Every treatment journey begins with an initial consultation with one of our medical consultants.
At the initial consultation, we would like to meet you and your partner (unless you are considering becoming a Single Parent) to help us obtain a full medical history. This will include details of any previous fertility investigations or pregnancy history. We need to know if either partner already have children. Please be reassured that we will provide the same help and support with your second or third child as we will with your first.
Ideally, we would like a referral from your GP, but it is not essential. However, if you wish us to correspond with your GP or Consultant it is an Human Fertilisation and Embryo
Authority (HFEA) requirement that you sign a consent form to that effect. It is likely that your GP/Consultant has already performed preliminary investigations and it is important for us to see the results, even if we may repeat some of them. We will discuss the implications of these results with you at this appointment.
We will assess your lifestyle. This will include your diet and weight, whether you take enough or too much of exercise, and if you smoke.
At this stage we will discuss the treatment options that are likely to be most successful for you. We will give you our candid opinion of the risks involved and your chances of success.
Do ask as many questions as you wish, and remember we are here to help you make the
If you would like to go ahead, we may be able to begin your treatment as early as your next menstrual cycle, provided that your fertility assessment (AMH tests and semen analysis) and screening tests (HIV, hepatitis B and C, etc) are completed and the results available for consideration.
Fertility and your weight
Your NHS Body Mass Index or BMI calculator is a measure of health, based on an individual’s weight and height.
For women, being underweight, overweight or obese can have a profound effect on ovulation and therefore your ability to conceive. Some women may suffer from hormonal disorders which cause them to ovulate infrequently or not at all. This not only reduces the chances of conceiving naturally but also means fertility treatment, such as IVF, is less likely to be successful.
Infertility is also more prevalent among men with higher BMI values. Male body fat is closely associated with the production of male reproductive hormones. Too much or too little body fat disrupts hormones and can affect testosterone and oestrogen levels. Any change hormones can affect sperm and its production. Being overweight or obese can reduce a man’s sperm count, and sperm motility and quality.
As a general rule, we don’t recommend starting your IVF treatment until you have a BMI of between 20 and 35. All of our egg donors must have a BMI up to 32.
For more information about BMI read our Why does BMI matter? page.