There are different reasons why people may want to preserve their fertility and our centre is here to provide high quality treatments to meet your needs.

Women:

Some women of reproductive age will be diagnosed with cancer which will require treatment in the form of chemo/radiotherapy.  We offer a fast track fertility preservation service for women of Merseyside and Cheshire, and our protocols are available on the region’s cancer network website.

Mr Andrew Drakeley is part of the regional Late Effects team, based at Clatterbridge Hospital. The services that we offer to single women includes freezing their eggs for future use, and for established couples, we can freeze embryos.  Due to the nature of these situations, we often see women at very short notice and can sometimes begin fertility treatment the very same day.

Men:

A life changing diagnosis can feel overwhelming; the fertility preservation program here at the Hewitt Fertility Centre provides patients with hope for the future. It may not feel like a priority, but the cryopreservation of sperm can, in years to come be a life line to those men whose treatment may result in their infertility.

Prior to Chemotherapy: we offer banking of up to three ejaculates before chemotherapy, 6 months after your treatment is complete we invite you to return for a diagnostic semen analysis to see if your fertility has returned. You will then have the opportunity to discuss your result and the results of your sperm storage with one of our consultants.

Prior to surgery: which may affect bladder, prostate spinal are a few examples of surgical procedures which may negatively impact a man's ability to ejaculate.

Retrograde ejaculation: is a term to describe a condition whereby the ejaculate is unable to leave via the urethra, instead enters the bladder. This can be caused by conditions such as diabetes or medication which relaxes the muscle at the neck of the bladder.

By following a regime of timed fluid intake the toxicity of the urine can be minimised to allow the sperm to be retrieved from the urine and successfully stored to be used in fertility treatment.

Transgender:

We offer a sperm banking service for transitioning patients who may wish to preserve their fertility for the future. If you wish to use this service please contact Mr Richard Russell for an appointment. During the appointment you can discuss funding, screening and the storage of samples. We offer this service to transgender patients who are as of yet unsure how they may wish to use their stored samples in the future. Our screening profile ensures the stored samples would be suitable for a number of treatment types.

Please be aware hormone therapy may affect the samples you provide and should be avoided for at least 3 months before you choose bank your samples.