Having fertility treatment

If cancer treatment has made it difficult for you to have children naturally, you may decide to have fertility treatment. This may also be called assisted conception.

Getting fertility treatment

You usually start by seeing your GP. They may arrange for you to have some fertility tests. If you want to have fertility treatment as a couple, your partner will need to have some tests too.

Your GP will then arrange for you to talk to a specialist doctor at a fertility clinic.

At the fertility clinic, the doctor will talk to you about your fertility and any treatments that may help. They will answer any questions you have and arrange any other tests you need.

Which fertility clinic will you go to?

This depends on whether you have NHS treatment or want to pay for private treatment.

Your GP can tell you which clinics offer NHS treatment in your area. If you already had fertility preservation or fertility tests, you may be able to go back to the same clinic again.

For private treatment, you can choose your clinic. You can arrange this yourself, but it can be useful to have a referral letter from your GP.

You can get details of all the fertility clinics in the UK from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). The HFEA also provide advice about choosing a clinic.

How much does fertility treatment cost?

The NHS will usually pay for a number of fertility treatments, depending on your situation. But there are rules about fertility treatment in the NHS. If you decide to have fertility treatment, it is important to remember that these rules will apply to your partner as well as to you. NHS rules and funding vary across the UK. Your fertility doctor will be able to give you information about this.

Private fertility treatment

Some people choose to pay for some, or all, of their fertility treatment privately. You may be thinking about this if:

  • you are not eligible for NHS treatment
  • you are worried about NHS waiting times
  • the NHS does not provide the treatment you want.

There are no standard charges for private treatment. You can contact clinics directly to find out how much they charge. Clinics should be able to give you information about treatments, including the success rates and costs.