IVF treatment with egg donation

Who is it for?

IVF treatment using donated eggs may be an option to consider for women who are unable to use their own eggs, for reasons which may include:

  • Premature menopause
  • Ovarian failure
  • Lack of egg production
  • Poor quality egg production
  • Loss of ovaries, due to previous treatment or surgery
  • Being at risk of passing on genetic conditions

Several of the above may be related to chronological age, and so egg donation is often a recommended option for women who have reached their 40’s at the time they wish to go ahead with IVF treatment, as their own eggs may no longer be suitable to use.

Who donates the eggs?

The eggs used in egg donor IVF treatment may come from unknown donors who have donated to a clinic or egg bank or from a donor known to the recipient who has chosen to donate only to that specific recipient. In some cases they may be donated through an egg sharing scheme, where a woman undergoing IVF treatment herself has agreed to donate some of her eggs to others in return for free or discounted treatment herself.

Who donates the sperm?

The sperm used in donor egg treatment can come from either the recipient’s male partner, if she has one, or alternatively from a sperm donor.

A patient’s view on egg donation:

www.reproductivehealthgroup.co.uk/testimonials/noahs-story/

Talk to us about IVF treatment with egg donation

If you would like to learn more about egg donation please contact us on 01925 202180 or email us at info@reproductivehealthgroup.co.uk.

Implantation failure assessments

Failure to achieve a pregnancy in consecutive IVF cycles despite the transfer of good quality embryos  can be both frustrating and emotionally draining.

Here at RHG we are specialists in the investigation and treatment of recurrent implantation failure (RIF). We offer two different assessment packages to investigate possible causes of RIF.

The basic package includes an initial consultation, vaginal swabs, transvaginal ultrasound scan, chromosome analysis (karyotype) for both partners, thyroid hormone profile, coagulation profile, standard immune profile, full thrombophilia screen and follow-up consultation.

The comprehensive package includes an initial consultation, vaginal swabs, transvaginal ultrasound scan, chromosome analysis (karyotype) for both partners, thyroid hormone profile, coagulation profile, standard immune profile, full thrombophilia screen, diagnostic hysteroscopy, endometrial biopsy for uterine NK cells, peripheral NK cells assay panel, TH1:TH2 cytokines ratio, sperm DNA fragmentation and follow-up consultation.

To find out more or to book either of these packages, please contact us on 01925 202180 or email us at info@reproductivehealthgroup.co.uk.

Embryoscope time lapse

Recurrent implantation failure refers to cases where good quality embryos have failed to implant following several IVF cycles for the same patient.

The failure could be due to either maternal or paternal factors or issues with the embryo. Maternal factors could include uterine abnormalities, thrombophilia, problems with the endometrium which make it non-receptive to the embryo, or immunological factors whilst paternal factors could be related to sperm. Issues related to the embryo could involve genetic abnormalities.

New methods of time-lapsing images of embryos, such as the Embryoscope system used here at RHG, make it possible for embryologists to closely monitor the development of embryos prior to transfer back into the patient’s uterus and to select those with the best potential for implantation.

To find out more please contact us on 01925 202180 or email us at info@reproductivehealthgroup.co.uk.

Sperm Freezing

As a male below the age of 50, you’re probably not worrying about your fertility just yet.

Although it’s true that fertility problems tend to arise the older you get, in your younger years your sperm can be affected by your lifestyle choices, potentially limiting your chances of starting a family.

A great way to preserve and protect your fertility is to consider our sperm freezing treatment. We offer a quick and non-invasive procedure, which is fully regulated by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), and allows us to quickly preserve your semen, and thoroughly check the specimen once your sample is required.

This treatment is a key part of our fertility preservation services, and has been used successfully at RHG for many years.

Freezing sperm allows those with male fertility problems, or men undertaking medical treatments, such as chemotherapy, to protect their fertility at any age.

To find out more about sperm freezing, please call us on 01925 202180 or email us at info@reproductivehealthgroup.co.uk

Fertility Consultations

Your initial consultation with your fertility specialist is an important moment.

It usually involves taking a detailed history  – not only of your fertility, but also about  your general health and that of your partner if you have one. Generally we would like if possible to arrange your initial fertility tests before the consultation, at an earlier visit to our clinic. These tests can also be arranged after the initial consultation and will involve assessing ovarian reserve, hormone levels, an ultrasound scan, and if you have a male partner a semen analysis.

If you have had tests or treatments carried out at other clinics please bring the reports with you. With the results available we will assess all the information, aim to help you understand the reason behind your infertility and discuss the most appropriate treatment for your requirements.

Deciding to start fertility treatment is a powerful step and we are here to assist you at every phase and stage of this equally exciting and stressful journey.

We encourage you to ask as many questions as possible, we are always happy to help and reassure you through one of the biggest decisions you will ever make and begin this journey with confidence.

How to book a consultation

If you would like to book a fertility consultation today, please contact us today on 01925 202180, email us at info@reproductivehealthgroup.co.uk or contact us here.

What is the best age to freeze your eggs?

Egg freezing is a fertility preservation option if you are not considering having a baby at the present time but may wish to do so at some point in the future.

