Our clinics offer a wide range of fertility treatments based on your needs.
Different treatments and services are available at individual locations, so please check your local clinic’s website to find out about specific services offered there. You will not need to worry about which treatment to choose in advance as our dedicated staff will help guide you centred on your wishes, your medical history, your tests and the expertise of our clinicians.
Here, we’ve provided an overview of the fertility treatment options you can expect from The Fertility Partnership.
IVF involves the fertilisation of eggs with sperm in a laboratory incubator. Eggs are collected from the womb using ultrasound guidance after a series of injections based around the woman’s cycle and personal care needs. Partner or donor sperm is then mixed with them to allow fertilisation to occur. The developing embryos are tracked, and up to five days later – depending on their progress – one or two embryos are transferred back to the woman with the aim of implantation and pregnancy.
ICSI treatment is largely the same as a conventional IVF cycle but instead involves the injection of a single sperm directly into each egg
IVM is suitable for women who want to avoid the use of fertility drugs, often due to an existing medical condition. The main difference between IVF and IVM is that in IVM, immature eggs are collected and grown in a laboratory before being fertilised and inserted into the womb.
Unused embryos from your IVF treatment can be frozen for future use, depending on their quality, meaning that you don’t need to go through a potentially intensive egg collection cycle when you would like to try for a baby. These embryos can be used for future pregnancies, and recent studies have shown there is no difference in pregnancy rates between frozen and fresh embryos. In fact, a FET may have a higher success rate.
IUI involves separating high quality sperm from poorer quality sperm, before injecting it directly into the womb to provide a better chance of pregnancy. It can be performed with partner or donor sperm, making it an option for single women and same-sex couples. Other times where IUI can be used include where a physical disability or psychosexual problem inhibits normal intercourse.
Genetic screening is used to examine any abnormalities in chromosomes – something which is one of the most common causes of unsuccessful pregnancy. PGS and PGD allows our expert clinicians to select the very best embryos for the best chance of a healthy pregnancy, as well as screening out genetic disorders that could affect the child’s quality of life.
As part of your consultation and diagnosis, our clinics perform a semen analysis. Male-centred issues such as blockages, reduced sperm production, a previous vasectomy or a failed vasectomy reversal can be overcome by carrying out collection via surgical sperm retrieval.
We know that one of the best indicators for a successful pregnancy is the age of the mother, or rather, her eggs.
Vitrification technology means we can safely freeze eggs before storing them for later use. It’s worth noting that the eggs will be linked to a woman’s age when they were frozen, and pregnancy success rates will show a correlation. Additionally, we can also freeze sperm for fertility preservation, such as in cases of medical procedures.
Harmony Testing is risk-free, non-invasive prenatal testing carried out after 10 weeks of pregnancy and consists of a blood test that analyses DNA from the foetus that circulates in the mother’s blood.
We offer several procedures that can work alongside the treatments described above.
Here, an embryologist uses micromanipulation to create a small hole in an embryo’s outer layer, which research has shown gives it a higher chance of implantation during IVF.
This procedure involves the womb lining being scraped to increase the chances of embryo implantation, particularly if you’ve had previously unsuccessful IVF attempts.
Embryoscope is a leading system for the observation of embryo development. Stable embryo culture conditions are maintained while information is recorded via timelapse photography. This allows for the assessment of any changes seen during embryo development and helps to identify the best embryos for transfer.
While embryos are usually transferred anytime between day two and day five as part of IVF or ICSI, pregnancy rates may be improved if they are left in the incubator to develop to their blastocyst stage, when they are five or six days old. A blastocyst has many more cells than an embryo and, because of its longer development, may well be more viable for transfer and pregnancy.
Embryo transfer is one of the most sensitive and critical procedures in IVF treatment and EmbryoGlue has been developed to mimic the conditions in the female uterus and enhance the implantation of embryos after transfer.