With one in five couples trying for a baby needing to see a fertility specialist, fertility treatments are more common than you might think. Some people think that “fertility centre” is synonymous with “IVF centre” but there are also a range of simpler treatments possible.
Here at The Sussex Downs Fertility Centre we generally advise people to try the simplest treatment first. However, the chances of success in a single treatment are usually higher with the more invasive, and more expensive, treatments such as IVF so it is a decision that patients must weigh up carefully. In addition, it is very often the case that patients come to us because they know they are approaching that age where fertility rates decline. In these scenarios their decisions are further complicated by the fact that a delay trying a simpler treatment first might mean that the chances of success in a more aggressive treatment become lower, simply by the fact that the patient will be that much older.
Most treatments involve monitoring by transvaginal ultrasound. Usually the woman’s ovaries are stimulated using medication and another to trigger maturation of her eggs. Then the woman has intercourse naturally, or our doctor introduces sperm to the uterus via a catheter, or there is an operation to collect eggs and another procedure to transfer back the embryo.
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The most common treatments patients try at the centre:
IVF Treatment, or in vitro fertilisation, was developed 40 years ago for the treatment of women who have: damaged fallopian tubes, endometriosis, the male partner has low quality sperm or when the cause of infertility is unknown.
IVF treatment can be using the patients own eggs and sperm or using donor eggs/sperm. At The Sussex Downs Fertility Centre we offer IVF treatment to single women, couples struggling to conceive and for same sex using donor sperm.
ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) is a treatment option for couples who have a problem conceiving due to the quality of the sperm. This is a technique in which a single sperm is injected into the centre of an egg.. ICSI is the most common and successful treatment for male infertility.
The ICSI procedure is when each egg is injected with a sperm cell so that several embryos will be available for transfer and freeze storage. Each individual sperm cell is picked up in a very fine suction needle before injection.
ICSI may give you and your partner a better chance of conceiving when other fertility treatments are unlikely to do so, particularly if there is a history of male infertility or when surgical sperm retrieval is needed.
IUI (Intrauterine insemination) This treatment involves placing the sperm inside a woman’s uterus to aid fertilisation. The aim is to increase the sperm reaching the fallopian tubes, increasing the chances of fertilisation.
IUI is a type of fertility treatment in which high-quality sperm are separated from sperm that’s sluggish or non-moving. It’s commonly used by people who are using donated sperm in their treatment, including single women and female couples, but can also be used by some heterosexual couples.