Eligibility questions

Who can have treatment at abc ivf?

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

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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.

What can I do if I am not eligible for treatment at abc ivf?

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

What’s included in the Complete IVF Package?

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.

When do I pay for my treatment?

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.

What other costs might I have to pay?

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.

Treatment questions

What treatments does abc ivf offer?

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.

What is the first step to starting treatment?

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.

What are the success rates for treatment at abc ivf?

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:

What can I do to improve my fertility?

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
When can I start treatment?

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.

What tests will I have prior to treatment?

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.

How long does treatment take?

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

What happens during the treatment process at abc ivf?

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.

Can I bring my partner to appointments?

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.

What support do abc ivf offer?

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

Do I have to come for the Initial Consultation and Scan on a particular day of my cycle?

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

Do you offer egg freezing?

abc ivf can also offer low cost egg freezing. This will include:

  • Treatment consultation
  • Screening tests
  • Monitoring scans
  • Blood tests
  • Medication
  • Expert clinical advice
  • Sedation fees
  • Egg collection

Egg freezing and annual storage will be charged separately by CREATE Fertility St Paul’s. 

Why should I freeze my eggs?

Fertility in women declines from the age of 35, and for women who are concerned about ensuring that they have an option of conceiving in the future, egg freezing offers a viable solution. Egg freezing is suitable for women under 38 who wish to preserve their fertility whether because they wish to pursue a career, have not yet found the right partner or have medical reasons for doing so.

Egg freezing criteria

You should:

  • Be over the age of 18 and under the age of 38
  • Have normal or good ovarian reserve:
    • AFC must be 12 and above
    • AMH must be 12 (pmol/l) and above
    • FSH must be 12 or under
  • Have a BMI between 19 and 30

You should not:

  • Have a history of a genetic/hereditary condition in the family
  • Have tested positive for HIV, Hep B or Hep C

If you do not meet the abc ivf eligibility criteria, we can still help you by referring you to our partner clinic, CREATE Fertility, for specialist treatment. We have agreed preferential rates.
What happens during the egg freezing process?

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.

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