Free fertility and IVF open days at our world-class central London fertility clinic.
Purpose built to deliver the best experience for patients, our St. Paul’s clinic is a Centre of Excellence for Natural and Mild IVF treatments.
If you would like to find out more about Natural and Mild IVF and the benefits this provides for the health of mother and baby, we offer free open days and evenings at our St. Paul’s clinic in central London.
Usually our Medical Director and Founder Professor Geeta Nargund runs these events so it’s a great opportunity to meet with her during your mini-consultations and find out more about the service we provide. If Professor Nargund is unavailable Professor Campbell, or one of our lead consultants, will run the session.
Tickets are free but numbers are limited to enable us to give you the best possible attention, so please book to reserve your place through the reservation system below.
If there isn’t an event at a convenient time for you please contact us to arrange an initial consultation.
A sample agenda for an open day is as follows:
On open evenings we only offer 10 couples the opportunity to have a personal 10-minute one-on-one chat with one of the Professors or Lead Consultants. These will be offered one a 'first-come first-served' basis so please ask when you arrive if you are interested.
Our next open day/evening in St. Paul’s is:
Dear CREATE Fertility Professors & Team,
After 3 unsuccessful NHS IVF treatments due to unexplained infertility (2 long and 1 short protocol) my first treatment with CREATE Fertility was a surprising success.
Thank you all so much for the mild and less intensive approach which my body seemed to appreciate. You were all compassionate and informative throughout the process which made the whole experience less stressful both emotionally and physically.
I really couldn’t believe it when I had a positive result and even after the 4 week scan I was still sceptical that the pregnancy (my first ever after 4 years of trying) would be fruitful. However, 40 weeks and 3 days later on 6 February 2014 our little girl was born and she is such a cutie.
With kind regards and best wishes.
Abigail was a 36 year old with severe endometriosis and she was not able to undergo ovarian stimulation because she suffered from extreme pelvic pain with ovulation and ovarian stimulation could make her endometriosis worse. Her husband’s sperm was normal. She had damaged tubes and needed IVF to help her get pregnant. However, she was not offered IVF without drugs and was told that she should consider having donor eggs. She found out about Create Health Clinics and came to London for Natural IVF. She conceived after her second cycle of Natural IVF using her own egg without any ovarian stimulation. She has a 5 year old daughter following her successful Natural IVF!
We would just like to send you a huge thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the kindness and care that you have given to our daughter and son-in-law. Their struggle to have a baby was overwhelming.
Our daughter was a patient at another highly reputed fertility clinic and the care she received was cold, miserable, uncaring. She had been diagnosed with low AMH even though she was only 30. Unfortunately her first round of IVF resulted in an ectopic pregnancy which was hugely distressing. She then started her next round of IVF and sadly when she had egg collection the follicles were empty - another sad blow to her somewhat fragile mental state. The IVF clinic that she was attending at the time was heartless, the patients were merely numbers. They were not treated with any understanding or sensitivity that they were a desperate couple who wanted to have their own biological children.
It was this time last year that it all began for my husband and I. We had been trying for another baby for 6 years and apart from some very early un-diagnosed miscarriages, we had been completely unsuccessful. I thought that at my ripe old age of 46 it would be impossible to have another child and completely impossible to have one with my own eggs. I started searching on line to see whether there was any help out there for us and came across several Fertility Clinics in and around London and wondered whether this might be the route we could take. Upon reading the criteria of several clinics I found that I was too old for any treatment and thus I thought we had left it too late and we would have to rely on nature and a great deal of luck. Then a chance conversation with a new friend who had conceived both her lovely children with some help from Create and Prof Nargund, with renewed hope I looked at their website and made an appointment to go along to the clinic to find out whether there was any possibility at all of adding to our lovely family.
It was a beautiful sunny day on the 12th January when I first entered the Create Clinic in Harley Street with my husband who had nipped out from work to join me. A consultation with Prof Nargund informing us of our chances (to be honest at my age there really aren’t any statistics available because a lot of clinics do not help after the age of 45) and what it might involve. Following the consultation, we went into the scanning room to find out how many follicles I had left and give an idea of potential egg reserves. To everyone’s surprise I had an amazing 21, which was very good news although of course this does not guarantee how many eggs you might have left. Back in to see Prof Nargund and a plan was compiled for us to start our treatment with my next cycle which was at the end of January.
Now we were on board we switched our treatment centre to Raynes Park which was much closer to home and much more convenient. A visit to the Clinic and a lesson on how and when to take the medicines and then it was over to us, or should I say me, to do exactly as instructed. I have to say at times it was very hard to slip away from work commitments on time, only to sit in a public toilet with syringe in hand, but I was committed and nothing was going to stop me trying my hardest to make this work.
