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Pride Month

“We have gone from lazy weekends just the two of us to fun-filled weekends running from one kids club to another and we would not have it any other way.”

 Life changed for Kat and Katy when their twins, Ebony and Freddie, were born in 2014. The couple knew they wouldn’t be able to conceive naturally so they reached out to Leicester Fertility Centre for some help.

 This is what Katy said about their fertility experience:

 As a same sex couple, we were a little worried that we might be treated differently but we couldn’t have been more wrong. Everybody we met made us feel welcome – it never once felt awkward.

 They explained everything to us from the donor insemination process through to Kat’s parenting rights as I was going to be carrying our babies,” said Katy, adding: “We came away feeling a lot more comfortable and reassured about everything which is all we could ask for.”

 Because everything was explained so clearly we knew what to expect and were prepared for it not to work first time, which it didn’t. However we went through the process again a month later and this time we conceived – I was pregnant!” I can remember phoning reception to say I had a positive pregnancy test like it was yesterday, it was as if I was talking to a family member they were just as excited as we were.

We were counting down the days to our first scan. It was so exciting and nerve-racking when we got to see our baby for the first time. And that’s when Caroline, our lead nurse, said ‘and while I was looking around, I also found this!’ there was a second baby – we were having twins and couldn’t have been happier.

As we left the scan room, we were greeted by some of the team who had been on our journey with us and it honestly felt like we were telling our family. It was clear the staff really cared about us and our pregnancy.

We continued to visit and share updates throughout the pregnancy, and when Ebony and Freddie were born Kat popped into the clinic to show some photos of our beautiful babies.

The love, energy, excitement and enjoyment that comes from the twins is the best thing that will ever come in to our lives. We are so, so grateful to Leicester Fertility Centre for everything they have done, they gave us the opportunity to be parents and we’ll be forever thankful for that.




For those who don't know me, I am Charlene Freeman and I am a member of the embryology team at Leicester Fertility Center, based at Leicester Royal Infirmary. I'm not great with heights but our patients have inspired me to agree to do something instantly wish I hadn't and that is to abseil 100ft (over 30m!) off a very high building at the Royal Infirmary

About me

I started my training in 2006 after completing my bachelors degree in Medical Biochemistry from The University of Leicester. I qualified in 2011 and became state registered with the Health and Care Professionals Counsel in 2012.

I love my job and the people I get to meet. I have the privileged to be part of peoples journeys towards parenthood. Though my work and experiences with my friends and family I have seen the devastation that infertility can cause to the individuals and their wider support network.

At Leicester we are proud to offer the latest innovations and techniques to both NHS and Privately funded patients at no extra cost; however to keep doing this we often run charitable events to help fund vital equipment. We have managed to raise over £15k in 2018 for our time lapse embryo monitoring incubators which have helped many more patients to archive their dreams of a family.

But we understand we need to do more. So, to help raise funds for new equipment which allows us to continue to give people images of their embryos at transfer as well as additional items needed to help us to support our patients emotional well being we need to start raising funds again.

If you could support us in any way this will help us not only raise money to further help patients but also to fight the sigma of infertility.

Thank you!

Success Rates

Bench marking data from the HFEA website

Updated by HFEA 12.01.20




Age <38 years

National Average

Age 38+ years

National Average













Age <40 years

National Average

Age 40+ years

National Average

Frozen Embryo Transfer





The results above relate to percentage of patients achieving a clinical pregnancy per embryo transfer. 


The results below relate to percentage of patients achieving a clinical pregnancy per insemination:


Age <35 years

National Average

Donor Sperm Insemination




Clinics may present their pregnancy rates in different ways which can be confusing and misleading. When looking at the success rates for a clinic, it's very important that you look at the figures carefully and ensure you look at those most relevant to your personal circumstances.



The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) publish verified results for each UK clinic and these are updated on a six monthly basis. For further information regarding pregnancy rates visit

However, due to changes in policy the HFEA are not currently updating the published data, we do not know when they will resume data verification and publication. This means that data is several years old and probably not relevant to what is currently happening in the clinic.

 Therefore to give you a more current view of our results we are sharing our HFEA performance benchmarking data. This data relates to our pregnancy rates and is based on our data submissions, it covers a 12 rolling month period with an in-built 3 month lag. The HFEA bench mark our pregnancy and birth rate data against the national average.

Clinics may present their pregnancy rates in different ways which can be confusing and misleading. When looking at the success rates for a clinic, it's very important that you look at the figures carefully and ensure you look at those most relevant to your personal circumstances.

Multiple Births

Multiple pregnancies are the single biggest risk of fertility treatment to the health and the welfare of both mother and child. Multiple pregnancies carry higher risk of preterm (premature) labour, miscarriage and low birth weight. Therefore the birth of a single, healthy child is the safest, most desirable outcome of fertility treatment.

In our clinic, we encourage all good prognosis couples to have to just one embryo transferred to reduce the probability of multiple pregnancies.

The HFEA has set a target for all clinics in UK to limit the multiple birth rate to less 10% .

National School of Healthcare Science Work Based Training Provider Accreditation (STP in Reproductive Science)

The National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) has oversight of the Scientist Training Programme (STP). As part of their remit, they are responsible for ensuring the quality of the training offered in the workplace.

Leicester Fertility Centre now has gained approval as a training centre for the Scientist Training Programme (STP) in Reproductive Medicine. This accreditation is valid for 5 years. (see below)