InterTrust Fertility provides a very caring and professional IVF service. Nothing is too much trouble, we’ll respond to your questions by email immediately and are on hand to take phone calls at any stage. We’ll give clear details of our treatment and explain things well step by step. If your a patient we’d love to hear your IVF success stories so we can share them. It’s important to remember that our IVF success stories are mostly due to our success rates!
Going abroad for IVF does feel daunting at first, you do not know where to start – by calling the management team she can explain the procedures and you can get your own GP involved to provide private prescriptions. Finding a clinic for scan in the UK is easy and InterTrust Fertility has lots of contacts in the UK. The InterTrust team have become my friends – they care, whilst remaining professional. If you want proper service and also the ‘caring touch’ contact them. IVF with donor eggs is daunting and at times you feel no one can help – but they have the answers and if anyone can produce a baby when all seem impossible – they can. Thank you guys!!!
IVF SUCCESS STORIES: UK
My partner and I have a lovely a toddler and wanted to have a second child, unfortunately i was unable to carry another so we looked for help from the InterTrust Fertility in Prague to achieve this. We already had a willing surrogate to help us and along with their tean, we are now expecting twins in May 2012. From the start of our case we have had excellent medical treatment and support and continue to do so from the clinic. The whole team are extremely kind people. Thank you all for the patience you have given in our case. We would highly recommend this clinic, if like us you need fertility help.
IVF SUCCESS STORIES: UK
We would like to extend our deep gratitude to the whole InterTrust Fertility tea. We look forward to welcoming our first baby in a few months. We understood very early in our fertility treatment that in order to achieve a pregnancy we would need to find a donor egg. It was critical to us that the donor recruit be of European ancestry with certain physical characteristics. However, it presented no problem for the InterTrust Clinic. All of the medical professionals and administrative staff of InterTrust Fertility were wonderfully supportive throughout the IVF process and surplus embryo cryopreservation. We could not have wished for a more knowledgeable and personable team. They addressed all of our questions and concerns in a straightforward, clear and informed manner. Every step along the way, the staff advised, directed and encouraged us to progress to our anticipated outcome. We are eternally grateful.
IVF SUCCESS STORIES: UK
Your clinic deserves many stars In September 2010 I was lucky to give birth to a lovely, sweet, quiet and charming little boy. Before that I was a tour of the IVF clinic. On my arrival I met international staff – so it was easy to communicate with them. They are friendly, welcoming and all questions are answered with a smile. The clinic is easy to contact via e-mail and you receive a informative response – so you always feel you can get quick answers to your questions. I’m of the belief that the clinic has great success with their IVF. I was lucky enough to get pregnant at my first attempt. I highly recommend InterTrust Fertility to others partly because of their success, kindness and professionalism. Yes you can actually feel you are part of “family”. So do not hesitate to contact them for further information. It’s easy and for a reasonable price to find accommodation near the clinic.
IVF SUCCESS STORIES: ITALY
We would like to express our gratitude to everybody at InterTrust Fertility. After being declared too old for an IVF by our country, and after having almost abandoned our life project, we were redirected towards your clinic. The warm contact with the accompanying staff and the excellent skills of the doctors proved that we took the good decision. We visited you four times, each of them was a delightful stay, coming back at home full of hope. And hope, together with the excellence of the Clinic were the key ingredients to the success. We are now the happiest parents of twin boys, 4 months old and smiling at life as we did.
IVF SUCCESS STORIES: UK
We were happy and grateful for the proficient and professional manner in which we were both treated. The standards of hygiene and technical know-how were excellent. Today, we are blessed with a delightful and amazing little boy who is our pride and joy.
IVF SUCCESS STORIES: UK
Seeking desperately to have a child for so many years, it was the excellence of the InterTrust clinical staff that on a wonderful Christmas Day made me the immensely happy mother of the most beautiful son in the world. Thank you, so much, for your sympathy, your utter commitment and your expertise which, considering previous experience, is practically unequaled in the world.
IVF SUCCESS STORIES: UK
I was desperate to have another child but wasn’t able to conceive naturally and was recommended InterTrust Fertility. All the clinical staff were just wonderful both medically and on a personal level, nothing was too much trouble. Everything was managed efficiently and professionally and both worked hard to fit the treatment in around my tight work schedule. They were honest with regard to my chances of success and monitored my treatment daily as I live in France. All the chromosome tests were carried out to ensure I had the best chance of producing a healthy child. I became pregnant but then bled after a few weeks, I thought I had lost my baby but in fact I was pregnant with twins and one had aborted. I was fortunate and absolutely delighted to go on at the age of 45 to give birth to my beautiful daughter Claire. Without the outstanding skills and expertise of your team my family would not have been complete I am the happiest person alive!