Several visits to the clinic and several scans later everything was ready for egg collection and sperm retrieval. We went in to the clinic and were met by a lovely nurse to put us at ease, we also met the embryologist and the Dr who was going to perform the procedure. After a short wait it was our turn and the collection took place. A total of 10 eggs were retrieved which was amazing, but still it would be a waiting game to see which eggs would fertilise and then which ones would be good enough for implantation. It was the start of what would be a few long days of waiting for the phone call. The phone call came and it was great news all 10 had fertilised and now we just had to wait a little longer for the eggs to reach blastocyst stage as it was felt that this would give us the best chance of conceiving. A further nail biting wait and the news was again amazing 7 of the eggs had reached the blastocyst stage and were looking good, so the date was set for the implantation. The day of my 47 birthday was the day the eggs were reintroduced to my uterus, 3 of them in total to optimise my chances. It was then the longest, sleepless wait in history before going back to the clinic to have my blood taken for the early pregnancy test. That morning after the test and lots of encouraging wishes from the lovely staff, I left the clinic aware that the blood had to be sent off to the lab in Harley Street and decided that I needed to keep myself busy. I went shopping for food, had lunch with my husband then went off to the DIY store to get some paint and various bits and pieces. Whilst walking up and down the aisles filling my trolley with items from my list my phone started ringing. It was a message, the reception in the shop was so bad that it hadn’t rung, but there was a message from the Clinic. I wandered around the shop until I found a signal then dialled the call back number but the Dr was on the phone, so I hung up and as soon as I did my husband rang to ask me where I was and how I was, he then excitedly told me we were pregnant. To be honest I couldn’t believe it and all I wanted to do was get home to him. As I was walking back to the car the clinic rang, it was the nurse we had seen right at the beginning, she was so lovely, congratulating me, then I realised it was true, it was real we were pregnant.
The journey had just begun, but thankfully it was all going to be well worth it. We now have the most beautiful healthy baby boy and our family is complete, his big brother loves him to pieces and we are so grateful to all the staff at Create….Thank you, Thank you so so much.
I’m writing this while my beautiful daughter lies next to me sleeping. She’ll be 3 months old in three days and nothing feels more natural than caring for her, spending time with her and getting to know her. When I look back now on our journey to get to this point it feels unreal.
I worked in the fertility industry for a few years and I don’t think I thought that being unable to conceive was something that was going to happen to us. On the other hand I knew we were unlikely to conceive immediately and I really wanted to take a calm approach to conceiving – you know being laid back and just letting it happen without too much effort. Of course knowing in deep clinical detail the workings of human fertility this was nye on impossible!
We had been trying for a year when I started to get concerned and we went to the GP for investigations. At the time I was 31 and my partner was 34 – nothing unusual about that and all the tests came back within normal range. We were referred to the hospital for further investigations, I wasn’t too concerned and comforted myself with the knowledge that many of these appointments are cancelled because the couple conceive while waiting for the appointment. This was not the case for us and another round of tests and an exploratory operation and again nothing was identified and we were given lots of encouraging comments. Of course all of this had taken time and by now we had been trying for nearly 2 years.
Throughout this I continued to remain positive – I had read and indeed talked to women who had felt distraught at the first sign of their monthly period but I seemed to have escaped this feeling. I did indulge myself in a jolly good cry whenever I found out that a friend was pregnant but aside from this felt pretty calm really. The reality was that I was genuinely pleased for friends when they got pregnant and lets face it if no one else was getting pregnant and having babies, I wouldn’t want to either – they were my inspiration! In view of my job and knowledge I found myself being the sounding block for those experiencing similar problems, friends, colleagues, colleagues family members the list goes on. As time went by these people would cry on my shoulder and then pop off on their maternity leave while I was still patiently waiting.
It was decided that we should try IUI whilst waiting on the NHS waiting list for IVF. I was happy with this plan as I didn’t want to leap straight into trying IVF and IUI felt a little less invasive. We affectionately termed it the turkey baster and we tried this with ovarian stimulation three times. One of the cycles had to be abandoned because I produced too many follicles and the risk of multiple pregnancy was too high. When I look back now I wish I had been reckless and gone ahead and tried the old fashioned way during this cycle – having said that I could be sitting here writing a piece about my triplets or quads, scary!
When finally we reached our place on the waiting list for IVF we were raring to go. I think that everyone at the clinic was really positive. They were surprised the turkey baster hadn’t worked and I suspect they were rubbing their hands together and thinking that we would be boosting their IVF success rates before long.
The cycle bumbled along as normal. It was a long cycle (by name and by nature!) I was down regulated before the stimulation of my ovaries was started. This down regulation also allowed the clinic to decide when it was suitable to start the stimulation portion of the treatment. This was scheduled according to there timetable. I think the egg collection was scheduled when I had about 5 follicles at the right size – egg collections took place three days a week. Again this was my cycle being manipulated to work alongside the clinics timetable. The clinic operated a transport system. This meant my follicles were emptied on one clinic site, then my partner was sent off with an incubator to another clinic where they examine the contents, count the eggs and then marry them up with the sperm which he produced fresh at the second clinic.
