On Saturday, I’ll be speaking at the Fertility Show at London’s Olympia about what you need to think about if you are choosing a fertility clinic. If you are fortunate enough to have NHS-funded treatment, you may not have a wide range of clinics to choose from, and in some parts of the country there are fewer clinics than in others – but if you live in London or the South East and you are paying for your treatment, the choice can be overwhelming.
I’ll be explaining how to make sense of what can seem an overwhelming array of different clinics all claiming to be the best, and what factors you should take into consideration when making your choice. I’ll cover treatment outcomes – how to make sense of the IVF success rates published by the HFEA and why they may not be the only thing you want to look at when making a decision – and will look at a number of other issues that can affect which clinic might be right for you.
If you’re at the Show on Saturday, I look forward to meeting you – make sure you come and say hello!
I’ve just been sent a link for a market research project which some of you may be interested in as there is a £60 incentive for anyone who is selected for one of their focus groups. The market research company are looking for people who have had successful IVF in the last three years in London, Nottingham or Manchester. They are asking people to initially complete a basic questionnaire and will then select a cross section of people to be part of focus groups in March. The research is for a fertility clinic. The focus groups will be 90 minutes long with around six people at each group.
If you want to know more the link is here
The latest figures relating to fertility treatment in the UK have been released this morning by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and show a growing number of cycles of IVF with a total of more than 64,000 carried out in 2013. The number of cycles of donor treatment have more than doubled in the last five years, and there has been an increase in the number of same-sex couples having treatment. Success rates have gone up very slightly, but the multiple birth rate from fertility treatment has fallen.
The majority of women having treatment are under 37, and the average age of fertility patients is 35. The report shows that over a third of fertility treatment is carried out in London and the South East – and that in 2012, 2.2% of all babies born in the UK were conceived as a result of IVF.
You can see the full details at http://www.hfea.gov.uk/