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First steps

Introduction
Stages of fertility treatment
Patient information leaflet on your fertility journey
Regional Fertility Centre success rates


Couple speaking to fertility consultant

Introduction

We understand how uncertain and emotional life can be when you’re having difficulty conceiving. The process of finding the right treatment options can be confusing and overwhelming.

To help make it as straightforward as possible, this section guides you through the stages of what to expect when you come to the Regional Fertility Centre. The latest information on treatment waiting times is available here.

As the Regional Fertility Centre is an NHS service, you will need to be referred to us by your GP or a hospital consultant. If you haven’t already spoken to your GP about fertility treatment, your first step should be an appointment with them to discuss the options.

Stages of fertility treatment

When you are referred to the Regional Fertility Centre, there are four main stages to treatment:

  • Consultation – when we receive a referral from your GP or consultant, we will contact you to arrange an initial consultation.
  • Investigations – after your consultation, some further investigations may be arranged to give us more information.
  • Review – when we have the results of these investigations, we will meet with you to discuss the results and possible treatment options.
  • Treatment – if treatment is right for you, your name will then be placed on a waiting list.

These stages are explained in more detail on this website.

Patient information leaflet on your fertility journey

Download our patient information leaflet on your IVF / ICSI / FET fertility journey.

Regional Fertility Centre success rates 

Success rates for 3 June to 30 July 2021 can be downloaded here.

Information on success rates is of limited value when comparing centres and choosing where to seek treatment.

Please refer to the HFEA’s Choose a fertility clinic page for further advice on choosing a clinic.

Regional Fertility Centre success rates for 3 June to 30 July 2021
ICSI Cycles started Pregnancies 
(Preg)
Preg rate / cycles started Egg collections Preg rate / egg collection Embryo transfers Embryos transferred Preg rate / embryo transfer Preg rate / embryos transferred
under 35 36 14 38.% 35 40.0% 24 26 58.3% 53.8%
35 to 37 11 1 9.1% 10 10.0% 8 13 12.5% 7.7%
38 to 39 11 2 18.2% 9 22.2% 7 11 28.6% 18.2%
40 to 42 9 4 44.4% 7 57.1% 7 13 57.1% 30.8%
43 to 44 2 0 0.0% 2 0.0% 2 2 0.0% 0.0%
over 44 0 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0 0.0% 0.0%
Total 69 21 30.4% 63 33.3% 48 65 43.8% 32.3%
IVF Cycles started Pregnancies 
(Preg)
Preg rate / cycles started Egg collections Preg rate / egg collection Embryo transfers Embryos transferred Preg rate / embryo transfer Preg rate / embryos transferred
under 35 9 4 44.4% 8 50.0% 6 6 66.7% 66.7%
35 to 37 5 0 0.0% 3 0.0% 3 5 0.0% 0.0%
38 to 39 2 0 0.0% 2 0.0% 2 3 0.0% 0.0%
40 to 42 4 0 0.0% 4 0.0% 3 5 0.0% 0.0%
43 to 44 0 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0 0.0% 0.0%
over 44 0 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0 0.0% 0.0%
Total 20 4 20.0% 17 23.5% 14 19 28.6% 21.1%