Before anything else, you will need to book a personal consultation with one of our Zita West Clinic fertility specialists. From this, we will make the decision together about which treatment is best for you, and talk you through any questions you may have at this point.
What is IVF?
IVF (in-vitro fertilisation) is a method used to fertilise an egg with sperm outside of the body in a laboratory. It is becoming more and more common as a way for people to conceive who have otherwise struggled to do so. At the Zita West Clinic, we offer a range of IVF treatment options bespoke to you, so that your desire of starting a family can have the highest chance of success possible.
How does IVF work?
While we offer various options when it comes to your IVF treatment, the fertilisation method remains the same throughout.
Once you are happy to begin your treatment, we will stimulate ovulation using hormonal medication. The goal is to produce as many eggs as possible, and once this has happened, they are carefully collected from the ovaries.
Once collected, the eggs are fertilised in a test tube or petri-dish, and if the fertilisation has been successful, the most promising eggs (usually one or two) are inserted back into the uterus. The whole process, from the first hormonal treatment to the final pregnancy test, takes around seven weeks.
I’m new to IVF
IVF is a very common fertility treatment for anyone struggling to conceive. Despite this, it can still be a daunting prospect. No matter who you are or what you need, our experienced doctors are on hand to help you. If you think that IVF is the right option for you, we would love to speak with you and get you started on your journey.
When should I consider IVF?
There is no right or wrong time for you to start considering fertility treatments if natural conception isn’t working or isn’t an option for you. At Zita West Clinic, we will guide you through what we think is the best treatment for you based on our many years of experience. Depending on your timeline or personal circumstances, we may offer bespoke holistic guidance before we suggest IVF, but we will always advise you on what we believe is the most promising method for you, personally.
I’m considering IVF. What now?
If you think that IVF may be a good option for you, book a fertility consultation with us. In a consultation, we will discuss all aspects of your lifestyle with you, understand your specific fertility issues, and finish by giving advice on your best options. While each stage of this process is completely bespoke to you, these are the typical first steps:
- Once you have contacted us, we will set up a consultation with you, where we will discuss everything that affects your treatment options.
- Once we have decided together which treatment is most appropriate for you, we will go through a detailed timeline of the procedure so that you are prepared for every step.
- We will begin the procedure, checking in with you constantly throughout the process, and monitoring your progress carefully to maximise the chances of success.
When should I start IVF?
Your IVF treatment can begin as soon as we have had a consultation with you, discussed medical history and current health, and come to a decision on the specific treatment that is most likely to help you on your journey to starting a family. We will discuss the timeline of the procedures thoroughly with you, and make sure that you are comfortable with each step of the process.
How successful is IVF?
Our London IVF clinic has a great reputation for successfully helping those who have had previous IVF failures to conceive. Our medical director, Dr George Ndukwe, has a wealth of experience in the area, and has allowed countless people to start their families. We ensure the highest possible rates of success by conducting holistic consultations, taking every single factor into account and removing every obstacle we can to allow for higher chances of conception.
The potential risks of IVF
Just as there is with all medical procedures, IVF doesn’t come without risks. However, we will do everything we can to complete your treatment without problems, and you can talk to your doctor at any time if anything worries you. The potential risks include:
- Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (ovaries becoming swollen and painful)
- Egg-retrieval procedure complications
- Ectopic pregnancy (a fertilised egg implanting outside of the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube)
- Premature delivery and low birth weight
- Multiple births (the probability of twins is higher with IVF than other types of pregnancy)
If you feel particularly concerned about any of these risks, our team would be more than happy to talk through them with you to set your mind at ease.
The different types of IVF treatment
At the Zita West Clinic, we know that fertility treatments aren’t ‘one size fits all’. In your consultation, we will take you through the various options we offer and make sure that we cater to your specific needs. We offer three main variations of IVF treatment, and we will work with you to decide on which treatment has the highest chance of helping you start your family.
ICSI involves injecting a single sperm into an egg to fertilise it, and is now used in nearly half of all IVF treatments throughout the UK. This procedure is usually used when we have reason to believe an egg would not be fertilised through IVF alone.
- Gives men with low sperm quality the chance to conceive children
- Removes the pressure and cost of having multiple rounds and hoping for a difference in the sperm quality each time
- Slightly increases fertilisation rates
- Does not help to solve any immune issues that may be preventing conception
- Costs an additional £1,600 on top of the price of IVF, which is £4,110 per cycle
Reproductive Immunology (RI) investigates and addresses immune issues that may be preventing you from conceiving. We will perform two sets of tests to find out exactly what the issue is, and then our expert doctors will work to treat the problem directly so that your chance of IVF success is as high as it can be.
- Tackles problems that may not otherwise be found in other less holistic clinics
- Increases fertilisation rates
- Gives a logical reason for potential past cycle failures, and a way to fix these problems
- Will not improve sperm quality
- The concept of RI is still controversial among doctors and scientists in the field, but we believe in it wholeheartedly, and our results speak for themselves
Natural and mild IVF
This approach includes stimulating egg production during your natural cycle to collect anywhere between one and seven eggs, unlike with traditional IVF where we’d look to collect as many as possible. This natural IVF process can be with or without ICSI, and is appropriate for some as an assisted form of treatment.
- A good option for women who need assisted treatment
- Good for those who require smaller doses of medication
- Lower success rates
Who we help
At Zita West Clinic, we understand that each individual person needs an individual approach to starting a family. From the moment you walk through our door, you will receive personalised and comprehensive guidance and advice to help you through your fertility journey: the future of your family starts here.
What Our Clients Say
From Despair to Joy – My IVF Story by Becky Wilson
Here is Becky Wilson’s story of her journey through despair at being told she would probably not be able to have a baby to the joy of giving birth.
After being told that she may not be a good candidate for IVF Becky came to the Zita West Fertility Clinic for a second opinion and through our testing found out that she had low AMH – a measure of her egg reserves. We developed an individualised plan of action with her and after having IVF with us she gave birth to her beautiful daughter Ella.