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Fertility treatment

If you’re struggling with infertility, you’re not alone. The NHS estimates one in seven couples experience fertility problems.

The most common causes of infertility include poor quality semen, irregular ovulation (the monthly release of an egg from your ovaries), blocked or damaged fallopian tubes and endometriosis. Endometriosis occurs when the lining of your womb grows outside of your womb. This can develop in areas such as your ovaries or fallopian tubes.  

Infertility can have a devastating impact on your emotional and psychological health. It can lead to stress, grief, depression and a loss of self-confidence and self-esteem. Your relationship with your partner can sometimes become strained. You might also avoid socialising with friends or family members with children. If you’re struggling with the emotional stress of infertility, it’s important to speak with a specialist about your fertility problems and find appropriate fertility help and treatment. 

The most common reasons why you might choose to have fertility treatment include:

Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes: Blocked fallopian tubes from uterine fibroids or damaged fallopian tubes due to endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease can affect your fertility. If you have blocked or damaged fallopian tubes, you might be advised to have IVF treatment to help you conceive.   

Ovulation problems: Ovulation refers to the monthly release of an egg from your ovary. However, irregular ovulation, or an egg not being released at all can affect your fertility. If you have ovulation problems, intrauterine insemination could be help you conceive. 

Abnormal semen: Sperm with an abnormal shape or a low sperm count can cause abnormal semen (the fluid that contains your sperm). Intracytoplasmic sperm injections (ICSI) can help treat male fertility problems caused by a low sperm count. 

An absence of sperm in your semen: This is known as azoospermia. It can be caused by an obstruction to your epididymis (the tube that carries your sperm cells from your testicles). If an absence of sperm in your semen is identified, you can have surgery to help your partner conceive. 

Fertility treatments will be carried out by our multidisciplinary team, comprising dedicated Consultants, gynaecologists, urologists and more. 

Your Consultant will create a tailored treatment programme to improve your chances of conceiving.  

In-vitro fertilisation (IVF)

In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) involves removing an egg from your ovaries. This egg is then fertilised with your partner or a donor’s sperm in a laboratory. The fertilised egg, also known as an embryo, is transferred into your womb.

Intrauterine insemination (IUI)

Intrauterine insemination is when sperm is inserted directly into your womb. If you decide to use your partner’s sperm, they will be asked to provide a sperm sample through masturbating into a specimen cup. A speculum will be inserted into your vagina. Your Consultant will pass a catheter (a flexible tube) through your vagina and into your womb. Your partner’s sperm sample is transferred into your womb through the catheter.

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection involves injecting a single sperm from a sperm donor or your partner into the centre of your egg. The fertilised egg is then transferred into your womb.

Surgical recovery for sperm

If sperm is absent in your semen, surgery can be performed to extract sperm from your testicles. A micro epididymal sperm aspiration (MESA) involves making a small cut in your scrotum to expose your epididymis (the tube where your sperm is stored) and remove your sperm. Alternatively, a percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration (PESA) involves injecting a thin needle into your epididymis to remove sperm.

Booking your treatment for fertility problems with us depends on your condition and recommended treatments.

To get started, you can book a consultation online with one of our many experienced Consultants. You can also book your consultation by calling us directly.

If you would like to find a fertility clinic near you, you can search for a hospital through our website.

Alternatively, if you would to speak to a counsellor about fertility counselling and support, you can also contact our team by calling us.

Specialists offering Fertility treatment

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Miss Lynne Robinson

Consultant Gynaecologist

Qualifications (Add commas to separate) MBChB, MD, FRCOG

The Priory Hospital

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Miss Leila Hanna

Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician


The Blackheath Hospital 2 more Chelsfield Park Hospital The Sloane Hospital

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Mr Adeboye Jolaoso

Consultant Gynaecologist


The Blackheath Hospital 1 more The Sloane Hospital

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Miss Kazal Omar

Consultant Gynaecologist

FRCOG,MBchB,CABOG,D.OG Ultrasound gynaecology

Chelsfield Park Hospital 2 more The Sloane Hospital The Blackheath Hospital

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Mr Richard Inman

Consultant Urological Surgeon

BMedSci, BM,BS, FRCS(Urol)

Thornbury Hospital

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Mr Ken Emmanuel

Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician

BSc (Hons), MB BS, MRCOG, MRCGP, Cert Advanced Gynaecological Endoscopy

The Ridgeway Hospital

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