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Eligibility questions

abc ivf is most suitable for younger women (aged 37 or under) with good/normal ovarian reserve.

The female partner undergoing treatment should:

  • Be aged 37 or under
  • Have normal/good ovarian reserve
  • Have a BMI under 30

Click to see full eligibility criteria.

abc ivf is designed to help couples and single women who wish to access IVF and are not eligible for IVF treatment via the NHS for non-medical reasons, have run out of NHS funding, have failed cycles via the NHS or those who have been priced out of the private IVF market.

If you do not meet the abc ivf criteria, we may still be able to help you. abc ivf is a partner clinic of CREATE Fertility, one of the UK’s biggest fertility providers, and will be able to refer you to them for specialist treatment.

If you do not meet the abc ivf eligibility criteria, we may still help you by referring you to our sister clinic, CREATE Fertility, for specialist treatment.

abc ivf offers a simplified IVF treatment for patients with normal egg reserve and we have eligibility criteria to ensure that our treatment protocols will give an excellent chance of success at a low cost.

CREATE Fertility specialise in treating women and couples with more complex fertility issues and also those with low ovarian reserve. They do not have any selection criteria and treat women up to the age of 50.

Cost questions

At abc ivf we are very proud to be able to offer the lowest cost per IVF cycle in the whole of the UK, but our aim is also to shift the IVF world towards 100% transparent pricing.

With this in mind we have chosen to lead the way and to offer a Complete IVF Package with no hidden costs for the IVF cycle.

Our Complete IVF Package includes:

  • Treatment consultation
  • Screening tests
  • Monitoring scans
  • Blood tests
  • Medication*
  • HFEA fee
  • Expert clinical advice
  • Sedation fees
  • Egg collection
  • Embryo transfer
  • Early pregnancy scan

We do also offer treatment to couples where male factor infertility is present who may require additional techniques such as ICSI.

If you require donor sperm for your treatment or any additional techniques, these will be an additional charge. We’ve attached a full price list below for full transparency.

*to see the medication included in package, see our terms and conditions and ‘What other costs might I have to pay?’ below.

You will be required to pay a deposit after your Initial Consultation and Scan to secure your Treatment Consultation. The outstanding amount will then be taken after your Treatment Consultation.

Please see our Terms and Conditions for details.

Any additional techniques, such as ICSI, which are not included in the Complete IVF Package will come at an additional charge.

If you require donor sperm for your treatment, this will come at an additional cost. Donor services need to be organised with CREATE Fertility St Paul’s.

If you decide to freeze any embryos left over from your cycle you would be required to pay an additional fee for freezing and storage. If you wish to then use your frozen embryos, you will not need to pay for a new cycle; you will only be charged an additional fee for the Frozen Embryo Transfer procedure (FET). FETs take place at CREATE Fertility St Paul’s and are charged at their fees.

The medication included in your IVF package is appropriate for most patients to complete their cycle of IVF.  However, as we tailor treatment to each patient’s individual need, more medication may be required.   If you require additional medication, this can be purchased directly from abc ivf for additional cost.  The medication included in the package price is as follows:

  • Stimulation medication as required prior to egg collection (FSH)
  • 1 x Ovitrelle or 1x Buserillin vial (or equivalent)
  • 5 x Cetrotide (or equivalent)
  • 2 boxes of Utrogestan (or equivalent)

Any medication above this will be charged according to our latest price list.

Treatment questions

abc ivf offers couples and single women the lowest cost of IVF cycle in the UK. We also offer additional techniques alongside our IVF treatment protocols, such as ICSI, for couples where male factor infertility is present.

IVF (In vitro fertilisation)

IVF is the process of fertilising eggs and sperm outside of the human body, in a laboratory dish. During IVF, the woman’s eggs are collected and mixed with sperm in the laboratory where their fertilisation will be monitored. The embryos created will then be transferred into the woman’s womb to grow and develop.

ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection)

ICSI is the technique where a sperm is selected in the laboratory and injected directly into the egg. This differs from standard IVF, where prepared sperm are left in a petri dish with the egg to fertilise naturally. ICSI technique is effective for several types of sperm problems and can facilitate fertilisation even with low quantities or quality of sperm.

If you require any additional diagnosis tests or complex fertility treatment, we can refer you to our partner clinic CREATE Fertility where you can receive specialist treatment.