IVF SUCCESS STORIES: UK
After 4 long years of fertility treatments, we were so happy to find InterTrust. It was due to his tenacity and perseverance as a doctor and scientist, that lead us to a successful outcome of not one but two beautiful children. We will be forever grateful to your clinical team as they are professional, dedicated and all so lovely to deal with. Being able to have children was a dream we had almost given up on…and we can never thank you all enough for not giving up on us!
IVF SUCCESS STORIES: UK
My husband and I were desperate to have children but were unable to conceive naturally due to poor egg quality. After failed IVF attempts carried out in London, using my own eggs, I was recommended to have treatment using donor eggs. From the moment I contacted InterTrust Fertility everything was managed in a very efficient and professional manner. Within a few days months my donor was found.
I became pregnant with twins and gave birth to 2 beautiful healthy girls just under 9 months later. My life has been altered beyond belief and my dreams have come true! Without the amazing skill and expertise of your team I would never have had the opportunity to become a mother to my wonderful daughters and for that opportunity I can NEVER thank them enough.
IVF SUCCESS STORIES: UK
We are an Iraqi couple ,married since more than 28 years. We did more than 8 trials of I.C.S.I in UAE ,Jordan and UK. with negative results. We started our treatment in InterTrust Fertility in 2009 and ALLAH with his MAJESTY AND MERCY respond to our prayers and give us Mustafa, our first baby, we look at him as a miracle and gift from our GOD.
We want to tell every body like our case that the longest day has an end, and without hope the heart would break….and we need to trust our GOD. and We want to say to every one ,all the staff in InterTrust Fertility. Thanks for GOD in as much as him creations and contentment himself.
IVF SUCCESS STORIES: UK
My husband and I would like to say a big thank you to your clinic for all the help you gave us. The treatment we received at your clinic was excellent. Your team helped us far more than we could have expected. We found the clinic very welcoming and were always treated with dignity and warm, friendly professionalism. Thanks to you all we now have a beautiful baby boy, who is almost 14 months old. I don’t believe we would have received the same care from any other clinic and will alway be very grateful to you all for helping us achieve the family we always longed for. We will always remember what you did for us and would recommend your clinic to anyone. We really can’t praise your team enough. Thank you all so very much
IVF SUCCESS STORIES: UK
The definition of this word, in itself, describes the very essence of InterTrust Fertility. From our very first meeting to the culmination of all the efforts to achieve our dreams and wishes, we have experienced nothing but understanding, caring and true professional guidance and expertise from everyone at your clinic. InterTrust Fertility is a state of the art facility, but it is the wonderful people within its walls that make it what it is. People we quickly came to know on a first name basis and people we will never forget.
Each year Iscare holds an annual party, testimony to the 1000′s of IVF success stories our partner clinic has play, here’s our guide to finding the right clinic and treatment for you. These are all the aspects our experts have researched to offer you two of the best ivf clinics in Europe.
If you know you’re going to need assisted conception, you will want to be sure you are having the right kind of treatment and at the right place for you. For some people, these decisions are straightforward; you may know that IVF is what you need, and have just one clinic nearby. For those who qualify for funded treatment, the choice is also likely to be restricted. For others, there may be a wide choice of clinics, or you may not be sure whether IVF alone will be able to do the trick. Whatever the case, you will want to be as informed as you can before making any decisions. When we started on the IVF route, we had a wide range of clinics to choose from, but having spent some time researching their relative merits, we ended up basing our choice on the fact that one particular consultant came highly recommended by a work colleague. His clinic was new, and success rates were not established, but we liked and trusted the staff, it was an easy journey from our home, there was no waiting list and the treatment was affordable. Only you can tell which are the things that are going to matter to you, but you will want to be sure you’re looking at the right details, whether you’re phoning around clinics, going to visit, or checking them out online.
How to find the right clinic – creating your own IVF success stories
When you’re trying to find a clinic, trawling the Internet can leave you with pages of information about the types of treatment on offer, success rates, clinic staff and prices. It can all seem rather overwhelming, so I’ve listed some key factors you may want to take into consideration when making your decision.
The key factor in most people’s decision-making process when it comes to choosing a clinic is its success rate. Generally, this is a reasonable way to make an assessment of how well the clinic does, but you should be aware that the overall clinic success rate is not necessarily the same as your individual chance of having a baby at that particular clinic. The chances of success depend on the age of the patient, and the duration and nature of the fertility problem. Also, success rates may vary from one year to another.
