Whilst our ICSI, Egg donor, Blastocyst transfer, guaranteed ivf and other fertility procedures abroad offer patients great value for money. Whilst Care Fertility is the largest UK only private fertility operator. InterTrust Fertility is the largest provider of IVF treatment abroad. But that doesn’t simply offer cheap ivf clinics! Whist you’ll receive amongst the cheapest ivf & fertility treatment in Europe. You won’t compromise on the quality of your treatment. In fact quite the opposite. We help women with many issues & a wide spectrum of ages. So if you’re considering getting pregnant over 40, we’re here to help.
Our partner’s IVF success rates are actually higher than the majority of UK clinics. InterTrust Fertility’s fertility clinics are run by English speaking, internationally recognised experts. All of them well established in reproductive medicine. These are just some of the key reasons why we’ve partnered with the top ivf clinics abroad. Just like the best IVF treatment in London e.g. ivf hammersmith, we give you easy access to the best private ivf clinics in Europe.
Our clinics are certified and your level of care is guaranteed. We’ll always suggest the best clinic, to suit your circumstances. Just as in the UK, they are government regulated. You can see through their success rates, that you are placing yourself in safe hands at these top fertility clinics.
Fertility Treatment Abroad
Although often exciting, starting treatment or any assisted fertility treatment for the first time can be a frightening and stressful experience. Both in mind and body. We can explain all aspects of fertility & IVF treatment. Including the difficult question of ‘how much will IVF cost me’? A question that is often in a woman’s ‘top three’ list of concerns. The ivf nhs route versus the private cost of IVF treatment is a very important part of your journey. We’ll explain this to. But, unfortunately nhs treatment is NOT available to the majority of women.
Our website allows you easily compare our fees with all your local fertility clinics. We offer a variety of different packages designed to suit for your fertility needs. Some will even refund 100% of your money* (excluding ivf drugs), if you don’t achieve success after three attempts.
One in six couples seeks help to conceive. 70-80% of couples undergoing IVF treatment are currently unsuccessful. In some ways fertility treatment shoulld be seen as numbers game, often requiring 2-4 attempts. We are very open about this. Our fertility packages; the Refund Guarantee & Shared Risk programmes have been developed to offer you the best chance of a successful pregnancy. In the most affordable way possible. Add to that beautiful, easy to access destinations that will allow you to getaway from the daily stresses during your care. You won’t need to explain to friends or colleagues why you’re off to Prague for the weekend. Or ‘beautiful Barcelona’ for a week or so. This really helps.
Our website approaches the subject with humor and honesty. We hope it helps you get to grips with the emotional and physical impact of infertility before we offer guidance on having IVF treatment abroad. We don’t yet know how long you’ve been trying for a baby or which fertility investigations or treatments you’ve had or are considering. You may be taking charge of your fertility after miscarriage. Or seeking to increase chances of getting pregnant. You may just be thinking about a first consultation or you might be a veteran. Who’s had multiple cycles with too many TWW’s and still awaiting the BFP! You may now be looking for a new clinic or you may be just considering your first cycle.
Our IVF Treatment – Explained
In simple terms, In Vitro Fertilisation involves taking eggs from a woman’s ovaries, and mixing them with sperm in a dish. If a sperm breaks into the egg and fertilises it, it will become an embryo. If all goes well, one or more embryos can be transferred to the womb, where it is hoped they will flourish and result in a pregnancy. Each attempt is called a cycle, and drugs are usually prescribed as part of the treatment to allow the doctors to take control of the woman’s hormones in order to produce more than one egg. Most women will produce only one mature egg at a time in their natural menstrual cycle, but the drugs used in IVF treatment stimulate the ovaries so that they churn out a number of eggs to maximise the chances that some will be fertilised and result in a pregnancy.
Our Quick Guide To – Reproduction
It is probably helpful to start by considering how both male and female bodies should work, as this will help us to understand where things can go wrong in natural reproduction, and why fertility treatment might be necessary.
A fertile woman releases an egg from one of her ovaries each month, and a fertile male is constantly making more sperm. If the couple have intercourse around the time an egg is released, sperm can travel from the vagina up through the neck of the womb – called the cervix – and fertilise the egg.
