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Advice on Private IVF Clinics in London

Hi, I am new to this forum and looking for some advice and feedback from those of you that have already had IVF or are going through it. I have been denied IVF on the nhs so am having to look privately.

I have been to HSFC and although I like them, I have a few doubts and so does my husband. I cannot find anyone who has had treatment there for feedback on the place. I have had all my tests with them and the treatment route of IVF that they are recommending will push our costs up from the basic £5k to £7.5k - a huge difference. I guess I am thinking I should go for a second opinion. The thought of Clexane, Intralipid drips and Prednisolone along with the 'regular' injections has me a little freaked out.

I have had a few other places recommended to me includung CRGH, ARGC and Lister. ARGC IVF starts at £2500 which seems to be the most reasonable but I have noticed everyone saying it's the most expensive. Is this because their meds are a lot more ? I have also heard they are very aggressive which I am not sure is good for me - I am a very bad patient lol !!

Any advice would be greatfully received image

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  • Hi Naidy, I had IUI at The Lister and moved to ARGC for IVF which was converted to ICSI on the day.  Thanks to ARGC, my 15 month old DD is wreaking havoc around my house this afternoon.

    I found The Lister very good in terms of environment, staff and the whole experience.  I was able to email my consultant and get an answer back from him within 24 hours and to see the same sonographer for all my scans.  The reason I did not have IVF there was because I had unexplained infertility but only wanted to go through IVF once so we moved to ARGC as we decided to have immunes testing which they specialise in and to have our only IVF with the clinic with the best results.

    It was a massively difference experience to The Lister; old and totally unhospital-like building, paper records, lots of waiting around and seemingly very disorganised.  Treatment was intense, I liken it to a bootcamp, with blood tests twice a day in the second week of stimming.  My immunes treatment was very expensive (I had high natural killer cells) but it's also all the extra monitoring and tests which they use to determine your tailor-made drug regime to give you the best possible outcome that also cost ... so I spent in excess of £20,000 for one cycle but it was worth it. I have two frosties and have just got the ball rolling to go back there to have FET early next year.

    Would I recommend either of these?  Yes, I would recommend both.  They both have good success rates.

    I would say that ARGC is very full on and stressful and you have to be ready to do as they say and prepared to spend a lot of money (perhaps not quite as much as me ... other ladies I've talked to spent less than me).  However, I have no regrets about our decision.

  • Hi Naidy, I had IUI at The Lister and moved to ARGC for IVF which was converted to ICSI on the day.  Thanks to ARGC, my 15 month old DD is wreaking havoc around my house this afternoon.

    I found The Lister very good in terms of environment, staff and the whole experience.  I was able to email my consultant and get an answer back from him within 24 hours and to see the same sonographer for all my scans.  The reason I did not have IVF there was because I had unexplained infertility but only wanted to go through IVF once so we moved to ARGC as we decided to have immunes testing which they specialise in and to have our only IVF with the clinic with the best results.

    It was a massively difference experience to The Lister; old and totally unhospital-like building, paper records, lots of waiting around and seemingly very disorganised.  Treatment was intense, I liken it to a bootcamp, with blood tests twice a day in the second week of stimming.  My immunes treatment was very expensive (I had high natural killer cells) but it's also all the extra monitoring and tests which they use to determine your tailor-made drug regime to give you the best possible outcome that also cost ... so I spent in excess of £20,000 for one cycle but it was worth it. I have two frosties and have just got the ball rolling to go back there to have FET early next year.

    Would I recommend either of these?  Yes, I would recommend both.  They both have grear success rates.

  • On another note, have you tried he fertilityfriends forums? Very informative and there are some dedicated clinic boards, too?

  • Hi everyone!

    My two IVF efforts were unsuccessful. Now I am going to take further measures. My friend had a good experience with Ukrainian clinic Babyboom Clinic and advised me give it a try as well. 

    I've studied this market and read a lot of good reviews. 

    Currently I am negotiating with Babyboom clinic. They have convenient all-inclusive packages and managers are supportive. We are planning the first trip there soon together with husband.  Has anyone came across their website?

    Does anyone have experience of infertility treatment in Ukraine? 

  • Hi Naidy. Glad to find that you found a suitable option. Infertility treatments in general are quite expensive. IVF is no exception. However, the rates you mentioned really do look reasonable. I am glad you found this. Not many people are so lucky though. A colleague of mine, nearly twice as much. Fortunately, finances weren't that big a problem for her. Besides, she says it was well worth it. She considered it an investment. She was successful with ivf. She is currently 23 weeks pregnant. I hope things work out just as well for you too. Good luck!

  • Hi there! ARGC IVF is a bit expensive hen compared to others. Why not try clomid cycling? I had opted for clomid instead of ARGC IVF because its more milder and more effective than others. I would highly suggest going for clomid. Consult your gynaecologist on this and do look it up. It’s best to have second opinions instead of just following you doctor blindly, even though they might be highly qualified. ARGC IVF can range up to $3000 easily and that’s excluding the medications. If you’re on a budget look for other options and review them at least. Find out what’s best for you and pursue that instead for getting pressurized to do something. I hope you find whats most comfortable for you and I wish you the best. God speed!

  • Hi there. That really is quite reasonable. I had to pay considerably more. However, I wasn't based in London. THat might have been the factor. I was charged 4000 Pounds. This did not include the medications etc. That cost an addition 1000. So, you can guess that it didn't come cheap. Can't even say that it was worth it in the end. The ivf was unsuccessful. I didn't conceive. I was so disappointed. I have decided to adopt now. Can't go through that again. At least there is more surety with adoption.

  • Hello there dear friend. I am sorry to hear about what's going on... The fact that you need an IVF clinic tells enough. I wish you weren't in this situation. May god help you find your way out. However don't stress too much about it. Things will get better eventually! I know they will because I am in the same position as you... Currently doing IVF! I am 9 weeks pregnant I hope things will go smooth from now on... Just like I hope they will go for you. I am sorry that I cannot help you with any clinics. I am doing my IVF in Ukraine. Just dropped by to send some positive vibes. God bless you!

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