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Free IVF Treatment & 40 Free Fertility Consultations With Herts & Essex Fertility Centre

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Herts & Essex Fertility Centre

Herts & Essex Fertility Centre is one of the UK’s most reputable and best performing IVF clinics with 29 years history. The clinic was founded in 1989 by our CEO Mr Michael Ah-Moye who has been building his impressive experience and expertise in Assisted Conception since 1984. Our dedicated team has helped to create thousands of happy new families by delivering over 5,900 babies.

Michael & AndrewOur IVF treatment success rates are among the highest in the country according to the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) database.

We are experts in the assessment of fertility problems, and we identify the safest, surest and most cost-effective route to a successful pregnancy. We take immense pride in providing a medical service of the highest calibre, tailored to suit the individual needs of each patient, in a friendly, supportive and caring environment.

We believe that any individual willing to make a lifelong commitment to providing a loving, nurturing, caring and supportive environment for a child deserves the chance to become a parent. Therefore, we provide a number of different fertility treatments to help heterosexual couples, same-sex couples and single parents to start their family.

IUI, IVF, ICSI & PICSI

At our clinic, we offer a number of fertility treatments such as IUI, IVF, ICSI & PICSI.

IUI is a fertility treatment in which high-quality sperm are separated from slow-moving or nonmoving sperm. This sperm is then inseminated directly into the womb and can either be performed with the partner’s sperm or donor sperm.

IUI allows the body to do more on its own than on an IVF cycle, so it’s a more natural but also less successful form of treatment.

IVF and ICSI are laboratory techniques by which a single sperm fertilises a single mature egg. In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) the eggs are removed from the ovaries and fertilised by sperm in a glass dish in the laboratory whereas in ICSI a single sperm is chosen and injected into a mature egg using a very fine needle under microscopic control. ICSI assists the sperm to achieve fertilisation and is the recommended treatment for Male Factor Infertility.

PICSI is an additional sperm selection technique used to select mature sperm for use within ICSI.

Sperm are selected based on the sperm’s ability to interact with a naturally occurring protein that is found on the cumulus complex on the membrane surrounding the egg.

PICSI is an excellent choice for couples where the male partner has documented issues with sperm concentration, motility, morphology and/or functionality on HBA sperm analysis.

The decision as to which treatment is the most suitable for our patients will depend on the quality of the sperm sample provided on the day of the egg collection as the sperm quality can fluctuate on a regular basis.

EGG SHARING

There are various reasons why some women require treatment with donor eggs. It may be a result of their age seriously affecting egg quality, an early menopause, chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment permanently damaging the ovaries, unexplained infertility or that some women are born without ovaries.

Egg sharing anonymously brings together two women needing IVF treatment but for very different reasons. Many women will have the potential to produce plenty of eggs during their IVF treatment while the other cannot have treatment at all without the precious gift of donated eggs to fulfil her dream of a baby.

It gives women, who generously wish to donate eggs, the opportunity to help another woman and in return helps towards funding her own much-needed IVF treatment.

Our egg share programme, rewards the donors’ with a fully funded IVF treatment which includes saline infusion sonogram (SIS), endometrial scratch, male and female screening tests, and fertility drugs.

EGG FREEZING

Egg freezing enables healthy, young women the opportunity to preserve their fertility. We know that frozen eggs can be stored safely in liquid nitrogen for many years and our regulatory body, the HFEA, allows UK clinics to store frozen eggs for up to 10 years, enabling patients to use them for their treatment in the future. This may be when they have met the right partner or when they are financially or emotionally ready to start their family.

Egg freezing is an option to consider for fertility preservation if you are at risk of premature ovarian failure, premature menopause or if you are having surgery to remove your ovaries.

Egg freezing can also help preserve your fertility if you are undergoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment for illnesses such as cancer or in cases of transgender reassignment.

Fertility is, unfortunately, age-dependent and your chance of a successful pregnancy with frozen eggs is higher if your eggs are frozen at a very early reproductive age. Success rates for treatment using frozen eggs depend upon many different factors so, when faced with a patient enquiring about egg freezing, we will always be honest and realistic.

We will provide an accurate account of what egg freezing treatment involves its advantages and disadvantages, and the potential success rates. As long as the decision is an informed and balanced one, we would never discourage a woman from choosing to freeze her eggs.

