Can environment make a different to IVF outcomes?

When it comes to factors that could possibly have an impact on IVF success, the things that often spring to mind are often those we can influence ourselves – a healthy diet, not smoking or drinking too much – or the kind of add-ons that have become increasingly popular in many clinics such as embryo glue or time-lapse.

For most fertility patients, the type of liquid embryos are placed in at the clinic would not be the first thing to consider when it comes to treatment outcomes – in fact, it’s not something most of us think about at all. However, new research carried out at Boston Place Clinic by Dr Stuart Lavery of IVF Hammersmith, suggests that the culture medium used by the clinic can make a difference to the way that embryos grow. You can read more about the research here 

Could you qualify for a free IVF cycle?

This is a pan-European drug study and those who take part will get a completely free cycle of IVF treatment and freezing and storage of any frozen embryos is included too.

If you want to find out more about the trial and to see whether you might be eligible, you can call Anna Carby at Boston Place Clinic on 0207 993 0870 or email

For patients with PCOS, there is another trial offering free treatment for women under 35 who have had up to one cycle of IVF in the past. For this trial, you need to have a BMI of under 29 and there are some ovarian reserve qualifications too.  For more details about this trial, email