Additional treatment (add-ons)

Additional fertility treatment, often known as ‘add-ons’, are optional extras that you can choose to have on top of your fertility treatment. At the Wolfson Fertility Clinic, we offer additional treatments, free of charge.

Our team provide evidence-based treatments and we actively participate in research to further knowledge and develop new treatment options. We are also open-minded about emerging techniques, which have not yet been proven to improve pregnancy rates. Some add-on treatments are emerging, or new treatments that have only just started to be used. Other add-on treatments have been around for several years, but there is limited evidence that they improve pregnancy or birth rates.

We are happy to discuss all add-on treatments with you, including the risks, success rates and how much research has been conducted into them. We do not charge for low cost add-on treatments, because we only believe in charging for treatments which are proven to work. We do charge for genetic testing as there are high costs associated with these tests.

The HFEA website lists all add-on treatments and uses a traffic light system to explain which add-on treatments have no evidence to support them, and which need further research.

This involves thinning or weakening the layer of proteins surrounding an egg to help an embryo emerge and implant. There is some evidence this could be helpful when working with the embryos of older women, where the outer layer of proteins surrounding the embryo tends to be thicker. This technique has not been proven in clinical trials. It is a low-risk procedure.

This treatment uses a chemical that is believed to help embryos implant in your womb – research does not support this theory, but the use of embryo glue does appear to be linked to a slightly lower risk of miscarriage. The procedure is very simple and involves putting the embryo in a small amount of embryoglue (a liquid) before transfer into the uterus.

This can be used in cases where couples have struggled to achieve fertilised embryos. There is reasonable data that it can help sperm fertilise eggs, but we’re still learning about the effectiveness of this approach.

This process involves splitting your IVF cycle, so you can go through the stimulation and egg collection phases then freeze your eggs to allow you to recover from the stimulation phase. Some people prefer this approach, while others prefer to go through the cycle as quickly as possible.

This involves scratching the lining of the uterus in the hopes that this will make it more likely for embryos to implant. There’s no evidence that this technique supports implantation. It can be painful and carries a small risk of infection.

This is a sperm selection technique that tests how well sperm can bind to hyaluronic acid. The best ‘binders’ are chosen for implantation. There is no evidence technique has success. The procedure carries no know risks.

Some patients may wish to have more than one cycle. This could be because you have a low ovarian reserve later date. As we have no guarantee of how you will respond to a cycle, we only charge for one treatment cycle at a time and aim to keep the overall cost of a cycle as low as possible. We do not offer bulk-booking options.

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