Fertility FAQs

Struggling to find the answers you need? We answer the most commonly asked questions about fertility.

Am I eligible for NHS funding for my treatment?

This is dependent on where you live and your Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) policies. Your GP should be able to tell you if you are eligible. A number of factors are likely to be taken into account including:

  • Body mass index (BMI) of both partners – this is a score that combines your height and weight
  • Female age
  • Smoking status
  • Existing children (either partner)
  • Previous fertility treatments

When you are referred for treatment in the Fertility Centre, we will confirm whether or not you are eligible for funding, and let you know what that funding will cover.

What is the difference between IVF and ICSI?

IVF involves putting an egg in a suspension of sperm which fertilise the egg in the normal way.

ICSI involves directly injecting a single sperm directly into the egg and is carried out when there is some doubt about the likelihood of normal fertilisation taking place. This can be due to sperm quality, egg quality or a previous fertilisation failure.

Do you offer blastocyst transfer and what does this mean?

Blastocyst is the term used to describe the stage that embryos reach on about day five. This stage is significant because:

  • Different types of cells have begun to form
  • It is the stage at which the embryo implants in the lining of the womb

We routinely carry out blastocyst culture where there are sufficient numbers of embryos and we believe this extended culture to day five helps us to select the embryo or embryos with the highest potential. If you are paying for your treatment there is no additional charge for blastocyst culture.

How many embryos will I have transferred?

Our aim is always to achieve a healthy, singleton pregnancy. Multiple pregnancies, even twins, carry additional risks to mother and babies.

Because of this, most patients will have a single embryo transfer. By growing embryos to the blastocyst stage, we are able to identify the embryo with the highest potential so that a single embryo transfer does not decrease your chances of pregnancy.

Can I buy sperm for home insemination?

By law, we can only supply donor sperm for treatment at this clinic or another HFEA registered centre and if we have a match suitable for your requirements (ethnicity, CMV status, hair/eye colour etc).

How do I obtain a copy of my hospital notes/results?

Please contact the unit secretary on 0121 335 8270.

When do I pay for my treatment?

Payment for non-funded treatment is due on the day of the consent signing appointment, which is at the first stage of starting treatment.