Success rates are affected by the clientele of the clinic, and if lots of the patients are arriving after repeated unsuccessful attempts elsewhere, this will make a difference to the outcomes. The general health of the patients might make a difference, too, and an expensive private clinic treating otherwise healthy patients at the top of the socio-economic scale is likely to do better than a clinic in a deprived area. In some cases, a clinic with a slightly lower overall success rate may offer a better chance of success at your age and with your fertility problem.
The time you’ll have to wait to get an appointment at the clinic, and the length of the waiting list for treatment, may play a role in your choice of clinics. This may be particularly important to you if you are very aware that your age is working against you, and know that treatment is likely to be less successful the longer you have to wait. There are sometimes long waiting times for those who need to use donor eggs or sperm.
You may be fortunate and have some of your treatment funded, but the cost of treatment is a major issue for many people. Fertility treatment is not cheap, and some clinics charge more than others. Clinics should give a clearly costed estimate at the start of how much you should expect to pay in total. It is essential to make sure you have looked into this before you start, as there can be unexpected extras if you haven’t clarified things with the clinic. Check whether there could be any additional tests that haven’t been included, and whether the total takes into account the cost of drugs. If you find there are going to be any extras, make sure you get estimates for these, too. You should also find out what the cost is for freezing and storing any spare embryos, as this can be another expense you may not have factored into your budget.
Treatment and eligibility
Some fertility clinics offer only a limited range of fertility treatments, and you may want to check what the clinic can provide before you start. There are sometimes restrictions on eligibility for treatment that can vary considerably from clinic to clinic. Most will set upper age limits, and many refuse to treat women who are very overweight. Not all clinics have the right facilities to treat patients who test positive for HIV or hepatitis, and this may limit your choices considerably. If you suspect any of these could be an issue, it is worth checking before you get to the stage of paying for an initial consultation. Kate wasn’t told that she was too heavy to qualify for treatment, but had realised herself that she needed to lose weight if she wanted to have IVF:
It was only mentioned once, and the consultant didn’t say you need to lose weight, she just said if you’re going to do IVF, your Body Mass Index has to be under 35. Mine was 41. By the time the referral had come through I had lost nearly six stone, so my weight was nearly what it needed to be.
If you know you have a specific problem, you may want to find out whether there are any consultants in your area who specialise in that field. Medical teams at fertility clinics will have the knowledge and expertise to deal with every type of problem, but some doctors concentrate their research on particular aspects of infertility, and may be more skilled, and successful, at helping those with certain conditions.
Over the years, we’ve visited dozens of fertility clinics and I’ve come to realise quite how different in terms of atmosphere they can be. I’ve been to grand clinics with chandeliers and staircases curving upwards from vast tiled hallways, shabby clinics in tired hospitals that have seen better days, tiny clinics jammed into rooms scarcely bigger than oversized cupboards, and huge, busy clinics with large waiting rooms packed with patients. Each of us will have our own individual reactions to the atmosphere of a clinic, and what suits one person may not be right for another, although the treatment will be broadly the same wherever you go.
Some people prefer the businesslike impersonality of many of the larger clinics, where success rates are often high and the treatment process is carried out with brisk efficiency. Others find this off-putting, and may prefer the more relaxed atmosphere of a smaller clinic where you will get to know the staff, and they will get to know you. Some would baulk at a unit situated in a sprawling run-down hospital, whereas others have reported feeling overawed by the elegant luxury of some private clinics. You will know what suits you best, and although atmosphere may sound an absurd basis for making a choice of clinic, it isn’t a factor you should instantly dismiss. If you feel comfortable where you are being treated, it is going to make the treatment process far easier to deal with, and that can make all the difference.
Lulu had to choose between two local clinics – one very large and successful, and the other much smaller:
The large clinic has a fantastic reputation and great success rates, but it felt like it was a bit of a factory. There were so many people going though the system, and it felt impersonal. Then I went to the smaller clinic and something said to me when I walked in that it was the right place. It had a very good feeling, and I felt comfortable. I knew if I felt comfortable I would be more relaxed, which could only help the whole process.
The choices you have when it comes to fertility clinics may depend on your geographical location. Large cities are often home to a number of units, but in remote rural areas, there may be only one option within a reasonable travelling distance. You will need to visit the clinic on a fairly regular basis during your treatment, and you should take the journey into consideration. What seems feasible for an occasional visit may become exhausting when you have to do the journey three times in one week, and it can make your experience of treatment much easier if you have a short and straightforward trip.
