There are a number of ways we can help you to start or grow a family. What you need will depend on your individual situation: it could be surrogacy, fertility preservation, egg freezing, help from donors, surgery, or embarking on a natural cycle to try to have a child.
If you’re not sure which options are best for you, call us at the clinic, and we can talk through what you need. Whatever your journey, there are a few key stages that apply to everyone who comes to the clinic for treatment.
Preliminary tests and screening
To make the best decision about your treatment in the consultation, your doctor may need the results of some tests. There are blood tests, a vaginal ultrasound scan to assess your ovaries, and a semen assessment where appropriate.
At your first consultation with your fertility doctor, you discuss medical history and test results. If appropriate your doctor will do an internal ultrasound scan to assess your ovaries and pelvic area. The doctor outlines a programme of treatment based on your personal results and circumstances.
Counselling is available at any stage of your treatment pathway. Fertility treatment is a significant emotional journey for all patients, and counselling provides extra emotional support. It is completely confidential. If you were going to use donated eggs or sperm for your treatment, then we require you to see the counsellor before starting treatment.
You will need to attend an appointment with a member of our nursing team to complete paperwork and discuss your particular treatment programme. There are many different types of programmes and one will be prescribed that suits you best. The nurse will explain all the consent forms that you need to sign, and will instruct you on how to take any drugs required during treatment. Once all the tests and consent forms are completed you will be ready to start. If you are having treatment as a couple, both of you will need to attend this appointment to sign the consent forms. Payment for treatment is required at this appointment.
Your treatment will be mapped out by your consultant, and there are nuances to each and every person’s journey that are impossible for us to detail here. However you can rest assured that you will be looked after with utmost care and compassion by a highly experienced team.