Peninsular Centre for Reproductive Medicine

There are various types of fertility treatments and the contact telephone number and address for Peninsular Centre for Reproductive Medicine, can be found below.

If you would like to find out if you are suitable for fertility treatment or information about a particular procedure or treatment, contact a local clinic.

Peninsular Centre for Reproductive Medicine

Peninsular Centre for Reproductive Medicine
Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
Gladstone Road
Tel: 01392 40 50

Clinic details: Exeter is one of the most historic cities in the South of England, and certainly in its county of Devon. It is the seat of the county's Council, and is a hub for many activities in the region. The city sits on the river Exe and is within easy reach of Plymouth to the South and Bristol to the Northeast. Exeter is steeped in Roman history as the city was originally a southern fortification for the Roman Empire. Exeter is also known for a distinctive and stunning cathedral which dates back to the early 1100s. Because of its location and many attractions, the city has been amongst the top ten most profitable sites for business, and continues to thrive on the basis of many commercial and other endeavours. The PCRM provides its services to private and NHS patients who are up to 44 years of age. The BMI limit for treatments at the centre is between the 19-30 range, and NHS funding limitations do apply to the number of treatment cycles you can receive on the NHS. Amongst the treatments offered, the use of artificial insemination is possibly the most straightforward as it involves obtaining a sperm sample (either from a donor or a male partner depending on the particular situation in question) and using said sample to fertilise a female egg by placing it into the female reproductive tract (in the womb in this case). In vitro fertilisation and the many benefits of its sister procedure intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection are provided to patients who can benefit from it. IVF and ICSI both involve fertilising an egg outside of the body and within a lab, where a team of specialist scientists are involved in ensuring that eggs are fertilised by keeping them in healthy conditions. In IVF sperm are just incubated with eggs and left to their own devices, however ICSI takes a more direct approach and injects a sperm into an egg to get it fertilised. Mild IVF is offered where appropriate, which means that a very low dose of fertility drugs is used to stimulate egg production and release prior to the treatment. While both methods have their uses, mild IVF tends to be preferable where it works because of the lower risk of side effects. Fertility drugs can be used for insemination treatments as well. ICSI and IVF are also offered with donor sperm and eggs should the need arise, and both procedures are performed using the extremely successful blastocyst transfer method. The method essentially involves leaving an embryo for up to 5 days, until it has reached the blastocyst stage, before transferring it to the mother's womb for implantation. This technique has been known to be especially effective when one embryo is being transferred as it has a much higher chance of implantation. These treatments are all provided with the utmost professionalism and dedication at the centre, so you can expect great care.

Fertility treatment at this clinic: Founded by Mr Jonathon West, an experienced specialist in the field of reproductive medicine, the Peninsular Centre for Reproductive Medicine is a service focussed on the delivery of quality fertility treatments to patients in surrounding communities. The centre works alongside the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Fertility Clinic at the super Heavitree Hospital in Exeter, and has undergone an extensive refitting in 2009 to equip itself with the latest laboratory and clinical technologies. Exeter has an established history in the field of infertility treatment. It was in Exeter, for example, that the first donor insemination procedures were conducted by Dr Margaret Jackson in the early 20th century. Treatments like donor insemination have come a long way since then, and are now a staple of clinics like the centre, providing quality care at competitive rates. The clinic holds a licence from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, more commonly abbreviated to the HFEA, and undergoes regular and thorough inspections of its facilities and treatments to ensure that the highest standards of quality are provided. Data from the HFEA in 2009 show that the centre is busy in providing a variety of different assisted reproduction technologies to its patients. In 2009 157 IVF cycles performed, as well as 202 ICSI and 116 IUI cycles. 17 donor insemination cycles were provided as well, with donors recruited by the centre and all the procedures and legalities discussed and understood by both parties. Success rates at the clinic have been in line with national averages. The centre has also managed to impressively exceed HFEA targets for single births, achieving an 88.9% proportion of single births compared to a national average of 76%. Single birth targets are considered extremely important because of the potential health risk to both mother and child that multiple pregnancies present. As the Peninsular Centre for Reproductive Medicine places the wellbeing of its patients above all else, it is committed to keeping single birth rates high, as evidenced by the HFEA's report on the matter.

Services offered at this clinic: Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), blastocyst transfer, intrauterine insemination (stimulated and unstimulated), donor insemination (stimulated and unstimulated), in vitro fertilisation (IVF), storage (eggs, sperm, and embryos), counsellor services, sperm washing, surgical sperm retrieval, tubal surgery, induction of ovulation and ovulation monitoring, sperm assessment, post-coital test