Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) frequently asked fertility questions

This page has been developed in order to answer the most common questions asked by patients. If you have a question that you think should be answered on this page, please let us know.


Q. I have been trying to get pregnant for 12 months now. What should I do?
A. If you have been having regular intercourse (2 or 3 times a week- every 2 to 3 days) every month then you should consider visiting your G.P. They will likely initiate some initial investigations, book some tests and may refer you to the Fertility Centre for further investigation and consultation with our specialist staff.

Q. Is NHS funding available for IVF treatment?
A. NHS funding is available if you meet the acceptance criteria for your area. You can find more information on the NHS acceptance criteria page. If the information you require is not available then please feel free to contact the Centre’s nursing staff, who will be happy to help (Tel: 01743 261202).

Q. I have heard that blastocyst transfer would offer me a better chance of success at IVF/ICSI. Do you offer this and how can I get it?
A. Blastocyst transfer is available at the Centre but only for patients who meet certain criteria. Many patients embryos would not grow to the blastocyst stage (day 5) and these patients would not benefit from this treatment. If you are selected for possible blastocyst transfer, this is because you are considered to have a good chance of developing blastocysts.

Q. Do you offer all forms of treatment at your centre?
A. Currently the only treatment not offered by our Fertility Centre is Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. As a regional level centre we are able to provide the same treatments that would be be offered in a large city.