Donor sperm

abc ivf can also offer low cost IVF treatment to single women and lesbian couples using sperm donation. Donation services must be arranged with CREATE Fertility.

The first step to starting treatment at our clinic is to book an Initial Consultation and Scan. This is a 45 minute appointment with a specialist Nurse Consultant.

The first part of the appointment includes an advanced Pelvic Assessment Scan which will help us assess your egg reserve, the health of your uterus, endometrium (lining of the womb), ovaries and follicles.

You will then have a consultation with your Consultant who will explain your results, discuss your medical history, answer any questions you may have and talk you through your individualised treatment plan.

If you are ready to go ahead, you can start treatment as soon as your next menstrual cycle.

At abc ivf we pride ourselves in offering excellent success rates, above the UK’s national average, whilst making our treatment the most affordable in the country. As we are a new clinic, we are able to show the success rates of our sister clinic, CREATE Fertility St Paul’s, where the procedures and embryology will take place.

Success rates:

Under 35 years oldClinical pregnancy rates per embryo transferred | IVF & ICSI | Jan 18 - Dec 18 | CREATE Fertility clinic St. Paul's

Under 35 years oldLive births per embryo transferred | IVF & ICSI | Jan 17 - Dec 17 | CREATE Fertility clinic St. Paul's

35 - 37 years oldClinical pregnancy rates per embryo transferred | IVF & ICSI | Jan 17 - Dec 17 | CREATE Fertility clinic St. Paul's

35 - 37 years old - Live births per embryo transferred | IVF & ICSI | Jan 17 - Dec 17 | CREATE Fertility clinic St. Paul's

There is lots of evidence to suggest that optimising your health and wellbeing can positively impact your fertility health and your experience through IVF treatment.

One of the most important lifestyle factor for fertility is keeping your weight within the optimal BMI range of 20-25. Studies show that overweight women took twice as long to fall pregnant as women of a healthy weight, while underweight women took 4 times as long.

Top lifestyle and diet tips to optimise your fertility naturally:

  • Reduce alcohol and caffeine intake
  • Stop smoking
  • Choose slow-release carbs (e.g. whole grains, fruit and veg) over fast-release carbohydrates (white bread/rice, cake).
  • Top up your Omega-3 levels with plenty of fish or, if you are vegetarian, include mango, walnut, flaxseed and hemp seed in your diet
  • Avoid trans fats and refined sugars (found in processed and fast food).
  • Opt for full-fat rather than low-fat dairy products to get the beneficial hormones attached to fat
  • Get fit – try yoga, joining the gym or jogging in your local park
  • Try acupuncture, massage or meditation

Your treatment at abc ivf will work within your natural menstrual cycle. Therefore if you’ve had an Initial Consultation and Scan at abc ivf and are ready to start, you can usually begin treatment as soon as your next menstrual cycle.

Before starting treatment we will perform the following tests:

  • Pelvic Assessment Scan
  • Screening tests
  • AMH test (where required)
  • Semen analysis (where required)

We require you to have a Pelvic Assessment Scan with us prior to starting your treatment to confirm your eligibility for abc ivf. However, if you have already done screening tests, and have not undertaken IVF, they must be used within 3 months to be valid. If you had screening tests and you have previously had fertility treatment, they will be valid for two years from the date of the result. We will re-use AMH and semen analyses, as long as they are less than a year old.

From the start of treatment to the completion of procedures usually takes around 2 weeks.

Once treatment begins, it takes around 2 weeks from start to finish. There are a couple of pre-treatment steps that must be completed. Here are the main steps of your treatment with us:

Step 1 – Initial Consultation and Scan

The first step is to come in for an Initial Consultation and Pelvic Assessment Scan at our Harley Street clinic. During this 45 minute appointment a specialist Nurse Consultant will assess your fertility health by performing a Pelvic Assessment Scan. 

We will then discuss your scan results, medical history and treatment plan. This is the perfect opportunity to have any questions answered. It is important that you are fully informed and comfortable with your plan before you start your treatment.

The next step is to make the deposit payment so you can start treatment when you are ready.

Step 2 - Treatment Consultation

Before starting treatment, you will come in for a treatment consultation to discuss when and how to take your medication and talk through each step of your treatment plan to ensure you feel comfortable, positive and fully understand your treatment, to receive consent forms and confirm screenings are all valid.

