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IVF treatment: everything you need to know

Find out how IVF treatment works, what happens during a typical IVF cycle and all about IVF success rates & costs.

What is IVF treatment?

IVF means In-Vitro Fertilisation. IVF treatment is a technique where fertilisation takes place outside the body. During the IVF treatment process, your eggs and sperm or donor eggs or sperm are mixed together in the embryology laboratory.

Fertilised eggs are called embryos and these can develop for up to five days in our specialised incubators, until the best embryo is selected to be transferred back into the uterus to implant and grow just like in natural pregnancy.

When is IVF recommended?

IVF is used to treat a wide range of fertility problems, such as:

  • Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes
  • Unexplained infertility
  • Poor sperm quality or quantity
  • Difficulty in ovulation
  • Older women
  • Low ovarian reserve. 

What is the IVF process?

What does IVF treatment cost?

IVF with Manchester Fertility costs £3950* for a single cycle. This includes:

  • Access to online consents platform
  • Access to patient support app
  • Electronic Witnessing
  • Cycle planning
  • Prep appointment for injection teaching
  • Monitoring bloods tests during your cycle
  • Monitoring scans during your cycle
  • Local anaesthesia and oral sedation for egg collection
  • Ultrasound guided egg collection
  • Sperm preparation and insemination of eggs
  • EmbryoGlue
  • Advanced Embryology: embryo culture up to blastocyst stage
  • Embryoscope to monitor embryo development - fertilisation to transfer
  • Embryo transfer/Embryo freeze(1)
  • HFEA Licence Fee
  • Embryo freezing and storage for 1 year
  • Pregnancy scan
  • Follow up consultation after a failed cycle

Or you can choose to fund your IVF cycle through an IVF treatment package, which gives you fixed-cost peace of mind.

*Additional costs in all IVF cycles

  • Medication £600 - £2600
  • Annual storage of embryo/s following first year £350

(1) Embryo freeze – if all of your embryos are frozen and a replacement does not take place in your treatment cycle, your first frozen embryo transfer will not incur a charge

You will be given a full breakdown of your IVF treatment at your consultation. You can also visit our price list for a comprehensive overview of prices. 

Why choose us for IVF treatment?

Manchester Fertility has over 35 years of IVF expertise and consistent patient success. Find out more about us here.

We specialise in individualised IVF treatment that is unique to you, focused on achieving a healthy pregnancy and baby. When you have IVF with us, you can look forward to:

  • IVF care that is planned and led by some of the UK’s leading IVF and fertility specialists
  • Dedicated personal support right through the IVF journey, from initial enquiry to pregnancy test and beyond
  • Access to the latest IVF techniques, proven technologies and innovations for your best chance of success
  • Transparent and cost-effective funding choices to help you pay for your IVF treatment
  • A comprehensive range of patient support including counselling, holistic therapy and nutrition help

What are our IVF success rates?

The results in the graph below are our HFEA verified  IVF success rates for couples using their own eggs in 2019.  The values are clinical pregnancy per embryo transferred.

There is no published data for patients over 42 as the number treated is low the data has been redacted by the HFEA to protect the identity of patients.

At Manchester Fertility we treat all types and ages of patients, including those with complex fertility issues where the chances of success are typically lower. Our results are consistent with HFEA national data thanks to our personalised, patient-focused approach to IVF.

To see more of our results data, which has been verified by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, please visit the HFEA website.


Clinical pregnancy rate for IVF & ICSI by embryo transferred

January - December 2019

Under 35
Pregnancy Rate (%)
Age Range

Frequently Asked Questions About IVF

How do I choose an IVF clinic?

There are lots of factors to consider when choosing an IVF clinic, such as location, cost, success rates and treatments. But things like compassionate staff, transparent pricing, administrative processes and emotional support matter just as much, according to the HFEA.

It is important to take the time to visit a few different clinics to ensure you find an IVF clinic where you are treated like an individual, listened to and made to feel comfortable, right from the start. We offer free 1-2-1s to help you make an informed decision about which clinic is best for you, where you can come and tour our clinic, meet our team and get to know more about us and our approach. You can book a 1-2-1 online or call us on 0161 300 2737.

What is the cost of IVF?

A single cycle of IVF with Manchester Fertility costs from £3,950. We also offer a cost-effective IVF package which includes all the fees and costs involved in an IVF cycle together with Embryoscope time-lapse embryo selection, for one simple fixed price. You can also explore your funding options.

Is IVF safe?

IVF is a generally safe fertility treatment which is used worldwide.

The main risks of IVF are:

  • OHSS (Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome) - OHSS is a rare complication of IVF where the ovaries overreact to the fertility drugs needed to produce mature eggs.  Symptoms of OHSS can range from mild to severe and in some cases are life-threatening if left untreated. The protocols used at Manchester Fertility and careful monitoring of the patient minimises this risk.
  • Multiple births – if more than one embryo is transferred there is an increased chance of a multiple pregnancy.  Twins or triplet pregnancies have a higher risk of pre-term birth and lower birth weight than with a singleton pregnancy.
What is Natural IVF?

Natural IVF does not use any fertility medication and relies solely on the egg you naturally ovulate that month. Because it has very low success rates, we do not offer Natural IVF.

Instead we offer Modified Natural Cycle IVF, which uses very low doses of medication to help you produce at least one egg. Modified Natural Cycle would only be advised in very specific circumstances where standard doses of IVF medications would not improve the numbers of eggs produced, such as in women with a low ovarian reserve or those who have responded poorly to IVF in the past.

How are embryos selected for IVF?

It only takes a few days of embryo development for our expert Embryology team to identify which embryos have the best pregnancy potential. Your embryos are safely developed in the optimum conditions of our state-of-the-art IVF laboratory over two to five days.

Embryos are either developed through standard incubator culture or in our Embryoscope incubators, where our embryologists can see every crucial stage of undisturbed development using time-lapse video technology.

We look for specific cell division and growth to choose which embryos are best for transfer.  If recommended by your Fertility Consultant we can perform genetic testing, known as Pre-implantation Genetic Screening (PGS), aneuploidy screening or PGT-A, to ensure that only embryos with correct chromosome numbers are selected for your IVF cycle.

Do I need to take time off for IVF treatment?

Time off work is a very individual decision, based on how you are feeling. Many of our patients like to take some time off after egg retrieval and after embryo transfer for instance.

The best advice is to follow the guidance given by our team about rest periods, activity and your normal routine.

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