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Fertility Check-ups

Fertility Check-ups

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.

Female Checkup

A female fertility check-up or assessment involves some basic investigations to help you understand your fertility status and your ability to conceive.

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Male Checkup

A male fertility check-up, or assessment, will help you to understand your fertility status.

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Fertility Treatments

IVF treatment involves stimulation of 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’.

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ICSI is performed as part of an IVF cycle and refers to a technique whereby a single sperm is injected directly into the egg.

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IMSI is a new technique used to select those sperm that are morphologically normal and that should therefore be most likely to result in a successful pregnancy following intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

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Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI), sometimes referred to as artificial insemination, involves placing prepared sperm into the woman’s womb near the time of ovulation.

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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.

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When a woman or couple is unable to have a child with a male partner’s sperm, they can opt to have assisted conception treatment (IUI or 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.

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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.

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Any surplus embryos in a fresh IVF or ICSI cycle may be frozen if they are of good quality. If the fresh cycle is not successful the frozen embryos can be thawed and used to try again. Alternatively, if the fresh cycle is successful, the frozen embryos can be used in future for attempting to have siblings.

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Mild stimulation or modified natural cycle IVF uses lower doses of fertility medication than conventional “full stimulation” IVF.

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This is the simplest form of assisted conception treatment. Assistance is provided in monitoring the follicular growth, ovulation and timing of the intercourse. There is no stimulation of ovaries with any drugs and this is the most natural form of assisted conception.

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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.

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Specialist Procedures

An endometrial scratch is performed in preparation for embryo transfer. It is a minor procedure that can increase the chance of embryo implantation.

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Hysterosalpingo-Contrast Sonography (HyCoSy) is an ultrasound procedure used to assess the patency of the fallopian tubes and detect abnormalities of the uterus and endometrium. The procedure uses a non-toxic contrast agent for visualization under ultrasound.

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A hysteroscopy is a procedure that allows a surgeon to look inside your womb (uterus) using a narrow tube-like telescopic camera called a hysteroscope. A hysteroscopy can be used either to diagnose or treat a gynaecological condition.

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Ultrasound Scan

Ultrasound Scan

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.

The Endometrial Receptivity Analysis(ERA) is a diagnostic test that helps evaluate a woman’s endometrial receptivity from a molecular perspective. Thus, allowing the preparation and timing of embryo transfer to be personalised.

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Surgical sperm retrieval allows sperm to be obtained when there is no sperm present in the ejaculate. The procedures also allow potentially higher quality sperm to be retrieved when the sperm in the ejaculate is suboptimal.

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Harley Street Fertility Clinic’s laboratory uses state of the art techniques within the field of assisted reproduction. This includes advanced techniques such as blastocyst culture, laser assisted hatching and Embryoglue.

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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.

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Culturing embryos in the laboratory to day five or six gives the embryos more opportunity to prove their developmental potential.

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LAH

LAH

The shell or protective layer of the embryo is called zona pellucida. This may become hard due to the laboratory techniques involved in IVF or due to freezing techniques.The assisted hatching procedure involves thinning or making a hole in the zona pellucida to help the hatching process of the embryos. There is some evidence that assisted hatching might improve the implantation rate.

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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.

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Harley Street Fertility Clinic offers two non-invasive prenatal tests (NIPT) that determine whether your baby is at risk for Down’s Syndrome (Trisomy 21), Edward’s Syndrome (Trisomy 18), and Patau Syndrome (Trisomy 13). NIPT involves a simple blood test and viability scan and may be performed as early as 10 weeks of pregnancy. NIPT will provide accurate answers when they matter most — simply, safely, sooner.

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Gynaecology

Gynaecology

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.

Fertility Preservation

Fertility Preservation

Egg Freezing

Egg freezing is often referred to as fertility preservation because it allows a woman to preserve her fertility, i.e. the chance of conceiving a child with her own eggs, until a later point in her life when she is ready to have a child. Egg freezing can be performed for medical or social reasons.

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Sperm Freezing

Sperm freezing is often referred to as fertility preservation because it allows a man to preserve his fertility, i.e. the chance of conceiving a child with his own sperm, until a later point in his life when he is ready to have a child. Sperm freezing can be performed for medical or social reasons.

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Patient Support

Patient Support

Fertility Support

For many couples, learning that their only way to conceive a child is by undertaking fertility treatment can feel like an emotional blow.

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Acupuncture

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.

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Reflexology

Reflexology is a traditional healing art dating back to millennia, and involves the manipulation of pressure or ‘reflex’ points in both the hands and feet.

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Nutritional Therapy

Nutrition is an important area to get right when you are trying to conceive; a good healthy diet will help to lower stress levels, keep the body in good shape and stabilise hormone levels.

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Fertility Coaching

In conjunction with clinical care, our uniquely holistic and supportive programme can provide you with the additional support you need.

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Antenatal Care

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.

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