Assisted reproductive treatments 

We offer a full range of fertility treatments including ovulation induction, super-ovulation, intrauterine insemination and in-vitro fertilisation. Couples are referred to the unit from their general practitioners and we encourage that as many investigations as possible are completed prior to the first appointment (list below). Some Fertility treatment carry a wait time including IVF, this will be discussed at your consultation.

Due to increase on demand for our IVF service, we may not be able to offer IVF treatment if referral is not made within reasonable time required to perform assessment and completion of treatment. Referrals should be made at least 6 months before cut off age. Please consult your GP about the policy that applies to your area before being referred.

Please note that at present we are able to provide IVF treatment only for couples who are registered with a general practitioner in  the following areas: Camden, Islington, Brent, Central London, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, West London. We are happy to provide treatment to couples who are not from these areas, however it will be necessary to get pre-approval from individual CCGs on a case by case basis.

Ovulation induction

This is a simple treatment that aims to cause women, who have infertility because they are not ovulating, to ovulate. This is done either with Clomiphene tablets, Gonadotrophin injections or an infusion pump. Each case is assessed and managed individually. We typically report pregnancy rates in order of 20% per month which is equivalent to the monthly conception rate in fertile couples.

Super-ovulation and intrauterine insemination

This is a simple treatment that is used to treat unexplained infertility or infertility due to mild endometriosis. We aim to induce the female partner to release two to three eggs in a month by using either Clomiphene tablets or Gonadotrophin injections; when these are ready to be released we will prepare a sample of the male partners semen and inseminate. This is a successful treatment with pregnancy rates of around 15% per month and the cumulative pregnancy rate after three months (i.e. three cycles) approaches 35-40%. The overall risk of multiple pregnancy with this treatment is between 5-10%.

In-vitro fertilisation

In couples where simple treatment does not work or when recommended by a specialist, in-vitro fertilisation is available at UCH. This treatment involves stimulating the ovaries and then collecting the eggs under an anaesthetic. This part of the treatment takes place on another site at the Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health which is a private service, however patients remain under the care of UCLH throughout thier treatment. These eggs are then fertilised with the partners sperm in the laboratory and embryos are created. These embryos are then allowed to develop in the laboratory and then either one or two are placed in the uterus. This treatment is done in conjunction with our partner unit The Centre for Reproductive & Genetic Health (www.crgh.co.uk). We have one of the highest success rates in the country with the lowest multiple pregnancy rates (currently 15% for IVF) .

Excess embryos are then frozen and can be used for further treatments. The team is able to provide a comprehensive range of adjunctive treatments related to IVF including assisted hatching, blastocyst culture and intracystoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) when appropriate.

We do not offer IVF with donor eggs or donor semen and referrals for this type of treatment should be made to a centre offering this service. Your GP should be able to advise. 

 Our performance

"We have one of the highest success rates in the country with the lowest multiple pregnancy rates"