Fertility Treatment Clinics in London & UK

Fertility is quite a specific concept, and is one that you may be thinking about if you are considering getting pregnant. Generally speaking fertility is the natural ability to reproduce, and varies from person to person depending on any combination of a number of different factors like bodily biochemistry to nutrition.

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Male fertility and what factors affect it

Male sex cells are sperm, also known as spermatozoa, and so male fertility is very much to do with how effective sperm are, how many of them there are, and how much semen, a fluid full of nutrients in which sperm are found and ejaculated in, is produced. The male role in reproduction, and hence pregnancy, is all about getting as much sperm as possible in contact with the female egg. The egg is surrounded by layers of cells which make it quite hard to penetrate, so the more sperm there is in every ejaculate, the better the chance of pregnancy.

It’s not just about how much sperm there is however, but also how good those sperm are at getting to that egg. Each sperm has what appears to be an egg like head and a long thin tail which beats to generate a swimming movement. The ability of sperm to move effectively is called sperm motility, and is very important in male fertility. The more motile the sperm, the more fertile they are.

One of the main factors determining and affecting male fertility is undoubtedly age, which results in a decrease in all the important bits mentioned above, the amount of semen, sperm motility, and even the actual shape and function of the sperm itself. It is above the age of 50 that these factors are more dramatically affected. Obesity has recently been linked to male fertility, and it is suggested that the more overweight you are the less fertile your sperm.

Female fertility and what factors affect it

Female fertility, like male fertility, tends to diminish over time. Women’s fertility is at its peak in their mid-twenties. This is thought to be because women only have a finite number of egg cells to last them a lifetime. Over time eggs diminish in quality and number, reducing the likelihood of fertilisation with age.

Female fertility is very much dictated by time, and revolves around the menstrual cycle. Fertility peaks for women at a specific time during the monthly cycle, this point is prior to ovulation which can be predicted by watching your body temperature or following the use of an ovulation predictor kit. Alcohol, smoking, and obesity are all issues that disrupt fertility in women, as well as stress which can affect the all-important levels of hormones which dictate fertility.


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Fertility Clinics London


Mr Nicholas H Morris

The Wellington Diagnostic Centre
Roman House
296 Golders Green Road
London
NW11 9PY
Tel: 0203 318 0263
 Mr Nicholas Morris is a leading private Gynaecologist with a specific interest in fertility care. He currently runs clinics in London and in Kent. His aim is to assess and treat the cause of fertiilty and he works with some of the best clinicians in the UK. He also has a therapist to help with psychological issues. He also works closely with one of the most successful IVF clinics in the UK. For further details please contact his pa on 0207390804.

City Fertility

16 St John Street
London
EC1M 4NT
Tel: 0208 2093226
City Fertility is the UK Fertility and fetal medicine centre founded by GENNET, one of the largest and most successful providers of Fertility, fetal medicine and gene­ics in the Czech Republic. City Fertility has been formed to provide patients with local and accessible care of the same high standard and cost effective treatment services you would expect from GENNET in London. Conveniently positioned within walking distance of Farringdon Station, City Fertility is a new Fertility, gynaecology and fetal medicine clinic offering patients the latest technological advances in diagnosis and treatment, including 3D assessment of the uterus and ovaries by ultrasound, and timelapse photographic monitoring of embryos using embryoscope incubators. Our team of Fertility experts work with one ultimate focus - putting your needs first.

Albert House

47 Nottingham Place
London
UK
W1U 5LZ
Tel: 020 7034 5000

Andrology Solutions

55 Wimpole Street
London
UK
W1G 8YL
Tel: 020 7224 2322
If you are looking for specialists in the field of insemination and sperm treatment in London, then look no further than Andrology Solutions, an expert provider in the field of male fertility and everything involved therein. Artificial insemination through intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a popular treatment method at the centre, and is offered alongside sperm donation, sperm freezing, sperm testing, and sperm storage offerings. The centre also offers genetic testing to ensure the quality of your sperm, which includes analysis of sperm DNA to screen for illnesses like cystic fibrosis. Other causes of male infertility are also explored and you can expect to be screened for common causes of fertility issues like infections. All this and more is available out of London's Andrology Solutions, a superb provider of male specific fertility testing and treatment in the nation's capital.

