Starting this week, we are launching a new feature on our website where you can ask our friendly team any question you may have about fertility or women’s health.

This is opportunity for some free advice from our expert team. We will regularly publish answers to your questions on our website.

So whether you have a query about a specific treatment or investigation, or would like some helpful advice on nutrition, ask us now.

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Fertility Questions

Latest Question: Hi I am suffering from secondary infertility. I already have a 4 year old daughter conceived naturally and I have had investigations and diagnostic tests on the nhs and privately which have found all mine and my husbands levels normal. My first question is Would ivf be suitable for someone in my situation and my second question could my diagnostic and investigative test results (taken October 2015 from another private fertility centre) be valid and used to have the ivf procedure done?

Yes, IVF would be a suitable option for someone in your situation. With regard to your previous results, this would depend which investigations these related to. We would recommend that you bring these with you to your initial consultation with one of our consultants where the results can be reviewed and you could then be advised whether any of the investigations would need to be repeated.

I hope this is helpful and should you wish to go ahead and book a consultation our Patient Services team can be contacted on 01925 202180 or via our website here and would be pleased to help.

Featured Question: I am in a same sex relationship (lesbian couple) and are thinking about having a child in the near future. I was wondering what you have in place for same sex couples? It’s not IVF that we are after, but sperm donation. What do you offer?

Thanks for your enquiry. We offer treatment for same sex couples and of course, IVF is not the only treatment option available. The two options available are donor insemination and IVF. Before we offer the treatment option suitable to you, we would need to cary out some assessments to ensure baseline investigations are normal. These would include pelvic scan, tubal patency testing by HyCoSy and ovarian reserve test. Donor insemination can be offered (not IVF) if all the tests are normal. IVF is offered if it is found that the tubes are blocked. Meanwhile, our donor sperm coordinator provides guidance on buying sperm from European and American sperm banks.

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Featured Question: Hi I’m 35 and in a same sex relationship we are looking to start a family ASAP what treatment would I need I do not have any known history or medical problems and have never been pregnant? What would the cost be also?

Our advice would be as follows:

Please attend an initial consultation to assess suitability (£190).

The investigations that you would need prior to IVF include:

A pelvic ultrasound scan to assess your uterine cavity, ovaries and number of follicles (£210)
AMH, a test to assess ovarian reserve (£142)
Virology and screening to assess suitability for IVF (£505)

Once these tests are done and deemed to be normal, we can offer you treatment with stimulation and IVF with donor sperm.

The cost for IVF – £3300
Donor sperm – approximately £1000, depending on the amount ordered
Medication – £100- £200

Please bear in mind that the above costs are based on assessment being normal.

Please see our price list for further details and we are happy to offer a consultation to discuss further. You can also contact our Care Coordinators on 01925 202180 if you would like to come and have a look round our clinic and have further queries answered.

Featured Question: We have had several failed cycles since our successful FET in 2011. We conceived our daughter. My issue is PCOS and my partners sperm is fine. I have been told it is an egg quality issue. In our cycles we achieve a good number of eggs but these dwindle after ICSI. My question is, can egg quality be improved using a tailored protocol and taking vitamins? Egg donor is not an option for us due to religious reasons. Thank you.

The quality of eggs can be improved by tailored protocol and taking supplements such as DHEA and melatonin. However, there can be several other reasons for failed IVF cycles. There are various investigations available to check the reasons for failed cycles and egg quality dwindling after ICSI. Your previous investigations and treatments including stimulation protocols and embryology notes would need to be reviewed before advising further. Please make an appointment to see our consultants with the copies to discuss the next steps of management.

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Featured Question: I have suffered from irregular smear tests on and off for few years now! Back on 2011 I had the leep procedure and was all OK until last year when I had an irregular smear test again! I had a colposcopy and it came back as slightly irregular, my smear 6 months later which was in December 2015 came back all clear! I am getting married in October and we would like to start trying for a baby after but I want to make sure everything is as it should be before we start trying. Is this something you could help me with or even just give me some advice! Thanks

Once the abnormal smears are checked by colposcopy and a repeat smear is normal, you can proceed with plans with pregnancy. Please make sure that you attend the follow up smears as advised. At this moment if time, you do need any further treatment or consultation.

Featured Question: Is there any difference between the IVF funded by the NHS and the ones offered by private clinics in the UK?

There are no technical differences between the IVF treatment funded by the NHS and the one offered by private clinics like the Reproductive Health Group at Daresbury Park. However, there are significant differences between the waiting period, eligibility criteria, availability and speed of investigations, and commencement of treatment. There may also be a difference in the additional treatments options available and the individualised consultant care offered.

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Featured Question: When is it advisable to use egg donation?

IVF treatment using donated eggs can offer some women an opportunity to achieve a pregnancy that might not otherwise be possible. Typical reasons why considering the use of donor eggs would be advisable include the following:

  • if you have have had premature menopause or ovarian failure
  • if you are not producing your own eggs

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Featured Question: How many times should I try IVF before quitting?

There is no right number for how many times one can try IVF before stopping. In these cases, what is more important is identifying the causes for recurrent implantation failure or recurrent miscarriage, whichever is applicable. These include history taking, reviewing previous cycles and investigating uterine factors, immunological causes and sperm problems.
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Featured Question: Is the embryo transfer painful?

The embryo transfer procedure involves transferring one or two embryos into your womb using a special catheter, a fine plastic tube which is inserted through the cervix and into the womb. It is a simple process which normally takes only around 15 minutes to complete and normally no sedation or anaesthetic is required, however at Reproductive Health Group sedation is available as an option if this is preferred by either the patient or the team caring for her. We also carry out most of our embryo transfers using transabominal ultrasound to guide the catheter into the best position, so you will need to have a full bladder before the process begins and this can occasionally feel a little uncomfortable.

Featured Question: Is bed rest recommended after the embryo transfer?

After your transfer bed rest should not be necessary and you should be able to resume your normal daily activities as soon as you feel ready, although you may wish to avoid doing anything too strenuous. If you have opted to have sedation during your transfer you will be given advice on activities to avoid until the effects of the sedation have completely worn off.

Featured Question: Can I have a bath following embryo transfer?

Yes, taking a bath after embryo transfer will not cause any harm and will not affect the outcome of your treatment.

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