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Despite a debate over the ethics, safety and commercial nature surrounding the search for egg and sperm donors in the UK, for the 3,500-4,000 individuals and couples visiting the Fertility Show in London this weekend, practicalities are likely to dominate. And for many, that means getting on a plane.

For the significant number who already know that their best - maybe only - chance of starting a family will be with a donor, the show provides an exhibitor list featuring 23 of the world’s leading IVF clinics, almost all of whom lead their marketing push to UK patients with their ability to find you an egg or sperm donor by next week. For donor-seeking visitors, the show is a chance to interview, cross-examine and negotiate with senior clinic staff and medics before committing to treatment abroad.

Clinics from Spain, Greece, Cyprus, The Czech Republic, USA, Russia and the Caribbean – as well as the two main Dutch sperm banks - free from UK restrictions governing the anonymity of donors, see UK fertility patients as a rich target and this year, the show’s 6th, there are more exhibiting than ever before.

Fighting back are nearly 13 of the top IVF clinics in the UK, some of whom run egg donation programmes but most of whom face demand for donors outstripping supply.

Adding to the debate are several large seminars taking place over the weekend including;

- “Finding sperm and egg donors in the UK” by Laura Witjens, Chief Executive of the National Gamete Donation Trust.

- “Issues for families created with donors” by Olivia Montuschi, co-founder of the Donor Conception Network.

- “What to think about before going abroad for treatment” by a couple who had successful treatment abroad, along with two overseas clinics.

- “Overseas egg donors. Who are they and how are they chosen”, by 2 speakers from overseas IVF clinics

- “Travelling to the USA for egg donor treatment”, a case study by a UK fertility patient who had donor treatment in the USA.

Jonathan Scott, organiser of the Fertility Show, said;

“For those people whose only chance of starting a family is to find an egg donor, it’s no surprise they are willing to get on a plane. What we try to do is provide advice and information on taking this step through the speaker programme, as well as, via the exhibition floor, to give them the chance to grill the clinics”.

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Amongst the 70 leading fertility specialists taking part in seminars this year are;

Lord Robert Winston
Stuart Lavery, Hammersmith Hospital NHS
Yacoub Khalaf, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS
Geeta Nargund, St George’s Hospital NHS
Professor Lesley Regan, St Mary’s Hospital NHS
Sam Abdalla, Lister Fertility Clinic
Professor Simon Fishel, CARE Group
Rachel Cutting, Centre for Reproductive Medicine Sheffield NHS
Tarek El-Touky, Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS
Anil Gudi, Homerton Hospital NHS
Allan Pacey, University of Sheffield
Dimitrios Nikolaou, Chelsea and Westminster NHS
Michael Booker, Croydon NHS University Hospital
Zita West
Marilyn Glenville
Dr Zhai
Emma Cannon

The Fertility Show.
Sat & Sun, November 1-2, 2014.
Olympia Exhibition Centre, London W14.
http://www.fertilityshow.co.uk

The Fertility Show is backed by patient support charity, Infertility Network UK.
It forms part of National Fertility Awareness Week, Oct 27 – Nov 2, 2014. #NFAWUK

Admission £11. Seminars an additional £1 each.
(Over 7,000 seminar seats booked in 2013).

More information from;

Jonathan Scott, MD, The Fertility Show
0207 993 4180
jonathan@fertilityshow.co.uk

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