SPERM FREEZING

We offer fertility preservation in the form of sperm freezing and banking for men who wish to store their sperm to use for fertility treatment in the future including transgender reassignment.

Treatment with chemotherapy or radiotherapy or surgery for conditions that may damage your fertility is the most common reason for freezing sperm. It may be that you are about to undergo a vasectomy, or are undergoing treatment for cancer, or have a sperm count or sperm quality that is deteriorating prematurely.

We also freeze donated sperm for six months before it can be used in sperm donation treatment.

This allows for the sample to be routinely quarantined and undergo the required screening.

SURROGACY

We are one of the most experienced clinics in the UK in surrogacy; our experts have been successfully supporting intended parents and their surrogates for more than 100 cycles of surrogacy in the last 5 years.

Surrogacy describes the arrangement made when a woman agrees to become pregnant and have a baby for another couple. The woman having the baby is called the surrogate and she will be the legal mother at birth, if she is married her husband will be the legal father. If she is unmarried she can nominate either one of the intended parents to be the 2nd legal parent.

The intended parents will then need to apply for a parental order to become the legal parents, this needs to occur within 6 months of the baby being born

There are two forms of surrogacy: Full/host surrogacy and Partial/straight surrogacy.

FULL/HOST SURROGACY

In this scenario, the intended parents use IVF treatment to create embryos which are then placed in the uterus of the surrogate. the embryos must be created using at least one of the intended parents own eggs or sperm. The embryos are then placed in the uterus of the surrogate. .

PARTIAL/STRAIGHT SURROGACY

Partial surrogacy involves the surrogate becoming pregnant by artificial insemination or IVF, using the sperm from the intended father together with the surrogate’s eggs.

It’s illegal to become a surrogate for commercial reasons. Therefore the only payments that can be exchanged between the Intended Parents and their surrogate are those that can be classed as reasonable expenses.

IN-HOUSE SPERM BANK

Our clinic has been helping both heterosexual couples, same-sex couples and single women conceive using sperm donation for many years and to this end, we have established our very own in-house bank of sperm donors, who satisfy UK medical and legal guidelines to provide safe and regulated treatment for those requiring treatment using a sperm donor.

Herts & Essex Fertility Nursing Team


FREE IVF TREATMENT OFFER

Herts & Essex Fertility Centre are delighted to announce that they will be taking part in the Fertility Journeys project in collaboration with Fertility Road Magazine. Our fertility experts are coming on board to support this remarkable inventiveness and give hope and support to couples who are trying for a dream baby.

WHAT’S ON OFFER?

A FREE IVF TREATMENT & 40 FREE FERTILITY CONSULTATIONS

This year our clinic is celebrating the 40 years of IVF and will be offering a free fertility treatment (IVF/ICSI) including the medication to a lucky couple. In addition to this celebratory year, we will select 40 lucky couples for a free fertility consultation with one of our fertility doctors. The free consultation package consists of a full consultation, an Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) blood test and a semen analysis with Hyaluronan Binding Assay (HBA) assessment. Same-sex couples will either have two AMH tests or two semen assessments.


TO APPLY

To enter the draw for the incredible free round of IVF/ICSI or a chance to have one of the 40 fully funded consultation appointment, please read the terms and conditions below and follow the link to the form to submit your application.

Terms and Conditions

The fertility treatment prize includes initial consultation, pre-treatment tests (ultrasound scan, AMH blood test, semen assessment etc.), 1 cycle of IVF treatment, plus ICSI if required.

All medication

Medical and nursing appointments and care

All in-treatment laboratory tests and procedures

Monitoring and scanning costs

Egg Collection

Embryo transfer

Pregnancy serum test

Pregnancy ultrasound scan

Follow up consultation (if taken within three months of treatment completion)

Counselling

The prize does not include:

Cost of freezing embryos plus the storage of these gametes.

Surgical sperm retrieval

Empirical treatments

This prize does not include any costs of having donor treatment. If the prize winner needed donor eggs or sperm we would deduct the costs of the above and the recipient would need to pay the additional costs.

The value of this prize is in excess of £6000.

This prize could not be used against surrogacy treatment.

Treatment timings

We will contact the winner and aim to get them a consultation to start treatment as soon as possible, depending on their cycle.

Any offer of treatment is subject to the relevant Welfare of Child checks Patients would also need to have a BMI of less than 35 to undergo treatment.

If the subscriber has travelled to a Zika affected country they will be required to wait the length of the relevant quarantine period before treatment could commence.