Step 3 – Monitoring Scans and Blood Tests

As we are working within your natural menstrual cycle, throughout your treatment you will be monitored with scans and blood tests which will allow us to determine the right time to collect your eggs. Each appointment takes around 20 minutes and patients may have around 2 or 3 scans during their treatment with us with abc ivf.

Step 4 – Egg Collection (CREATE Fertility St Paul’s)

When your egg sacs (follicles) have reached maturity as assessed by Pelvic Assessment Scan, you will need to come in for your egg collection procedure where a Consultant will collect the eggs from your ovaries.

The egg collection takes place in a theatre under sedation so you will need to visit our partner clinic, CREATE Fertility St Paul’s, for this procedure. Our partnership with CREATE Fertility means that all your theatre procedures and embryology will take place at their state-of-the art clinic in central London where you will be cared for by some of the world’s most renowned fertility pioneers and experts.

The procedure itself takes around 45 minutes and most patients cannot feel any pain during egg collection. You will be told how many eggs were collected as soon as you wake from the sedation.

Step 5 – Fertilisation and Monitoring (CREATE Fertility St Paul’s)

The collected eggs and sperm will then be fertilised in the laboratory at CREATE Fertility St Paul’s and their development will be carefully monitored by the embryology team.

Usually the eggs and sperm are left in a petri dish/test tube to fertilise, but some patients will require ICSI (where the sperm is injected directly into the egg) if there are suspected fertilisation problems, due to male factor infertility.

Step 6 – Embryo Transfer (CREATE Fertility St Paul’s)

Three or five days after egg collection, depending on each individual case, fertilised embryo/s will be ready to be transferred into the womb. The embryo transfer procedure usually takes around 30 minutes and does not require sedation. Most patients compare the feeling to that of a smear test.

If you have any good quality embryos leftover from your cycle, you will be given the option to freeze and store them for future use.

Step 7 – Pregnancy Test

2 weeks after your egg collection, you will have a pregnancy blood test which looks at your Beta hCG (pregnancy hormone) blood levels to determine whether your treatment has been successful.

If you are having treatment with a partner, they will need to attend the first appointment and the treatment consultation. It is not necessary for your partner to attend the monitoring appointments. You need to have someone to accompany you to the Egg Collection and to ensure you can go home safely; usually patients bring their partner, though this can be a friend if the partner is not needed to produce a sample.

For most couples, IVF treatment involves both emotional and physical stress, therefore support and understanding are a very important part of this momentous journey.

As soon as you book an appointment with abc ivf, we’ll be with you every step of the way. Our staff will do whatever they can to ensure you feel comfortable, positive and clear about every step of your journey at abc ivf. If required, we can also refer you to a specialist independent counselling service. You can request for independent counselling if you wish to see our counsellor.

Medical questions

You can come for the Initial Consultation and Scan on any day of the cycle, including during your period if you are comfortable with this; it doesn’t make any difference from the scanning point of view.

Egg freezing questions

The process for egg freezing is similar to that of IVF, except that once the eggs are collected they will be frozen using the vitrification (fast freezing) technique. If you wish to use the frozen eggs at a later date, you will need to use ICSI to create embryo(s) and have a Frozen Embryo Transfer. These costs take place with CREATE Fertility St Paul’s.

You will have your initial consultation and scan and your treatment consultation before you start your treatment cycle. Once your period has started, you will start the medication on the second day of your cycle. You will then come in for your first scan on day 5 or 6. You will have around 3 scan appointments and you may have blood tests. Then you will have your egg collection.

Leading a healthy lifestyle and not smoking. Folic acid is a good thing to take, and many women benefit from Vitamin D.

There is generally no need to plan more than one cycle, unless your consultant has advised this during your consultation. We will aim to get the best out of one cycle so that you get a good number and good quality of eggs. If we don’t collect an adequate amount of eggs in the first cycle, then we will advise to do another.

If you need more than one cycle, we will advise you after your first cycle, based on your response during your first cycle.

When you want to use your eggs in the future, you will come for a consultation to discuss this. You will sign consent forms and be offered counselling. It you are using donor sperm, we will help you with obtaining suitable donor sperm from our sperm bank or an accredited sperm bank. When you are ready, you may have a natural or medicated (oestrogen tablets) cycle to prepare the lining for implantation.

