Dr. Carole Gilling-Smith from the Agora Clinic joins Michael Johnson-Ellis from Two Dads UK to reflect on changes, developments and challenges across the UK fertility sector in 2021 – and what a year it has been!

The pandemic continues to present major challenges for people seeking fertility treatment across the UK. Dr. Carole Gilling-Smith describes how the clinic staff adapted and overcame these challenges to continue offering fertility treatments throughout the year. Indeed, the Agora Clinic have done 40% more IVF treatment cycles this year, compared to the previous one!

The pandemic has also seen a rise in counselling services offered to fertility patients, with mental health concerns coming to the fore during lockdown. The supply of donor sperm and donor eggs also became constrained during lockdown as people’s movements were restricted. 

The impact of changes around shared motherhood introduced by the UK Fertility Regulator, the HFEA, were also discussed. Dr. Carole Gilling-Smith describes the increasing trend in shared motherhood, but also how new regulations added extra tests, and cost and frustration for same sex female couples.

Finally, some good news in 2021. “Sussex CCG played a blinder!” as Michael says.  In November Sussex CCG announced they would be funding donor sperm treatments and egg donation.  Dr. Carole Gilling-Smith also shares the latest exciting CCG update from a few days ago.

Watch the discussion below to learn more: