitors a cost effective and confidential way to get information first hand, in one place!

Please visit fertilityshow.co.uk/manchester for further information.

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We have 10 Pairs of Weekend Tickets To Giveaway for The Fertility Show London

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Tickets are now on sale for The Fertility Show in London.

The two-day Fertility Show which takes place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November 2017 looks set to welcome thousands of prospective parents through its doors for this unique opportunity to get information, advice and support on fertility issues from the experts under one roof.

The Fertility Show London

Held in association with Fertility Network UK and with Fertility Road Magazine as their new media partners the London show is set to take up residence at it’s regular home at London Olympia.

In the UK, 1 in 6 couples struggle with fertility and the need for information, advice and support is in high demand. The Show is for everyone wanting to conceive. Whether you’re considering IVF, want to find out about egg and sperm donation, surrogacy or travelling abroad for treatment or simply want to know how to boost your fertility, then this event is for you.

The Q&A stage will be returning, chaired by Jessica Hepburn and presents an opportunity for visitors to put forward their questions, either openly or anonymously, to a panel of fertility experts throughout the weekend. Located to the far left of the Information Desk, no tickets are required to attend these sessions.

Key issues and hot topics that will be discussed in London include:

Preparing for IVF
Options for adoption
Dealing with recurrent miscarriage
How infertility can affect relationships
Secondary infertility – what you need to know and why it matters
Dealing with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Freeing your mind to improve fertility
Treatment Add-ons
Surrogacy arrangements
Legal issues

Please visit https://www.fertilityshow.co.uk/london for further information. Tickets cost £10 for each day, or £16 for a weekend ticket in advance. Seminars can be booked for just £3 a session.

We have 10 pairs of weekend tickets to give away.

For a chance to win a pair of tickets please enter using the form below. 10 winners will be selected at random from the entries received.

Closing Date midnight Thursday 19th October 2017

T&C’s apply – please see competition rules on the Fertility Show website.

Your details are being sent by email to the managing editor of Fertility Road Magazine.

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Professor Allan Pacey Discusses Male Fertility Problems Ahead of The London Fertility Show

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Men are a significant cause of infertility in nearly half of all cases. In 15 per cent of couples it will be solely a male fertility problem and in around 25 per cent, there will be a problem in both partners. However, fertility experts are concerned that there is still a reluctance among men to address their own fertility issues which is causing many men to delay seeking advice and undergoing preliminary tests.

While infertility symptoms can be easier to recognise in women, such as abnormal or irregular periods, in most cases of male infertility there are no obvious signs. As a result, the need for medical testing for male partners is crucial to identify any potential problems as early as possible.

Allan Pacey, Professor of Andrology at the University of Sheffield School of Medicine and Biomedical Science, is speaking at this year’s The Fertility Show in London, Olympia (4-5th November 2017) on the topic of male fertility.

Here, for Fertility Road readers, we outline the potential problems for men, how to test them & how male fertility can be boosted or treated.

What are the problems?

There are a number of possible reasons for lower sperm quality; – one of the most common causes of infertility is a very low sperm count or no sperm at all which affects one in three couples who are struggling to get pregnant. Other problems include sperm motility problems, making it harder for sperm to swim to the egg and abnormally shaped sperm, making it harder for them to move and fertilise an egg.

Other reasons for male infertility include:

  • Obstructive problems (blockages in sperm carrying tubes as a result of groin surgery, trauma, infection such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and TB or a previous vasectomy)
  • Testicular injury and disease
  • Varicocele – a dilation of the testicular veins in the spermatic cord that leads from the testicles to the abdomen. Varicoceles occur in 15 to 20 per cent of fertile men and 30 to 40 per cent of men with fertility problems
  • Inflamed testes (orchitis)
  • Sperm disorders
  • Genetic disorders – problems with chromosomes occur in about 2 to 20 per cent of infertile men
  • Problems with erection and ejaculation
  • Hormonal problems
  • General medical disorders that reduce fertility
  • Environmental toxins and radiation
  • Medical treatment, such as some medication, radiotherapy or surgery for a hernia, undescended testes or twisted testicles

