Fertility Preservation at the Hull IVF Unit
Fertility preservation involves freezing your eggs, sperm or embryos as a method to preserve fertility and provide you with choices for the future to help you to have a family.
Who is entitled to fertility preservation at the Hull IVF Unit?
Fertility preservation is available for women and men who wish to preserve their fertility for medical reasons or high risk occupations.
Oncology or alternative medical procedures
If you have been diagnosed with cancer or require an invasive medical procedure then it is advisable to explore options to preserve your fertility if you have not completed your family. This is because some treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, can affect your fertility. If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer or require a procedure which could affect your fertility, fertility preservation should be offered to you by your specialist and you may want to consider freezing your eggs, sperm (or embryos if you are in a relationship). As the effects of the treatment that you may have on your fertility are uncertain and the period of infertility is variable, it is recommended that you consider freezing before treatment begins.
Fertility preservation funding is offered by some Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). This depends on where you live and can be clarified with the Consultant at the Hull IVF Unit. Please talk to your Consultant/GP if you wish to be referred for fertility preservation and have not already been given this opportunity. A chat with a fertility nurse can be really beneficial for you and will give you an opportunity to explore your options.
By storing your gametes (sperm or eggs) or embryos, this provides you with an option, should your fertility have been affected by your treatment, to come to the Unit to use them in a cycle of IVF treatment at a time that is suitable for you.
Support groups and more information
Macmillan http://be.macmillan.org.uk/Downloads/RegionalCS/MAC14121HumberYorkshireCoast.pdf Macmillan provide support for all types of cancer and work in partnership with groups and charities in the local area.
Fertility Network UK https://fertilitynetworkuk.org/events/fertility-support-group-hull/ FNUK is a fertility charity for anyone experiencing fertility problems. There is an informal volunteer led support group that meets once a month.
NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cancer/ It is recommended by the HFEA to read the NHS choices website on how cancer can affect your fertility.
Undergoing treatment for gender reassignment is a treatment that can result in a complete loss of fertility. Sperm, egg or embryo banking is a method to preserve fertility and to provide you with choices for the future.
The Hull IVF Unit is a safe and understanding environment which provides information, guidance and counselling for those people considering whether fertility preservation is the right choice.
You are advised to consider preserving your eggs, sperm (or embryos if you are in a relationship), as hormone treatment or reconstructive surgery can affect your fertility. Fertility preservation is offered by some Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to transgender people. This depends on where you live and can be clarified with the Consultant.
We offer fertility preservation to both trans-female and trans-male people where your gametes (sperm or eggs) or embryos will be retrieved and preserved. This provides you with an option to come to the Unit to use them in a cycle of IVF treatment at a time that is suitable for you in the future.
Support groups and more information
HFEA https://www.hfea.gov.uk/treatments/fertility-preservation/information-for-trans-and-non-binary-people-seeking-fertility-treatment/ The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority regulate fertility treatment in the UK. They have an information page with common frequently asked questions.
Trans peer support group Hull http://www.lgbtconsortium.org.uk/directory/tpsg-hull-trans-peer-support-group-service-users A local support group providing guidance and support to those 18 years and older both in a group setting and in private.
Stonewall https://www.stonewall.org.uk/ Britain’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality. They have downloadable guides for those wishing to start a family.
Armed forces and high risk occupations
If you are in the British Armed Forces it is advisable to consider freezing your eggs, sperm or embryos before deployment to preserve your fertility in case you get injured in the line of duty. This provides you with the opportunity to access treatment at the IVF Unit should you need it and have a family in the future.
To access treatment we require a referral from your Medical Officer or GP. In some circumstances the IVF Unit can accept a self-referral. You may be asked to privately fund in order to store your gametes or embryos, however this is subject to individual case review.
If you would like to speak to someone in the fertility team about any aspect of your fertility, whether it is for further information or support, contact us directly at the IVF Unit. Alternatively, if you would like to speak to a counsellor independent of the fertility team, this can be arranged by contacting the IVF Unit.
Page Last Modified: 30th April 2019