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First steps

Introduction
Stages of fertility treatment
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.

For more information on stages of treatment click here.

Regional Fertility Centre success rates 

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.

01 July 2022 to 31 August 2023
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 35 254 95 37.4% 239 39.7% 179 222 53.1% 42.8%
35 to 37 171 39 22.8% 159 24.5% 128 174 30.5% 22.4%
38 to 39 89 18 20.2% 79 22.8% 69 89 26.1% 17.3%
40 to 42 54 5 9.3% 50 10.0% 46 74 10.9% 6.8%
43 to 44 5 0 0.0% 5 0.0% 4 9 0.0% 0.0%
over 44 0 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0 0.0% 0.0%
Total 573 157 27.4% 532 29.5% 426 582 36.9% 27.0%

 

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 96 31 32.3% 91 34.1% 65 76 47.7% 40.8%
35 to 37 63 20 31.7% 60 33.3% 46 63 43.5% 31.7%
38 to 39 29 9 31.0% 26 34.6% 19 31 47.4% 29.0%
40 to 42 39 3 7.7% 29 10.3% 25 44 12.0% 6.8%
43 to 44 1 0 0.0% 1 0.0% 1 1 0.0% 0.0%
over 44 0 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0 0.0% 0.0%
Total 227 61 26.9% 206 29.6% 156 215 39.1% 28.4%
01 July 2022 to 31 August 2023
FET Cycles started Clinical pregnancies (CP) CP Rate / Cycle Started Thaws CP Rate / Thaw Embryo Transfers Embryos Transferred  CP Rate / Embryo Transfer CP Rate / Embryo Transferred
under 35 158 60  38.0%  151 39.7% 151 161 39.7%  37.3%
35 to 37 97 41 42.3% 87 47.1% 85 92 48.2% 44.6%
38 to 39 72 18 25.0% 65 27.7% 63 74 28.6% 24.3%
40 to 42 49 7 14.3% 43 16.3% 41 46 17.1% 15.2%
43 to 44 21 4 19.0% 11 36.4% 11 12 36.4% 33.3%
over 44 1 0 0.0% 1 0.0% 1 1 0.0% 0.0%
Total  398 130 32.7% 358 36.6% 352 386 36.9% 33.7%