Choosing a fertility clinic can be quite a daunting task. There are so many questions to be asked, so many things to consider that it can be difficult to know where to start. Ultimately, your choice will be down to how you feel about a clinic when you visit for the first time. However, it’s helpful to consider some of the information you will need before making a shortlist on the right fertility clinic for you.
When you’ve shortlisted the clinics you want to visit, it’s a good idea to prepare a more detailed set of questions. We offer information evenings and informal visits to help you get a feel for us, you can find more information at our Information evenings.
Further information on questions to ask when choosing a clinic is available from HFEA.
Choosing a fertility clinic
It is likely that you will need to visit your chosen clinic regularly. Finding one close to home will reduce travel time and costs, helping to ease the pressure in anxious times. The main GCRM clinic is in Glasgow, just off junction 25 of the M8. There is also a satellite clinic in Edinburgh where you can attend the majority of you appointments.
GCRM-Edinburgh is located at The Edinburgh Clinic, Morningside where you can attend for all but two theatre appointments. These will be in GCRM-Glasgow just off junction 25 of the M8. You can learn more about our satellite clinic in Edinburgh.
Range of treatments
The range of treatments on offer will vary from clinic to clinic, but typical treatments available include:
- In vitro fertilisation (IVF)
- Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
- Embryo freezing
- Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
- Sperm donation
- Egg donation
- Egg sharing
It is also worth finding out what storage facilities the clinic has, if you decide to freeze eggs or embryos, and whether it has access to donor sperm, eggs or embryos, through UK or international donor programmes. You can learn more about GCRM’s donor and egg-sharing programmes here.
If you are planning to undergo fertility treatment, you want to know that the clinic you have chosen has a good track record of success. You can compare success rates on each clinic’s website or on the HFEA website. But a note of caution: clinics do not always apply the same criteria when measuring success rates. Some clinics accept only younger patients with a better chance of success, so it is important that you ask more about how they measure success. You should also ask specifically about success rates for the treatments you are considering.
Our success rates are broken down by treatment and age, and are updated regularly. You can compare them to national benchmarks and other local clinics.
Every clinic must give you clear information on its current charges, including the cost of any ‘extras’ such as drugs or surgery. Prices do vary from clinic to clinic. You can find a detailed breakdown of our prices, some example cost scenarios, and information about NHS funding, in the Prices section.
Knowing a bit about the staff at your chosen centre will help you build a picture of their expertise and experience.
You can meet the clinic team here
Naturally, it is important that your clinic has a sound track record and good reputation. In the absence of a personal recommendation for a clinic, ask to see testimonials from previous patients, or the results of patient surveys. Learn about our success rates, testimonials and survey results in the Our success section.
Counselling and support
This is an essential part of your treatment, and you must feel confident and comfortable with the level of support offered by the clinic. The HFEA requires that registered clinics provide counselling to patients, but fertility treatment is a team effort, and the whole clinic team is here to be a part of your support network. You can find out more about counselling here.