I was sitting in the recovery area with the other ladies who had undergone egg collection that day. I was feeling quiet drowsy and a bit lonely when the calls started coming in. The two women before me both got calls from their partners delivering the news of how many eggs they had. They were all pleased and it wasn’t long before my phone rang. My partner was all excited on the other end “we got two” he said “isn’t it great”. I was crushed and could barely speak. I didn’t want to dampen his enthusiasm but I knew this was not a good harvest for a heavily medicated stimulated cycle. Of course there was hope – it only takes one embryo to make a healthy baby. I think it was at this moment that I realised there was a problem with my ovarian reserve. For me it was like a total rush of information all in one go. I knew what this meant and I knew our chances of success had just dropped dramatically.
I was not hopeless and of course we had our two little eggs flirting with the sperm overnight in the petri-dish. By the time it came to embryo transfer 3 days later there was only one growing embryo and it had only just reached the size needed for transfer. We went ahead but in my heart I knew it was highly unlikely I would fall pregnant. Of course two weeks later we did the pregnancy test and it was negative. That was that then – our one NHS funded cycle failed.
We went back to the clinic to discuss the cycle and met with the consultant. I swear he had tears in his eyes as he explained to us that the harvest of eggs was far short of what they expected. Peri-menopause was mentioned and some more blood tests ordered. In short we could try again but the chances of success were reduced. There was no way they could have guessed that this was how the cycle would have gone. I felt our journey had suddenly got a lot longer. My biological clock was chiming in my ears, Christmases had come and gone and every year I thought to myself well next year I’ll either have a baby or be pregnant – I kept being proven wrong. On top of this we now had to find the funds to continue the journey, an extra pressure we could do without. We know a couple that had spent £50,000 on fertility treatment, there was no way this was achievable for us. Now I have to say at this point we had access to money and it was not something that was going to stop us – I do not know how people who are not as lucky as us cope with this added pressure.
I had faith we would have a family somehow and at sometime – but when and how this was the question that was going round and round in my mind. Would we conceive naturally? Would we need donor eggs? Were donor eggs acceptable to me? Would donor eggs be acceptable to my partner and family? Would we adopt? How would we cope with that? Would we give up and be a happy family of two?
We decided to go to see Geeta Nargund at Create Health and take a gentler approach with drugs. Having only got two eggs on a heavily medicated cycle it seemed silly to take all those drugs again when the chances were we could achieve the same or better with less drugs over a shorter space of time. We embarked on a Mild IVF cycle. The side effects of the drugs were much easier to handle and it spanned a much shorter length of time but alas it was unsuccessful again. I was seriously considering egg donation at this point.
We decided to try one more cycle and went for the Modified Natural cycle –a small dose of drugs for 2-3 days only. This was the only reason I was really willing to go ahead. I hated taking the drugs – they made me feel premenstrual and to be honest every injection was an unwanted reminder of what was happening – I think this made them more painful, the more injections I had the more painful they became. We also decided to tell more people what we were experiencing. My partner hadn’t really discussed things with any of his friends. Telling people was hard but everyone was very supportive. I think for some people the surprise was how far down the road we were with the treatment and how low our success rates were, I could see them struggling to know what to say.
The cycle was a breeze, my growing follicles were closely monitored and the cycle was wholly bespoke to how my body was behaving. The egg collection was scheduled to take place the minute the follicles were mature and surprisingly we got 5 eggs. This was high for a natural cycle and especially for me with my previous low egg harvests. The eggs fertilised and there was even talk of having embryos to freeze (sadly none made the grade but the fact we were talking about it was a first!). Embryo transfer took place and it was time for the dreaded two-week wait. To be honest I spent a lot of this time thinking about egg donation and trying to work out how I felt about it. Perhaps it was self preservation but I truly didn’t believe it would work.
My first clue that I might be pregnant was watching comic relief. One of the Blue Peter presenters was doing a tightrope walk over Battersea Power Station, when she reached the end I burst into tears, then I had to pee – again! A few days later I had the blood test and the clinic called me a few hours later to let me know it was positive. I believe I screamed and then of course I cried! It was the most amazing feeling.
If you’ve just read this story the chances are you are reading it because you or someone close to you is having fertility problems. Perhaps my story has inspired you or given you hope, its hard to put what happened to us in words and what I discovered while writing this is I could have written a whole book on the topic! I truly wish you every success in your journey – believe me I know how hard it is to accept that you don’t know what the outcome of your journey will be.
My advice to you is to take control, ask lots of questions and make sure you are aware of as many options that are available to you as you can. If you have been told that your ovaries have low reserve or you are peri-menopausal and high dose IVF drugs do not work, do not give up!
Natural IVF can work as long as you are ovulating. You need your own egg and NOT drugs to have your own baby!
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