How do we find the best fertility clinic for us?

Firstly visit the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s website (HFEA) for a list of registered clinics local to you. Then ring up the fertility clinic and ask for brochures or information, or visit the clinic’s website. Don’t be afraid to go and tour the clinic. At Manchester Fertility you can book in for an informal, free 'one-to-one' appointment so that you can come and visit us, our friendly team will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.

How much does IVF or fertility treatment cost?

IVF costs vary depending on which clinic you choose. You will need to pay for the initial consultation, any pre-treatment tests or scans, and then for the actual treatment itself and any necessary medications. For more details, see our prices page

Does BMI affect IVF treatment?

We treat patients with a BMI between 19-35. Research has shown that a healthy BMI can support your fertility treatment, so we encourage you to optimise your BMI and lower it if it is over 30. If you're struggling to do work out your BMI, try this handy online BMI calculator or this is something our medical experts can discuss with you on a fertility assessment in your full health check.

How can I get an appointment with Manchester Fertility?

You do not need a referral for an appointment with us. You can self-refer.

I’m in a same-sex relationship and we would like to have a family. Can you help us?

Yes, we welcome many same-sex couples through our doors for pregnancy help, in fact we have a great reputation for it - whether you need treatment with donor sperm or donor eggs. For information about the fertility treatments we offer to help you, visit our donation section

I already have a child but I am having problems getting pregnant again. Is there something wrong with me?

Secondary infertility – the inability to have a second or third child despite have a successful pregnancy before – is not uncommon. But you may be worrying over nothing. Remember, infertility isn’t defined until you have been having regular, unprotected intercourse for up to two years without falling pregnant, so it could just be that this time it’s taking longer than before to conceive. Your age could also be a factor, remember that fertility starts to decline from age 30 onwards and even more so from age 35. But if you think you need fertility help, don’t hesitate seeing your GP or contact us,

Can I get IVF treatment on the NHS?

The provision of IVF treatment varies across the country, and often depends on local NHS Integrated Care Board (ICB) policies.

ICBs may have additional criteria you need to meet before you can have IVF on the NHS, such as:

  • not having any children already, from both your current and any previous relationships
  • being a healthy weight
  • not smoking
  • falling into a certain age range (for example, some ICBs only fund treatment for women under 35)

Ask your GP or contact your local integrated care board (ICB) to find out whether NHS-funded IVF treatment is available in your area.

Do you offer fertility treatment via the NHS?

No, we do not offer fertility treatment on the NHS as we are a wholly private fertility clinic. However certain Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will consider allowing you to transfer the funding for your NHS IVF cycles to us. If you’re eligible for fertility treatment on the NHS, you may be able to Transferring your NHS funded IVF treatment unit but would firstly need to discuss this with your CCG.  More information can be found from Fertility Network UK.

I want to get pregnant but I’m over 40 years of age, can you help me conceive?

Yes. However, you need to consider the fact that live birth rates for older women in their mid-40s, who wish to use their own eggs to conceive, is generally extremely low. Your options will include ovarian stimulation, and intrauterine insemination or IVF. Dependent upon your individual case, you may need to consider using donor eggs to get pregnant. For more details, call us on 0161 300 2737. You can also read our Guide for Women over 40.

What hours are you open?

Being flexible with our opening times is vital for our patients at Manchester Fertility. We always aim to see you at times convenient to you. Our current opening times are shown on our contact page. You will always see the most appropriate staff member for your needs.

What is the EmbryoGlue Treatment you offer?

EmbryoGlue is not a treatment we charge extra for – we use it as a supplement to the culture media used in the development of your embryo in our laboratory. We started using it because studies have shown it helps improve the chances of pregnancy by encouraging your embryo to implant successfully. It is a culture medium that mimics the natural molecules and fluids you’d find in your own body if you were going through pregnancy naturally.

Your embryo is placed into the EmbryoGlue just prior to transfer – and the properties it contains helps the embryo ‘stick’ to your uterus. Once an embryo transfer is carried out, we can never guarantee it will successfully implant for pregnancy – but 13 separate studies have concluded that the use of EmbryoGlue, thanks to its high levels of hyaluronan, increases both clinical pregnancy rates and live births. And so we now use EmbryoGlue for all embryo transfers at no extra cost to you. For more information about EmbryoGlue, you can visit this link.

Who can choose surrogacy to start their family?

At Manchester Fertility, Surrogacy is available to everyone, regardless of gender, relationship status or sexual orientation. You may consider surrogacy if: 

  • You are in a male same-sex relationship where neither partner can carry a pregnancy to term
  • Neither you nor a potential partner can carry a pregnancy to term for psychological or emotional reasons
  • Neither you as a single person nor you or a potential partner if you are in a relationship, can carry a pregnancy to term for medical reasons 

If you need both donor sperm and donor eggs for your surrogacy treatment, we will be unable to facilitate this for you due to the law requiring at least one intended parent to be a biological parent of the child. 

For more information, please contact the clinic directly to discuss the next steps or alternative options for treatment. 

What is the difference between full surrogacy and half surrogacy?

Full surrogacy, or Gestational Surrogacy, is when the eggs from an intended parent or a donor are used to make embryos for the surrogacy treatment. Therefore, there is no genetic connection between the baby and the surrogate. 

Partial Surrogacy, or Traditional Surrogacy, involves an egg from the chosen surrogate being fertilised using sperm from an intended parent of the baby. In this case, the surrogate and your baby would have a genetic connection. 

Regardless of whether or not you use donor eggs for your treatment, you will still need a parental order. 

How does a surrogate become pregnant?

