Access Fertility is passionate about making fertility treatment more accessible to people. At Access Fertility our main focus is you. Our only goal is to make it easier for you to access the treatment you need.
Access Fertility has been a proud partner of Bourn Hall for over 3 years. In that time we’ve helped hundreds of patients reduce the cost of IVF, access the treatment they need and get up to 100% of their money back if they don’t have a baby. Their newest clinic, Wickford, is state of the art and will continue to push the boundaries of excellence in IVF.
Our Refund programme allows patients under the age of 40 to choose either 2 or 3 fresh cycles of IVF with unlimited FETs and a 50%, 70% or 100% refund if they don’t have a baby. A patient paying £10,750 for a 100% three cycle programme would be entitled to a full refund of £10,750 if they did not have a baby.
The refund takes the uncertainty out of IVF and means you can have treatment without taking a big financial risk.
Our Multi-Cycle programme is available to all patients under the age of 45 and provides 2 fresh cycles of IVF with unlimited FETs. There is no medical review for this programme and the acceptance rate is 100%, provided you have a consultation at Bourn Hall.
As well as offering innovative programmes with a refund, we also pride ourselves on a high standard of patient care. We have no time limits on our phone calls and our patient advisors are there to listen and provide you with the information you need. If Access Fertility can’t help you then we’ll do our best to guide you towards someone who can.
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Finding A Fertility Clinic’s Success Rate
When looking into clinics for your fertility treatment, it’s natural that you want to know their success rate. New research has revealed that the best place to find the most accurate representation of this is not necessarily the clinic’s own website.
Manchester University research has found that fertility clinics present their data in a range of ways that means that accurately comparing one clinic to another can be near impossible.
Many clinics have created their own ranking tables using parameters they design themselves to compare their clinic to others. But the research suggests that these parameters vary from clinic to clinic, in order to show the reporting clinic as ranking highly.
Success rates do not often differ from clinic to clinic, and when they do the percentage is a nominal amount that does not reflect negatively on their ability to give you successful treatment.
The best and most accurate data for comparing clinics is from the HFEA, which publishes success rate information and allows you to compare clinics in your area. They collate data from all clinic across the UK, giving you the best unbiased representation of success rates in your area.
How To Improve Your Chance Of Conception The best way to optimise conception is to have sexual intercourse during your fertile days; in other words, when you are ovulating. You can track your ovulation and fertility using the following steps:
Keep a record of your menstrual cycle for 2-3 months. This will allow you to determine any irregular cycles and determine how long your menstrual cycle is.
A regular menstrual cycle commonly falls every 28-32 days. To calculate your ovulation window, you need to account for both your longest cycle and shortest cycle, which is why tracking for 2-3 months will help.
To calculate when you are most likely to ovulate, you subtract 18 from the total number of days in your shortest cycle. Then subtract the number that is left from your longest cycle.
Shortest cycle = 27 days
Longest cycle = 33 days
28 – 18 = 10
33 – 10 = 23
Now, put a mark against all the days that fall between these days of your cycle on your calendar. So in the example above, you would mark the 10th day after your periods to the 23rd day of your cycle are your fertile days.
Having intercourse as much as possible during these days will increase your chances of getting pregnant sooner.
Is Acupuncture Effective for IVF?
Tests have revealed that acupuncture can be beneficial for women undergoing IVF treatment.
Although the reasons for it have not yet been determined, ultrasounds have shown improved uterine blood flow in women who have undergone acupuncture. This can help to create a more Ultrasounds have shown that acupuncture can improve uterine blood flow, which can improve the environment in which implantation occurs.
Another benefit of acupuncture for IVF patients is that is has a calming and relaxing effect on the body and mind. Undergoing fertility treatments can be a stressful time for most, and stress can have a negative impact on fertility. Therefore, acupuncture is recommended as a relaxation treatment.
To maximise the benefits of acupuncture treatments, it is best to go for a session on the same day that your embryo transfer is booked in for. In some fertility clinics, there is now an acupuncture service available as they understand the benefits of this.
If your clinic doesn’t employ an acupuncturist and you seek out your own, look for someone with experience in working on fertility patients.
It is important to remember that acupuncture does not guarantee that your IVF treatment will be effective; it is a natural treatment that can improve your chances of conception.
Taking A Pregnancy Test: What You Need To Know
Whether you take a pregnancy test at home or at your local doctor, hospital or clinic, the test works in a similar way. It detects a hormone called human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG), which is only produced by your body when you have conceived.
It takes around 3-4 days from the moment of conception for traces of the hCG hormone to be present in your urine. However, it will usually take longer than this for a pregnancy test to detect the hormone as the amount in your body will increase every day.
For that reason, if you believe you could be pregnant (have missed a period or have irregular periods) but the test shows as negative, wait 1 week and take another test as there may not be enough build up of hCG for the test to detect at this early stage.
Home Pregnancy Tests
Home pregnancy tests are very reliable, and you can now purchase early detection pregnancy tests and tests which estimate you how far into the pregnancy you are.
