Choosing a fertility clinic that’s right for you
We understand that choosing a fertility clinic is a very personal decision. We’ve put together a brief guide to help you make the right decision. So, what’s important?
- Specialist fertility expertise
- Is there a waiting time for treatment
- Clinical success rates
- Care and support
- Transparent costs
- Funding and payment options
It can be difficult to find the right fertility clinic for you when IVF costs and success rates vary so much from clinic to clinic. Here are some useful questions to ask when you’re considering treatment:
Does the clinic have the expertise to help me?
Check whether the clinic offers consultant-led care. This means that your care will be overseen by a consultant gynaecologist specialising in fertility treatment. The clinic’s website should provide profiles of the fertility team detailing their specialist expertise.
Care is consultant-led at Bath Fertility. Our consultants are pioneers in fertility treatment and are referred to by clinicians around the country for their expertise. Our clinical team also includes a GP with a special interest in reproductive health.
How quickly can I be seen?
Does the fertility clinic have a waiting list if you need IVF, ICSI or IUI treatment?
At Bath Fertility we aim to see you within a week if you’re funding your own treatment, or as soon as required blood tests are completed. Patients seeking NHS funded treatment are seen as soon as funding is in place.
Do success rates relate to clinical pregnancies?
Make sure any success statistics you’re given relate to clinical pregnancies or live births. Clinical pregnancies are those confirmed by ultrasound scan with fetal heartbeat present. Some clinics choose to publish biochemical pregnancy rates, which make them appear more successful. These are for positive pregnancy tests only and are always higher than clinical pregnancy rates.
Request to see the statistics for your age group. Success rates are higher for younger age groups, which is why some IVF clinics only show these on their websites.
At Bath Fertility, our consistently high success rates rank us amongst the top fertility clinics in the country. Our rates are regularly updated and are reported to the HFEA (the government body which regulates UK fertility clinics).
What about “cumulative” success rates if I have more than one treatment cycle?
Some people are lucky on their first IVF treatment cycle, but many need multiple cycles in order to have a baby. Ask what the chances are of achieving a successful pregnancy following more than one treatment cycle.
For patients who came to see us at Bath Fertility in 2016/2017, the cumulative success rates for those who undertook up to three cycles of IVF was an amazing 91% (this includes transfer of all fresh and frozen embryos up to 3 cycles of treatment).
Can I look around the clinic?
It’s important that you feel comfortable where you choose to have your treatment. Going through fertility treatment can be a highly emotional experience so you need to feel supported. Many clinics offer open evenings, giving you the opportunity to look around the clinic and meet the team.
We run open evenings monthly. Should you wish to come around at another time, we would be more than happy to arrange a personal visit with a member of our fertility team.
What sort of support should I look for?
All licensed clinics are required to offer independent counselling. Do check that the clinic has a qualified counsellor to help you whenever you need it.
Bath Fertility has an experienced team of counsellors who specialise in the issues associated with fertility treatment, to ensure all patients are supported throughout their journey. This is a complimentary service.
It can help reduce stress if you know who will be looking after you whilst you’re having treatment. Our team will be happy to answer any questions and our consultants are available for emergency medical advice 24/7.
If I don’t qualify for NHS funding, can I afford treatment?
Some fertility clinics provide guide prices which aren’t inclusive of all fees associated with your treatment. It’s vital that you get a clear understanding of what is and what isn’t included in the costs quoted.
Fertility costs vary as there are several treatment options. You should meet with your consultant so that a personalised treatment plan can be costed according to your specific needs.
We understand that cost may be one of the biggest concerns when considering fertility treatment. Our straightforward, patient-focused approach means that all prices are transparent, so you know exactly what you’re paying for, with no hidden costs.