Harley Street Fertility Clinic is one of the few clinics offering an extensive range of fertility services. Supported by a team of specialist consultants in the fields of fertility, gynaecology and urology, we offer advice and treatments in all aspects of assisted conception, gynaecology, endoscopic surgery and male infertility.
HSFC provides comprehensive assistance to couples who are not able to conceive on their own. This ranges from fairly simple techniques such as timing intercourse and inducing ovulation, to more advanced treatments such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and IVF/ICSI using a sperm or egg donor or surrogacy.
Egg Freezing utilising the Vitrification Process
A recent breakthrough using an ultra-rapid process that allows no time for ice to form inside the embryo, which can cause damage and reduce viability.
(Non-drug treatment involving follicular monitoring, ovulation and timing of intercourse), suitable for younger women (aged under 30 years).
IUI - Intra-Uterine Insemination
(Commonly known as artificial insemination), a less invasive and less time consuming procedure that can benefit couples with a range of fertility issues.
IVF - In-Vitro Fertilisation
The main strategy in IVF treatment is to stimulate the ovaries with hormones to produce multiple follicles containing eggs. These eggs are retrieved and mixed with sperm in order for embryos to develop. These embryos are then transferred into the patient after a few days of culturing ‘in vitro’.
IVF with Donor Eggs
When a woman or couple is unable to have IVF with her own eggs, they can receive eggs donated by a donor. Patients receiving eggs are ‘matched’ with a donor of their choice.
IVF with Donor Sperm
When a woman or couple is unable to have a child with a male partner’s sperm, they can opt to have IVF with donor sperm. Patients receiving donor sperm will be ‘matched’ with a donor of their choice. This treatment is also available for single women or female same sex couples.
ICSI - Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection
ICSI is performed as part of an IVF cycle and refers to a technique whereby a single sperm is injected into the egg.
Egg Sharing Treatments
A form of egg donation which is mutually beneficial to both parties. When an infertile couple cannot afford the cost of IVF treatment, they can share their eggs with another couple. The donor couple´s treatment is then provided free of charge.
When a woman cannot carry a baby due to the absence of a uterus or defective uterus, another woman helps the woman or a couple by carrying the baby for them. This treatment is also suitable for male gay couples.
Surgical Sperm Retrieval
This can be done either by PESA/TESA, which is a ‘blind’ method whereby a small needle is inserted into the epididymis or testicle and the sample obtained will contain sperm. In cases of testicular atrophy (non-obstructive azoospermia with high FSH), microdisection TESE is used. In this procedure the testicles are opened up and with the aid of a microscope, tissues containing sperm are taken out and stored. This sperm can be used for ICSI treatment. This procedure is only available in a few clinics in the UK and is performed at HSFC by a consultant urologist who is world renowned for this procedure.
Time-lapse Imaging of Embryos
This process uses an Embryoscope™ to take an image of embryos every 15 minutes and generates a time-lapse movie of the embryos as they develop. Embryonic cells divide at set time intervals, and those times have been shown to be of high clinical value to the success of IVF treatments. Time-lapse videos of embryos enable the embryologist to optimise embryo selection by studying their timelines of division and comparing them against the ideals. This new technique has been shown to improve pregnancy rates because patterns of embryo development can be monitored to select the best embryos. Recent reports on this technique have been very promising and indicate that the technology can also be used to reduce the number of embryos to transfer in order to minimise the risks of multiple pregnancy.
Genetic testing of embryos
One of the major reasons causing embryos to fail to implant or miscarry is a genetic abnormality. It has also been established that the risk of a genetic abnormality increases with maternal age. Hence, genetic testing of an embryo and subsequently transferring embryo(s) that are genetically normal should increase the pregnancy rate, and reduce the risk of miscarriage or birth of a child with a genetic abnormality (e.g. Down’s syndrome). To this end we offer pre-implantation genetic screening to assess whether embryos are chromosomally normal. If you have a family history of a particular genetic condition or are at higher risk for such a condition, we offer pre-implantation genetic diagnosis to test embryos for a particular genetic abnormality.
