… I am due to take my pregnancy test next week, and before I do it I wanted to thank you so much for all that you and your team have done for me…

Card W-K 2013

… we genuinely could not have done it without you…

Text JB 2013

… I have been meaning to write to you for some time to show you pictures of our twins that have bought us so much joy..

Email AN 2013

I am so happy, can I give you a hug?

In person AT 2015

Thank you once again… two out of two

Text JB 2015

Types of Fertility Treatments at our IVF Fertility Clinic in London, UK

Here at IVF Chelsea we offer a wide range of fertility treatments. Below is a list of our types of fertility treatment however if you require any more information then please contact us direct:

Follicle Tracking and Ovulation Induction

We can help you determine the best time for a natural conception.  This would usually be with ultrasound scans and hormone assessments.  When you have a mature follicle in your ovary we can wait for the natural surge of hormones that will lead to ovulation, or you can have an injection of the natural hormone, which would enable you to time exactly when ovulation will occur, and so improve the chances of natural conception. If ovulation is not occurring, then medication can sometimes be helpful to stimulate egg production.

IUI Fertility Treatment

Intra-Uterine Insemination

The prepared sperm sample is injected into the uterine cavity, when ovulation occurs, usually timed with a natural hormone injection,

The development of a follicle containing the egg is monitored by ultrasound either on a natural cycle or on a cycle stimulated with fertility medication. When the follicle is seen to be mature, we can administer an injection which will induce ovulation approximately 36 hours later. At the time of ovulation we will also obtain a sample of semen from the partner.  The sperm are washed and this is placed into the uterine cavity via a small catheter through the cervix. IUI Fertility Treatment is a painless procedure which takes only a few minutes.

IVF Treatments in London

A couple may go through an IVF cycle for several reasons.  One being damage to the fallopian tubes; another poor sperm quality, when IVF is combined with the ICSI process.  Couples often go through an IVF cycle for prolonged unexplained infertility.  This is when there is no obvious cause for their difficulties, but there has been no conception for more than 2 years or so.

There are two main regimens of treatment, the long and the short protocols.  Some clinics like to time the cycle with the woman being on the oral contraceptive pill for a month.  There have been many studies debating the pros and cons of these various schedules, and many others suggested, however the results are all much the same, and your clinician will discuss with you the schedule you will be on.


A transvaginal utlrasound of the ovary. Several follicles have developed and are the right size for egg collection

An IVF cycle requires the stimulation of the ovaries with injections of the hormone FSH.  Unfortunately the ovarian response to these injections is very variable depending on several factors, but most particularly your ovarian reserve.  It is therefore necessary to perform scans of the ovaries to measure the size of the follicles and to combine this with a blood test for oestradiol, the hormone that comes from the follicles.

You will also need to take a blocking hormone, either by sniffing it or with another injection.  This is to stop you from releasing the eggs before they can be collected.  In the long protocol this starts before the FSH, and in the short protocol after the FSH has been started.

On average after 11 days of injection the follicles will be mature.  You will be given a trigger injection 36 hours or so before the planned egg collection.

Egg collection is done under sedation or anaesthetic, with a needle sucking the fluid from the follicles and bringing the egg with it.  In the laboratory the embryologist will fertilize the egg by mixing it with your partner’s sperm, or by injecting the sperm directly into the egg (ICSI).

The embryologist will generally call the next morning to let you know how things have gone.  Hopefully there will be fertilization and your embryo transfer will be planned for between two and five days later.

On the day of transfer, the staff will discuss with you how the embryos have done.  It would be unusual for all the eggs to have developed into good embryos.  Hopefully you will already had a discussion with your partner regarding the number of embryos to replace.  The choice being one or two.  One, two or three if you are over forty.  Pregnancy rates are slightly higher with more embryos, but the risk of twins is high in some couples, and twins are much more than twice the trouble.  More information on the number of embryos to replace is available at www.oneatatime.org.uk.

Transfer itself does not require any anaesthetic, and is similar to having a smear test.  The doctor will clean the cervical canal and gently pass the embryos into the uterine cavity with a fine catheter. Then the wait.  Implantation will occur over the next few days.  Most clinics will give you some progesterone supplements for two weeks from embryo transfer and ask you to do a pregnancy test at the end of that period.  Hopefully with a positive outcome.

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

For the couple IVF with ICSI is much the same as IVF without. The main difference is in the laboratory. Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection is used when there is a very low sperm count or the sperm have had to be surgically retrieved from the man.

At IVF Chelsea we can provide a range of services and information, including Fertility Treatments, Laparoscopy Fertility Treatments, advice on Problems Conceiving and common Fertility Problems.

Book your Fertility Treatments today

At IVF Chelsea we can provide a range of services and information, including Fertility Treatments, Laparoscopy Fertility Treatments, advice on Problems Conceiving and common Fertility Problems.

For more information regarding our fertility treatments or to book an appointment please Contact us on 01753 306910 or email us at admin@windsorfertility.co.uk

Are there any alternative fertility treatments?

Many couples would prefer to seek alternative therapy to help them with a spontaneous conception. Alternative treatments are also often used in conjunction with IVF,  Most of the evidence is around acupuncture, and we are very happy to work with an acupuncturist with the appropriate experience and training.

In the meantime it is worth making sure you are as healthy as possible. Ensure that you are taking Folic Acid to reduce the chance of spina bifida in your baby and ensure that you are immune to rubella.