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Additional Services

The Centre for Reproductive Health is the UK’s first fully integrated fertility and women’s health hospital. Designed by consultants and embryologists, this state of the art facility is dedicated to giving patients the best chance of conceiving by using  the most advanced infertility techniques and technologies available today.

We believe in offering only scientifically proven techniques, treatments or procedures that could make genuine differences to the outcome for the majority of our patients.

Some of the innovations that we provide:

Pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS)

PGS is a technique used during IVF to screen embryos for any abnormalities in their genetic material (chromosomes).

Recent research has suggested that IVF success rates may be improved if embryos are first screened for chromosomal abnormalities and embryos with the correct number of chromosomes transferred back. Most abnormal embryos would either fail to implant in the womb or miscarry during pregnancy. It is potentially suitable for anyone undergoing IVF treatment but may be of particular benefit for women over the age of 35, in cases where there have been several failed cycles of IVF already (recurrent implantation failure) or recurrent  miscarriages, where there is a known family history of chromosomal problems or the male partner’s sperm has been identified as containing a high number of chromosomal abnormalities.

Blastocyst Transfer

Embryos created through IVF treatment have traditionally been transferred back into the womb 2 or 3 days after fertilisation. It is now possible, however, to allow an embryo to develop for 5-6 days before transfer, to the stage where it is known as a ‘blastocyst’. At this more mature stage of development, it is easier for embryologists to distinguish good quality embryos from poorer quality ones which may have slowed in their growth or stop developing altogether, and thus transfer back those with the best chance of creating a successful pregnancy.

Endometrial Scratch

Endometrial scratching is a procedure we may offer you if you have suffered from embryo implantation failure. It involves your endometrial lining being ‘scratched’ using simple equipment before your IVF cycle starts.

It is a simple and quick procedure, with minimal risk of complications, similar to undergoing a smear test. Studies have shown that by scratching the endometrial lining, it changes the way it grows back and seems to make it more receptive to any embryos which are later transferred.

EmbryoGlue

EmbryoGlue is a product developed to closely resemble the environment in the uterus at the time of implantation. It is not a glue in the common sense, but acts as a glue by increasing the chance of implantation of the embryo to the uterus.

Laser Assisted Hatching

Assisted hatching is a technique sometimes used for IVF and similar procedures. It involves thinning the coat surrounding the embryo, or making a hole in it. At the Centre for Reproductive Health this procedure is done using a laser on day 3 of the embryo’s development and if required the embryo can continue in culture until blastocyst stage on day 5. It is suggested that assisted hatching may improve the chance of the embryo attaching to the lining of the womb so that pregnancy can begin.

Get in touch

If you have a question about any of our services, please call us on 01925 202180 or contact us below.

If you would like to find out more about RHG, our facilities or treatments, you can organise a free one to one visit here. Alternatively, you can call us on 01925 202180, and we will be more than happy to assist you with any other advice.

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