If you know you need fertility treatment, there are lots of different paths to explore and you can find information and guidance on The Hewitt Fertility Centre treatment types, here.
A little background on fertility:
Recent studies have shown that around 3.5 million people across the UK have difficulty conceiving and for those couples who have been trying to conceive naturally for more than three years, the chances of a pregnancy occurring naturally within the next year is 25% or less.
Here at The Hewitt Fertility Centre in Liverpool, and Knutsford, we will ensure you are not alone in your dream to create a family. We’re using our innovation, care and dedication to research to help make your dreams a reality.
Infertility can occur for many reasons but we use a combination of ground-breaking technology and the very best in patient care, and perform an average of 3,500 treatment cycles a year (and counting!). In the last year we have helped over 1,000 couples achieve their dream of having a child.
Whether you decide on NHS or private treatment you can be sure that your medical, scientific and personal care will be first class The Hewitt Fertility Centre – our highly skilled, experienced and passionate team is dedicated to you.
What is infertility?
There are many reasons why you and your partner may be having difficulty having a baby. If you’ve been trying for a year with no success, you should speak to your GP - they will be able to help arrange some simple tests. However, if you’ve been trying for two years or more, it’s best to come to us.
Types of infertility
There are two types of infertility that we can look at: Primary and Secondary.
- Primary infertility covers around 40% of cases and is when a couple have never conceived
- Secondary infertility covers the remaining cases, and is when a couple have conceived before but is having difficulty the next time around
If we think you may be infertile, The Hewitt Fertility Centre specialist team of doctors and nurses can conduct a series of tests in our fertility clinic, to make sure.
For women, we can perform blood tests to check your hormone levels, to make sure ovulation is taking place or give you an ultrasound scan of your womb, fallopian tubes and ovaries.
For men, we’ll need a semen sample; this test counts numbers of sperm, how they move and their general structure. To get you fit and healthy for your journey, we can help to improve your fertility through lifestyle changes and medication, before exploring assisted conception as an option.
Natural fertility can be improved through some simple lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, eating healthily, weight control and reducing alcohol intake. You can learn more about how to make the difference to improving your infertility by reading our simple guide, packed full of helpful hints and tips for both men and women.
As well as lifestyle changes, there is also medication that can be taken to improve fertility and the chances of a natural conception. For women who are not ovulating, (caused by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, for example) Clomid and Tamoxifen can be taken to stimulate ovaries to produce eggs. As part of your assisted conception treatment, we can also offer hormone injections – if the medicines are not working.
How to Access The Hewitt Fertility Centre Services
We hold drop-in clinics Monday to Friday mornings, between 8.15 and 11.30, and patients are welcome to call in to see the unit during these times if they wish. If you plan to do this, please e-mail The Hewitt Centre, Hewitt.Centre@lwh.nhs.uk, so that our reception team will know you will be coming in.
There are two ways to proceed towards treatment:
- You can be referred as an NHS patient by your GP to a general infertility clinic where you will be able to have standard tests to determine your fertility status. If you are found to have a fertility problem and meet the NHS criteria you will be referred onwards for NHS treatment. If you do not have a fertility problem and/or do not meet the NHS criteria, you would be advised to proceed with private treatment.
- Patients can arrange private treatment or seek advice at The Hewitt Centres at any stage of the process: all we need is a referral from your GP. We can usually offer an appointment within two weeks of receipt of the referral; the quickest way is for your GP to fax it to us on 0151 702 4462. You can then contact our Private Patient Reception Team on 0151 702 4121 (selecting option 3) to arrange a convenient appointment.
The cost of an initial consultation is £185 payable on the day of your appointment.