Criteria selection for the free IVF cycle

The successful applicants that will be shortlisted for the free IVF treatment prize must be under the age of 38 years old and with a BMI between 19 – 35.

This offer doesn’t apply to existing Herts & Essex Fertility Centre patients who are currently undergoing treatment.

Criteria selection for the 40 free consultation appointments

The successful applicants that will be shortlisted for the 40 free consultation appointments must be under the age 50. The appointments will be offered according to clinics availability.

This offer doesn’t apply to existing Herts & Essex Fertility Centre patients who are currently undergoing treatment

The successful couple that will receive the free IVF cycle will not be included in the 40 free consultations draw.

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Free IVF Treatment With Gennet City Fertility Clinic

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Gennet City Fertility

At Gennet City Fertility we offer you bespoke fertility treatment using an individualised approach and cutting-edge technologies.

Our promise to you is that we will look thoroughly into your fertility difficulties; that we will use state of the art treatment protocols and technologies, and when appropriate, we will also ‘think outside the box’.

The members of the team at GENNET City Fertility were carefully chosen on the basis of their achievements while working in reputable units in London and overseas. Within our team, we share extensive experience of and vast knowledge in fertility medicine, assisted reproduction and the management of early pregnancy. Using this knowledge and experience we endeavour to provide you with the most expert advice and to guide you through a fertility journey that is caring, safe, professional and transparent.

At our clinic, we offer a number of fertility treatments:

  • Ovulation induction
  • IUI
  • IVF
  • ICSI
  • PICSI – IMSI
  • Egg donation
  • Sperm donation
  • Embryo donation
  • Surrogacy

We also offer many other services:

  • Joint, female or male fertility assessment
  • Egg freezing
  • Sperm freezing
  • Preimplantation genetic diagnosis
  • Preimplantation genetic screening
  • Urology and Andrology
  • Surgical sperm retrieval
  • Counselling
  • Psychosexual advice
  • Acupuncture
  • Nutritionist consultation
  • Support groups and support programs.

We are a proud partner of Access Fertility which is the largest provider of IVF Refund & Multi-Cycle Programmes and Fertility Finance in the UK.

Ramesan Navaratnarajah

WHAT ARE WE OFFERING TO FERTILITY ROAD READERS?

A FREE IVF TREATMENT DRAW & 50 FREE INITIAL CONSULTATIONS

We are offering a free fertility treatment (IVF/ICSI) including the medication to one lucky couple. In addition to this, we will select 50 couples for a free initial consultation with one of our fertility specialists worth £200.

TO APPLY

To enter the draw for the incredible free round of IVF/ICSI or a chance to have one of the 50 fully funded consultation appointments, please read the terms and conditions below and follow the link to the form to submit your application.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The fertility treatment prize includes initial consultation, pre-treatment tests (Antral follicle count scan, AMH blood test, semen assessment etc.), 1 cycle of IVF treatment, plus ICSI if required.

  • All medication
  • Medical and nursing appointments and care
  • All in-treatment laboratory tests and procedures
  • Monitoring and scanning costs
  • Egg Collection
  • Embryo transfer
  • Pregnancy serum test
  • Pregnancy ultrasound scan
  • Follow up consultation (if taken within three months of treatment completion)
  • Counselling
  • The prize does not include:
  • Cost of freezing embryos plus the storage of embryos.
  • Surgical sperm retrieval
  • Empirical treatments

This prize does not include any costs of having donor treatment. If the prize winner needs donor eggs or sperm we would deduct the costs of the above and the recipient would need to pay the additional costs.

The value of this prize is in excess of £6000.

This prize could not be used against surrogacy treatment.

THE ACTUAL PROCESS

We will contact the winner and aim to get them a consultation to start treatment as soon as possible, depending on their cycle.

Any offer of treatment is subject to the relevant Welfare of the Child checks. Patients would also need to have a BMI of less than 35 to undergo treatment.

If the applicant has travelled to a Zika affected country they would be required to wait the length of the relevant quarantine period before treatment could commence.

FREE IVF CYCLE SELECTION CRITERIA

The successful applicants that will be shortlisted for the free IVF treatment prize must be under the age of 38 years old and with a BMI that is 19 to 35.

This offer doesn’t apply to existing Gennet City Fertility patients who are currently undergoing treatment.

