Professor Robert Winston commented: “GPs are so valuable and important in this field and yet they are not always sufficiently equipped to help their distressed patients to handle fertility problems. ‘Unexplained fertility’ is frequently used as a diagnosis when it is actually a lack of diagnosis. It is just a symptom with many causes; IVF isn’t always the answer. This conference is an opportunity to look at childlessness and to improve their patients’ chance of a baby. We hope to help decisions about when to consider IVF and when there are better alternatives”
The virtual event, like all our conferences, will make the latest knowledge accessible to medical professionals worldwide.
It will help doctors approach their patients’ fertility problems in this common but often misunderstood area: To offer practical advice on the tests GPs can initiate, when to investigate and treat, how to help males who may not need IVF to produce a pregnancy, and if IVF is considered, how a good GP can be invaluable in that process.
Professor Winston will open the conference with a session on ‘The Importance of the GP in diagnosing infertility’. Other experts will explore endocrine function in general practice, ovarian problems treated in primary care, and counselling for infertile patients. To close, Professor Jan Brosens from the University of Warwick will look at managing miscarriage.
Lord Winston was instrumental in pioneering IVF treatment and fertility research. He also chairs our charity.
Proceeds from our conferences support research in fertility and pregnancy loss.
Date: Thursday 29th April 2021
Fees: £180 for doctors and consultants
£166 for trainees, nurses and community support workers.
Please let your GPs know about this event, both to help them update their knowledge and help us raise funds.