Welcome to SDFC
We pride ourselves on making fertility treatment as available and accessible as possible. Whether you are a heterosexual couple, same-sex couple or single woman you will find all our clinics welcoming and inclusive.
Taking those first steps
It can be a big step making the first phone call to a clinic to seek help about your fertility, but our friendly team are here to help answer your initial questions and provide you with information to allow you to make decisions about your next steps for fertility treatment.
Your first visit
The initial consultation with one of our specialist fertility consultants will include some fertility tests and a detailed review. At the end of this appointment, all patients will be given their personalised success rate.
At The Sussex Downs Fertility Centre, we offer a fertility MOT for individuals and couples. For females, this would include a pelvic ultrasound scan to assess your womb and ovaries and an Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) blood test to give an indication of your ovarian reserve. For the male partner, we would arrange a semen analysis to assess the quality of his sperm. If you are in a same-sex relationship and you are unsure which partner (or both of you) will have treatment, we would suggest you both have these tests.
If you have already had initial investigations into your fertility or have had treatment elsewhere already, please bring along any results that you have to your first consultation at the centre.
The Sussex Downs Fertility Centre does not have a waiting list for NHS or private patients so you can start as soon as your next cycle starts. Before your initial consultation, we will send you some paperwork to complete and bring with you to the appointment.
Before treatment can start
Before the start of your treatment you will need to have:
- Completed your initial consultation and agreed on a treatment plan with your consultant
- Completed all your relevant consent forms
- Completed all your relevant screening tests
- Made arrangements for your donor eggs or donor sperm (if applicable) – please note that if you are importing sperm or eggs from abroad this may delay the start of your treatment
If you are still undecided about which direction you wish to take, our frequent free information seminars are an excellent place to find out more about the clinic, the treatment options available and to meet the team.
Your age and BMI are primary factors
Treatment can take place with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of up to 35. However, your specialist may recommend a BMI of under 30 in order to maximise your chance of success. Your specialist will be able to help you to determine the best diet possible for you to reach your target BMI and recommend available resources you may wish to read.
Some treatments are dependent on age, which is known to be a key determinant of success. Our age limit for women wishing to have treatment using their own eggs is 45 years old. After 45, patients wishing to use their own eggs will be considered on case by case basis.