Private Patient IVF/ICSI Cycle

Patient Information

Introduction

You are planning your IVF/ICSI treatment as a private patient in the Assisted Conception Unit at Chelsea and Westminster.  Mr Norman-Taylor will be monitoring your cycle with ultrasound scans and providing clinic advice.  He will usually be available for the egg collection and or embryo transfer, but on occasions this will be performed by one of the other consultants.

Appointments are made through Mr Norman-Taylor’s secretary, Tina, on 01494 892279.

Please ensure that you and your partner have been screened for HIV, Hep B and Hep C within a year of proposed egg collection.  The female partner will also need to be immune to rubella.

The following paper work will need to be completed.

  • Questionnaire
  • Welfare of the Child. Male and Female
  • Consent to Disclosure. Male and Female
  • HFEA Consent to Treatment and Storage. WT. MT
  • Chelsea and Westminster consent forms.

    Gonal F injection

    Giving a subcutaneous FSH injection

Protocol

The protocol used to grow your eggs will depend upon several factors, including your age, AMH and previous response.

Long Protocol

  • Start you Buserelin injections 0.5mls sub.cut daily from day 21 of your cycle.
  • Call Tina (01494 892279) when your period starts and book a ‘down regulation’ scan for 4 or 5 days later.
  • Continue your Buserelin.
  • After your down regulation scan you will start your stimulation injections (Gonal F or Menopur).  You will be reminded of how to take it and your dose.
  • There will usually be three follow up scans to see how the follicles are growing.  These appointments are made with Tina.
  • When the follicles are mature your egg collection will be booked for you.  One of the nurses will call with the times.

Short Protocol (Cetrotide Protocol)

  • Call Tina (01494 892279) as soon as your period starts to book a scan on day 2 or 3.
  • You will need to start your injections on day 3 of your cycle.
  • You will then start your stimulation injections (Gonal F or Menopur).  You will be reminded of how to take it and your dose at your first scan.
  • There will usually be three follow up scans to see how the follicles are growing.  These appointments are made with Tina.
  • When the follicles are mature your egg collection will be booked for you.  One of the nurses will call with the times.

Egg Collection

Your partner will be required to attend at the same time to produce a sample.  Ensure that the most recent ejaculation prior to this was between two and five days previously.

You will be able to go home after your egg collection after one or two hours, but will need someone (your partner) to escort you.

The laboratory will contact you the next day to discuss fertilisation and time your embryo transfer.

Test for pregnancy after 14 days.  If it is positive call Tina to make an appointment for ante-natal scan three weeks later.  If negative or you have your period make a follow-up appointment. There is no charge for these appointments if made within three months of treatment.

Fees

The cost of an IVF cycle comes as a package.  This includes scans, clinical input, theatre charges, basic laboratory charges.

  • IVF £3,475
  • ICSI £5,200

You will be invoiced £700 at the start of the cycle which is non-refundable in case of cancellation due for example to poor response.  The balance will be charged on the day of egg collection.

This does not include the cost of medication, which depends upon your circumstances, but is usually between £600 and £1,200.  Drugs can be bought in the hospital pharmacy or in outside pharmacies.

Potential other charge

  • Blood tests.  Usually for HIV, Hepatitis B and C, £110
  • AMH Blood tests, £100
  • Blastocyst Culture £460
  • Embryo Freezing (including first year or part year storage) £525
  • Infectious treatment cycles, £500 in addition