FAQs & Links
Is infertility common?
An estimated one in seven couples have difficulty conceiving and
there are several possible reasons why it may not be happening
naturally. If you are concerned about not being pregnant, your
first call should be to your GP. He or she can take a history, give
you a physical exam and may recommend some tests or lifestyle
changes. Your GP can also refer you on to see a specialist and we
are delighted that with the opening of our new unit the Countess is
at the forefront of fertility treatment in the North West.
What makes the Countess different to other clinics?
We offer a consultant led service through all stages of
treatment. Those patients that require IVF and or ICSI are offered
sedation for their egg collection, and this is always
administered by a Consultant Anaesthetist. Patient safety and
overall quality of service are our priority. We are a dedicated
team of caring professionals that offer individualised care to all
our patients. The staff are friendly and approachable, and with our
combined expertise we provide high quality treatment at all times
in a caring, relatively stress free environment.
Do you offer both egg donation and egg sharing?
We do offer both egg sharing and egg donation. Unfortunately we
have a limited numbers of egg donors and so the waiting list is
often quite long.
How long will treatment take?
Depending on the drug regime you are on, most IVF and ICSI
cycles take at most five to six weeks from start to
finish. This includes the final pregnancy test to discover whether
treatment has been successful or not.
No. Once you have been referred you will usually receive an
appointment within two to three weeks.
Do you treat lesbian couples?
Yes. All patients that require donated gametes are required to
see our Unit counsellor and this includes women in a relationship
who wish to have a child.
Do you accept single women?
Yes. All patients that receive donated gametes are required to
see our Unit Counsellor and this includes women seeking donor
treatment that do not have a partner.
Can I freeze my eggs?
Yes we now offer egg freesing as a treatment option.
Do you have a waiting list?
The waiting list for NHS treatment is variable dependant upon
where you live, but is now usually less than 1 year, it may be
Is counselling available free of charge for couples undergoing
Yes. Couples can see our Counsellor either at the Centre or at
her home by appointment.
For IVF and ICSI can I speak directly to the laboratory staff
to discuss my eggs, embryos and sperm?
Yes. Laboratory staff are very happy to discuss your treatment
at any time throughout the process.
To find out more about the services available at the Countess of
Chester, please make an appointment with your GP. In addition, you
can visit the Human Fertilisation Embryology Authority Website at
Infertility Network UK
Donar Conception Network
British Infertility Counselling Association
National Childbirth Trust (NCT)