Andrology Unit Hammersmith Hospital

South Corridor Area C/FR30
Hammersmith Hospital
Du Cane Road
London
UK
W12 0HS
Tel: 020 8383 1039
Satellite Centre

Assisted Conception Unit Queen Mary's Hospital

Queen Mary's Hospital
Roehampton Lane
London
UK
SW15 5PN
Tel: 0208 487 6417
Roehampton's Queen Mary's Hospital is a comprehensive healthcare provider that offers fertility treatments through its Assisted Conception Unit. Insemination treatments are provided by the facility, an invaluable technique which has assisted countless couples over the years to achieve conception and further down the line, live births. Insemination is in many ways a classic and quintessential fertility treatment, and has been used for many years to assist reproduction where couples have been trying to conceive through regular intercourse for many years, and where a specialist deems insemination as an effective method of treatment.

Assisted Conception Unit King's College Hospital

1st Floor Mapother House
King's College Hospital
Denmark Hill
London
UK
SE5 9RS
Tel: 020 3299 5390
London is home to many prestigious medical institutions, of which King's College Hospital is a leader in its services and the quality of its healthcare provision. A comprehensive range of treatments are available at King's College Hospital to meet the varying needs of patients suffering from fertility issues and the like. The complexity of human fertility means that a hospital needs to be able to provide a complete range of treatments at the hands of specialists able to choose the best approach for you and your condition, and this is where King's College Hospital excels. Insemination and donor insemination are both available should they be deemed necessary by your doctor, and if these fail to achieve pregnancy then you can rest assured and confident in the fact that IVF and ICSI options are also available. The revolution of IVF and ICSI has changed the face of fertility treatments, providing couples and single women with an option where previously there wasn't one. So if you are looking for a truly excellent and complete fertility service in London, then King's College Hospital is a superb choice.

Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecology Centre

13 Upper Wimpole Street
London
UK
W1G 6LP
Tel: 0207 486 1230
Housed on London's Upper Wimple Street, The Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecology Centre is a provider of artificial and donor insemination, in vitro fertilisation (IVF), preimplantation genetic diagnosis and screening (PGD and PGS respectively), and intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). PGD and PGS are services not often offered in fertility clinics, and yet extremely important to many parents as both procedures effectively allow you and your doctors to analyse an embryo for any illness or genetic defects prior to their use in fertility treatments like IVF and ICSI. What this means is that you have an amazing opportunity to make sure that your baby will be genetically healthy before going ahead with your pregnancy, a feat which is extremely important for many parents, particularly those who suffer from genetic illnesses themselves. The centre's other treatments as listed above are all provided to superb standards and are often sought by many couples upon referral or after a couple of years struggling to get pregnant.

Barts and The London Centre for Reproductive Medicine

Barts and the London NHS Trust
2nd Floor Kenton and Lucas Wing
Little Britain
London
UK
EC1A 7BE
Tel: 0203 465 5050
St Bartholomew's Hospital is one of London's most prestigious medical institutions, and its reproductive medicine department carries on a noble tradition of excellent service and care. The Barts and The London Centre for Reproductive Medicine provides both private and NHS patients with the latest and most highly demanded fertility treatments, as well as access to donor material for those treatments if necessary to give you the best and most tailored treatment for you. In vitro fertilisation, commonly abbreviated as IVF and artificial insemination are both mainstays of fertility treatment, and The Barts offers these treatments as well as refinements that can increase your chances of a successful conception. The ICSI (intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection) protocol is one such tweak to the traditional IVF treatment that increases the chances of a successful pregnancy by injecting a single sperm cell right into an egg. Similarly intrauterine insemination is a version of artificial insemination that tends to be more successful because sperm cells are placed further into the female reproductive tract, in the womb in fact, where they can more readily access the egg and hence are more likely to fertilise it. These treatments are only some of what are offered at London's The Barts and The London Centre for Reproductive Medicine.

