Alison Taylor, ABC of Subfertility by Peter Braude, Alison Taylor

By Peter Braude, Alison Taylor

Written by means of a staff of infertility specialists, this advisor addresses the complicated topic of subfertility. It starts with analysis within the female and male ahead of offering recommendation on all sorts of assisted belief in addition to counselling aid with therapy judgements.

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Although genetic counselling falls into this category, this type of counselling is of a different style and nature to general counselling. Donors in particular must consider the short and long term effects that any donation could have on a future child, existing children, and the family as a whole. In addition, recipients of donated gametes must consider the rights of a future child to information about his or her genetic origins. Support counselling aims to give emotional support at any time before, during, or after treatment.

The latter refers to any existing children in the family Thus, each licensed unit is obliged to have clear written procedures for assessing the welfare of the potential child and of any other child who may be affected. However, this condition applies only to centres that hold a treatment licence. It has been argued that this requirement is unfair because it does not apply to natural procreation, nor does it apply to fertility treatments offered outside licensed assisted conception units. Nevertheless all assisted conception units should ask the couple’s general practitioner for information about any factors that may be relevant to the couple’s suitability as parents of the child.

She is a former member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. The ABC of subfertility is edited by Peter Braude, professor and head of department of women’s health, Guy’s, King’s, and St Thomas’s School of Medicine, London, and Alison Taylor, consultant in reproductive medicine and director of the Guy’s and St Thomas’s assisted conception unit. The series will be published as a book in the winter. The photograph of Mary Warnock is reproduced with permission from the Press Association and the photograph of Suzi Leather is reproduced with permission from the HFEA.

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