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Looking for Fertility Treatment?

Identifying the most appropriate fertility treatment for you requires assessment and is dependent on your personal circumstance – At MHC we are here to assist you in finding the right fertility treatment and clinic.

Looking for Fertility Treatment?

Identifying the most appropriate fertility treatment for you requires assessment and is dependent on your personal circumstance – At MHC we are here to assist you in finding the right fertility treatment and clinic.

Find the fertility treatment to suit your needs

Fertility treatments are a way for couples that are finding it difficult to conceive naturally to get pregnant with the use of medication, assisted conception, like IVF, or surgical procedures.

Fertility treatments are available to couples that have been trying to get pregnant for a substantial period of time, but haven’t succeeded. There are many types of fertility treatments available to those experiencing fertility problems. The treatment available to you will depend on the cause of the problem and what is available at the clinic providing the treatment.

There are three main types of fertility treatment available to you. These are:

  • Medicinal fertility treatments
  • Surgical fertility treatments
  • Assisted conception

Eligibility for fertility treatments

Infertility effects one in seven couples in the UK. If you have been trying to conceive for 3 years or more the likely hood of getting pregnant in the following years is less than 25%. If you’re in this position, then it might be time to get a diagnosis on the cause of the problem to begin treatment.

You have two options, go through the NHS for free treatment, which has some limitation and you’re required to meet some strict criteria. Or, alternatively go private where there is more flexibility but there is a significant cost. For those who are not able go through the NHS private may be the only choice.

Treatment on the NHS:

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that up to three cycles of IVF treatment should be available on the NHS if the following criteria are met.

  • The women is aged between 23 and 39
  • Either partner is diagnosed with fertility problems, or
  • Are infertile for over 3 years

Older women may also be eligible for treatment on the NHS, if they haven’t previously received treatment. However, you’ll need to contact your GP for a full assessment to see if you meet the required criteria.

Additional criteria may also be considered when being assessed for fertility treatment on the NHS, like:

  • Are you a healthy weight?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Do you already have children?

To see if you qualify for IVF or other forms of fertility treatment on the NHS you’ll need to contact your GP for an assessment.  Contact your doctor if you’ve been trying to get pregnant for over a year without having any success.

What if NHS isn’t an option?

If private fertility treatment is the only option available, it is important to take the appropriate steps to make the right decision. Private treatment can be costly, and success is not guaranteed.

Try to find out:

  • Which clinics are available to you
  • Do they offer the treatment you need?
  • Success rate of previous patients
  • How long do you need to wait to receive treatment?
  • The cost.

Cost of private fertility treatment

The cost of fertility treatment varies greatly in the UK. There are many reasons for this including, but not limited to, the cause of the fertility problem, the appropriate treatment required, where the treatment is carried out and the number of treatment cycles that may be needed to get success.

Here are some fertility treatment costs based on online third-party sources:

The cost of In vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment range from £3,000 to £5,900 with an average mean cost of £3,500.

The cost of Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) treatment range from £1,000 to £4,500 with an average mean cost of £1,250.

The cost of Intra Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) treatment range from £850 to £1,800 with an average mean cost of £1,300.

The cost of Donor Insemination (DI) range from £1,600 to £1,900 with an average mean cost of £1,600.

The cost of Assisted Hatching range from £400 to £500 with an average mean cost of £450.

The cost of Blastocyst Embryo Transfer range from £400 to £600 with an average mean cost of £500.

The cost of Frozen Embryo Transfer range from £1,000 to £1,200 with an average mean cost of £1,150.

The cost of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) range from £3,600 to £4,300 with an average mean cost of £4,000.

The cost of Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) range from £2,900 to £3,300 with an average mean cost of £3,000.

The cost of Egg Donation range from £6,500 to £9,000 with an average mean cost of £7,500.

The cost of Embryo Donation is in the region of £2,500

The cost of Egg Freezing range from £3,200 to £5,700 with an average mean cost of £3,300.

How to choose where to go fertility treatment?

Typically, when looking for a hospital or clinic in the UK you should check to see if they’re registered with the HFEA. The HFEA is a government organisation that regulates and inspects all UK clinics that provide fertility treatment, including the storage of eggs, sperm or embryos.

At Mhc, we have developed a user-friendly healthcare directory portal for people looking for treatments, like fertility, to easily search for, find and contact hospitals and clinics in the UK. To make things even easier for patients and visitors, we take extra care to ensure that all clinics and hospitals we work with are registered with the CQC.

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In addition to finding a place to have fertility treatment, you should also research and consider the doctor who will carry out the surgery. All doctors must be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). There you can access the surgeon’s work history.

Although Mhc can help you find a clinic, hospital or doctor, we recommend you thoroughly assess and research the care providers you choose before moving forward.

What’s involved in fertility treatment?

Medicinal fertility treatment

Fertility drugs are usually given to women as they are commonly prescribed for ovulation problems. In some instance drugs will also be given to men for male infertility problems.

Here are some common fertility medicines:

  • Clomifene – Helps to regulate ovulation in women who can’t naturally ovulate regularly.
  • Tamoxifen – alternative to Clomifene
  • Metformin – for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Gonadotrophins – can stimulate ovulation in women and may improve fertility in men

Use any prescribed medicine as advised by your doctor. Some medication may have side effects like nausea, headaches and vomiting which your doctor should inform you on.

Surgical fertility procedures

For some condition, outlined below, surgical treatment is required to investigate and help with fertility problems.

Fallopian tube surgery:

The fallopian tube may become blocked or damaged, preventing eggs from passing through. Surgery can be used to repair the tube tissue to allowing the egg to pass through. The success rate of this surgery depends on the amount of damage that needs to be corrected.

Endometriosis, Fibroids and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

In some women the inner lining of the womb may start to grow and swell outside of the womb. This condition is known as Endometriosis and can be treated with Laparoscopic surgery.

Laparoscopy can also be used to treat fibroids, a growth in the womb, and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which affects the way women’s ovaries function.

Epididymal blockage:

If the epididymis, which stores and transports sperm, becomes blocked it can prevent sperm from being ejaculated normally and result in infertility in some men.

For men diagnosed with epididymal blockage, or any other form of blockage that prevents sperm from passing through naturally, surgical extraction may be an option.

Assisted conception

In vitro fertilisation (IVF):

Eggs are removed from the ovaries and fertilised in the laboratory before being returned to the womb to develop. Before IVF treatment is carried out, the woman may need to take some medication to increase the number of eggs produced.

Intrauterine insemination (IUI):

IUI treatment, also known as artificial insemination, is carried out by firstly collecting sperm samples and washing them in a liquid solution. The best specimens are carefully selected, best being the most active sperm cells.  The specimens are then inserted into the womb using a tube.

Things to consider before fertility treatment

Choosing to have fertility treatment requires a lot of careful thought and consideration. You need to really understand the reasons for having the fertility treatment you want and set realistic expectations of the outcome.

Once your mind is made up, are you confident that you are fully prepared for the treatment?

Here are some things you should think about:

  • Is the procedure affordable?
  • How many attempts do you have?
  • What is the chance of success?
  • What is the best treatment option for my condition?

Start your search

You may or may not be ready to go ahead with fertility treatment, but it’s never too soon to reach out to a clinic or hospital, or a doctor, to start a conversation. A major part of your research into the procedure you’re looking for should include direct communication, and a consultation, with an expert. Feel free to contact multiple care providers and experts. The more information you can gather about your procedure and surgeon the better decision you’re likely to make.

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