‘Funding still a key issue’ in new IVF guide

Professor Adam Balen of the British Fertility Society has welcomed the recommendation that the cut-off age for women to get IVF on the NHS should be raised and that there will be equal access to IVF for gay couples. However he has warned that these proposals will have little effect on the ‘postcode lottery’ where…

Q&A with Mrs Vinay Sharma

My wife and I have been trying for a baby for almost a year. We are both in our mid 30’s. What can I do to increase my chances of becoming a father and how much longer should we wait before we are fertility tested? For optimum fertility, men and women should have a balanced…

Another view on Yerma

Fertility expert Adam Balen finds Lorca’s play a brilliant exploration of the pain felt by a couple’s inability to conceive This play by Federico García Lorca is a brilliant exploration of the emotional issues surrounding infertility. It’s set in a repressive Catholic community at the end of the last century; the main character is Yerma,…

‘No evidence’ acupuncture boosts chances of IVF baby

There is no evidence acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine increase the chance of getting pregnant through IVF, fertility experts say in new guidance. The methods are increasingly offered as a way of boosting the chances of a baby, but the British Fertility Society suggests couples may be wasting money. They analysed 14 trials involving 2,670…