Fertility Assessment Service

Many people are faced with difficult choices over when to start a family; the pursuit of career, the urge to travel, the need to finish one adventure before starting the next. The most common question we are asked by people is ‘can I safely delay starting a family?’ The CRGH Fertility Assessment Service is designed to help you answer that question. We offer men and women, individuals and couples, a regular clinic designed to assess your ability to conceive, putting you in control

CRGH believe it is never too early to start preparing for a family. Our dedicated team can offer men and women, individuals or couples, a chance to assess your ability to conceive, putting you in control and allowing you to make plans for the future. Our assessments include a holistic examination of the physical, mental, emotional and social factors that could impact your fertility.

You will be in expert hands at CRGH.

Our consultant Dr Vidya Seshadri is well known and respected in her field, and has published research on Prepregnancy care.

Prepregnancy care BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3467 (Published 31 May 2012)

Female Fertility Assessment – £350, includes:

  • Initial consultation with Nurse Manager, including a holistic lifestyle assessment
  • AMH blood test
  • Ultrasound scan (antral follicle count, endometrial assessment)
  • Follow-up consultation with Doctor
  • Outcome letter and copies of results

Male Fertility Assessment – £150, includes:

  • Initial Consultation with Nurse Manager, including a holistic lifestyle assessment
  • Semen Analysis performed by an Andrologist to assess sperm count, motility and morphology
  • Follow-up Consultation with Doctor
  • Outcome letter and copies of results

*Males will need to abstain from ejaculation 2-3 days (no more or less) prior to undergoing the semen analysis, in order to obtain optimum results.

 

Fertility Lifestyle Changes

You can potentially boost your chances of conceiving (now and in the future) by making sure your body is healthy enough to become pregnant and support a developing baby. Both men and women can make lifestyle changes that may make them more likely to conceive. All women who are trying to conceive should have 400 mgm of folic acid daily to prevent the baby from having necual tube defects. In addition they should also be immunised for Rubella infection.

Eat healthily
A balanced diet will help ensure your body is healthy enough to become pregnant and can also help to keep sperm production at optimum levels.

Exercise regularly
Regular exercise will keep you fit and help you to maintain a healthy weight. It can also help to reduce your stress levels, in what can be an emotionally draining situation.

Drink sensibly
Alcohol may affect fertility and sperm quality, so aim to limit your drinking to the government guidelines.

Medication and drugs
Some prescription drugs can reduce your chances of conceiving, so if you are taking regular medication ask you GP about suitable alternatives. All illegal drugs should be completely avoided.

Stop smoking
Smoking has been linked to infertility and early menopause in women, and has been shown to reduce sperm quality. It is also a factor in premature or low birth-weight babies.

Keep cool
For maximum sperm production, the testes should be a couple of degrees cooler than the rest of your body. It may help to avoid tight-fitting clothing, saunas and hot showers.

NHS Funding for Fertility Care

CRGH is an NHS approved centre and funding may be available for some patients. You will need to meet certain criteria and be referred to us by your GP. Please call or email us for further information.
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