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IVF Treatment

What is IVF Treatment?

IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) is an extremely common fertility treatment, which where your eggs and sperm (or donor eggs / donor sperm) are mixed together and fertilisation takes place outside of the body.

Embryos are then allowed to develop in our embryology lab, with the best embryo being selected for transfer back into the womb to grow naturally.

Our aim for IVF is the same as yours: to create a healthy embryo that marks the start of your pregnancy journey.

When do we recommend IVF?

IVF is chosen by people who are struggling to naturally conceive. Just a handful of reasons include:

  • Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Unexplained infertility
  • People with a risk of carrying genetic diseases
  • Poor sperm quality / quantity
  • Low ovarian reserve
  • Endometriosis

Why choose RHG for IVF Treatment?

At Reproductive Health Group we pride ourselves on not only our passion for what we do, but our IVF expertise, our state of the art clinic and constant patient success stories.

Personalised IVF care from our expert team

Our expert clinical team is supported by an experienced laboratory team, a friendly and caring nursing team and a wider support team, who work to provide the best experience possible for our patients.

Our team will tailor an individualised IVF treatment care plan that is unique to you, focused on achieving a healthy pregnancy and baby. You will enjoy dedicated support throughout your fertility journey, from your initial consultation, right through to treatment, your pregnancy test and beyond.

State of the art clinic

At RHG you will have access to the latest IVF techniques, technology, genetic testing and we are always at the forefront of innovation in fertility, offering you the best possible chance of success.

Unique to RHG, our clinic has a fully equipped surgical operating facility, meaning that you can have most, if not all, of your treatment under one easily accessible roof.

Success Rates

We are very proud of our success rates, which we recognise play an important part in choosing the right IVF clinic for you. We regularly treat patients of all ages and specialise in complex fertility cases where the chances of success are typically lower, yet or success rates are consistent with HFEA data.

Fresh Cycle Success Rates

Patient Success Stories

Our second little miracle was born on Monday 16th December, weighing 6lb 11oz. Little Elodie is absolutely perfect in every way and her big brother is besotted.

Thank you so much again for helping us to grow our family. We all couldn’t be happier, and cannot thank you enough.

We are absolutely overjoyed. We would very much like to express our gratitude to yourself and all of your staff at Reproductive Health Group who have helped to make this dream come true for us. The professionalism and empathy shown by each and everyone of you was second to none.

The IVF process

We understand that IVF, or any other kind of fertility treatment, can be a daunting experience. However, we do all that we can to ensure that you’re comfortable – starting from your very first appointment.

Your first appointment

In this meeting, we’ll talk about your family history and medical records. This allows us to plan for any obstacles we might face throughout your IVF treatment. Ultrasounds and an investigation into your reproductive organs, including sperm analysis, may also happen at this stage.

More importantly, this is your chance to ask any questions that you may have surrounding IVF. Your fertility specialist will be able to answer these, which will put your mind at ease when beginning the process.

Preparation for IVF treatment

Patients will be prescribed medication that they should take to ensure they are ready for the treatment, including hormonal stimulation to increase the number of available eggs.

Egg cell and sperm collection

Around 12 days after taking the medication, female patients will undergo hormonal induction to release eggs. They are then collected in a pain-free procedure.  On the same day, the male partner will provide sperm.

In vitro fertilisation begins

After about 5 days, in the laboratory, the collected eggs are fertilised with the sperm and the embryo is transferred into the woman’s uterine cavity. Pregnancy tests can confirm around 14 days later.

IVF Buddy

FAQS

No a GP referral is not necessary, you can self refer to us either by calling us on 01925 202180 or emailing contact@reproductivehealthgroup.co.uk

The cost of all of our treatments is listed on our prices page. The amount you pay may differ on the different aspects of treatment you need.

Before the egg retrieval procedure you will undergo several different tests and screenings, so it is important that you have your medical records ready.

A few days before the procedure, your midwife will verify that your medical records contain all the necessary results. These will include morphology, virology, electrolytes, blood group and APTT – coagulation system.

If these records aren’t all available, then you may be asked to bring them on the day of the procedure.

You will also be asked to remove all nail decorations, including varnish before the day of the procedure. This is due to the fact that during the procedure, they may cause an incorrect saturation reading, which is generated by a sensor placed on your nail.

In the weeks before the procedure your ovaries will be stimulated to prepare them for egg retrieval. You can read more about how your body will be prepared for the procedure on our egg freezing page.

