The London Women's Clinic

How to get started

The first step is usually the hardest, but you are not alone

Treatments

How to get started

The first step

The first step in fertility treatment - contacting a clinic - is never easy  But remember, you are not alone; infertility can affect as many as one in six couples of reproductive age, and the pathway to pregnancy is clearly set out. So whether you are recently concerned about your fertility or looking for guidance, we will do our best to help you find the right path.  

A phone call or e-mail to the London Women's Clinic will usually arrange an initial consultation within a few days, with appointments available Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5pm, as well as some on Saturdays.

This first consultation is necessary before any treatment begins. You will meet one of our specialists, who will discuss your medical history, advise you of the options and start to plan your treatment. Usually, some basics tests will be necessary before this consultation - an ultrasound scan for the female partner, and a semen analysis for the male.

Please note:

Fertility treatment at the LWC will be considered irrespective of social status or sexual orientation, provided applicants meet the stated medical criteria.

Some treatments are dependent on the female partner's age, which is known to be a key determinant of success. The upper age limite for a female wishing to use her own eggs is 45 years.  For those women wishing to use donor eggs, the upper age limit for completed treatment is currently 55 years.

Treatment can take place at the LWC with a BMI of up to 35. Chances of success vary with a high BMI and patients should discuss this with their fertility specialist during their initial consultation.

Pelvic ultrasound scan

An ultrasound scan of your pelvic region will be performed by one of our experienced sonographers. This will provide an image of your uterus and ovaries and allow the sonographer to detect any cysts or polyps, which might be causing fertility problems. The scan does not take long and is not usually painful, but may be a little uncomfortable. The results of the scan will help your consultant diagnose the cause of infertility.

Semen analysis

Results from a semen analysis will give an indication if the cause of infertility lies with the male partner. The analysis will test for 

  • The number of sperm present; fertile sperm require at least 15 million sperms per millilitre and sperm counts well below that are usually suggestive of male infertility.
  • The number of sperms that are moving (motility); the latest recommendations require at least 50% motility.
  • The number of sperms that are normally formed (morphology).
  • Whether or not an infection is present in the sample

The male partner will need to abstain from any form of sexual contact for three days before the semen analysis s performed. 

Consultation with the specialist

Your first consultation will be with a specialist in fertility, gynaecology or IVF. The consultant will complete a detailed review of you and your partner's medical history (where applicable) and discuss the results of the ultrasound scan and semen analysis. It will also be helpful to the consultant if you can provide test results or treatment notes from any other clinics you have used.

Following a review of your medical history and discussion of test results, the specialist will consider your fertility problems and how they might best be resolved. It is from these discussions that treatment plan will be developed.

This appointment is also a good time for any questions about the test results and treatment plan. Inevitably, there will be much information to discuss, but be assured that all your queries will be fully and sympathetically answered.

Nursing consultation

Following your first consultation with a specialist, your treatment plan will be reviewed by a fertility nurse, who will talk you through the next steps. Discussion will cover the drugs and further tests you might need. Your nurse will also go over the paperwork.  

By the end of the consultation you should be quite clear about what to expect and what happens next. Yor fertility nurse will provide contact details, so if you do have any questions you can be sure that someone will be available to help.

Treatments

How to get started

The first step

The first step in fertility treatment - contacting a clinic - is never easy  But remember, you are not alone; infertility can affect as many as one in six couples of reproductive age, and the pathway to pregnancy is clearly set out. So whether you are recently concerned about your fertility or looking for guidance, we will do our best to help you find the right path.  

A phone call or e-mail to the London Women's Clinic will usually arrange an initial consultation within a few days, with appointments available Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5pm, as well as some on Saturdays.

This first consultation is necessary before any treatment begins. You will meet one of our specialists, who will discuss your medical history, advise you of the options and start to plan your treatment. Usually, some basics tests will be necessary before this consultation - an ultrasound scan for the female partner, and a semen analysis for the male.

Please note:

Fertility treatment at the LWC will be considered irrespective of social status or sexual orientation, provided applicants meet the stated medical criteria.

Some treatments are dependent on the female partner's age, which is known to be a key determinant of success. The upper age limite for a female wishing to use her own eggs is 45 years.  For those women wishing to use donor eggs, the upper age limit for completed treatment is currently 55 years.

Treatment can take place at the LWC with a BMI of up to 35. Chances of success vary with a high BMI and patients should discuss this with their fertility specialist during their initial consultation.

Pelvic ultrasound scan

An ultrasound scan of your pelvic region will be performed by one of our experienced sonographers. This will provide an image of your uterus and ovaries and allow the sonographer to detect any cysts or polyps, which might be causing fertility problems. The scan does not take long and is not usually painful, but may be a little uncomfortable. The results of the scan will help your consultant diagnose the cause of infertility.

Semen analysis

Results from a semen analysis will give an indication if the cause of infertility lies with the male partner. The analysis will test for 

  • The number of sperm present; fertile sperm require at least 15 million sperms per millilitre and sperm counts well below that are usually suggestive of male infertility.
  • The number of sperms that are moving (motility); the latest recommendations require at least 50% motility.
  • The number of sperms that are normally formed (morphology).
  • Whether or not an infection is present in the sample

The male partner will need to abstain from any form of sexual contact for three days before the semen analysis s performed. 

Consultation with the specialist

Your first consultation will be with a specialist in fertility, gynaecology or IVF. The consultant will complete a detailed review of you and your partner's medical history (where applicable) and discuss the results of the ultrasound scan and semen analysis. It will also be helpful to the consultant if you can provide test results or treatment notes from any other clinics you have used.

Following a review of your medical history and discussion of test results, the specialist will consider your fertility problems and how they might best be resolved. It is from these discussions that treatment plan will be developed.

This appointment is also a good time for any questions about the test results and treatment plan. Inevitably, there will be much information to discuss, but be assured that all your queries will be fully and sympathetically answered.

Nursing consultation

Following your first consultation with a specialist, your treatment plan will be reviewed by a fertility nurse, who will talk you through the next steps. Discussion will cover the drugs and further tests you might need. Your nurse will also go over the paperwork.  

By the end of the consultation you should be quite clear about what to expect and what happens next. Yor fertility nurse will provide contact details, so if you do have any questions you can be sure that someone will be available to help.

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