A woman must be making eggs and then releasing them (or ovulating) if an egg is to be fertilised this way. Women usually start ovulating when they reach puberty and will carry on having periods until they reach the menopause, although their fertility will decline many years before this.
Egg production is regulated by hormones, and in order for the eggs to start to grow inside their little fluid-filled sacs (called follicles) in the ovary, a woman has to produce follicle-stimulating hormone, known as FSH. At the same time, the lining of the womb, or endometrium, starts to grow thicker and spongy, preparing it for a fertilised egg to nestle down, or implant, and continue to grow. Once the FSH has stimulated the follicles, more and more of another hormone, oestrogen, is produced. When the oestrogen reaches a certain level, it is time for the egg to be released. It normally takes about 14 days to reach this point in the cycle, but it varies from woman to woman. As soon as the egg is ready, the body produces a huge surge of luteinising hormone, or LH, and that triggers ovulation, when the egg bursts out of the follicle. Once the egg is released, it begins the journey towards the womb, travelling down a thin tube, the fallopian tube, that connects each ovary to the womb.
Men make millions of sperm every single day, starting when they reach puberty. Although the process slows down as they get older, most men will still be able to produce viable sperm that can fertilise an egg when they are collecting their pensions.
Like the female egg-releasing cycle, sperm production is controlled by the hormones. People often imagine that testosterone, the hormone responsible for sex drive, must also be responsible for sperm production, but most of the work is done by the same two hormones that control much of the female cycle: FSH and LH. Unlike women, men produce both these hormones all the time, and it is the FSH that stimulates the production of sperm in the testicles. Sperm production takes more than 60 days, as the sperm have to mature and grow in order to be capable of breaking into an egg and fertilising it. Mature sperm are stored in the testicles and at the upper end of the tubes that lead down into the penis.
During intercourse, semen is ejaculated into the vagina. Just a tiny percentage of the semen is made up of sperm. The rest is seminal fluid that carries the sperm safely from the testicles to the vagina. Although only one sperm is needed to fertilise an egg, there will be millions in the ejaculate. Most of them are killed almost instantly by the acid conditions of the vagina, but a few hundred may make it to the cervix. If this happens around the time the woman is ovulating, the mucus around her cervix will have become watery and thin, making it easy for the sperm to swim up into the womb. Once inside the female body, sperm can live for up to a week, although most won’t last longer than a couple of days.
When the surviving sperm reach the womb they keep swimming upwards and head towards the fallopian tubes. If an egg has recently been released from the ovary, it will be travelling down the tubes towards them. The sperm will normally fertilise the egg in the tube rather than in the womb. The sperm will head for both the tubes, but as only one egg is produced at a time, many of them will have swum off in the wrong direction towards an empty tube. It’s quite hard for them to keep travelling upwards once they get into the tube, as it is lined with tiny hair-like cilia, that are waving the egg down towards the womb in the opposite direction.
The outer coating surrounding the sperm’s head is stripped off as it passes through the tube (in a process known as capacitation), which will help the sperm to fertilise the egg, and the tail starts making very wide beats. Dozens of sperm are travelling up the tube at the same time, and each will try to be first to break through the outer coating and bind itself to the egg. As soon as one sperm manages this, enzymes immediately act on the shell of the egg to make it into a hard barrier so that no others can get in. If more than one sperm does enter an egg, the egg will not survive. The fertilised egg begins dividing a day later, first into two cells, then into four cells and again to make eight. Soon the fertilised egg, or embryo, will be ready to implant itself into the soft lining of the womb and grow.
Unfortunately it doesn’t always work like this! So whatever your current path our first goal is to support you. Then we are here to simply provide easy access to high quality fertility procedures in a way you can afford. Without having to beg, borrow or remortgage as result of the huge expense of private IVF treatment in Britain. Things have come a long way in IVF since Louise Brown the first test tube baby and our clinics in Europe just as advanced, if not more so than the UK. If you have any questions or want to find out more about how thousands of woman go abroad for successful treatment ever year, contact us on 0800 824 7874.
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