Treatment and care – Overview

Since the inception of ARGC in 1995, we have remained at the forefront of fertility testing and treatment in the UK, constantly achieving the highest success rates per cycle started every year.  We offer treatment from the most basic to the most complex, and we have achieved a national and international reputation as one of the most successful clinics in the world. 

Below you will find information about the treatments that ARGC offers.  For information regarding infertility conditions, please see Causes of Infertility.

BASIC FERTILITY TREATMENT

If you and your partner are experiencing difficulty with conceiving, you may wish to consider intra uterine insemination (IUI) as a first option.

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IVF

In vitro fertilisation is a method in which eggs are collected from the woman’s ovaries and combined with sperm in a laboratory setting to allow fertilisation to occur outside the body. The resultant embryos will be subsequently transferred into the uterus. It allows men and women to circumvent a variety of fertility problems from tubal infertility and diminished ovarian reserve to problems with sperm.

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MALE FACTOR INFERTILITY

Around 35-40% of all infertility cases stem from male reproductive problems. Regardless of the severity of the male factor, we can assist a high percentage of those cases to have children. We work closely with prominent urologists if further specialist expertise is required.

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GENETIC TESTING

New genetic testing technologies can provide patients with information and options that may help with the success of their treatment. It can also reduce the chances of having a child with genetic conditions. 

Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS or PGT-A) is offered in conjunction with IVF to patients whose eggs are at an increased risk of chromosomal abnormalities.

ARGC also offers preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD or PGT-M) to couples at risk of single-gene disorders in order to have their embryos tested before transfer. Over 100 different single-gene disorders can be tested using this technology.

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REPRODUCTIVE IMMUNOLGY

As early as 2002, the ARGC pioneered in the UK the investigation and treatment of patients with recurrent implantation failure of embryos. This enabled us to identify and offer treatment to those suspected of suffering from this type of infertility.

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RECURRENT MISCARRIAGE

Miscarriage is a devastating experience affecting roughly 1 in 5 pregnancies. Women who had 3 or more consecutive miscarriages are usually referred to as having recurrent miscarriage.

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PREVIOUS IVF FAILURES

ARGC is renowned for its high success rates despite the fact that over 80% of our patients previously would have had multiple failed cycles elsewhere.  We pride ourselves in successfully treating complex cases.

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FIRST TIME PATIENTS

Due to our outstanding success, we have achieved a reputation for treating difficult and complex cases. Further, our success rates in treating patients having their first IVF cycle at the ARGC is exceptionally high.  In 2018, the clinical pregnancy rate for patients under the age of 35 years, undergoing their first treatment cycle at the ARGC with blastocyst transfer, was over 90%.

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PREGNANCY AFTER 40

At the ARGC it is not uncommon to see patients over the age of 40, many of whom would have had prior unsuccessful treatment elsewhere.  Success rates decline rapidly after the age of 40. Our results, however, have been consistently much higher than the national average in this group.

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NATURAL CYCLE IVF

In natural or mild stimulation IVF cycles, little or no drugs are used. The aim is to collect the egg that the body naturally produces.  This is usually offered to women with suboptimal ovarian reserve where stimulation medication is unlikely to help in recruiting higher numbers of eggs.

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ELECTIVE EGG FREEZING

With age being the greatest factor affecting egg quality, egg freezing provides the option of freezing eggs in order to use them for treatment in the future.

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USING DONOR EGGS OR SPERM

The experienced clinical team at ARGC can guide you through the process of selecting donor samples to purchase from donor banks that are reputable and are UK compliant for viral and genetic screening.

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SURROGACY

The ARGC has a long history of helping create families through surrogacy.

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