Eggs can be retrieved, frozen and stored for you to use once you reach a point in your life when you would like to try to achieve a pregnancy using the frozen eggs. It is known that the quality of eggs that women produces naturally deteriorates as they age, and therefore the younger a woman is at the point that she freezes her eggs, the better the quality of those eggs is likely to be and therefore the chances of a successful pregnancy and healthy baby are likely to be higher.

At RHG we recommend that women consider freezing their eggs before the age of 35, as this likely to give the optimum chance of a successful outcome, so if for example you freeze your eggs when you are 25, but are over 35 when you decide to use them, this means you will be trying to conceive using the eggs of a 25-year-old which are normally of a much higher quality than those produced when you are in your late thirties.

To find out more about the first steps towards egg freezing, contact us today on 01925 202180, email us at info@reproductivehealthgroup.co.uk or contact us here.

Why women choose to freeze their eggs

Egg freezing may be carried out for a number of reasons. These could include:

  • Social reasons – women who are concerned that their fertility may decline before they find the right partner or situation in which to have a child.
  • Medical reasons –  women who have a medical condition or treatment which may reduce their fertility.
  • Occupational reasons – women whose occupations could lead to a fertility affecting injury or even death, e.g. members of the Armed Forces.
  • Gender reassignment cases of females transitioning to males.

At RHG eggs are immediately frozen after retrieval using a technique called vitrification and stored in liquid nitrogen until the patient is ready to undergo treatment using the eggs. When the patient is ready, her eggs are thawed, analysed, and fertilised using intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). The highest quality sperm is injected into the egg and the best quality embryos will be selected for transfer back into the patient’s womb.

The introduction of vitrification has led to significantly higher chances of typically over 80% of the eggs surviving both the freezing and the thawing processes and therefore improved chances of positive outcomes for patients using their own frozen eggs in IVF treatment.

To find out more please call us on 01925 202180, email us at info@reproductivehealthgroup.co.uk or contact us here.

Egg Freezing for Fertility preservation

With the introduction of new rapid cryopreservation technique, egg freezing is seen as an option to potentially preserve a woman’s long term fertility.

As women age, their number of eggs decreases and there is a decline in the quality of those eggs. One of the advantage of freezing eggs is that it secures the quality of egg at the age they were frozen. The earlier a woman freezes her eggs, the greater the quality of embryo, and hence better the pregnancy success rate. Irrespective of age, there are more reasons why a woman may need to use assisted reproduction (IVF) in the future.

We would recommend consideration of egg freezing in  circumstances such as a family history of early menopause, a known male factor infertility, genetic disorder where Preimplantation Genetic Testing is required, endometriosis, blocked Fallopian tubes, prior PID, considering to have a child with a sperm donor in future, same sex couple who may want to do IVF at some point, she or her partner is going for radio/chemo therapy. Egg freezing is not a replacement of natural conception but rather gives a woman the peace of mind of extending her fertility potential.

“Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice.”

Winston Churchill

If you would like to talk to a member of our team about egg freezing or fertility preservation, please contact us here or call us on 01925 202 180.

Pre-Implantation Genetic Testing

The selection of embryos with higher implantation potential remains at the centre of ongoing research in the field of reproductive medicine and assisted conception.

Preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidies (PGT-A) aims to deselect embryos with the wrong chromosomal complement and improve live birth rates. A recent publication by Somigliana et al. in the June 2019 issue of Fertility and Sterility showed that PGT-A carried out in human blastocysts can be cost-effective in women aged 35 and older that have at least 3 blastocysts available after IVF and undergo elective single embryo transfer.

Here at the Reproductive Health Group in Cheshire the laboratory team has expertise in blastocyst biopsy and the clinical team recommends the use of PGT-A in IVF cycles in selected groups of patients, including those with repeated implantation failures, recurrent early miscarriages and older than 35 years with 3 or more good quality blastocysts.

Learn more about PGT-A here.

Fertility counselling for same sex couples

Considering fertility treatment can be difficult for any family, but the road can be even tougher for LGBTQ families.

The good news is, that now, more than ever before, there are more options available for these couples who are ready to grow their families.  Seeking fertility treatment in private clinics is becoming increasingly common for same sex couples and there are a myriad of therapies, like counselling, that can support you on your journey.

For same sex couples who are looking to have a biological connection to their children there are three options, which are intra-uterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), or surrogacy. Typically, IUI is the main treatment used for female couples looking to start their family; and IVF can also be used if the couples is experiencing fertility issues.  For male couples, surrogacy is the main treatment used and within that treatment they can chose between gestational or traditional surrogacy.

However, there are many emotional implications associated with these treatments and counselling can be useful to explore the challenges that same sex couples might face as they are growing their family.  In the beginning of the journey we can discuss if donor conception the right choice for you, the implications of using donor gametes and the intricacies of what it means for a same sex couple to start a family in a world where bias and prejudice still exists.  We can talk about how your friends and family might react, and how this might affect those relationships.  We can discuss what all this means for you as a couple, how it might affect your future children and how, as a family, you can prepare for this.    As your counsellor I want to ensure you have the right support throughout your journey because the most important aspect of fertility counselling is that you feel supported throughout the entire process.  I endeavour to create a warm, safe, affirming and non-judgemental space to discuss anything that may for you during your fertility journey.

Article by BICA accredited counsellor, Jamie Forster, one of our Patient Support Partners.