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Fertility

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Colchester Hospital

Clinics are by appointment only.  Your GP can refer you to the fertility service.

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Clinics

Contact

Gynaecology reception: 01206 742 398

Secretary: 01206 742 977

Ipswich Hospital

Clinics are by appointment only.  Your GP can refer you to the fertility service.

We offer free information evenings to provide you with a great opportunity to individually meet some of the key members of staff involved in the delivery of our services.  You will have the opportunity to spend fifteen minutes each with a clinician, an embryologist and a member of our admin team.

Click here for more details, and to book a place.

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Clinics

Location

Fertility clinics are held in the gynaecology clinic – use entrance 7. The clinic is on the first floor, above the antenatal clinic. There are stairs to the left of entrance 7 or continue along the corridor to the lifts.

Contact

01473 703 092

Fertility services

Your GP will refer you for advice, diagnosis and treatment.

The service offers investigation and diagnosis for couples with suspected fertility problems.

What to expect in our clinics

We perform a range of tests and examinations including:

  • Blood tests
  • Pelvic examination
  • HyCoSy assessment for tubal patency
  • Semen analysis

Next steps

Further care will depend on the underlying problem and could involve:

  • Ovulation induction
  • Management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Follicle scanning to determine the growth of the follicle and approximate time of ovulation
  • Management of endometriosis
  • Investigation of uterine anomalies and peritoneal disease
  • Further exploration of tubal patency if unconfirmed by HyCoSy eg: a procedure called laparoscopy and dye which is performed under general anaesthetic
  • Referral to Assisted Conception if and when relevant, subject to NHS approved funding

The East of England offers access to NHS funded specialist assisted conception for eligible couples; the full criteria can be seen by accessing the East of England website

Couples who are not eligible for NHS funded assisted conception will be given help and guidance relating to private clinics or adoption.

IVF service is provided by Cambridge IVF. For more information, visit their website.

Cambridge IVF website

More information about infertility can be found on the NHS Choices website

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