Fertility Services

The Fertility Team offers a wide range of services from diagnostics and treatment to counselling and support for both NHS and privately-funded patients.

We provide impartial and expert guidance through the fertility treatment process and our patients have the assurance that, as we work within the NHS, we are committed to safety, quality and ethical conduct.

We also have strong links with education and a commitment to research and innovation.

The unit is open Monday to Friday, 8.00am-1.00pm

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to see a fertility specialist?

Your GP can refer you directly to the NUH fertility services. This does not mean that you will definitely qualify for NHS-funded treatment as this is restricted.

Will I have to pay for the service?

All health regions vary in terms of the NHS-funded treatment provided and how they decide who qualifies. At NUH restrictions are placed on:

Women aged under 23 or over 40

Women with a high BMI (a body mass index of over 30)

Couples who smoke (including e cigarettes/vaping)

Couples who have a child already (from either partner).

If you meet the current NHS funding criteria, the NHS will usually pay for any investigations needed and a limited amount of treatment.

What if I don't qualify?

If you don’t qualify for funded services or want to access our services privately then you would have to pay for our service, as well as investigations and any treatment required. Please email fertility.enquiries@nuh.nhs.uk.

How much do privately-funded patients have to pay?

We are a non-profit making organisation so we offer value for money and any financial surplus generated is used to improve services for our patients. Click here to see our charges.

Is it true that IVF is more effective than IUI for some causes of infertility?

IVF can achieve a pregnancy more quickly than IUI but it is more expensive and more complex. The evidence in support of using IVF instead of IUI is controversial and depends on how successful the particular IUI or IVF service is.

We do not provide IVF treatment. If your investigations suggest that IVF is the appropriate treatment for you, we will give you all the necessary information to make the right choice of local IVF clinic.

Our service is more cost effective than IVF for the right patients (those with no obvious cause for their infertility). 

Investigations and treatment

We can investigate the fertility of both partners by looking at sperm quality in men and whether women’s eggs are being released and the health of their fallopian tubes.

We will review the results of any semen analysis or blood tests already carried out through a GP and if necessary organise additional investigations, usually:

  • A tubal patency test (HSG or laparoscopy to check the fallopian tubes) 
  • Further semen or blood tests on the male. 

We often give tablets to help with ovulation as a first treatment. Couples with no clear reason why they can't conceive or a mild ovulation problem may then receive intrauterine insemination (IUI). This is an assisted conception treatment which combines good ovulation and placing good quality sperm near the egg at the right time.

Patients who are unsuccessful with IUI or who have poorer quality sperm or problems in the fallopian tubes will require in vitro fertilisation (IVF). We do not provide IVF but will give you all the information you need to make the right choice of local provider.