At Manchester Fertility, we predominantly use IVF and ICSI to help your surrogate get pregnant regardless of whether a patient has chosen the Full Surrogacy or Partial Surrogacy pathway. This is because we believe it ensures the highest possible chances of success for your treatment. 

If you have any concerns about the treatment process, our expert team is always ready to offer their support and answer any questions. Contact the clinic directly via your patient app or on 0161 300 2730

Do Intended Parents have to meet legal requirements?

A parental order is necessary to become the legal parent of a surrogate-born child in the UK. There are a few conditions that an intended parent must meet to apply for a parental order. These are: 

  • The intended parent(s) must be domiciled in the UK
  • There has to be a medical reason for someone to undergo surrogacy – such as social infertility, in the case of male same-sex couples, where neither can carry a pregnancy, single men that cannot carry a pregnancy, or those diagnosed with infertility and/or are unable to carry a pregnancy
  • There must be a genetic link to the child via one of the intended parent(s)

Are surrogates paid in the UK?

HFEA, the Human Fertilisation & Embryo Authority, advises that you cannot pay a surrogate in the UK. However, you are responsible for reimbursing any reasonable expenses that the surrogate incurs, such as maternity clothes, travel expenses and loss of earnings.

How do intended parents and surrogates find each other or "match"?

It is not unusual for a family member or close friend to act as a surrogate. However, some patients prefer to choose their surrogate from a recognised surrogacy partner for their treatment.

We understand that finding a surrogate is a deeply personal choice. Although we can't make the decision for you, as a specialist fertility clinic, we have compiled all the resources you will need to help you in your search. 

Several UK-based organisations can support those on their journey through surrogacy and help you source the right surrogate for your treatment. We would recommend the following: 

How long does surrogacy take?

Surrogacy can be a long process, and it is important to be realistic and take the time you need at each stage. Generally, you can expect a surrogacy journey to take at least 18-24 months. Still, depending on the surrogacy destination you choose and how your personal journey progresses, it could take double that.

What rights do donors have when it comes to surrogacy?

If you use donor eggs or sperm from a Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) licensed clinic, your donor will not:

  • Be the legal parent of any child born
  • Have any legal obligation to any child born
  • Have any rights over how the child will be brought up
  • Be asked to support the child financially
  • Be named on the birth certificate

If you source donor eggs for your surrogacy treatment, it will be the surrogate, not the donor, who is considered your child's legal parent until your parental order is processed. 

Can someone be a surrogate for a friend or family member?

Yes, many people choose a friend or family member to act as their surrogate because they already have a good relationship. It is important to still have the proper agreements in place and to seek legal advice about your surrogacy, similar to if you sourced a surrogate through an agency, even if you have a close relationship with your surrogate.

Is surrogacy legal in the UK?

Yes, surrogacy is legal in the UK, but if you make a surrogacy agreement, it cannot be enforced by the law. You can find more information on the legal implications of having a child via surrogacy and advice for intended parents on the GOV.UK website.

Which clinics offer surrogacy?

As surrogacy is unavailable via the NHS, many futures intended parents choose to start their families through an HFEA-licensed fertility clinic. As My Surrogacy Journey's Northern & Midlands Centre of Excellence, we offer comprehensive, tailored surrogacy treatment packages to everyone, regardless of gender, relationship status or sexual orientation. 

Who is the legal parent of a child born from surrogacy?

Due to current UK law, the surrogate is automatically regarded as the child's legal parent, even if they are not genetically related. 

However, you should still be treated as the child's caregiver and be expected to care for your child from birth. Once your parental order application is approved, legal parenthood will be transferred from the surrogate to you.

What is the surrogacy process?

There are many different paths for surrogacy that you could choose to take. However, we have detailed a typical journey below for your reference: 

  • Initial Consultation: We want you to feel supported throughout your journey with us. If you have decided surrogacy is the right path for you, we'll ask that you attend a consultation at our state-of-the-art clinic so we can discuss the medical, legal and emotional implications of your choice - and offer any advice we can to help you begin your journey. 
  • Source an Egg and/or Sperm Donor: Our patients are fortunate at Manchester Fertility, as we offer access to donor eggs and sperm through our partner clinics Manchester Donors and Semovo. If you require either for your surrogacy, we can help you arrange this. In the case of Partial surrogacy, the egg used for treatment will be given by your surrogate.
  • Choose Your Surrogate: Choosing a surrogate is a deeply personal and important part of your journey to starting a family. You may have a personal connection to your surrogate or instead source yours through a reputable network. No matter your choice, we'll support you with advice and expert knowledge so you can make the best choice for your future family. At this stage, we also recommend you take the time to get to know your surrogate, see if they're the right fit for you and iron out any of the legal details.
  • Fertilisation and Embryo Transfer Process: Your surrogate, an intended parent or an egg donor will be given medication to help develop their eggs and undergo an egg retrieval procedure. Frozen eggs from a donor can also be used. The eggs are then fertilised in the laboratory to create an embryo, which will be transferred to the surrogate.
  • Maternity and the Birth of Your Child: After approximately nine months, your surrogate will help you welcome your child into the world. Most intended parents join the surrogate at the hospital for the birth. After the baby is born and the surrogate is discharged from the hospital, you and your surrogate can all return home with your new baby and the surrogate with the satisfaction of giving the selfless gift of parenthood to someone else.
  • Transfer of Legal Parenthood: When your baby is born, you must apply for a parental order to transfer legal parenthood from the surrogate to the intended parents or IP(s). This can only be done with the surrogate's consent. However, this can be a very straightforward process with the right legal advice and preparation. The parental order process occurs after birth and involves the family court and a court-appointed social worker.