Beski Women's Care Ltd

40 Bramshill Gardens
London
UK
NW5 1JH
Tel:

Bridge Centre

One, St Thomas Street
London Bridge
London
UK
SE1 9RY
Tel: 020 7403 3363
The Bridge Centre can be found on St Thomas Street near London's famous London Bridge. The centre offers a remarkably comprehensive range of different fertility treatments, including surgical options like sperm retrieval and tubal surgery. The centre can offer PGS and PGD, genetic screening technologies which allow parents the opportunity to check on the health of their future child by studying an embryo's DNA for signs of illnesses like cystic fibrosis, early onset Alzheimer's Disease, Haemophilia, retinoblastoma, and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy amongst others. Storage options are available at the centre for eggs, sperm, embryos, and testicular tissue. While still a controversial topic, surrogacy is also provided by The Bridge Centre to give you as many options possible whilst you are trying to get pregnant. Tried and tested fertility treatments like artificial and donor insemination, in vitro fertilisation (IVF), and intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) are all offered at the Bridge Centre to patients deemed by the centre's experts to be likely to benefit from such treatments. IVF and ICSI at the Bridge Centre achieve live births often enough to meet national averages, a feat made particularly impressive when you consider that in 2009 1,002 IVF and 894 ICSI cycles were conducted at the Bridge Centre. Stimulated and unstimulated insemination is another successful set of protocols at the centre which can achieve excellent results through, where appropriate, using fertility drugs to stimulate a woman's ovaries to produce a larger number of eggs, thereby increasing the chances of a successful pregnancy.

Central Middlesex Hospital

Acton Lane
Park Royal
London
UK
NW10 7NS
Tel: 020 8965 5733

Chelsea & Westminster Hospital

Assisted Conception Unit
Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
369 Fulham Road
London
UK
SW10 9NH
Tel: 020 3315 8585
The Chelsea & Westminster Hospital possesses not only a broad range of different treatments but also a comprehensive range of facilities and services that complete any medical stay or appointment. The hospital operatesSatellite centres that mean it can service communities further afield. These include onsite suites for consultation, counselling, scanning, recovery, male production of samples, surgery, and smaller day case procedures. Treatments for fertility issues big and small are available, including laparoscopic surgical options, insemination, intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), and in vitro fertilisation (IVF). The centre specialises in the treatment of women facing difficulties with their fertility because of low numbers of eggs and endometriosis, couples who carry communicable infections in their blood, and male factor infertility. Both IVF and ICSI have been performed at the centre with live birth rates equivalent to national averages as reported by the independent regulatory authority the HFEA (Human Fertility and Embryology Authority) for patients under 35 and between 35 and 37. The centre is also in line with the HFEA's targets for single births.

Chiltern Hospital Fertility Services Unit

BMI The Chiltern Hospital
London Hospital
London
UK
HP16 0EN
Tel: 01494892 276
The Chiltern Hospital operates out of Buckinghamshire to provide the excellence associated with the BMI name to a broad community who benefit hugely from the facility's experience in private healthcare and fertility. Diverse treatments are offered including some procedures that are not staple offerings at other fertility clinics, meaning that The Chiltern Hospital can offer you new opportunities which can be particularly useful where you have gone through fertility treatments before but with little success. Gamete intra-fallopian transfer (GIFT) is provided by the hospital, a treatment where eggs and sperm are mixed together and inserted into a structure in the female reproductive system called the fallopian tubes. These link your ovaries, which store and release eggs, and your uterus to one another, and the treatment can be extremely effective at achieving pregnancy in many cases. The extremely popular IVF (in vitro fertilisation) and ICSI (intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection) treatments are both offered at The Hospital to high standards, with an 81.1% proportion of single live births and success rates in line with national averages.

