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Michael Ah-Moye FRCOG

Michael Ah-Moye FRCOG

CEO and Consultant Gynaecologist

“IVF advance fails most patients”

A trial that was reported in the Times at the prestigious American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual conference in Texas revealed that screening embryos to check that they have the correct number of chromosomes before implanting into the uterus during IVF, has no benefit in women under 38 years old.  The technique is known as next generation sequencing (NGS) which is an advanced form of Pre-implantation Genetic Screening (PGS).  The trial was conducted in 34 clinics in four countries including UK. When the technique was first introduced four years ago it was hailed as a giant step in improving the success rate of IVF to as high as 80%, sadly like many new techniques in IVF, it is a huge disappointment.

Michael Ah-Moye our Chief Executive at the Herts & Essex Fertility Centre says we have not introduced PGS here as there has never been any robust evidence that it has any benefit in improving the success of IVF, if anything at least nine randomised controlled studies ie robust trials, have shown that it actually lowers the success of IVF.  Professor Joyce Harper who is founder member and first chairman of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology.

PGS cost an average of £4000 on top of the IVF and patients have to think very carefully about using a technique with no proven benefit and which could even lower their chance of success.

Michael is a member of the British Fertility Society, the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Michael’s impressive experience and expertise in Assisted Conception has resulted in the successful and safe delivery of thousands of babies and in the creation of thousands of happy new families. Widely renowned for his medical prowess, he is equally respected for his meticulous, caring and personal approach to all his patients.

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Sometimes accepting your decision to stop fertility treatments could help you find peace

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Does fast food really contain plastic?

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Mr Michael Ah-Moye at lunch with his mentor Professor Ian Craft,
the renowned IVF pioneer… 

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Anti Mullerian Hormone (AMH) Test Demystified

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Do you know how many eggs are left in you?
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David Ogutu MRCOG  Medical Director and Consultant Gynaecologist  Most women are aware and conscious of their ticking ‘biological clocks’.  However, as they have better opportunities in education nowadays they choose to have their first children at a later stage. The … Continue reading

Thinking of having a Vasectomy?
All you need to know before and after the surgery…

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Patient fell pregnant naturally 2 months after a surgical correction of her uterine septum at Herts & Essex Fertility Centre

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Social egg freezing: Hype or a realistic option

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Does drinking a glass of red wine a week truly improve fertility?

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Fertility Treatment Add-Ons or Adjunctive Treatments

Dr Jyoti Taneja Consultant Reproductive Medicine & Gynaecology IVF itself was not subject to randomised controlled trials when it was first introduced into medical practice, and the pioneers of IVF had to refine the techniques with little evidence or support … Continue reading

Efficient fertility management for older couples

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IVF advance fails most patients

Michael Ah-Moye FRCOG CEO and Consultant Gynaecologist “IVF advance fails most patients” A trial that was reported in the Times at the prestigious American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual conference in Texas revealed that screening embryos to check that they … Continue reading

What’s happening to NHS IVF funding in Hertfordshire and Essex?

Have you heard the news? NHS IVF funding is at risk and it’s happening right now. As you read this blog there are consultations across the whole of the UK about reducing IVF provision or doing away with it altogether. … Continue reading

Trying for a baby when you are a lesbian couple

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All you need to know about egg freezing

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Comprehensive and quick fertility assessment

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HBA analysis included in semen assessments

For individuals or couples attending our One-Stop Fertility Assessment, the Herts & Essex Fertility Centre has introduced an additional specialist sperm selection technique called Hyaluronan Binding Assay (HBA) analysis. The HBA semen analysis is included at no extra cost for … Continue reading

Free IVF: your options

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Zika virus and fertility treatment

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Follow-up consultations for when IVF treatment fails

When IVF treatment fails it is a heart-wrenching experience for everyone involved. All we ever want to hear at the end of a patient’s cycle is the good news that they are now pregnant, and looking forward to experiencing their pregnancy and … Continue reading

Fertility success rates: HFEA Trends and Figures 2014

Last week (March 2016) the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) released their annual Fertility Trends and Figures Report for 2014. Because we know that fertility clinic success rates can be hard to interpret, we have looked at the HFEA … Continue reading

Egg freezing helps you decide when the time is right to try

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A closer look at new treatment innovation in IVF

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How does the Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) test assess ovarian egg reserve?

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UK surrogacy report urges changes to surrogacy law

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National Fertility Awareness Week 2015

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Why not consider sperm sharing in return for free IVF treatment!

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New technologies in IVF

Herts & Essex Fertility’s Senior Clinical Embryologist, Lucy Richardson writes about the seminar entitled ‘New technologies in IVF’ that she co-hosted at this year’s Fertility Show. New technologies in IVF A team of clinicians, nurses, embryologists and administrators from Herts … Continue reading

Christmas good cheer starts early at the Herts & Essex Fertility Open Day

The Herts & Essex Fertility Centre is opening its doors for another of our popular fertility open day events on Saturday 5 December, 12noon-4pm. Come and join us at the clinic to discover the range of tests and treatment options available … Continue reading