There are a number of ways we can help you to start or grow a family. What you need will depend on your individual situation: it could be surrogacy, fertility preservation, egg freezing, help from donors, surgery, or embarking on a natural cycle to try to have a child.
If you’re not sure which options are best for you, call us at the clinic, and we can talk through what you need. Whatever your journey, there are a few key stages that apply to everyone who comes to the clinic for treatment.
At Boston Place Clinic we believe in making life as easy as possible. We do not insist on a letter of referral from your GP or Specialist to make an appointment although this may be helpful particularly if you have medical problems or a complicated history. We ask that you send or bring any copies of investigations that you have had performed elsewhere as this may prevent repeating some investigations.
You can make an appointment by speaking to someone directly, by fax or letter from your GP or specialist or if you prefer drop us an email with your contact details for an appointment.
At your first consultation with your fertility doctor, you will discuss your medical history. If appropriate your doctor will do an internal ultrasound scan to assess your ovaries and pelvic area. The doctor outlines a programme of treatment based on your personal results and circumstances.
Preliminary tests and screening
To make the best decision about your treatment your doctor may need the results of some tests. There are blood tests, a vaginal ultrasound scan to assess your ovaries, and a semen assessment where appropriate. In addition we will need to know whether your fallopian tubes are open and whether the cavity of your womb is normal.
At this appointment we will review the results of your investigations and discuss the full range of options open to you. This may mean continuing to try for a period of time naturally if you were concerned that there was an issue with your fertility or it may mean that you would like to try some treatment to try and improve your chances of pregnancy. These will depend upon the results of the investigations and your history will also be taken in to account.
Once you are happy with your treatment plan your Consultant will book your treatment.
Counselling is available at any stage of your treatment pathway. Fertility treatment is a significant emotional journey for all patients, and counselling provides extra emotional support. It is completely confidential. If you were going to use donated eggs or sperm for your treatment, then we recommend you see the counsellor before starting treatment to discuss the genetic implications surrounding your treatment.
You will need to attend an appointment with a member of our nursing team to run through paperwork and your particular treatment programme. There are many different types of programmes and one will be prescribed that suits you best. They will explain all the consent forms that you need to sign, and if needed also shows you how to take any drugs you’ll be using during the treatment process. Once all the tests and consent forms are completed you will be ready to start your treatment. If you are having treatment as a couple, both of you will need to attend this appointment to sign the consent forms. If you are funding your own treatment you will now need to pay for your treatment programme.
Your treatment will be mapped out by your consultant, and there are nuances to each and every person’s journey that are impossible for us to detail here. However you can rest assured that you will be looked after with utmost care and compassion by a highly experienced team, who know just how to care for you.