Professor Adam Balen



GMC number: 2837293

Practicing since: 1983


Gynaecology, Reproductive Medicine

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Professor Balen is a full-time consultant gynaecologist in the NHS and private practice with subspecialist interest in reproductive medicine and surgery. He is the Lead Clinician of Leeds Fertility, one of the largest IVF units in the UK, with the highest success rates in the North of England and the third-highest rates in the UK. Clinical interests: all aspects of infertility and its treatment - including all aspects of IVF and associated treatments. Professor Balen is also internationally known for his research and expertise in polycystic ovary syndrome.

Adam was Chair of the British Fertility Society until January 2018, a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Infertility Guidelines Committee and Chair of the WHO Expert Working Group on the management of PCOS. He also sits on the Council of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London.

He is past Chair of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology’s (ESHRE’s) Special Interest Group on Reproductive Endocrinology.

Adam is the author of 14 books and more than 250 peer-reviewed papers. His books include Infertility in Practice (4th edition 2014), Current Management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (2010) and Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (2018).

As Chair of the British Fertility Society, Adam created two new national task forces: Fertility Preservation UK to ensure nationwide provision for those who require fertility preservation, and The Fertility Education Initiative to improve the provision of education to young people about all aspects of reproductive health, including factors that may influence their future fertility. He is also Chair of the NHS England IVF Pricing Development Expert Advisory Group.

Treatments and tests offered by Professor Adam Balen at Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital:

  • Investigation of infertility
  • Treatments for infertility
  • Treatments for PCOS
  • IVF / ICSI and associated assisted conception treatments
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Other interests

All aspects of infertility and its treatment, polycystic ovary syndrome, IVF and associated treatments.

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For many years Adam Balen has had a particular interest in the causes and management of polycystic ovary syndrome – covering the full spectrum from the effects of the syndrome during adolescence and adult life on the menstrual cycle, fertility, body weight and cosmetic aspects together with the fundamental effects that PCOS may have on quality of life and long term health. He has also developed a special interest in disorders of sexual development and differentiation and runs a supra-regional referral service. He was awarded a personal (honorary) chair, University of Leeds, 2004 and a DSc in 2010 (the highest academic award conferred in the UK).


  • British Fertility Society
  • European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology
  • American Society of Reproductive Medicine
  • British Society of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology

Other post held

  • Consultant Gynaecologist, Leeds General Infirmary and SJUH
  • Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, Leeds University
  • Lead Clinician, Leeds Fertility, Leeds General Infirmary