50 FREE INITIAL CONSULTATIONS SELECTION CRITERIA

The successful applicants who will be shortlisted for the 50 free consultation appointments must be under the age 50. The appointments will be offered according to the clinic’s availability.

This offer doesn’t apply to existing Gennet City Fertility patients who are currently undergoing treatment

The successful couple that will receive the free IVF cycle will not be included in the 50 free consultations draw.

TO APPLY PLEASE CLICK HERE

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IVF Spain Update Us on Claire & David and Laura & Ian Progress

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Claire & David IVF Spain

During the first week of August, Claire (42) and David (35), the winners of this year’s Fertility Journey, visited our clinic for their first embryo transfer.

They were pleased to share with us the emotion and joy created by their short stay in Spain.

“We have spent some time in Alicante ahead of the transfer, relaxing in the area and preparing for our next visit to IVF Spain. Our experience with previous treatments with UK clinics has been very stressful but in Alicante, we have spent most of our time preparing for treatment by relaxing on the beach!”

Claire and David arrive at IVF Spain after having been trying to get pregnant for 7 long years and experienced 3 failed ICSI treatments with their own eggs. IVF Spain discovered that the quality of the embryos was poor and that they had always been transferred on day 3 of their development with a bad morphology. In order to increase their chances of getting pregnant, the clinic recommended an egg donation treatment – a fertility treatment which that greatly depends on matching the perfect donor to the patient.

To protect both patients and donors Spanish law requires that the donation process must be completely anonymous.  In addition, donors must be in good condition and younger than 35. Moreover, both donor and patient must share a phenotypical resemblance: hair colour, BMI, eye colour, and so on.

Dr Herea

Claire and David were grateful that so many women in Spain were willing to donate their own eggs, enabling others less fortunate, the chance of forming a family.

“We are really grateful that there are people willing to donate eggs. If we are being honest, it has taken a while for us to understand the Spanish anonymity rules for egg donors, but we have taken the time to consider this. It’s hard not having control or letting another person being in charge for something related to your baby. However, we even think now it is better that way, because the more you know, the more you want to know and we do prefer knowing nothing and leaving it in the clinic’s hands.”

There are other factors, however, that are crucial to achieving a successful pregnancy: the quality of the embryo and the microenvironment of the endometrial lining. This means that a successful pregnancy also depends on the successful communication between the embryo and the endometrial lining.

When we discovered that Claire didn’t have a single positive pregnancy test, we suggested to perform an endometrial biopsy to analyse the retrieved sample by means of the ER Map® test (Endometrial Receptivity Map) and accurately determine the receptivity of Claire’s endometrium during the window of implantation (the moment when the endometrial lining is receptive).

”The test results showed that Claire’s endometrium was post-receptive, meaning that a transfer performed on day 5.5 of progesterone (like in 70% of cases) would not end up in a successful pregnancy” explains Dr Natalia Szlarb.

“Before coming to IVF Spain, we had never heard of an endometrial study or ER Map. The fact that the endometrial study analyses the best time to transfer the embryo could make a big difference to our treatment. We were really impressed with the accuracy of the test. Our ER Map test result was post-receptive and although this was initially a concern, we later came around to the view that knowing the best time to transfer the embryo would increase the chances of success, and this might have been the reason our other treatments in the UK had failed” – Claire and David.

There are other key factors, however, to achieve a pregnancy such as the male factor. David suffers from teratospermia which implies that 96% of the ejaculate sperm cells have an abnormal morphology. Luckily, we were able to improve David’s sperm quality and fertilize the retrieved eggs.

We now wish them the best of luck!

Although it will not be until mid-September when Laura (41) and Ian (44), the 2018 runners-up visit us in Alicante for their embryo transfer, they already talked about the differences between IVF Spain and former clinics. They were impressed at how extensively their case had been studied by our fertility specialists.

“I think the longer you have treatment the more difficult it becomes. When you begin there’s a naivety along the lines of, ‘we’ll have one, maybe two goes at IVF and have a baby in our arms’. After 7 treatments (and lots of add-ons) the feelings completely change. You feel terrified that it won’t work, and you’ll never become parents. You’re scared it will work and you’ll lose the baby again (Laura and Ian have experienced 5 losses). You’re scared of physically going through the treatment as you’ve had so much. Each test and treatment creates fear – fear that it will hurt, be traumatizing, that it will give you more bad news. Then there’s the impact on your own mental health and emotional well-being. Can I handle this? What if the results say something’s wrong with me? Will I blame myself? It starts to really damage your mental health and well-being. Financially you start to feel that you’re risking everything, and it may not pay off.

