Since 1991 there has been a steady increase in the number of IVF cycles performed annually in the UK; this has resulted in the reported live birth rates increasing from just 14% to nearly 25% by 2009. In that year nearly 2% of all births in the UK were as a result of IVF treatment and the statistics will continue to show a rise in numbers in the future as diagnostics and techniques improve. Figures released for 2010 showed that 13,946 women with issues of infertility were treated in the 71 HFEA (Human fertilisation and embryo authority) licensed clinics in the UK, and that there were 15 clinics registered in London.
The London Bridge Fertility, Gynaecology and Genetics Centre was founded in 1986, and is now established as one of the leading centres for assisted fertilisation and the treatment of genetic conditions in the world. They can boast an excellent success rate with over 4,500 live births to date; a testament to the expertise and dedication of their staff led by Professor Ovrang Djahanbakhch, FRCOG MD and Senior Fertility Specialist Michael C Summers MD.
The centres state-of-the-art facilities provide the most advanced assisted conception techniques available, supported by the in-house Cryoservices facility and a genetics research laboratory. They have an on-going commitment to long-term investment in the latest equipment and specialist training to ensure that they can provide first-class patient care at all times.
London Bridge offers a broad range of fertility solutions; IVF (In-vitro fertilisation), IUI (Intra-uterine insemination) and ICSI (Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injections). They also have the facilities to provide other attendant techniques such as PGD (Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis) and egg freezing.
From their clinic in London's Harley Street, the LWC have gathered a team of fertility specialists with over 20 years experience of assisted conception procedures. They maintain a philosophy of 'the patient comes first'; recognising that no two cases are ever the same, they provide individual fertility solutions for individual patients. Each couple will need specific physical, emotional and diagnostic support to aid them through their procedure in order that they have the best possible chance of achieving the ultimate goal of a family.
In what can be a highly clinical and technical environment; the clinic works hard to maintain a relaxed and empathetic atmosphere to put patients at their ease and to make the process as inclusive as possible. As an addition to fertilisation procedures IVF, ICSI and IUI, the centre also offer the sperm retrieval procedure for men who have issues with impotence or low motility, and the option of egg sharing or donation.
Since its foundation in 1988 the Lister Clinic has established a reputation as one of the UK’s leading centres for the treatment of infertility with an enviable rate of successful IVF cycles. The Clinical Director, Mr Hossam Abdalla, FRCOG, leads a highly professional and experienced team of fertility specialists, dedicated to the provision of the most advanced assisted conception techniques currently available. Mr Abdalla is passionate in his belief that support of his patients is paramount to the successful outcome of any treatment; a confidential counselling service is available, free-of-charge, prior to, during and following all fertility treatments to assist couples or individuals through the process and to help with any issues which may arise.