CREATE Centre for Reproduction and Advanced Technology (Harley Street)

103-105 Harley Street
London
UK
W1G 6AJ
Tel: 020 7486 5566
CREATE Fertility Care run a clinic on the prestigious Harley Street Clinic, London's most famous location for the provision of top of the range private healthcare. CREATE can offer a comprehensive range of services that encompass every aspect of the complex process of treating infertility. Counselling and support are available for couples or single women going through this process, providing the emotional stability and comfort that can make a huge difference to your chances of success and your ability to cope with what can be a lengthy treatment process. In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is one of the clinic's main offerings, and is provided under an ethos rooted in making mild and natural use of fertility drugs. Fertility drugs are often used in IVF treatments to prepare a participating woman for the collection of eggs needed for IVF. These drugs manipulate your natural monthly cycle to stimulate the release of eggs in quantities sufficient for an IVF cycle. At CREATE it is felt the safest, cheapest, and most effective technique is to use as low a dosage of these drugs as possible prior to treatment, minimising side effects and costs. Advanced techniques that can increase the chances of a successful IVF cycle are offered, including the famous ICSI and IVM procedures. ICSI is also known as intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection, and involves a sperm cell being placed directly into an egg for fertilisation. IVM is a technique which harvests immature eggs for treatment, allowing those egg cells to mature in a laboratory environment. Artificial insemination is also a commonly sought after treatment which makes use of partner or donor sperm to fertilise an egg once introduced into the female reproductive system. Egg storage is also provided, an extremely useful facility for patients about to undergo treatments which can compromise their fertility (like chemotherapy) or to preserve eggs for future cycles of IVF. With such an immense range of modern and yet safe and practiced techniques, you can expect a personalised treatment suited for you.

CRM London

Park Lorne
111 Park Road
London
UK
NW8 7JL
Tel: 0207 616 6767
CRM London provide the depth of service that you can expect from a premium provider of care in the heart of the nation's capital. A full suite of investigate procedures are the first step in your treatment, and will involve blood tests, semen analysis, laparoscopy, and hysteroscopy as diagnostic procedures to determine the causes of your infertility if possible. You will be kept informed of findings every step of the way, and can be confident in the fact that your care is in superb hands. After determining the cause of infertility if possible (on average 33% of cases of infertility can't be identified), a discussion with your doctor will ascertain which treatment options are best suited to your condition. With so many of the latest and most effective procedures available at CRM London, there are bound to be options that work well for you and your body. Artificial insemination treatments are often a first port of call, and are available as the extremely effective intrauterine insemination method or through the application of donor sperm, and both treatment options can be performed with or without fertility drugs as best suits your needs. The latest assisted reproductive technologies are provided through IVF and ICSI, two protocols that have revolutionised the world of fertility treatment by providing a means by which sperm may fertilise an egg in a controlled laboratory environment. The resulting embryos are transferred into the womb where they can implant and develop and grow as normal and healthy babies. ICSI is a slight variation that involves the direct insertion of sperm into an egg cell for fertilisation, and is an effective option where male sperm are of poor quality or provided in small numbers. Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) is used to make sure that only the healthiest embryos make their way into the womb, saving you the unpleasant emotional distress of a miscarriage. The latest data for CRM London (from the HFEA) on the number of live births achieved per treatment cycle of IVF indicates an impressive 41% live birth rate for under 35s compared to a UK average of 33%.

Ealing Hospital NHS Trust

Uxbridge Road
Southall
London
UK
W11 3DX
Tel: 020 8967 5000

Fertility and Gynaecology Academy

57a Wimpole Street
London
UK
W1G 8YP
Tel: 020 7224 1880

Guys Hospital

Assisted Conception Unit, 11th Floor
Guy's Hospital
St Thomas Street
London
UK
SE1 9RT
Tel: 0207 188 2300
London is the nation's capital in many different respects, including the service, commercial, and retail sectors, and as such is the home of many quality services like those provided by Guy's Hospital. Of these fertility treatments like the remarkable ICSI and IVF procedures are available, as well as the opportunity to donate eggs and sperm to couples in need, and many other treatments that give couples struggling to conceive a chance to do so.