If you feel your local clinic doesn’t have acceptable success rates, or if it doesn’t offer the treatment options you need, or simply doesn’t feel right for you, it would be foolish to compromise your chances of success and the way you are going to feel about the experience purely on the basis of location, but you do need to be realistic about how you will manage if you have a very long journey.
Sandra and her husband went to their local clinic for most of their treatment, but changed for their most recent cycle to another clinic much further from home:
It’s a four-hour trip by the time I get to our new clinic and back, and I had to go twice a week and take the whole day off work. The original clinic we went to was good, but we chose it because it was five minutes from where we live. I do feel confident we’ve chosen the right place this time, whereas before I think we chose the location over everything else and we shouldn’t have done.
Some larger fertility centres have links with other smaller units, or with gynaecology departments in local hospitals, and will work together during IVF treatment. If you attend a satellite unit, they will carry out the monitoring part of the cycle, and then you will transfer to the main fertility clinic for egg collection and embryo transfer.
Isobel lives in an area with no local fertility centre. She had treatment at a satellite unit close to her home, and then had to fly to the nearest hospital offering IVF. Isobel explains: ‘The consultant at the local hospital prescribes the drugs that the clinic set, and she does all the scans. You just go away for the egg collection and embryo transfer.’
A transport unit works on the same principle as a satellite clinic, but they actually carry out the egg collection locally as well. Once the eggs have been collected, they have to be taken to the embryology lab at the main fertility clinic. It is usually up to the woman’s partner to do that, as the head of one IVF clinic that works with transport units explains:
We have shared care with the transport units. The eggs have to be in the custody of the patient, so the bloke comes in with the eggs and sperm. They carry them in an incubator about the size of a large vanity case, which you plug into the cigarette lighter in the car. The couple come to the clinic for embryo transfer, and then we pass care back to their clinic.
It all sounds quite extraordinary – transporting the eggs and sperm in a case plugged into your cigarette lighter – but as long as the eggs are kept safely in their incubator at the correct temperature, being moved this way doesn’t do them any harm.
All fertility clinics should offer counselling, but some do it with far more enthusiasm than others. There may be a resident counsellor who has his, or her, own room at the clinic, or you may have to visit a counsellor affiliated to the clinic who works from consulting rooms at another location. If the clinic is less supportive, you may simply be given a phone number to call if you need counselling, and be expected to arrange it yourself. You may want to check whether there is a patient support group at the clinic. As more and more patients contact one another online, clinics often feel there isn’t the demand for support groups. In fact, there’s a lot to be said for meeting one another face to face, and this kind of support can be particularly helpful.
Single women and lesbian couples
Even relatively recently, some clinics were less than enthusiastic about offering IVF to lesbian couples or single women, but attitudes have changed considerably and it is now generally understood that there are discrimination issues involved here. There are clinics that have always had a more liberal standpoint on this issue, and although this won’t affect the outcome of your treatment, it is possible that it may affect your experience as a patient having IVF at the clinic. If you are a single woman, or a lesbian couple, and you feel this could be an issue, it is a good idea to have a chat with someone at the clinic before you begin, to gauge how frequently they treat single women and lesbians, and how they feel about it.
Continuity of care
If you think it would be important to you to see the same staff members during your treatment, do make sure you ask about this at the clinic. Check whether they try to ensure that you will be cared for by the same person, or small group of staff, throughout your treatment. At some clinics, patients find that they rarely see the same member of staff when they go for appointments and this is often a cause of concern. It can make you feel more secure if you know the doctor or nurse you are seen by has been following your treatment through from the start, and this may be something you may want to ask about at the outset.
Personal recommendation and reputation
If you know someone who has had IVF who can recommend a clinic, that is going to be helpful, and may be a big factor in helping you choose. However, you do need to remember that the nature of their fertility problem may be very different from your own, and it doesn’t automatically follow that what has worked for someone else is going to be the best choice for you.
Now that so many people discuss fertility problems and treatments online, you may find a lot of Internet chatter about the relative merits of different centres. Some clinics do build up a good reputation among patients or among the medical profession, but patients and doctors often have different opinions about what makes an excellent fertility clinic. Patients may favour high success rates and new cutting-edge treatments, whereas medical professionals often respect clinics run by renowned teams who are carrying out valuable research, and these clinics will not always top the league tables when it comes to success rates.
Alison has been to a few different clinics during her treatment, and says she’d advise getting as much information from others as you can: When I started out I didn’t have anyone to talk to, or turn to. Nowadays if I was doing it, I’d be on all the blogs, all the websites and all the forums searching for people’s opinions. I wish I’d spent more time checking clinics out. You may want to use this quick checklist to make sure you have taken into consideration the relevant issues for you.
Checklist for choosing a clinic
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