Prospective patients are offered the opportunity to be shown round the unit by a member of the clinic team prior to having treatment. This is an opportunity to meet the team, see the facilities and have an informal chat about treatment options.
Single women and same sex couples are accepted for treatment but, as with all other couples, we have a statutory duty to consider the wellbeing of the unborn child and that of any existing children before we offer any licensed treatment.
The upper male age for treatment will be assessed on a case by case basis.
This appointment will be with the consultant of your choice.
Full medical and surgical histories are taken. The most suitable treatment will be discussed and further investigations, if required, will be requested or carried out. Height and weight of both partners will be measured and a Body Mass Index (BMI) calculated.
For private patients their BMI should be between 19 and 32.
For women requesting IVF/ICSI or IUI/DI treatment using their own eggs an AMH blood test will be carried out to assess fertility potential.
Men are usually asked to produce a semen sample prior to the consultation. Sperm count, Motility, Morphology and any relevant history are all considered. While the semen evaluation will give an indication of which treatment is most suitable, the consultant will make a final decision based on both patient's test results. The treatment offered may change at any time, however we do our best to support and counsel patients on this.
You will be given legal consent forms to read through and bring back to your plan appointment. Please do not try and complete these at home. Please make note of any questions you have regarding the consent forms and bring these to your plan appointment.
This appointment will be with a consultant of your choice.
The consultant will talk to you about your treatment and ensure all the necessary paperwork is in place before giving you information about what to do next.
Informed consent from both partners is required before starting any treatment. Legal documents are signed to confirm that informed consent has been given for the treatment being provided. Some treatments require more consent forms than others. Please ask any questions before signing the consent forms.
The HFEA recently published information about supplementary or additional intervention/ treatments that you maybe offered during your treatment for an additional cost. Whilst the HFEA appreciate that some add-on's show benefits to specific groups of patients, increasing live birth rates or reducing miscarriage rates, they remain cautious about their wider use with little clinical data to support them. At Leicester we encourage all our patients to visit the HFEA website to find out more about add-on's
We at Leicester pride ourselves in only offering treatment(s) and/or interventions if we feel it is of clinical benefit to the patient. We also offer many "add-ons" free of additional change to a patients treatment cycle.