Hammersmith Pathology Services

Hammersmith Hospital
Du Cane Road
London
UK
W12 0HS
Tel: 020 3313 1000

Harley Street Fertility Centre

212-214 Great Portland Street
London
UK
W1W 5QN
Tel: 0207 935 2234

Homerton Fertility Centre

Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust
Homerton Row
London
UK
E9 6SR
Tel: 0208 510 7660
Hackney is easily one of the most well-known of London's many boroughs, forming a critical part of inner London. It may come as a surprise to know that Hackney was only recently formed in 1965, and has since then established a number of key services and features, including Homerton University Hospital, that have put it on the proverbial map. Homerton University Hospital provides fertility treatments to couples of any disposition and single women looking to embrace parenthood but struggling to do so. Facing infertility is undoubtedly a difficult task that requires support which the hospital is readily able to give you. Furthermore the often complex nature of infertility mean that in order to truly tend to its community, Homerton Hospital need to be able to offer any one of a range of different front running fertility treatments. The hospital conducts in depth investigations to ascertain the source of your infertility if possible, and this can include blood and urine tests and visual examinations of your womb and fallopian tubes through laparoscopy. Where possible specific ailments can be treated either medically or surgically, and these include blocked fallopian tubes, lack of sperm in semen, and ovarian cysts. Other treatments provided include monitoring and tracking of your ovulation cycles to assist in timed intercourse and to determine the health of your menstrual cycles, egg donor and surrogacy services, and widely practiced but extremely successful assisted reproduction techniques like ICSI, IUI, and IVF (intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection, intrauterine insemination, and in vitro fertilisation respectively). Information is readily available through the staff or hospital website, and the presence of a Homerton's gynaecological department means that other services are also readily available. Cancer patients can choose to have their eggs or sperm stored prior to chemo- and radiotherapies, both of which can potentially cause infertility. Treatments at Homerton Hospital are available to both NHS and private patients up to the age of 44 provided they have a healthy body mass index (BMI) under 30.

IVF Hammersmith

Wolfson Family Clinic
Hammersmith Hospital
Du Cane Road
London
UK
W12 0HS
Tel: 020 3313 4411
Hammersmith Hospital is within a central London location and enjoys a reputation as one of the leading medical facilities in the country. Hammersmith itself is a one of west London's most important areas with many important commercial and corporate headquarters based there. Hammersmith is also an important transport hub with two busy underground stations and a bus station, as well as excellent road access. Treatments provided by the Hammersmith Hospital's IVF element cover a plethora of different aspects of infertility and its treatment. Your treatment will begin with an in initial consultation which investigates your family history and the tests that have been done so far. If further investigations are needed, you will be scheduled for the appropriate tests, after which another consultation will involve a detailed and frank discussion of what you can expect to achieve from your treatment at IVF Hammersmith. Your doctor will discuss your options, which will include the latest cutting edge technologies like ICSI (intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection), a version of IVF (in vitro fertilisation) which yields great results by injecting a sperm cell directly into an egg cell for fertilisation. Blastocyst transfers, where a slightly older embryo (at the so called blastocyst stage) is implanted into the womb, are provided and this technique has been shown to have a substantially higher success rate than traditional IVF which uses younger embryos for implantation. Artificial insemination is offered where appropriate, intrauterine insemination being the method of choice for many couples where male impotence or retrograde/premature ejaculation is the issue. Donor sperm is available for donor insemination, which makes use of another individual's voluntarily donated sperm for fertility treatments, and is a great choice where hereditary diseases are carried in male sperm. While controversial, full and partial surrogacy is provided by the clinic where couples can benefit from the procedure, and under the centre's experience what can be a complicated process is streamlined. The clinic also offers parents the opportunity to examine embryos for signs of genetic illnesses through PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis), a technique that can spare both parents and child a lifetime of disease. Cancer patients can have eggs, embryos, and other tissues frozen and stored for future use before undertaking treatments that can damage their fertility. All these treatments are available and supplemented by a dedicated counselling service aiming to provide you with the support you need through a difficult time, ensuring your emotional and mental wellbeing and speeding you on the road to your goal of having a child.

