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Mr Alex Swanton

Consultant Gynaecologist



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Mr Alex Swanton undertook his graduate training at UCL, while his postgraduate training was split between London, Oxford, and Reading. He has a doctorate that specializes in women with polycystic ovaries while undergoing IVF treatment.

His research has led to a number of awards, including the “Prize Paper Award” at the British Fertility Society 2009, and the “In-Training Award for Research” at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine 2008.

Mr Swanton has a special interest in fertility and minimal access surgery. He routinely undertakes laparoscopic salpingectomies, ovarian cystectomies/oophorectomies, myomectomies, and hysterectomies, along with advanced endometriosis surgery.

Mr Swanton runs the satellite IVF unit in Reading which is linked with the Oxford Fertility Unit and has a detailed interest in gynaecological ultrasound scanning.

Current NHS or research position

Consultant Gynaecologist, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading.

Year of first medical qualification


Special clinical interests

Endometriosis, minimal access surgery, fertility, IVF, reproductive surgery, gynaelogical ultrasound and early pregnancy.

Research interests

PCOS, Fertility, IVF


1. Do women with ovaries of polycystic morphology without any other features of PCOS benefit from short-term metformin co-treatment during IVF? A double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial.
Swanton A, Lighten A, Granne I, McVeigh E, Lavery S, Trew G, Talmor A, Raine-Fenning N, Jayaprakasan K, Child T.
Hum Reprod. 2011 Aug;26(8):2178-84. doi: 10.1093/humrep/der120. Epub 2011 May 18.

2. Avoiding and managing complications during gynaecological surgery.‏ Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Reproductive Medicine, 2010. Morrison J, Swanton AG & Mackenzie I.

3. IVF outcome in women with PCOS, PCO and normal ovarian morphology.
Swanton A, Storey L, McVeigh E, Child T.
Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2010 Mar;149(1):68-71. doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2009.11.017. Epub 2009 Dec 22.

4. Laparoscopy and laparoscopic surgery. Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Reproductive Medicine; pp33-40: 2009. Updated 2012. Swanton AG, Slack A & McVeigh JE.

5. Today's medical management of endometriosis. Prescriber Journal, February 2009. Swanton A & McVeigh E

6. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Oxford Handbook of Obstetrics &
Gynaecology, 2nd Edition 2008. Swanton AG.

7. Female Subfertility. Oxford Handbook of Obstetrics &
Gynaecology, 2nd Edition 2008. Swanton AG.

8. Pregnancy rates after conservative treatment for borderline ovarian tumours: a systematic review.
Swanton A, Bankhead CR, Kehoe S.
Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2007 Nov;135(1):3-7.

9. Chemotherapy versus surgery for initial treatment in advanced ovarian epithelial cancer.
Morrison J, Swanton A, Collins S, Kehoe S.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2007 Oct 17;(4):CD005343.

10. Re: Stephen J. Bromage, Debbie A. Falconer, Brian A. Lieberman, et al. Sperm retrieval rates in subgroups of primary azoospermic males. Eur urol 2007;51:534-40.
Swanton A, Child T.
Eur Urol. 2007 Aug;52(2):613. Epub 2007 Mar 26.

11. Azoospermia: is sample centrifugation indicated? A national survey of practice and the Oxford experience.
Swanton A, Itani A, McVeigh E, Child T.
Fertil Steril. 2007 Aug;88(2):374-8. Epub 2007 Feb 6.

12. Gynaecological surgery in the older population: a comparative study between two 3-year samples over a decade.
Swanton A, Sellathurai A, Reginald P.
J Obstet Gynaecol. 2006 Jul;26(5):452-3.

13. Diagnosis, treatment and follow up of women undergoing conscious pain mapping for chronic pelvic pain: a prospective cohort study.
Swanton A, Iyer L, Reginald PW.
BJOG. 2006 Jul;113(7):792-6.

14. Reproduction and ovarian ageing.
J Br Menopause Soc. 2005 Dec;11(4):126-31.
Swanton A, Child T.

15. Premature menopause in association with blepharophimosis, ptosis, and epicanthus inversus. J Obstet Gynaecol. 2005 Apr;25(3):318-9.
Swanton A, Fairbank J.

16. Medical management of chronic pelvic pain: The evidence. Reviews in Gynaecological Practice, March 2004; 4 (1): 65-70.
Swanton AG & Reginald PW.

17. Secondary amenorrhoea due to the use of rifampicin as an antimycobacterial agent.
Swanton AG, Paterson-Brown S.
J Obstet Gynaecol. 2002 Mar; 22(2):227-8.
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