At Reproductive Health Group we are proud to be able to offer the full range of assisted conception / fertility treatments. With our own embryology laboratory, and fully equipped operating facilities, all our patients can benefit from the fact that all treatment is offered under one roof at our dedicated state of the art fertility hospital in Daresbury, Cheshire.
Our team of experts, led by our highly experienced Consultants will support you throughout your fertility journey and are committed to offering you the very best, personalised clinical and compassionate care.
The fertility treatments we offer include:
IVF (In vitro fertilisation)
This is the most used assisted conception technique worldwide. IVF means, “in glass” which is why IVF babies are often called, “test tube babies.” For IVF, eggs are collected from the ovaries and put together with the sperm to fertilise in a laboratory dish. Assuming fertilisation takes place, an embryo or embryos are then transferred into the womb. Find out more about IVF treatment.
ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection)
ICSI is a modified version of the IVF procedure and is commonly used when there are very few normal sperm available to be used. ICSI is a sophisticated technique which sees a single sperm being injected into each mature egg. Up to the point of egg collection, the procedure is the same as IVF. Again, if fertilisation takes place, the resulting embryo can be transferred into the womb. Find out more about ICSI.
IMSI (Intracytoplasmic Morphologically Selected Sperm Injection)
IMSI is a technique that is used during an ICSI cycle. It enables embryologists to select the best quality sperm using a very high powered microscope. It is commonly used where there are a high number of abnormal sperm found. Find out more about IMSI.
IUI (Intrauterine insemination)
This is quite a simple fertility treatment that involves inserting prepared sperm into the womb around the time of ovulation. It is commonly used when the cause of infertility is unexplained and has been going on for less than 2 years. The procedure can also involve the woman having to take very low dose fertility drugs. Find out more about IUI.
IVM (In vitro Maturation)
IVM is a relatively new technique and is used in those cases where the woman suffers PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) or if they are at risk of severe ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. During IVM immature eggs are collected from the ovaries without the use of drugs and they are then matured in the laboratory before having sperm injected into them using the ICSI procedure. This procedure is only suitable in particular cases. Find out more about IVM.
Ovulation induction is used in cases where the woman does not develop and release a mature egg each month on her own and there are no other known causes of infertility. It involves the use of fertility drugs to stimulate the development or one or more mature follicles and is commonly used for about 6-9 months. Find out more about ovulation induction.
Surgical Sperm Retrieval (SSR)
In some men, sperm that is formed in the testes may be unable to be ejaculated due to a blockage. The blockage may be caused by an absence of the vas deferens,by previous surgery, scarring or infection. Sperm can accumulate in the epididymis and it is possible to collect them using a fine needle. If there is a lack of sperm production within the testes, in about half of cases, it is possible to surgically retrieve some sperm from the testicular tissue which can then be used in ICSI. Find out more about Surgical Sperm Retrieval.
Embryo Culture : From Fertilisation to Blastocyst
The aim of stimulating the ovaries is to collect a number of eggs and generate a group of embryos through IVF with or without ICSI. It is usual for these embryos to be of mixed quality. The purpose of embryo culture is to help the embryologist select the most suitable embryo for transfer – the one we think has the highest chance of implantation. Find out more about Embryo Culture.
In addition to these treatments, we offer other services such as Frozen Embryo Transfer, Blastocyst Transfer, Assisted Hatching and Endometrial Scratch.