Me and my husband embarked on the start of our fertility journey during 2017, he had a low sperm count test so we were referred. Back then we knew very little about infertility and the Ivf process. We eventually qualified for the nhs unexplained fertility treatment after waiting 3 years.
We started off going to St Guys which was an okey experience but they are (were) very hard to get in touch with, the admin team leaves a lot to be desired and my husband would end up emailing the consultants directly about admin related request, which would sometimes get resolved but sometimes not. When COVID hit our appointment for planning treatment got cancelled and when everything open back up again we were told there were a huge backlog of cycles (since it’s such a massive clinic).
We decided at that point to go private and got in touch with the best and conveniently located clinics for us. I used HFEA results to look at live birth rates and we ended up emailing 5 private clinics in London. One of them was Kings fertility, after speaking to the admin staff there she advised that if we transferred our nhs care there we would be seen before our original appointment at st guys. I trusted her and we transferred there and wow. During my first visit I was impressed with everything. The medical abs admin staff are AMAZING. The facilities are beautiful, st guys is pretty depressing, this sounds like a silly thing but you do end up spending a lot of time there.
So, I had a fresh round of IVF and they took out 21 (!!!) eggs and due to the amount they decided not to do a fresh cycle, which of course is disappointing but you have to trust that they knew what the right decision is. We ended up with 6 really high quality embryos, so 2 months after I had a frozen embryo transfer, which resulted in a pregnancy that I lost in week 5, which was really sad and of course hugely upsetting. I wanted to get straight back to it, but due to limited appointment and my period dates we had to wait 2 cycles before our next transfer date. I felt that the consultants took extra care trying to establish why the first pregnancy was lost, so I had extra blood tests before my next transfer which has resulted in a current 18 week pregnancy which we are delighted with. I highly recommend kings fertility, all the staff are wonderful and whenever I had a worry at home I could phone them and get answers straight away which really helped during the process.
Let me know if there is anything else you’d like to know and sorry for my very long message.