The Hewitt Fertility Centres offer a wide range of assisted conception treatments to suit individual needs. All of our treatments are delivered by highly trained specialists, using the best technology, to give you the best possible chance of achieving your aim to create a family.
If you need to use donor sperm, there are different options available to you:
In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)
This process collects eggs from the ovary and combines them with sperm in a dish. If they fertilise, one or two embryos are returned into the womb to, hopefully, produce a healthy baby.
Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
ICSI is a slightly modified version of IVF.
Whilst IVF combines sperm and eggs under laboratory conditions, ICSI is a more sophisticated technique which injects the sperm into the egg.
This process is generally used to help couples who have previously had unsuccessful cycles of IVF, where the male may have a low sperm count.
Intra-cytoplasmic Morphologically Selected Sperm Injection (IMSI)
IMSI is a slightly modified version of the ICSI procedure. Like ICSI, IMSI is a technique involving the injection of sperm into an egg. However, IMSI uses a high-powered microscope that allows the sperm to be observed at a very high magnification (up to 6000 times its original size).
This means the sperm can be seen in much more detail, which enables the Embryologist to select the best sperm. IMSI is generally used to help couples who have previously had unsuccessful cycles of ICSI - this includes failed fertilisation and failed implantation.
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
IUI is a simple assisted conception method where the patient must have at least one healthy fallopian tube. The treatment involves taking laboratory prepared sperm and placing it directly into the womb.
Donor Insemination (DI)
Donor Insemination is a process used worldwide which has seen several hundred thousand children conceived over the past 50 years. A process generally used to aid couples where the man is infertile, single women and lesbian couples, DI is when men with fertile sperm donate a sample to help women create a family.
If you need to use eggs, there are different options available to you:
If you need to use donated eggs, there are different options available to you:
Egg donation gives hope to women who previously thought they could never create a family. It is an option for women whose ovaries no longer function for example due to early menopause or after cancer treatment, to avoid passing on genetic disorders to children.
When using donated eggs the donated eggs are fertilised outside the body and then transferred into the womb of the recipient so she can carry her baby as normal.
When you have decided with your clinician that using donated eggs is right for you, we will offer to put you on a waiting list for a donor.
You may prefer to receive donated eggs from someone you know, such as a friend or family member.
Remember, you can always speak to a member of The Hewitt Fertility Centre team if you have any questions, with counselling available at any time during your treatment.
The UK has limited availability of donated eggs which means many women who need donated eggs are unable to access treatment. In addition to this the cost of IVF means Many women who require IVF treatment are unable to afford the treatment if they do not qualify for NHS funding.
To offer a practical solution, we provide egg sharing at the The Hewitt Fertility Centre. Here, women who require IVF treatment and are willing to donate some of their eggs can access treatment at a reduced cost.
To egg share, you need to be between the ages of 21 to 35, meet the ovarian reserve criteria and have a body mass index below 30. You must also be a non-smoker with no genetic conditions or infections that could be transmitted.
Those who run this service at The Hewitt Fertility Centre; Mr Andrew Drakeley and Gill Hathaway, employ a strict selection criterion. From this, we are proud to say that the success rates for egg sharer and recipients are regularly over 50%.
It is also important to know that at the point of treatment, the egg donor and the recipient will be anonymous to each other although the donor can be informed if the recipient’s treatment is successful. Since 2005, any child born as a result of donated eggs (or sperm) can be given identifying information about their donor once they reach the age of 18.
For more information about being an egg recipient of donated eggs or egg sharing please contact the Ovum Donation Co-Ordinator on 0151 702 4212.
If you need to use a surrogate:
Surrogacy involves the creation of an embryo by a couple which is then placed in the womb of another woman who then carries and gives birth to the baby on their behalf. Both parents in the commissioning couple become the legal parents after applying for a parental order after the child is born.
For more information on any of the above treatments, please get in touch.