Aberdeen Fertility Centre provides fertility care for patients that receive NHS funding from their local health boards if they meet specific criteria. Aberdeen Fertility Centre also provide patients who do not meet the NHS funding criteria the opportunity to self fund their fertility treatment. This is not considered private healthcare as the staff, facilities and standard of care are the same. The criteria for those self funding their own treatment is also different to that of the NHS. Patients can self fund their fertility treatment after receiving the appropriate information and include the following criteria:

∙Previous sterilisation of male or female or both.

∙Couples where both partner have a child together or with previous partner

∙Single women who have a child

∙Same sex couples where they already have a child in the home and both have consented to legal parenthood of that child.

∙Female partner must have a BMI ≤ 35. Couples should be aware that a normal BMI has health benefit and is recommended for both partners

∙If one or both partners smoke

∙If completed NHS funding previously available to them

The Centre will provide self funding IVF/ICSI treatment for women up to the age of 45 which must be completed before 46th birthday. However, if donor eggs are required, treatment must be completed before your 43rd birthday.

We do not offer any ‘Add-on therapies’ (please refer to HFEA website) that can be expensive and currently unproven. We have EmbryoScope® time lapse incubators for embryo culture which provide an undisturbed environment with continuous imaging to help improve embryo selection and chances of pregnancy. This is provided for both NHS and self funding patients at no extra charge. We also use EmbryoGlue at the time of embryo transfer which is a medium to help embryos implant after transfer and this is also provided at no extra cost.

As a renowned teaching hospital, all treatments you receive are safe, effective and based on published evidence. We are University department staffed by NHS and University of Aberdeen Healthcare Professionals: administrations teams, nurses, specialist nurses, Counsellor, Clinical Research Fellows, Specialist Doctors and Scientists, collectively working for you within an NHS facility. Our focus is on creating healthy babies and our treatment packages are as inclusive and affordable as possible.


A cycle of IVF can take 8-10 weeks from a menstrual bleed to the completion of the embryo transfer and it is essential that couples fully understand each step involved. Prior to attending the Centre for a consultation you are invited to attend an information evening which is open to all who are about to embark on an IVF treatment programme. These evenings will enable you to meet medical, nursing and laboratory staff who will give a presentation and answer any questions.

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ICSI is a very effective method to fertilise mature eggs when certain types of male factor infertility has been diagnosed as long as motile sperm are present. ICSI involves the injection of a single sperm into a single egg rather than just mixing sperm and eggs together.

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Egg, Sperm or Embryo Freezing

Sperm, egg or embryo freezing may be required as part of a fertility treatment cycle or for fertility preservation purposes. Before we can freeze any sperm, eggs or embryos we must screen for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. To do this we need one blood sample and this can be taken at your GP practice or in the Centre.

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Egg, Sperm or Embryo Recipient

Should you require treatment using donated eggs due to premature menopause, are at risk of passing on a chromosomal abnormality to a child, have lost the use of her ovaries due to disease, surgery or the treatment of cancer, have had failed fertility treatment due to low ovarian reserve or egg quality issues.

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IUI means that prepared sperm is placed in the uterus. By placing the prepared sperm inside the uterus (i.e. closer to the fallopian tube) we are theoretically increasing the chances of a sperm meeting, and successfully fertilising, a released egg.

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Surgical Sperm Retrieval

Surgical sperm retrieval is a technique for collecting sperm from the epididymis or testis. This is performed when no sperm is present in the eqaculate. This may be because of failure of sperm passages to develop, an obstruction in these passages or a previous male sterilisation (vasectomy). 1% to 2% of men have no sperm on ejaculation. In about 50% of these men, sperm is being made in the testicles, but a blockage prevents the sperm from entering the ejaculate. This is called obstructive azoospermia.

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Surrogacy arrangements involve a woman (the surrogate or host mother) bearing a child on behalf of a couple (the intended or commissioning parents), having agreed to hand over the child to the intended parents at birth or shortly thereafter. The intended parents have to acquire the rights to be the child’s legal parents through a parental order issued by a court or by adoption.  The Surrogacy Arrangements Act (1985) and the revised Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (1998) permit surrogacy provided no agency gains commercially as a result. 

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