Due to the in-depth nature of the procedure, IVF is one of the most successful fertility treatments available.

For more information, feel free to visit our success rates page.

The age limit for treatment is 52, however as ovarian reserve is known to decrease with chronological age, some women may need to consider the use of donor eggs for any treatment undertaken.

There is no restriction for starting treatment however BMI must be below 35 in order to undergo embryo transfer.

The difference is in how the egg is fertilised by the sperm. In IVF, the egg is placed in culture media in a laboratory dish with multiple prepared sperm. In ICSI, a single sperm is selected by the embryologist and then injected directly into the egg.

Protocol refers to the specific treatment that you will undertake as part of the IVF process – your personal schedule for how the treatment will be carried out, which fertility drugs you will take and when procedures will take place. ‘Long protocol’ is the standard process and starts on day 21 of your menstrual cycle, when you will begin taking drugs by daily injection to suppress your hormones until you are ready to start the ovarian stimulation medication. Alternatively ‘short protocol’ starts on day 2 of the cycle and goes directly to the ovarian stimulation phase. This is sometimes suggested if a woman hasn’t produced sufficient eggs on the long protocol or is at risk of ovarian hyperstimulation. Both protocols involve careful monitoring to confirm the right time for egg collection.

Keeping fit and healthy, maintaining a balanced diet, taking regular anti-oxidants (including ubiquinol, vitamin D3, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, zinc, omega 3 and beta-carotene) at the recommended dosage, reducing the level of alcohol intake and stop smoking are all good ways to negatively affect eggs and sperm quality. To date there is, however, no robust evidence to show that a specific remedy may improve significantly the quality of gametes, and repair any existing damage related to chronological age, surgery, injuries, chemo- and/or radio-therapy.

Yes it still possible to achieve an IVF pregnancy if your AMH level is low, but the prognosis is dependent on chronological age.

Private healthcare plans do not usually cover IVF treatment, although it is possible that some plans may cover some of the initial investigations for fertility, depending on the individual policy.

Not at the present time but we do have a range of IVF treatment packages to cater for different situations which can be found here.

Treatment is carefully tailored for each patient and their individual circumstances and our packages help to maximise your chances of success whilst limiting the cost of treatment.

Yes, there are no eligibility restrictions at RHG relating to existing children.

We have no waiting lists for appointments so consultations are usually available within a week.

As an embryo develops it constantly changes and develops. In order to monitor these developments conventionally the embryologist must remove the dish containing the embryo from the incubator. Although these observations are done as quickly as possible to minimize the chance of any damage to the embryo, they can only provide a brief ‘snap shot’ of its development. A time lapse system allows the embryos to remain in a stable, controlled environment without the need to remove them as photographs of their development are taken every 5 minutes. The embryologists are then able to analyse the results of this monitoring to help them select the most suitable embryos for transfer and cryopreservation.

During a typical IVF treatment cycle, you will need to attend an initial consultation, any screening tests or investigations required, consents signing, medications teach, monitoring scans, egg collection and embryo transfer, as well as any counselling required. However it is possible to undergo several of these steps by remote consultation in order to reduce the number of actual visits to the clinic that are necessary and it may also be possible to arrange some face to face appointments for times or days which reduce the amount of time to be taken off work.

Your chances of success with IVF are likely to be increased if you maintain a healthy, balanced diet, cut down on smoking, alcohol, any recreational drugs or steroids and caffeine intake. You should also try to maintain a healthy BMI which is neither too high or too low.

We would recommend that both partners of a couple attend consultations. It is also mandatory for both partners to sign the consent forms for treatment. For convenience some of our appointments can be carried out remotely via Zoom to minimise the number of visits to the clinic.

At RHG we believe that taking an integrated approach to fertility treatment can benefit our patients before, during and after their treatment. We have a dedicated team of Patient Support Partners who offer a full range of specialised complementary treatments, including acupuncture, nutrition, reflexology, reiki, hypnotherapy, fertility coaching and counselling. For more information please see here:

https://www.reproductivehealthgroup.co.uk/partners/

Yes.

Yes, we are able to see patients from outside the UK.

In Clinic, Video & Telephone Consultations Available

RHG are pleased to offer video consultations with one of our Fertility Specialists. We have a regular slots available so you can choose a time to suit you for a consultation from your home.

If you would like to find out more about IVF Treatment or feel that you can benefit from IVF in your fertility journey then feel free to request an online appointment today. Alternatively, you can call us on 01925 202180, and we will be more than happy to assist you with any other advice.