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Add-on Treatments on offer:

Where we think that an add-on treatment may be beneficial to your treatment, one of our doctors will discuss this option with you. However, you are under no obligation to accept this add-on and we will only include this option once you have had a full discussion with our Doctor on the implications, benefits and risks of these tests and interventions, and are happy to proceed. Currently, we offer the following add-on treatments:

Known sperm donation refers to the process in which a person or couple uses sperm from a donor they know personally, such as a friend, a family member, or someone they have chosen. Unlike unknown sperm donation, where the donor’s identity is typically undisclosed, known sperm donation involves a direct connection between the donor and the parent/s.

Known sperm donation process begins with a consultation and medical tests for the prospective donor in order to assess their suitability. Both donors and recipients must have implications counselling and sign consent forms to donate the sperm. The sperm needs to be frozen and quarantined for at least three months, after which the donor needs to have further blood tests to ensure that the frozen sperm is safe to be used in treatment.

Donor sperm can be used in IVF/ICSI or IUI, depending on the medical history of the recipient/s. The method involves preparing the donor’s sperm and introducing it to the woman’s reproductive system during ovulation or fertilising her eggs in a lab setting. 

Known sperm donation might be recommended for:

  • Male infertility
  • Same-sex female couples
  • Single women
  • To prevent the transmission of a specific genetic condition

This includes:

  • A consultation of the prospective sperm donor with one of our clinicians
  • A sperm analysis
  • All required pre-quarantine screening blood tests
  • An implications counselling session
  • A session with the member of the nursing team to support the sperm donor with the consenting process
  • Sperm freezing (several samples)
  • Post quarantine blood tests
  • Clearance of frozen sperm for use

EmbryoGlue £199

EmbryoGlue is not an actual glue, but an embryo transfer solution that contains a high concentration of hyaluronan and recombinant human albumin, both of which promote implantation. 

The use of the EmbryoGlue solution may increase the chances of implantation of the embryo to the womb.

Endometrial scratch£295

The endometrial scratch is a straightforward outpatient procedure that is relatively painless (similar to a cervical smear test). The procedure involves “scratching” the endometrial lining of the womb with a very small catheter (plastic tube) prior to an attempt to get pregnant.

The theory is that this procedure triggers the body to repair the site of the scratch, releasing chemicals and hormones that make the womb lining more receptive to an embryo implanting.

Analysis of Chronic Infective Endometritis (ALICE) £550

Is a test that assesses bacteria in the uterine cavity.

It is usual for there to be bacteria in the uterine cavity, however, studies show that the presence of bacteria that cause inflammation or illness may be associated with embryo implantation failure.

ALICE is a test that looks specifically for bacteria that cause chronic, low-grade infection of the womb lining (endometritis). It looks for 8 bacteria that are potentially harmful to an implanting embryo and treatment can include antibiotics.

For more information on treatment add-ons please refer to the HFEA guidance which is in this link