For us we have renewed hope with IVF Spain. We have undergone tests that we’ve never had before (ERA, NK biopsy and KIR). We have paid for lots of very expensive blood tests and drugs but never received this kind of analysis. So, we feel as though the treatment is now specifically for us.

This creates more positivity, a feeling of being cared for and that maybe, just maybe, we’ll get to be parents.

Plus, we’re now using donor eggs. The hope starts to soar and with that comes excitement. Hope is the only thing that keeps you going and overcoming the fears I mentioned. This opportunity with IVF Spain has given us hope that we thought we’d lost.”

Laura is 41 years old and has already been through traumatic losses including an ectopic pregnancy. Due to this and to the fact that Laura suffers from recurrent miscarriage, our medical team at IVF Spain recommended an egg donation treatment to increase their chances.

The couple is thankful for the egg donation process being anonymous, as otherwise it would be really difficult to find a donor:

“For us, it’s taken some of the pressure away. I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to choose a donor ourselves. But putting your complete trust into someone else’s hands is hard.

We’ve explored whether it would be better for our future child to know the donor. I think that’s something we’ll never know. But we hope that he/she will understand our decision to choose an anonymous donor. It would be good to know a little more about the heritage of the donor but then we also know that we often don’t even know our own heritage. We’ll make sure Spain is a key part of their story.

It’s also really odd to not know who this person is. What they look like and personality. What’s motivating them to help us. One of the things I’ve been really consumed with is the gratitude you have for this person. I’d like to thank them but can’t.

Anonymity means we have a chance to become parents. Without it there’d be a shortage of donors like there is in the UK. For us, this makes it a wonderful gift – a chance to hopefully find a donor that is perfectly matched to us genetically (due to the KIR tests) as well as in physical looks.

I can’t stop thinking about what our future child will look like – but I think that’s quite normal” says Laura.

Immunologically speaking, finding a matching donor for Laura is certainly a challenging task, which is why IVF Spain suggested that we find out her KIR via a blood test. Ian was also tested for his HLA-C in order to determine whether the maternal – foetal interaction will be optimal or not.

Thanks to the KIR-HLA-C genotyping test it is possible to determine if the uterine KIR and the embryonic HLA-C will both be compatible. If so, the pregnancy will carry on successfully; if not, then the most probable outcome will be an unviable pregnancy and subsequent miscarriage.

“We carried out the KIR-HLA-C genotyping and concluded that the patient had a KIR AA. It is known that KIR expressed by the natural killer cells present in the maternal part and the HLA presented by the trophoblastic cells together will influence the outcome of the pregnancy. With Laura’s KIR AA variant, the sperm would have to be HLA C1 C1 and the HLA of the donor should be as well HLA C1 C1; as her husband has a HLA C1 C2 variant, we will treat her with a medication that reduces her immune-genetic reaction. We believe that not paying attention to this issue in the past is what may have caused the implantation to fail” suspects fertility specialist Dr Isabel Herrera.

We tend to recommend a single embryo transfer, as it has been proven that on patients with an immunological profile such as Laura’s, double embryo transfers would increase the immunogenetic reaction, hindering the achievement of a pregnancy” says Dr. Herrera.

It is also known that these cases tend to have a higher risk of pre-eclampsia, late spontaneous abortion or miscarriage.

Until their transfer day the couple will try to enjoy summer just as any other couple would;

“I’ve tried to just carry on as normal. Remain healthy, take pre-conception vitamins. Reach out and get support through the Donor Conception Network in the UK and connect with other people going down the DE route via online forums. It’s quite isolating and scary so it’s important to reach out and not feel so alone.

I’m trying to relax a little – not so easy with work but it’s a work in progress. I need to get that bit sorted now treatment is on the horizon.”

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Laura & Ian Fertility Journey Couple 2018

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Laura and Ian IVF Spain

Laura and Ian are this year’s Fertility Road Magazine Runner-ups with IVF Spain. During their initial consultation with our specialist Dr. Herrera they were able to clarify all their doubts and were provided with a level of patient care, they had never experienced before throughout their 7-year-long journey. It was a completely different experience for Ian as well; this time he felt like a human being rather than a number.

You can find out more about their fertility journey here.

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