Erectile dysfunction

It is estimated that around 2.3 million men in the UK suffer from erectile dysfunction. The most common treatment options to date have included, viagra, vacuum pumps, injections and implants. However, until now, there has been no conclusive method. Now an innovative and curative technique, treating the root cause of the problem through the creation of new blood vessels, has been introduced: Erectile Dysfunction Shockwave Therapy (EDSWT).

Lifestyle factors

Several health and lifestyle related factors can also have an effect on a man’s fertility including age (male fertility is thought to decline with age, although it is not known to what extent), living with diabetes, being overweight, working with chemicals or radiation, smoking and stress.

Whatever the cause, the most important piece of advice for men is to get tested and seek advice from a health professional about what the best options are.

Professor Allan Pacey comments. “Fertility treatments are advancing all the time and male infertility is not something to be ashamed of or ignored. There are many options open to both men and women who are experiencing fertility issues – but timing and early diagnosis are important. The sooner someone is diagnosed, the more chance they have of exploring a number of options to fulfill their hopes of starting a family.”

Boosting male fertility

While some male fertility problems will need to be treated medically, there are number of steps that men can take to improve their health overall and increase their chances of conceiving naturally:

  • Stop smoking. Smoking has been linked to low sperm counts and sluggish motility. Longterm use of cannabis (marijuana) can result in abnormally shaped sperm.
  • Cut back on alcohol. Alcohol can lead to impotence and affect reproductive hormones. Men should aim to keep within the Department of Health guidelines of 14 units per week.
  • A weighty issue. Overweight men can have fertility problems. With too much weight, there can be hormonal disturbances, and when a man’s too lean, he can have decreased sperm count and functionality.
  • Keep fit, but don’t overdo it! Excessive exercise lowers your sperm count indirectly by lowering the amount of testosterone in your body. Use of anabolic steroids can cause testicular shrinkage, resulting in infertility. Long term use can reduce sperm count and sperm mobility.
  • Vitamin boost. Low levels of antioxidants can make sperm vulnerable to damage from free radicals.
  • Beware of toxins. Manual workers such as landscapers, builders, manufacturing workers and men who have regular contact with environmental toxins or poisons (pesticides, insecticides, lead, radiation or heavy metals) are all at risk of infertility.

#FertilityFellas

Did you know that men have a biological clock? Although male fertility is less affected by age than female fertility, it shows significant decline by the late 30s. Research shows men aged 40 and older were half as likely to get their partners pregnant as men under 25. Miscarriage rates increase when men are over 40. As part of National Fertility Awareness Week (30 October – 5 November 2017), the charity Fertility Network UK will be launching a new information leaflet for men and by men.

The leaflet, Fertility Fellas, will be available to download for free at nfaw.org.uk/fertilityfellas

A problem shared

Men are often reluctant to speak up about fertility problems and can feel emasculated if they are diagnosed with a medical condition that is at the root of the problem. Counselling and support is widely available in the UK, but men need to be encouraged to open up and talk honestly about the emotions they experience at diagnosis and going through treatment.

To ensure that men are well informed and feel comfortable talking about the issues that matter to them, this year’s Show will feature specific talks as well as a unique Q&A session on male infertility. Professor Allan Pacey will be joined on an exclusive male infertility panel with guests, Mr Jonathan Ramsay, Consultant Urologist and Andrologist from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Mr Kevin McEleny, Consultant Urologist and Andrologist, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NHS Foundation Trust. The Q&A stage, in association with Fertility Network UK, will give visitors an opportunity to put forward their questions either openly or anonymously as part of a panel of fertility experts.

For more information and to book tickets in advance, visit thefertilityshow.co.uk.

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