Access Fertility

Access Fertility offers patients two IVF funding packages which provide:

  • A fixed cost for treatment
  • Potential cost of treatment reduced by up to a third
  • Up to a 100% refund

These financial packages are offered completely independently of Herts & Essex Fertility and do not affect any clinical decisions or the quality of care that we offer during your treatment.

Unlimited IVF with Access Fertility

Have as many cycles as you need over two years with a 100% money-back guarantee.

Herts & Essex Fertility Centre in partnership with Access Fertility is offering an unlimited IVF programme which offers you as many IVF cycles as you need over two years with a 100% refund if you don’t have a baby. All for a fixed fee.

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Many patients worry about the unpredictable cost of IVF. Some people may get pregnant first time but costs can quickly mount up if treatment is not successful right away. Average success rates across the country for all cycles are 23% which means a lot of people will need several cycles of IVF before they have a baby.

This unlimited programme gives you certainty. Unlimited IVF treatment over two years and get a 100% refund if you don’t have a baby.

This new programme is currently available to women under 38 and is subject to medical review. Both ICSI and IVF options are available. We do not ask you to undertake any unnecessary or costly additional testing for any of our programmes.

To find out more about these programmes contact Access Fertility on 01865 80 1000 or email at support@accessfertility.co.uk

Treatment Cost*
IVF Unlimited Programme
Prices start at around £9,000
Unlimited IVF cycles (ICSI available)
Unlimited embryo transfers (fresh and frozen)
100% refund if you do not have a baby
Patients using their own eggs
Options for all patients under 38
Huge savings vs. paying the clinic directly
Subject to medical review
Pre-implantation Genetic Screening (PGS) compatible
No unnecessary additional tests or application fee

IVF Refund Programme

The IVF Refund Programmes offers multiple IVF cycles at a significant discount with the added security of a money-back guarantee if you do not have a baby. The aim is to make your treatment as stress-free as possible by providing peace of mind that a financial plan in place.
Programme options are available for all patients aged under 40 years old using their own eggs. The acceptance rate offered by Access Fertility IVF Refund Programme is over 90%.
We do not ask you to undertake any unnecessary or costly additional testing for any of our programmes.

What does the IVF Refund Programme include?

  • Up to three fresh cycles of IVF/ICSI and all frozen embryo transfers.
  • Available to women under 40 years old.
  • All applicants are subject to a medical review.
  • Fixed, discounted fee that could potentially save between 30-50% on the cost of treatment.
  • Up to 100% refund if the patient does not have a baby by the end of their treatment allowance.
  • Treatment allowance is complete if the patient has a baby at any stage of the programme.

Excludes: Initial consultation, medication and investigations.

IVF Multi-Cycle Programme

For patients who do not wish to consider the IVF Refund Programme we also offer the IVF Multi-Cycle Programme for all patients aged under 45 years old.
The acceptance rate for the Access Fertility IVF Multi-Cycle Programme is 100%.
We do not ask you to undertake any unnecessary or costly additional testing for any of our programmes.

What does the IVF Multi-Cycle Programme include?

  • Up to three fresh cycles of IVF/ICSI and all frozen embryo transfers.
  • All applicants are subject to a medical review.
  • Fixed, discounted fee that could potentially save between 30-50% on the cost of treatment.
  • Up to 100% refund if the patient does not have a baby by the end of their treatment allowance.
  • Treatment allowance is complete if the patient has a baby at any stage of the programme.

Excludes: Initial consultation, medication and investigations.

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Egg sharing scheme for funded IVF treatment

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

You may have already considered the despair of women who cannot produce their own eggs, so cannot start their own family.

Perhaps you would like the chance to help a woman who is unable to produce her own eggs and in return be compensated with funded IVF treatment.

If you have answered yes to either of these questions, then you may be interested to know that we run an egg share programme that rewards an egg sharer with funded IVF.

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What is egg share for funded IVF?

Egg sharing anonymously brings together women who need IVF treatment for different reasons. One woman will potentially have the ability to make plenty of eggs during her own IVF treatment while the other is waiting for 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 much-needed IVF treatment.
With our egg share programme, the donors’ funded standard IVF treatment includes saline infusion sonogram (SIS), endometrial scratch, male and female screening tests, and fertility drugs.

Can anyone become an egg share donor?

Unfortunately not. Egg sharers are donating eggs to another woman and there are strict criteria in place in order to become an egg donor. We will need to assess your potential to produce enough eggs for two women’s treatment, and your overall health and genetic makeup. This is so that we are not knowingly passing any inheritable illness on to any child born as a result of the donation.

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The most important factor to consider when looking at egg quality is your age. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) stipulate that an egg donor:

  • needs to be between the ages of 18 and 35 to donate their eggs to someone elses treatment
  • is fit and healthy within normal limits of weight and height, with a BMI of under 30
  • hasn’t got a family history of inherited diseases, genetic disorders or any serious mental health issues

At Herts & Essex Fertility Centre we accept egg donors that satisfy all of the above criteria and have a BMI between 19 and 32.

