If these embryos develop into good quality blastocysts on either day 5 or day 6 they can be frozen and stored for you to use in a future treatment cycle.
We routinely freeze embryos at the blastocyst stage, however, in exceptional circumstances we are able to freeze embryos at all developmental stages.
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Embryos can remain safely in storage for many years, enabling you to choose when the time is right for you to use them. The storage of embryos has been performed successfully for many years with scientific studies demonstrating there are no long-term detrimental effects following embryo freezing.
Freezing your embryos enables you to use them in a future treatment cycle without the additional expense and inconvenience of having to undergo stimulation and a subsequent egg collection procedure.
Freezing your embryos enables you to use them in a future treatment cycle without the additional expense and inconvenience of having to undergo stimulation and a subsequent egg collection procedure. The pregnancy rates of FER treatment cycles rival that of fresh treatment cycles.
Our embryology team will be able to guide you on our survival rates and how many you should thaw and transfer to give yourself the best possible chance of a successful pregnancy.
Our clinicians will advise you whether a natural cycle (without the need for stimulation) or an artificial cycle (mild stimulation with fertility drugs) is the most suitable treatment option for you. During your treatment, you will be closely monitored to ensure the lining of your womb develops to provide the optimum environment for transferring your thawed embryo(s). The timing of your embryo transfer is important and your embryos will only be thawed when the lining of your womb is ready to receive your embryos.
|Fees for Frozen Embryo transfer (FER)||Cost (£)|
|Follow up appointment for failed FER||Free |
|Follow up appointmen for existing patient|
(within 3 months of a failed treatment)
|FER - If transfer does not go ahead £250 will be refunded||£1,965 |
|A frozen embryo transfer (FER) is a cycle in which the frozen embryos from a previous fresh IVF are thawed and then transferred back into the female’s uterus.|
|Embryo glue||£275 |
|Embryo Glue is a specialised culture medium that is enriched with a naturally occurring substance called Hyaluronan. Hyaluronan is found throughout the body and is thought to be important in fertility as the levels of hyaluronan increase within the uterus around implantation. |
If you chose to use Embryo Glue, this will be used instead of conventional culture medium at the point of embryo transfer. The embryo selected for transfer will be placed within the Embryo Glue ahead of transfer. You will not need to do anything differently during the embryo transfer process. There are no additional risks in the use of Embryo Glue further than those associated with routine fertility treatment.
Embryo Glue has been classed as an ‘add on’ by the HFEA. An ‘add on’ is a treatment that can be offered by a clinic which may not have enough evidence to show that it is effective at increasing the chances of having a baby (https://www.hfea.gov.uk/treatments/treatment-add-ons/#What-are-add-ons).
Each ‘add on’ is ranked according to the quality of evidence to support their use and Embryo Glue, along with other media containing hyaluronan, has been ranked as ‘amber’. The HFEA acknowledge that there is one high quality study which supports that Embryo Glue may increase the chances of having a baby with fertility treatment whilst other studies are deemed to be of moderate quality and as such the use cannot be routinely recommended for all fertility patients (https://www.hfea.gov.uk/treatments/treatment-add-ons/hyaluronate-enriched-medium/).
Your Clinician and Embryology team will be able to give you further guidance should you wish to use Embryo Glue in your treatment.
|HFEA fee||£85 |
|The HFEA charge fertility clinics a cost for each cycle of IVF and IUI they perform, to cover their costs to regulate them.|
|Follow up appointment for returning patients (12 months or more)||£225 |
|Follow up 30 minute appointment for returning patient. Does not include Semen Assessment or ABH, AMH and TFT |
|Female screening tests||£187 |
|FBC, HIV, Hep A, Hep B (Core & Surface antigen), Hep C, Chlamydia, Rubella, HB electrophoresis|
|Partner screening tests||£137.50 |
|HIV, Hep A, Hep B (Core & Surface antigen), Hep C, Chlamydia|
|Medication||£500 || |
|Pregnancy test||Included || |
|Pregnancy scan||£215 |
|An early pregnancy scan is performed in the first 5-11 weeks of pregnancy and will:|
Determine the presence and location of a pregnancy
Confirm the fetal heartbeat (possible after 7 weeks of pregnancy)
Check the viability of a pregnancy (the likelihood of problems or complications)
Diagnose a multiple pregnancy (singleton, twins, triplets or more)
Calculate your estimated due date (EDD)