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These look at some of the key issues which can affect fertility, hopefully at an early stage when any problems found can be investigated in detail and acted on. A fertility assessment involves a series of simple yet thorough tests for you or both you and your partner. These include ovarian reserve and hormone level tests, pelvic ultrasound scans and semen analysis. We offer female fertility assessments and male fertility assessments.
IVF is highly effective at overcoming fertility issues and helping LGBTQ+ families. Our teams at Care have contributed to the advancements and innovations in IVF treatment and there are more than 60,000 Care babies in the world. Read about how IVF works IVF treatment
We’ll recommend ICSI if there is low quality sperm. This procedure is very similar to IVF, the only difference being that we inject the sperm directly into the egg.
If we can’t find a clear reason why you might be struggling to start or grow your family, or if you’re a female same-sex couple or single woman, you might choose IUI treatment – a simple procedure where a sperm sample is passed through the cervix and into the womb.
It could be that, for now, you’re just looking to preserve your fertility. You can freeze your eggs, freeze your sperm, and freeze your embryos with Care.
We understand that deciding to use a donor to help you start or grow your family might seem daunting. There’s lots to consider, but using a donor to create a family can be a positive step forward and we have helped thousands of people have their family this way.
Whether you need to use donor eggs or donor sperm for your treatment, you can be reassured that our donation team and clinical and nursing teams will do their very best to support you. Our donation programme has a great reputation for recruiting and carefully matching donors to recipient’s requirements – while keeping waiting times to an absolute minimum.
We work very closely with our recipients and spend time getting to know them. Getting the best donor match means so much - we take great care with this most important aspect of your treatment.
Pre-implantation Genetic Testing (PGT-A) gives us the ability to test embryos for chromosomal abnormalities to identify the embryos with the best chance of developing into healthy babies.
Pre-implantation Genetic Testing for monogenic diseases (PGT-M), and chromosomal structural rearrangements (PGT-SR) - If you or your partner have a genetic illness or condition in your family and are worried about passing it onto your children, pre-implantation genetic testing can offer the peace of mind you’re looking for. Read more about PGT here.
If you have any questions, or if you’d like to talk to one of our team about your options, there are lots of ways to get started:
Or, if you'd prefer, you can call the team at your local Care clinic.
Have a look at our forum, it can be a real help to connect with other people who are going through a similar experience and chat with them about how you're feeling - it often helps to share.