IVF Unit

Newham Hospital
Glen Road
London
UK
E13 8SL
Tel: 020 7476 4000

Lister Fertility Clinic

The Lister Hospital
Chelsea Bridge Road
London
UK
SW1W 8RH
Tel: 020 7730 5932
The Lister Fertility Clinic is based in London, the UK's most accessible, diverse, and populated city. Few places in the world, let alone the country can boast as many transport connections as London, or as many people from all over the world of every creed, faith, and culture. The Lister Fertility Clinic, as one of the largest fertility services in the country, provides an incredible range of treatment options in response to the many different causes of infertility. While artificial insemination is offered, the most often sought out treatments available at the clinic are IVF and ICSI. IVF (in vitro fertilisation), is the quintessential assisted reproduction technique and hence the one most often associated with fertility treatments. Single women, same sex couples, and heterosexual couples with any number of infertility issues can benefit from IVF, and with an above average success rate for women under 35, the Lister Fertility Clinic is a prime choice for this particular treatment. IVF essentially involves taking an egg and some sperm (female and male sex cells respectively, and keeping them in a specialised glass container in a dedicated laboratory where they interact and, hopefully, a sperm cell is able to fertilise its female counterpart. Once this has been achieved an embryo will begin to grow, and after a certain stage, at the Lister Clinic 5 days because of the blastocyst transfer technique used, these embryos are taken and implanted into the womb of the mother to be. Upon a successful implantation Mum is monitored and the end result the procedure aims to deliver is a healthy baby girl or boy nine months down the line. ICSI is a tweak to the IVF protocol that is extremely useful and can often result in success where standard IVF has failed. In ICSI a single sperm cell is taken and, by means of a very fine needle, inserted directly into an egg cell. Hence the name, ICSI, which means intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (the cytoplasm being the jelly like interior of an egg cell), and its success as it effectively removes the need for a sperm cell to be robust enough to make it to an egg, penetrate it, and then fertilise it. At the Lister Fertility Clinic you can expect the best in IVF and ICSI treatment, and recent figures from the HFEA (a government supervisory organisation) prove that it is a great choice for your treatment.

London Female and Male Fertility Centre

Highgate Hospital
17-19 View Road
London
UK
N6 4DJ
Tel: 020 8347 5081
Located on View Road in Haringey, London, the London Female and Male Fertility Centre is within walking distance of Highgate station, the Hampstead Golf Club, Hampstead Garden Suburb, Queens Wood, Hampstead Heath, and Highgate Golf Club. While other London Clinics are, by the nature of the country's busiest and largest city, caught up in the hustle and bustle of city life, the London Female and Male Fertility Centre can boast peaceful surroundings and a breath of fresh air from the greenery around it on all sides within the heart of London. This serenity combined with the many transport and commercial benefits of being in London is an attractive mix, and one that works to highlight the personable care and dedication to patient wellbeing that characterises the centre and its host, Highgate Hospital. The causes of infertility can be may and diverse, and common examples include conditions like endometriosis, where the endometrial layer of the uterus grows out into other structures, ovulation failure, damaged fallopian tubes, and poor quality sperm or sperm production to name but a few. The London Female and Male Fertility Clinic is fortunate enough to be able to provide a range of treatments as broad as the potential causes of infertility, all to make sure that you as a patient have the best chance of being treated. IVF (in vitro fertilisation) and ICSI (intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection) are offered along side intrauterine insemination (IUI), gamete intra-fallopian transfer (GIFT), and zygote intra-fallopian transfer (ZIFT). These techniques all have their own pros and cons as well as an established safety and efficiency record, and having these options available means that your individual condition is likely to find a treatment here. Surgical procedures are also available for men and women, such as surgical sperm retrieval and surgeries to clear blockage of the fallopian tubes.

London Fertility Centre

53 Portland Place
London
UK
W1B 1QJ
Tel: 0207 224 0707
The London Fertility Clinic can offer a comprehensive range of different treatments from its location in the heart of London, and with the capital's remarkable network of public transport these services are more accessible then they would be anywhere else. Services at the clinic can be broadly split into two criteria, investigative and assisted conception. The former includes Andrology testing for male patients, which would include an evaluation of sperm and semen, tests for women will include blood tests to look into hormone levels and an examination into the female reproductive tract. Assisted conception treatments are quite well known in the UK, and largely due to the efforts of the LFC. Surrogacy programmes are offered, as well as egg donation, storage, and freezing. One of the early levels of assisted reproduction would be the use of fertility drugs to induce ovulation followed by a schedule of timed sexual intercourse. Failing that, depending on the nature of your infertility (if the investigations conducted were able to establish the cause) then one of the other assisted conception techniques would be pursued, which would include, for example, ICSI, IVF, and IUI treatments. IUI is a form of insemination also known as intrauterine insemination, which can be a great course of action if a male partner is impotent or suffers from erectile dysfunction. IVF, also known as in vitro fertilisation, is a laboratory technique which takes an egg cell and some sperm and getting the two to fertilise within a specialised dish. ICSI is a variant of IVF in which a sperm cell is directly injected into the egg cell. Surgical sperm retrieval, sperm freezing, and sperm storage are all offered as assistance for men, and parents have access to methods of examining an embryos health through preimplantation genetic diagnosis and preimplantation genetic screening.

