Ask a Medical Expert - webinar

Fertility treatment with egg, sperm or embryo donation

Baffled by medical jargon at your clinic or online?

Unsure about what all the fertility treatments are?

Confused by expensive Add-ons?

Wondering who the donors are and why they donate?

Thinking about the questions you should ask your clinic?

Wishing you had an expert to ask?

We understand that navigating donor conception treatments can be challenging. We can support you by providing the opportunity to hear from an impartial expert via a live webinar to help you to find the best fertility treatment pathway for you.

The webinar is hosted by a professional facilitator who is also a parent of donor conceived children and features either a leading embryologist or andrologist currently working in a UK clinic. They will provide impartial knowledge and up-to-date information during the webinar. There will be presentations on a number of topics and several opportunities to ask your questions, including in advance on your booking form.

You won't be visible, apart from your log in name, which gives a level of privacy for people at this stage in their journey.

This webinar is suitable for all family & donation types who have not yet conceived via donor conception.

After the webinar, we will email a summary of the topics we have covered and a comprehensive guide to donor conception from the medical perspective to help you navigate the medical aspects of your journey.


Some Testimonials

"Lovely nuggets of relevant info for me, ie to think like a customer not patient when choosing a clinic. I’ve moved clinics and before the webinar felt I’d come to a dead end but this has empowered me to keep looking at other clinics and options"

"Really supportive and safe feeling set up by the host and a really clear presentation from embryologist Victoria"

Meet our medical experts

Victoria Ryder

Fertility Laboratory Manager and HFEA Responsible Person at Complete Fertility Centre, Southampton.

Victoria gained a BSc Biomedical Science and MMedSci Assisted Reproduction Technology before starting her training as an Embryologist in 2010.

Since then she has taken a special interest in donor conception, acting as her clinic's donor coordinator for a number of years, and being a medical speaker with DCN for more than 6 years.

Victoria became Lab Manager in 2017 and HFEA Responsible Person in 2021.

Joanne Adams

Andrology Services Manager at Manchester Fertility and Donor Bank Manager for Semovo.

Jo has worked in the reproductive field for nearly 30 years and during this time has been Secretary and Chair of the Education Committee for the Association of Biomedical Andrologists, a member of the HFEA’s National Donation Strategy Group, is currently a trustee of the SEED Trust (previously NGDT), Lead for Andrology Logbook training for ARCS and an assessor for the national Scientific Training Programme for Andrology.

Joanne has worked closely with the DCN for nearly 20 years now and is fully committed to improving the donation process for both donors and recipients.

Venessa Smith

Venessa Smith

Venessa is an HCPC registered clinical scientist with more than 25 years’ experience working in fertility. She joined the London Women’s Clinic in Harley Street in 2002 as Embryology Laboratory and Sperm Bank Manager where she developed a specific interest in gamete donation and led the first known donation program in the UK. She later became the group's Quality Manager and is experienced in clinical governance, cross-border reproductive care and all aspects of fertility legislation. Venessa has recently joined the Assisted Conception Unit at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

She currently sits on the HFEA Licensed Centre’s Panel and was part of the HFEA Working Group for the most recent edition of the HFEA Code of Practice.

Venessa is a passionate supporter of patient autonomy through education and has been a regular speaker at many patient focused events and conferences. She has worked with the Donor Conception Network for over a decade as a medical speaker and has contributed to a number of books and journals.