You will have 2-3 ultrasound scans to check the lining of your uterus. Once we feel the lining of the uterus is adequate, your eggs will be fertilised using ICSI procedure. You will then be given progesterone, usually in the form of pessaries and then we time the embryo transfer depending on the development of the embryos. The embryo transfer is generally a straightforward procedure. It is done without sedation and feels similar to a smear test. It is performed under ultrasound scan so you can watch it on the screen. You will continue with implantation medication and we will perform a pregnancy test about 2 weeks after the embryo transfer. If your pregnancy test is positive, we will book an early pregnancy scan 2 weeks after the positive pregnancy test. If you are not pregnant, we will book a follow up consultation to discuss the cycle.

Yes, if you move or want to use another clinic then you will be able to get them transferred. There will be a courier fee for transportation.

It is the age at which you freeze your eggs which will influence your chances of success. If you freeze your eggs before the age for 35, your success rate will be higher than if you freeze them later. The success of fresh eggs and frozen thawed eggs is similar for a given age.

Yes, it is still an option. We will tailor the treatment for you. Sometimes we induce your period by giving you some progesterone tablets, and then you can begin your egg freezing cycle.

After you’ve had your IUD removed, you will need to get your egg reserve checked, and make sure your hormones are normal and you are having periods.

Sometimes we can scan whilst you are on the pill. But if you are planning on freezing your eggs, stop taking the pill and wait until you have normal periods and your hormones have returned to normal before you can start.

You will be advised to fast for 6 hours before your procedure. You come in 30 minutes before your procedure and we will go through your consent forms, and the anaesthetist will talk your through the sedation procedure. The actual egg collection procedure will take between 20-25 minutes. You are not expected to feel any pain because you will be under sedation. You will then be in the recovery area for around an hour, until we are sure you are fit to go home.

Your egg freezing cycle includes first year storage, but you will need to pay an annual storage cost after that. When you are ready to use your eggs, there is then the costs of fertilisation by ICSI procedure and the frozen embryo transfer.

Yes, you will have an ultrasound scan to assess your egg reserve and fertility. You will also have a detailed medical consultation. You may have a blood test to check for hormones if necessary. We will plan a personalised protocol for your egg freezing cycle.

No, you can have your initial scan on any day of your cycle. We know how to interpret the scan based on where you are in your cycle.

Egg sharing questions

After sharing, your eggs will be stored before they’re matched with a recipient.

The women who receive your eggs won’t have any information that could identify you personally, but we do provide basic information about you to help recipients looking for a match. You can also write a pen picture of yourself, and a goodwill message for the recipient of the eggs you donated. If you want to, you’re entitled to know about any babies born as a result of your donation. You won’t be given any personal details, but you can be told whether the baby is a boy or a girl, and the year they were born.

No. The recipients of your eggs are the legal parents of any children born and you have no financial or legal responsibility.

By law in the UK, children born as a result of donation have the right to specific information about the donor involved. It is the choice of the child’s parents to tell them they were conceived with a donor egg. If they decide to pass on this information, the child will be able to know the following details:

  • At 16, they can find out personal characteristics, ethnicity and age of the donor
  • When they turn 18, they can find out the name, date of birth, personal characteristics, ethnicity and last known address of the donor
The women who receive your eggs won’t have any information that could identify you personally.  Many women waiting for donor eggs want to match with a donor who has similar physical characteristics to them, so we do provide basic information about you. This includes: your height; weight; eye and hair colour; your age and country of birth; your ethnicity; your medical history; and whether you’re married and have children. Many donors also write a pen picture, which is where you can give a little bit more detail about your personality and interests, as well as your reasons for donating and a goodwill message.
To proceed with an egg sharing cycle of treatment, a minimum of 8 eggs should be collected. If too few eggs are collected for use in an egg sharing agreement, you will be given the option of using or storing all the eggs for your own treatment, at the pre-agreed discount. You will be given the full information before your treatment starts to make an informed decision.
If you change your mind and decide to keep all your eggs, you are liable for the full treatment costs of a standard cycle. As a donor you are free to withdraw consent to donate your eggs, or for the transfer of embryos derived from those eggs, at any time up until they are transferred to the recipient.

You’ll only need to pay £500 towards medication and tests.

If you need ICSI because your partner has a sperm-related condition, there is a charge of £500 for this treatment (less than half the usual cost of up to £1,100).