Fertility treatment options

There’s a lot more to treatment for infertility than IVF. 

When you think about fertility treatment, IVF – in vitro fertilisation – is probably the first thing that comes to mind. But there are lots of fertility treatment options and we'll always advise you on the best one for your own individual needs.

What to do when you think you might need IVF

Charles and Ali discuss what to do if you think you need IVF at a Facebook Live event, hosted in CARE Manchester.

Fertility assessments

These look at some of the key issues which can affect fertility, hopefully at an early stage when any problems found can be investigated in detail and acted on. A fertility assessment involves a series of simple yet thorough tests for you or both you and your partner. These include ovarian reserve and hormone level tests, pelvic ultrasound scans and semen analysis. We offer female fertility assessments and male fertility assessments.

Intrauterine insemination (IUI)

If we can’t find a clear reason why you might be struggling to start or grow your family, or if you’re a female same-sex couple or single woman, you might choose IUI – a simple procedure where a sperm sample is passed through the cervix and into the womb.  

ICSI Treatment (Intracytoplasmic sperm injection) 

We’ll recommend ICSI if there is low quality sperm. This procedure is very similar to IVF, the only difference being that we inject the sperm directly into the egg.  

Fertility preservation 

It could be that, for now, you’re just looking to preserve your fertility. You can freeze your eggs, freeze your sperm, and freeze your embryos with CARE.

Egg, embryo and sperm donation

At CARE we understand that deciding to use a donor to help you start or grow your family might seem daunting. There’s lots to consider, but using a donor to create a family can be a positive step forward and we have helped thousands of people have their family this way.
Whether you need to use donor eggs or donor sperm for your treatment, you can be reassured that our donation team and clinical and nursing teams will do their very best to support you. Our donation programme has a great reputation for recruiting and carefully matching donors to recipient’s requirements – while keeping waiting times to an absolute minimum.
We work very closely with our recipients and spend time getting to know them. Getting the best donor match means so much - we take great care with this most important aspect of your treatment.

Genetic services

Pre-implantation Genetic Testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A) gives us the ability to test embryos for chromosomal abnormalities to identify the embryos with the best chance of developing into healthy babies.
Pre-implantation Genetic Testing for monogenic diseases (PGT-M), and chromosomal structural rearrangements (PGT-SR) - If you or your partner have a genetic illness or condition in your family and are worried about passing it onto your children, pre-implantation genetic testing can offer the peace of mind you’re looking for. Read more about PGT here.

What should I do next?

Talk to CARE

If you think you might be interested in one of our fertility treatments, or if you’d like to talk to someone at CARE about your options, there are lots of ways to get started:

Or, if you'd prefer, you can call the team at your local CARE clinic.  

Join our forum

Introduce yourself on our bulletin board and chat to some of our other patients. It can be really comforting to talk to others going through a similar experience, and they might have useful advice for those new to treatment.