London Fertility Centre Flat 59

22 Park Crescent
London
UK
NW10 7NS
Tel: 0207 224 0707

London Women's Clinic

113-115 Harley Street
London
UK
W1G 6AP
Tel: 0207 487 5050
London is the central base of operations for the London Women's Clinic, and over the years it is this clinic which has extended its arms to other sites in the country. Having been in operation for many years now, the London Women's Clinic has established, based on its expertise, a flexible but focussed 9 step treatment approach which allows for a structure to treatment that many patients appreciate. The first step is making initial contact with the centre, and a confidential service means that making your phone call is a bit easier because you can be confident in the discretion and sensitivity of the staff you are calling. You will be offered a consultation at your convenience within a few days of your first contact, and that appointment is stage 2 of treatment, during which your medical history and status will be explored in depth with your doctor prior to a number of screening tests which aim to establish what, if anything, is preventing you from getting pregnant. An important part of this stage is contact with a nurse and counsellor, both of whom are there to support you throughout your treatment. After all of these tests and discussions, a treatment plan will be established with your help and the next stage is to prepare for it by means of fertility drug treatments that manipulate your natural female monthly cycle to generate more eggs. You will be monitored at this stage, and when ready the fourth stage will involve the collection of your eggs for treatment. Step 5 is the crux of fertility treatment, and involves the fertilisation of extracted eggs by any one of a number of different assisted reproductive technologies offered by the centre. These include treatments like artificial insemination, where a sperm sample is inserted into the female system to fertilise an egg (for this eggs are not extracted but left within your body), or IVF (in vitro fertilisation), where eggs are fertilised within a laboratory in a specialised environment. ICSI is also provided, a treatment where a single sperm is injected directly into an egg cell. Regardless of the method used, the aim is to fertilise an egg and hence take it on to the next stage, which is the growth of an embryo. A fertilised egg divides to form an embryo, and once these embryos have been reached a certain stage of growth they will be transferred into the womb to implant and grow. Excess embryos are frozen and stored for future treatments, but can also be donated to other couples struggling to conceive. Once an embryo has successfully implanted and you haven't had a period within 2 weeks of the transfer, you should test yourself as you are likely to be pregnant, which is the final stage of your treatment. If you do have a period then another appointment will be arranged to discuss future treatment options. Unfortunately the complexity of fertility treatments means that regardless of where you go for treatment, there is always a chance that you will need multiple treatment cycles.

Portland Hospital

214 Great Portland Street
London
UK
W1W 5QN
Tel: (0)20 7580 4400

Reproductive Genetics Institute

Reproductive Genetics Institute
32A Weymouth Street
London
UK
W1G 7BX
Tel: 020 7381 3097
While operating a number ofSatellite and affiliate sites internationally, the heart of the Reproductive Genetics Institute is based in the UK's bustling heart, London. While the Reproductive Genetics Institute's founding and early reputation were based on the pioneering use of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, the centre has developed a popular, successful, and well-known in vitro fertilisation (IVF) service. The IVF treatments performed at the centre make use of the latest advancements in assisted reproductive technology (ART), which include, for example, the use of ICSI (the injection of sperm directly into an egg), blastocyst transfer (waiting for 5 days before implanting an embryo, when it's at the blastocyst stage), and assisted zonal hatching (making a hole in the outer layers of an egg to help it hatch and implant successfully). These techniques all increase the chances of a successful treatment cycle and pregnancy, and are extremely important for couples who have undergone treatments in the past without any success. Other assisted reproductive technologies are made available as every couple's situation is unique, and having a wealth of options makes it far more likely that the institute successfully manages a pregnancy and live birth. Gamete and zygote intra-fallopian transfer are both provided (GIFT and ZIFT respectively), and can be valuable alternatives to IVF where necessary. On top or a range of expert reproductive treatments however, the Reproductive Genetics Institute's most substantial area of expertise, and one which many couples make use of, as mentioned before is its preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) service. The service is one with a remarkable reputation, providing patients of all shapes and sizes with a chance to pick the genetically healthiest embryos, giving a vastly improved chance of a successful pregnancy and a healthy child free of life changing genetic illnesses. The types of condition screened for by PGC include chromosomal abnormalities, cystic fibrosis, Down's Syndrome, and cerebral palsy, the list of all the conditions PGD can detect, however, is a significantly longer one.