We will ask you to complete questionnaires answering questions about your fertility and your health before we can consider you suitable to become an egg share donor. It is important that your family doctor has also signed the health questionnaire as verification. Once we have these questionnaires, if you are suitable, we will book for you to come for an appointment with one of our fertility consultants. Before you are finally accepted as an egg share donor you will have blood tests and investigations to confirm your suitability.

Counselling

Egg sharing is a big decision; egg donors and any partner must understand the implications, both short and long-term, of becoming a donor, therefore mandatory fertility counselling must be undertaken before you can become an egg donor. Counselling sessions are held with an independent counsellor and are available to all of our patients. Sessions are provided free of charge and can be taken before, during or after any treatment.

Your first step towards egg sharing?

If you have read this information and still feel that you would like to help another woman by sharing your eggs and you are interested in finding out more, please contact our egg donation nurse coordinators, Sarah Templeman on 01992 78 50 67 or Caroline Cayley on 01992 78 50 65 or email Sarah.Templeman@hertsandessexfertility.com or caroline.cayley@hertsandessexfertility.com.

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Sperm sharing scheme

Since the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) removed donor anonymity in 2005 to allow children born from donated sperm or eggs to trace their biological parents, there has been a significant drop in the number of egg and sperm donors.

We have overcome the shortage of donated eggs in the UK through the introduction of our Egg Sharing programme, but the supply of donor sperm in the UK has been so significantly affected that most of our clients find that they are either unsuccessful in acquiring donor sperm, have a very limited choice or have to import donor sperm from abroad.

To make donor sperm more readily available to our infertile couples, single women and gay couples, we introduced a Sperm Sharing programme, which works in the same way as our very successful Egg Sharing programme. A healthy male with normal sperm parameters can donate samples to help others requiring donor sperm to create their own families, and in return receive fertility treatment at no cost for his partner in return. This excludes the HFEA fee, any embryo freezing, or ICSI procedure.

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Am I eligible to use the sperm sharing scheme?

We are very happy to discuss the possibility of sperm sharing with men between the ages of 18 and 41 whose sperm parameters are normal. If you are interested in the scheme you will need to discuss it with one of our Fertility Consultants and complete a sperm donor health questionnaire. If you have already had your sperm analysis done, we may be able to advise you immediately whether you are eligible.

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Why do I need counselling?

We insist that anyone who volunteers to take part in our Sperm Sharing programme sees our independent counsellor, who will discuss with you and your partner all the implications you need to consider before donating your sperm. These sessions are free of charge. The counselling is particularly important because of the HFEA’s ruling since 2005, that all donors of either sperm or eggs be identifiable and contactable by any children born as a result of their donation if they so wish once they have turned 18.

Screening tests

As a patient, you may already have or are scheduled to have screening tests for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. To be a sperm sharer you are required to have a number of additional screening tests so we can be sure our recipients will be safe.
On providing your last semen sample for donation your sperm will be placed in quarantine for 30 days. After this time you will need to retake some of the screening tests. This is because although your first tests were negative, you may have acquired an infection which had not yet shown up in the screening tests as with HIV. Leaving the samples for 30 days and rescreening allows us to confirm that you are indeed free from any infection. If all your tests are negative then your sperm will be made available for our patients to choose from and begin their treatment journeys.

How many sperm samples do I need to provide?

You will need to provide us with a sperm sample for assessment and, if you meet the criteria to become a sperm sharer, you will then be asked to produce approximately 10 samples over a 12 week period. Samples must have been banked before your own treatment cycle with your partner is completed. At your first appointment, you will complete and sign some consent forms as part of the registration process to our regulatory body, the HFEA.
Sperm donation does require a commitment from you to attend the clinic for a number of visits, so you must consider carefully whether this is definitely something you want to do, as well as how convenient it is for you to make the necessary visits.
All sperm samples must be banked and released from the 30-day quarantine before you start your own treatment cycle with your partner.

Can I restrict how my sperm is used?

UK law sets a legal maximum of ten families who can benefit from your sperm donation, but you can restrict that number further if you wish. You can withdraw your consent at any time if you change your mind, but it’s important to note that if you do, you are liable for all screening costs incurred during your donation and the cost of your own family’s treatment cycle, including the cost of drugs.

Who will have information about my donation?

Our staff are bound by confidentially in all matters of fertility treatments at the Centre. Information of your donation will be held by the HFEA. You will be recorded as a sperm donor on the HFEA’s register and any patient using your sperm will have their treatment and any resulting outcome recorded as well.
For more information about becoming a donor visit www.hfea.gov.uk.

When can we begin our own fertility treatment?

You will be able to begin your fertility treatment when the 30 day quarantine period is complete and your donations, usually 10, have been released for use. If you wish to commence treatment immediately, you can do so by paying for your treatment. The cost of your treatment will be refunded to you once your quarantine is complete and your rescreening test results are normal.

Find out more

For more information on sperm sharing, please contact our donation coordinator by calling Sarah on 01992 78 50 67 or email Sarah.Templeman@hertsandessexfertility.com.
Or, you can complete our online Sperm and Egg Sharing Donor Health Questionnaire to allow us to assess your suitability to become a sperm share donor – please return to Sarah.Templeman@hertsandessexfertility.com.

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