Isabella Lafferty is a bright and articulate 37-year-old chartered accountant. Yet five years ago she found herself being talked into paying thousands of pounds for unproven fertility treatments.
‘When you’re going through IVF, you’re vulnerable, desperate and you’d cut your leg off if your doctor told you to,’ says Isabella, who lives in London. ‘You’re so emotionally involved you simply don’t care what it costs which is why fertility doctors have an immense amount of responsibility.’
Yesterday it was revealed that some NHS hospitals were charging up to 40 per cent over the odds for private IVF treatment. And in another study researchers from Oxford University found that almost all of the additional treatments that are sold alongside IVF to boost its success have no scientific backing and the results were published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).
Many patients with low AMH results are turned away from clinics or steered towards treatment with donor eggs. However it is possible to use your own eggs and still get pregnant with low AMH results, as Sarah can attest:
“I came to CREATE after having negative experiences of treatment with the NHS, where I paid for a round of treatment, having not been accepted for funding. I found the experience incredibly impersonal; I once got called in to my appointment with a vibrating gadget rather than being called by name.
The cycle with the NHS failed, and I turned to natural medicine specialist Dr Trevor Wing, who recommended that I try CREATE....
Five years ago we didn’t think that having our own babies was even a possibility, we thought we’d have to adopt. Luckily for us, fertility treatment is a lot more accessible these days.
During our initial consultation and scan with CREATE, it became clear that IUI (artificial insemination) was the most suitable option for us, mainly because we were a good age for it and had no fertility issues.
Second time I've been successful at CREATE and I couldn't be happier or more grateful! As with previous cycles at the clinic, all the staff have been extremely friendly and helpful- they really make an effort to get to know you personally which really helps the process. You are kept well informed throughout the treatment with everything clearly explained. It felt more friendly, caring and intimate than other clinics I've been to. Thank you for helping our dreams come true!
We received fertility treatment from Create Wimbledon last May, having had unsuccessful IVF treatment elsewhere and were thrilled to get pregnant following your programme. We now have a healthy, beautiful baby daughter called Rebecca – born last Thursday on her due date – and would like to thank everyone in Wimbledon for all their help and support in what’s been a very emotional journey. We couldn’t be happier!
Best wishes to everyone
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I am very happy that I came to CREATE Fertility. I do believe God guided me to be treated there by very nice doctors and staff. I am 46 years old, 20 weeks pregnant and everything is normal. I do think women should be given an opportunity to try IVF and CREATE gives this chance to many women who would be refused by other doctors.