Starting IVF treatment

Deciding you might need treatment is the first big step. Find out how to start IVF treatment.

When you’ve been trying to start or grow your family for a year or longer, you might start to wonder whether something’s wrong. If you’re at this stage and think you might need to start IVF treatment, visiting this page is already a big step in the right direction. 

How could CARE help?

By taking you through our tests and screenings, we can help to either set your mind at rest or decide your next steps. If you’ve not already had tests, for any patient worried about their fertility we might suggest:

Depending on what your results show, as part of a tailored treatment plan we might then recommend:

It’s possible we might also suggest using donor eggs, donor sperm, donor embryos or a surrogate but we can’t know for sure which treatment will be right for you until we’ve got to know you better.

You can learn more about what IVF treatment might involve by reading our quick guide to IVF.

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What should I do next?

Learn more about CARE

Choosing the right clinic is really important. At CARE, we’ll do everything we can to support you – whoever you are, and wherever you are on your fertility treatment journey. Find out more about us, or read about how we support our patients.  

Speak to your GP

If you haven’t already spoken to your GP about your worries, this could be the best place to start. Make an appointment to talk about your options; they might suggest a few things you haven’t tried yet that could help to improve your chances, or recommend getting some tests to try and find out the problem.  

Ask about referrals

In  some areas – and in certain circumstances – you can be referred to CARE for tests and treatments funded by the NHS. If you’re planning to speak to your GP, ask them whether you can be referred to CARE. You can find more about treatment at CARE with the NHS here.  

Talk to CARE

If you think you might be interested in one of our treatments, or if you’d like to talk to someone at CARE about your options, there are lots of ways to get started:

  • Book in for a free 1-2-1
  • Book a consultation
  • Come to one of our clinic information events
  • Speak to your local clinic to find out more.

You can do all of the above through our contact form or by calling your local clinic.  

Discover our funding options

Depending on your circumstances, you might be thinking about finding some extra funding for your treatment. We offer a range of different funding routes at CARE, and you might also be able to get funding through the NHS.  

Join our forum

Introduce yourself on our bulletin board and chat to some of our other patients. It can be really comforting to talk to others going through a similar experience, and they might have useful advice for those new to treatment.