For patients & their supporters

Woman on phone talking about IVF

An estimated one in seven couples have difficulty conceiving. If you are having trouble, you're not alone. Find out why conception may not be happening naturally and what you can do.

  1. Woman talking to her GP about fertility issues

    Get started

    Fertility basics: Find out when you’re most fertile, where to get help and what tests you can have at the GP. Get the basics.

    About infertility: There are many factors that can affect your fertility and this can be different in men and women.

    Improve your chances - lifestyle and health: Find out what lifestyle changes could help increase your chances of getting pregnant.

  2. ICSI procedure

    Your treatment & storage options

    Your treatment options: Find out what fertility treatment options are available and what to expect if you decide to go ahead.

    Your storage options: When going through treatment, you may need to store sperm, eggs or embryos for later use. Find out your options.

    Using donated sperm, eggs or embryos in your treatment: If you are considering using donated sperm, eggs or embryos, you will need to think about some complex issues before starting.

  3. Having fertility treatment can be an emotionally charged process

    Get support

    Get advice & help: Having fertility treatment can be an emotionally charged experience. It’s important you get the right help while going through treatment.

    Benefits of counselling & how to access it: Counselling can help you explore your feelings, become clearer about your situation and find new ways of coping.

    Patient stories - learn from others: Read about, and learn from, the experiences of others.

  4. Researching clinics

    How to research clinics & what to expect

    Choosing a clinic: With so many fertility clinics around, you may need to do some research to find the best fit for you.

    What to expect at the clinic: The idea of going to a fertility clinic can be daunting; find out what you might expect when you visit one.

    Understanding clinic success rates: What do clinic success rates really mean? Are they that different between clinics?

  5. Woman typing numbers into a calculator

    Funding & payment issues

    NHS treatment: When it comes to paying for fertility treatment in the UK, you may be eligible for funding from the NHS.

    Private treatment: If you are unable to access NHS funding for your fertility treatment or are planning to pay for your own, you have the option of approaching private fertility clinics.

    HFEA fees: The HFEA does not charge individual patients for fertility treatment. Clinics, both NHS and private, pay a fee to the HFEA towards the costs of being regulated and inspected.

Help us improve our consent forms

We've made a number of changes to our consent forms and we would like you to test them.

We have three examples of newly drafted forms which will be ready for you to view on 5 January 2015. You would then have one week to either email us your comments or come and meet with us at our office in central London.

For further information, email joanne.anton@hfea.gov.uk

 

Choose a fertility clinic

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Multiple pregnancy - are you at risk?

The single biggest risk of fertility treatment is multiple pregnancy.

One at a time is a professionally-led site aimed at reducing the risks of multiple pregnancies from fertility treatment.

       One at a time is a professionally-led site aimed at reducing the risks of multiple pregnancies

Visit Oneatatime.org.uk

Understanding clinic success rates

What do clinic success rates really mean? Are they that different between clinics? Why do they seem out of date?

 

...more about understanding success rates

Have you had or begun IVF treatment recently?

An fertility treament patient discussing their experiences

The HFEA want to hear what you think about single embryo transfer and the risk of multiple births from fertility treatment.

What did your clinic discuss with you?

How did you decide how many embryos you wanted to transfer?


Let us know in our patient questionnaire

Use of patient information in research - what you need to know

Copyright Monkey-Business Fotolia.comDuring treatment, your clinic collects information about you. Some of this information can be used by researchers from 1 October 2009.

If you have had treatment before 1 October 2009 and don't want identifying information to be used for research can complete our 'opt out' form.

...find out more about disclosing information