Hoping to start IVF or fertility treatment in 2020? Now is a great time to do some research, so you’re ready to start in the New Year.
Here’s our useful guide for these early planning stages, to help you plan and prepare for your treatment and what’s ahead:
How to choose your IVF clinic
Choosing your IVF clinic can be overwhelming. But the best advice we can give is to go and see the clinic you’re interested in to get a feel for the clinic and the staff. Ask as many questions as you can about what treatment involves.
Because it’s really important to get a feel for the clinic and its team and to take the time to understand their approach, as every clinic is different.
We offer FREE, no obligation 1-2-1 appointments to anyone thinking of having treatment. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about us in a relaxed and friendly private session. We’ll answer all your questions about treatments and tell you everything you need to know to help you make the best decision and talk you through our finance options.
The HFEA also has some useful advice on its website about what to bear in mind when choosing a clinic, which you can read here.
Preparing for IVF & fertility treatment
We’re often asked if there’s anything you should do to prepare for IVF. We would always advise that you make sure you’re in the best health before you start fertility treatment. This is because health factors such as your BMI and lifestyle can make a difference to your IVF treatment.
Your emotional wellbeing matters just as much too. Being informed can really help with this, as you’ll be starting your journey feeling empowered and in control. Learn as much as you can and don’t be afraid to ask questions – it’s what we are here for!
How to start fertility treatment
Getting started on your journey is exciting but can be a bit daunting too! We’re here to help, by making it as easy as we can for you to make those first appointments.
Just call our dedicated New Patient Co-ordinators on 0845 268 2244 and we’ll arrange everything. Fertility treatment starts with a conversation about the treatment you’re looking for - but don’t worry if you don’t know what treatment you need at this stage.
We’ll then arrange your first consultation and the initial fertility tests that you will need to help us plan your treatment. We’ll explain exactly what the process is, so you don’t need to worry.
Once you’re officially a patient you’ll be given your own personal patient portal login, where you can keep track of your treatment progress and any correspondence, plus an App download for updates on the go, so you always know what’s happening and when.
Your first consultation – what to expect
Your first consultation is all about giving you a clear view of your fertility journey from start to finish, including the cost.
Your consultant will explainwhat treatment we recommend, what it involves, you’ll also receive a detailed timeline with all fees outlined upfront.
If you’re not local to our clinic to attend a consultation, you can see your fertility consultant via a virtual video consultation online.
How to fund fertility treatment
How to pay for treatment is likely to be one of your biggest considerations. So we’ll also talk you through all the different options, giving you financial peace of mind from the start.
You can choose to pay for treatment with one of our affordable fixed-price packages that are available. We offer packages for the most common types of fertility treatment, including IVF and ICSI, treatment with donor sperm and treatment with donor eggs.
Take a look at our packages and available third-party pre-paid plans here.
Other key questions and factors to consider
When you’re planning your IVF and fertility treatment journey, you may also want to think about:
- Complementing your treatment: We offer a comprehensive range of additional support therapies, including fertility acupuncture, reflexology, dietary support and fertility coaching.
- Accessing counselling: Counselling is automatically included in your treatment at Manchester Fertility. Counselling can help you to emotionally prepare for your journey.
- Building a support network now: Telling friends, family or work colleagues is a personal decision but it does help to have a support network ready in place. You can also join Manchester Fertility’s own private Facebook-based Support Group. Our support group is a place where patients can share experiences, give support and advice. We also hold regular Support Group get togethers at our clinic.
Starting IVF advice and help – call our team or book your free 1-2-1 now
We’re always available to help with any queries you have for your 2020 treatment journey.
Last updated: 9th December 2019