St Bartholomew's Hospital

Barts and The London Centre for Reproductive Medicine
St. Bartholomew's Hospital
West Smithfield
London
UK
EC1A 7BE
Tel: 020 3465 5050

University College Hospital

University College Hospital
The New Wing
256 Grays Inn Road
London
UK
WC1X 8LD
Tel: 020 7837 2905

Vivieka Limited

27a Queen's Terrace
St. John's Wood
London
UK
NW8 6EA
Tel: 020 7483 0099

Whittington Hospital Fertility Unit

Jenner Building
Whittington Hospital
Magdala Avenue
London
UK
N19 5NF
Tel: 020 72883776
The Whittington Hospital is based in Islington, a London Borough, and more specifically in Archway, named for an arch built in the 19th century between the areas of Hornsey and Highgate. The Whittington Hospital was in fact named after the famous literary character Dick Whittington, whose story involve Archway and inspired the hospital's naming. The Hospital addresses infertility through the provision of investigative and treatment options, as well as the advice and emotional support necessary to make some of the big decisions involved in fertility treatments. At present investigative protocols include assessing fertility using imaging and other techniques to determine reproductive health. Common reproductive illnesses like poly-cystic ovarian syndrome are treated at the hospital, and fertility drugs are offered as a treatment of hormonal dysregulation and the like. These drugs are also used to induce the process of ovulation (egg release) before artificial insemination through IUI intrauterine insemination, an assisted reproduction technology with a great track record of success and effectiveness. The hospital can also treat fertility surgically where such a step will help, and also provides options for couples suffering from recurrent miscarriage.

Women's Health Partnership

30 Devonshire Street
London
UK
W1G 6PU
Tel: 020 7908 3602

Zhai Clinic

128 Harley Street
London
UK
W1G 7JT
Tel: 020 7486 8438

Harley St Medicare UK Ltd

121 Harley Street
London
UK
W1g 6AX
Tel: 02079 357111

North Middlesex University Hospital (Reproductive Medicines Unit)

Sterling Way
Edmonton
London
UK
N18 1QX
Tel: 020 8887 2000
The hospital is situated between two of the 32 London boroughs, and in fact provides its services to many more because of its convenient location a short 12 miles away from the centre of the nation's capital. The hospital provides the investigative services necessary to determine the cause of infertility if possible. About a third of infertility causes are male factor, and another third are female factor, while the rest remain unknown, so in-depth examinations are made of both male and female partners at the unit. These will include blood tests to determine hormone levels important for maintaining female fertility in particular, as well as tests to distinguish blockages or damage to the internal structure of the reproductive system. Men will have their semen analysed and their sperm will be examined for signs of good motility, morphology, and number. When investigations are complete your consultant will go through your treatment options with you, and the centre will be able to offer you surgical treatments and/or artificial insemination will it help. Artificial insemination is performed by way of the intrauterine technique, and fertility drugs are available to induce ovulation (egg maturation and release) to improve the chances of a successful IUI cycle. IUI is extremely effective as an artificial insemination technique as sperm are placed within the womb within easy access of eggs after ovulation. This means that while in other methods of insemination, like intra-cervical insemination, sperm cells have a long distance to cover, in IUI this distance is kept to a minimum thereby improving chances of fertilisation. The main surgical offering available is tubal surgery which aims to correct blockages of the fallopian tubes, structures which link the ovaries to the uterus and allow for the transport of eggs into the uterus.

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