Introduction

There are a number of different fertility treatments provided within Aberdeen Fertility Centre and we have compiled a list of the key treatments for your information. At your consultation, following investigations and diagnosis treatment options will be discussed with you. Medical laboratory and nursing staff will provide information to enable you to make the best possible choice.

IVF

A cycle of IVF can take 8-10 weeks from a menstrual bleed to the completion of the embryo transfer and it is essential that couples fully understand each step involved. Prior to attending the Centre for a consultation you are invited to attend an information evening which is open to all who are about to embark on an IVF treatment programme. These evenings will enable you to meet medical, nursing and laboratory staff who will give a presentation and answer any questions.

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ICSI

ICSI is a very effective method to fertilise mature eggs when certain types of male factor infertility has been diagnosed as long as motile sperm are present. ICSI involves the injection of a single sperm into a single egg rather than just mixing sperm and eggs together.

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Egg, Sperm or Embryo Freezing

Sperm, egg or embryo freezing may be required as part of a fertility treatment cycle or for fertility preservation purposes. Before we can freeze any sperm, eggs or embryos we must screen for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. To do this we need one blood sample and this can be taken at your GP practice or in the Centre.

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Egg, Sperm or Embryo Recipient

Should you require treatment using donated eggs due to premature menopause, are at risk of passing on a chromosomal abnormality to a child, have lost the use of her ovaries due to disease, surgery or the treatment of cancer, have had failed fertility treatment due to low ovarian reserve or egg quality issues.

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IUI

IUI means that prepared sperm is placed in the uterus. By placing the prepared sperm inside the uterus (i.e. closer to the fallopian tube) we are theoretically increasing the chances of a sperm meeting, and successfully fertilising, a released egg.

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Surgical Sperm Retrieval

Surgical sperm retrieval is a technique for collecting sperm from the epididymis or testis. This is performed when no sperm is present in the eqaculate. This may be because of failure of sperm passages to develop, an obstruction in these passages or a previous male sterilisation (vasectomy). 1% to 2% of men have no sperm on ejaculation. In about 50% of these men, sperm is being made in the testicles, but a blockage prevents the sperm from entering the ejaculate. This is called obstructive azoospermia.

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Surrogacy

Surrogacy arrangements involve a woman (the surrogate or host mother) bearing a child on behalf of a couple (the intended or commissioning parents), having agreed to hand over the child to the intended parents at birth or shortly thereafter. The intended parents have to acquire the rights to be the child’s legal parents through a parental order issued by a court or by adoption.  The Surrogacy Arrangements Act (1985) and the revised Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (1998) permit surrogacy provided no agency gains commercially as a result. 

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