We believe that it is important to take care of and manage your gynaecological health and fertility from a young age. Fertility ‘check-ups’ should be a regular part of a person’s wellness routine. This is particularly important if there is a family history of fertility problems or gynaecological issues such as early menopause. HSFC offers fertility check-ups for both men and women including hormone blood tests, semen analysis, ultrasound scans and follow-up advice and consultations.
Gynaecology is a wide field encompassing the diagnosis, treatment and management of issues relating to the female reproductive system. The Harley Street Fertility Clinic offers the latest state-of-the-art surgical treatment for a full range of gynaecological issues including well woman screening, hysteroscopy and laparoscopy to treatments for fibroids, ovarian cysts and endometriosis.
The fertility journey can be very stressful, we believe that reducing this stress will not only contribute to your overall well-being but also help to improve the chances of a successful treatment. We have a team of highly experienced counsellors to offer you the support during your treatment plan. It is a legal requirement for all patients receiving donor gametes to be offered ‘implication’ counselling.
With a specialist andrologist & consultant urologist as part of our core medical team, we are able to offer a range of services and treatments for male infertility problems. Treatments range from semen analysis to advanced micro-dissection testicular sperm extraction.
Ultrasonography or ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging technique used to visualise internal organs. It provides invaluable information for the diagnosis and treatment of fertility issues for both men and women. Ultrasound scans are useful in every step of the fertility treatment process and ultimately, to confirm a successful pregnancy. Here at HSFC, we offer the latest ultrasound treatments, including early pregnancy scans and 3D/4D scans of your baby.
We also offer nuchal translucency scans, combined with a blood test, to assess the risk of foetal abnormalities such as Down’s syndrome.
Harley Street Fertility Clinic offers a comprehensive suite of antenatal, including appointments with a consultant Obstetrician and Fetal Medicine Specialist, ultrasound, cervical suture and referral for private delivery.
Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing
Non-invasive prenatal testing analyses cell-free DNA circulating in the pregnant mother’s blood. It is a new option in prenatal screening for Down syndrome (trisomy 21) and other fetal chromosomal conditions (trisomies 18 & 13), X and Y chromosome conditions. The testing is non-invasive: it involves taking a blood sample from the mother. The pregnancy is not put at risk of miscarriage, or from other adverse outcomes that are associated with invasive testing procedures such as amniocentesis.More information about non-invasive prenatal testing →
A Holistic Approach
Struggling with infertility is incredibly stressful and upsetting and these negative feelings can have an impact on your chances of conceiving. Harley Street Fertility Clinic offers the following holistic treatments to help improve your health and well-being.
Acupuncture is well known for its calming effects and has also been found to be effective when undergoing IVF treatment. HSFC is now offering an acupuncture service with a highly experienced expert, to assist patients during their treatment journey. We use traditional needle and laser acupuncture, which stimulates points in the body by using a low-energy laser beam. This is particularly suitable for people who struggle with needles.
Nutritional deficiencies and a toxic overload can have a major effect on fertility by imbalancing hormone levels and reducing sperm quality and motility. Our nutritional service will ensure you are taking in the correct nutrients and that your body is eliminating toxins as efficiently as possible. This will improve the health and quality of the ova and sperm and increase your chances of conception.
Sometimes taking that first step can be daunting. We offer free 30 minute appointments so you can meet members of our team in person, and find out more about the services we offer and how we can help you. The appointments are free and there is no obligation to take things further. Please contact our reception on 020 7436 6838 to book an appointment.
Book a clinical consultation
We advise prospective patients that our free mini-consultations are not formal clinical consultations: the doctors and embryologists are not able to take medical histories or interpret many past results. All patients wishing to receive clinical fertility advice should book a formal clinical consultation with one of our doctors. Please contact our reception on 020 7436 6838 to book a clinical consultation.