Pregnancy tests can be purchased over the counter from a chemist or at your local supermarket. Simply dip the test stick into your urine and in around 2 minutes you will have a reading.
Pregnancy Tests At Your Local Doctor/Clinic
You will be asked to provide a sample of urine (usually in a container provided). First thing in the morning is the best time to collect a test sample of urine, as the hCG hormone will have been able to build up overnight allowing a stronger chance of a clear reading.
Pregnancy Test Results
Although you can be certain about the accuracy of a positive result, a negative result can be quite misleading. If the test is taken too early then you may find it reads negative even when you are pregnant.
If you receive multiple negative pregnancy test results but have missed your period and are still unsure, consult your doctor.
Male Fertility: Tips For Maximising Sperm Production Creating a life takes two. Only around 1% of the sperm that enters your partner’s body will actually survive at all, and they have around 2-3 days life in them on average, which gives them a small window to swim a long distance.
However, the most healthy sperm can survive up to 7 days, maximising the chance of fertilisation. You can extend your sperm’s life by following our top tips for male fertility:
Tips For Maximising Sperm Production
To optimise sperm production, the testes need to be kept at a temperature slightly lower than the rest of the body. They can easily overheat and this is not good for healthy sperm.
Wearing loose underwear and trousers or shorts will help air to circulate and allow the testes to regulate their temperature.
Avoid sitting for prolonged periods where possible. If your job involves sitting for long periods of time, try to schedule regular breaks and walk around to allow air to circulate.
When using a laptop computer, try not to rest it directly on your lap as this can overheat the testes; try using a laptop tray or desk to rest it on instead
Equally as important as keeping your testes cool is your diet and physical activity. A healthy male who exercises regularly and eats well, doesn’t drink excessive alcohol or consume drugs, or smoke is most likely to have a strong sperm count.
And finally, stress and mood can impact your sperm count. When you are calm, relaxed and happy is when you and your sperm are at their best.
Tips to improve male fertility
Reduce your alcohol intake.
Stop smoking/taking drugs.
Wear loose fitting boxer shorts and trousers.
Avoid sitting in hot water or heat; baths, jacuzzis, saunas, etc.
Avoid sitting for long periods.
Do not rest a laptop directly on your lap.
Avoid cycling for extensive periods of time.
Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables.
Exercise regularly (at least 3 times per week).
Avoid stressful situations.
Seeking help with fertility
It can be difficult to know how long to wait before you see a doctor about your fertility.
It usually takes several months to conceive so if you’ve been trying for about a year (or 6 months if your partner is 35 or over) without success then it’s probably a good time to see your GP, either with your partner or separately.
If you find that either of you are becoming stressed because you haven’t conceived yet, then make an appointment sooner.
Worrying about conceiving is perfectly normal, but getting stressed may hinder your chances.
Switching over to green tea can help you lose weight, reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, or maybe even get pregnant.
Green tea is made from fresh tea leaves, whereas black teas are made with fermented tea leaves. Green tea contains B vitamins and folate, which is natural folic acid. It also contains minerals, such as magnesium, caffeine, and antioxidants, such as polyphenols.
Polyphenols protect your body’s cells from damage that can lead to cancer and other diseases. They can also help to reduce inflammation and improve the flow of blood to the tissues in your body. Polyphenols may also affect fertility and ovulation, though experts don’t yet know whether the effects are all positive.
The Infertility Network UK’s most prominent infertility charity. It is devoted to supporting everyone affected by infertility and a leading voice in the National Infertility Awareness Campaign for fair and equitable access to NHS funding for fertility treatment.
The Fertility Network offers a free quarterly digital magazine is a must-read whatever your experience of fertility issues.
The digital magazine provides latest fertility news and research, the views of leading fertility experts, book reviews, personal stories and key information on where to find the help and support you need are all featured. With the aim to make the difficult path to parenthood a little bit easier by telling it how it is – and hopefully no-one will feel they are travelling on this journey alone.
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The websites below aim to provide useful information about fertility and IVF.
BICA – British Infertility Counselling Association BICA (British Infertility Counselling Association) is the only professional association for infertility counsellors and counselling in the UK. The BICA website includes resources, news and tips for choosing the right counsellor.
HFEA – Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is the UK’s independent regulator overseeing the use of gametes and embryos in fertility treatment and research. There are information sections for patients, donors and great advice on choosing a fertility clinic.
INUK – Infertility Network UK The Infertility Network UK is the national charity offering practical information and emotional support and advice to all those struggling to conceive.
British Fertility Society The British Fertility Society is open to all those involved, in the field of reproductive medicine. The British Fertility Society also offers public information through a library of fact sheets and guides.
Fertility Friends Created and run by volunteers, Fertility Friends contains a great “latest news” section as well as content on Infertility, Adoption, Parenting after infertility. A community that is there to help you every single step of the way.
Access Fertility does not take responsibility for the content of these sites.