Oxford Fertility Unit


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Oxford Fertility Unit

Oxford Fertility Unit
Institute of Reprodutive Sciences
Oxford Business Park North
Oxford
Oxfordshire
United Kingdom
OX4 2HW
Tel: 01865 782800

Clinic details: Oxford is known across the world for its prestigious Oxford University, an institution which has been at the forefront of academia for centuries. The Oxford Fertility Unit is fortunate to be an institution closely associated with the university for research purposes, a partnership that, when coupled with the unit's dedication to advancing reproductive medicine, has yielded many remarkable achievements. Most recently the Oxford Fertility Unit successfully saw the birth of its first IVM child, bringing the method of in vitro maturation to the forefront of the reproductive world. IVM is offered as a treatment at the Unit, and has the proven to be remarkably successful despite the fact that at present it is not offered by many fertility clinics and assisted reproduction units across the country. The first IVM babies born in the UK were twins born in October 2007, and since then many more have been born as the procedure has been developed by the Oxford Fertility Centre. In vitro maturation is a suitable treatment option for women with a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome. A condition which is responsible for very many cases of infertility, and results in the formation of what are called polycystic ovaries because of excessive testosterone production. A polycystic ovary has the appearance of many cysts, which are in fact immature follicles that have stopped developing as they should because of abnormal hormone levels. These follicles are easily visualised on an ultrasound and are a clear indication of the condition. In the past IVM has been shown to be less effective than IVF, but at the Oxford Fertility Centre IVM has recently achieved pregnancy rates of up to 48% in women under the age of 35. Were the protocol differs from standard IVF is in that it involves procuring immature eggs from a female patient and maturing them in a lab setting before fertilisation by intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). After the embryos resulting from this procedure have grown to a certain stage, they are transferred to a womb to grow. The advantages of such a treatment are, for example, the fact that treatment cycles are shorter because fertility drugs are not used, and because these drugs are not utilised there are fewer side effects (like Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome). IVM has resulted in the birth of approximately 400 children, and no safety issues have been noted to date. The Oxford Fertility Unit also offers a host of other treatments for which it has become famous, including the IVF and ICSI procedures discussed above. Intrauterine insemination involving donor or partner sperm is provided, as well as surgical sperm extraction and freezing/storage facilities for sperm and eggs. Preimplantation genetic screening and diagnosis are both provided at the unit, allowing parents an opportunity to make sure that an embryo is healthy before its transfer and implantation, which gives it a higher chance of a successful pregnancy as well as a healthy life after birth.

Fertility treatment at this clinic: It is not only by their own admission that the Oxford Fertility Unit are one of the leading fertility specialists in the country, in fact regularly outstanding pregnancy rates have earned them a position amongst the UK's foremost providers of assisted conception and fertility treatments. The Oxford Fertility Unit has worked and continues to work closely with the nearby John Radcliffe Hospital and researchers at the internationally renowned University of Oxford to earn global recognition for research into fertility treatments. First founded in 1985 the unit has been part of the conception of well over 5,000 new-borns through an absolute focus on treating infertility and helping couples achieve their goal of having a child. The unit's track record speaks volumes about the quality of the facilities and staff available, and close partnerships with two leading hospitals have ensured that the practice, facilities, and treatments on offer have constantly evolved in a field that continues to develop very quickly. The first in vitro maturation IVM baby in the UK was delivered at the Oxford Fertility Unit, and the unit remains one of a select few to offer the procedure to its patients. The focus of treatment delivery is on treating patients with the respect and consideration that means great service, not only where treatment is concerned, but also in terms of support through counselling. A doctor is always available, 24 hours a day, to answer any questions you have and deal with any issues that might arise, which can lend no end of confidence. Prices are kept competitive and straightforward, and regular monitoring from the HFEA, a government body also known as the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, ensures the quality of services and treatments at the centre. On top of an HFEA license, the unit also carries an ISO Quality Management Certificate which maintains its position as an ever improving service looking to inspire as much confidence in its services and dedication as possible, thereby alleviating some of the stress that is an unfortunate but natural part of infertility. The unit has also expanded its service provision to include patients in Reading by offering appointments at The Berkshire Independent Hospital. The service aims to provide an appointment quickly and effectively, and will strive to do so within six weeks of your referral. The unit can be found it its home, the Institute of Reproductive Sciences, which lies within easy reach of major road links like the M40 and A34, and also offers excellent access to rail links.

Services offered at this clinic: Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), in vitro maturation (IVM), in vitro fertilisation (IVF), stimulated intrauterine insemination (IUI), preimplantation genetic screening (PGS), stimulated donor insemination, intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), surgical sperm retrieval, ovulation induction, consulting services, sperm, egg, and embryo donor recruitment






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