You are referred generally by your GP or hospital consultant once you have been trying for a period of greater than 12 months without success. Your G.P will have carried out some preliminary tests but may feel that a specialist opinion and investigation is warranted.
If you do not have a GP or prefer to self refer, please contact our Patient Liaison Team on +353 21 4865764
If you are concerned about your reproductive potential or would like some advice on trying for a baby, you may like to avail of our Fertility Assessment service.
Currently it takes approximately four weeks from receipt of a referral letter to first consultation; this allows time to have a semen analysis test and blood tests carried out. The full list of tests required will be detailed in the letter sent to you confirming your initial appointment. It is best to have these tests completed and the results back prior to meeting the doctor as this will enable him/her to plan the most appropriate action plan for you.
You will meet with a doctor and a nurse specialist and a full medical history of both partners will be taken. Results of blood tests and semen analysis will be reviewed and a trans-vaginal ultrasound scan will be performed. Further tests or investigations may be necessary before agreeing a management plan with you.
Private medical insurance companies do not generally cover assisted conception treatments, but they may cover any consultation or operative procedures.
Unfortunately, there is no straight forward answer to this question. The length of time treatment will take depends on a number of factors including, the type of treatment prescribed and how you respond to treatment. There is no waiting list so any treatment proposed can be commenced immediately.
Each person's situation is considered on an individual basis, but there are some age limits to treatment. Normally, we treat women between the ages of 25 to 45 years of age. After the age of 45, a woman's chances of becoming pregnant reduce significantly and there is a higher risk of foetal abnormality.
Not necessarily, however the male partner has to attend the first consultation, the consent meeting and the day of egg collection (if receiving IVF/ ICSI) as a semen sample is needed. Although we understand that work commitments and busy lives make it hard to attend appointments, if possible, we encourage both partners to attend together for support where possible.
You will meet many of our clinical specialists throughout the course of your treatment. We cannot guarantee that every visit will be with the same consultant, nurse or embryologist but you can be assured that the standard of care you receive will adhere to the clinical policies and standards set out by the Medical Director, Dr. Waterstone. Our comprehensive patient management system enables each member of staff to communicate and remain up to date with each stage of your treatment.
There is no doubt that undergoing fertility treatment can feel like an emotional rollercoaster. Speaking to someone who is independent of your situation may help you at this particularly emotional time. Our free counselling service is available to you at any stage of the treatment process. Please contact us to make an appointment.
We recommend informing your pharmacist that you are receiving fertility treatment before purchasing any over the counter medication. Your pharmacist can then advise you on the implications of taking other medications at this time. If you have concerns you should also contact the nurse advisory desk at Waterstone Clinic.
All medications have side effects. Your pharmacist and nurse will go through some of the minor side effects which may be experienced including dizziness, headaches and hot flushes. When using special drugs to stimulate the ovaries, there is also a small chance of developing ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). This is a serious but rare side effect which will be explained fully during your consultation & consent session. Please see downloads for further information.
We are on occasion asked if there is an increased risk of developing ovarian or breast cancer through the use of fertility medications. Recent evidence suggests that fertility medications are not linked with an increased risk of cancer.
If you have a general health worry during treatment please discuss this with your General Practitioner (GP). However, if your worry is related to any aspect of fertility treatment or associated fertility medications, please contact us at Waterstone Clinic.