The truth about fertility ‘add ons’ and IVF outcome

Issued: 19 May 2016

The media has been dominated this week by articles warning fertility patients to beware of clinics selling fertility ‘add ons’ that are neither tested nor required.

Dr Gillian Lockwood, medical director
Dr Gillian Lockwood, medical director

Medical director of Midland Fertility, Dr Gillian Lockwood gives her views on such claims……

“Evidence-based medicine’ is rightly considered to be the best way to decide on treatment options, and this is what we provide at Midland Fertility.  We are rightly proud of our 50% live birth rate for women under 36, but are also aware that for many patients a 50:50 chance of a baby from a treatment cycle must seem horribly like just tossing a coin. The science of embryology is moving forward at an exciting and accelerating pace, but we still don’t know why some apparently perfect embryos implant and other identical ones don’t.

“This is why we place such emphasis on investigations, making an accurate diagnosis and optimising all the background factors like lifestyle, nutrition and exercise.

“Over the last few years we have seen a significant rise in pregnancy rates and, in part this is due to the introduction of additional procedures which I believe cannot, and should not, be described as ‘unnecessary add-ons’.

Time-lapse imaging (EmbryoScopeTM), endometrial disruption (endometrial scratch), and immune modulation or suppression (for patients who have been identified as having immune issues by specific tests) in clinical trials have all shown to improve outcomes.

“Our website provides detailed explanations of how these additional procedures work and our team are always ready to discuss which of these options may be appropriate in your individual case.”

For further information about any treatments available at Midland Fertility please contact 01827 311170.

LU: 19/5/16 LJB