Your consent appointment is where you are taken through your regime of drugs, and shown how to take them. It’s also the time when you officially consent to undergo fertility treatment, and we go over the legal side of things. This is an important part of the process which ensures that your parenthood will be recognised legally after treatment.
Who should come to this appointment and how long will it take?
Anyone undergoing treatment must attend the consent appointment. It generally takes between 30 – 45 minutes depending on the type of treatment you will be having.
What do I need to do before my consent appointment?
We need to have the following things in place before you consent to treatment:
- The results of an ovarian assessment
- A semen analysis result if planning to use partner sperm
- A complete Initial Consultation
- Virology screening results for the female patient receiving treatment, unless receiving IUI
- Virology screening results for the partner unless using donor sperm
- The results of a rubella test for the female patient receiving treatment
- Photographic ID and passport numbers (or NHS Numbers) for both parties
You can learn more about the tests and assessments that need to happen before treatment on our Fertility Assessment page
Why do I have to attend this appointment?
This appointment is with a nurse, who will explain the stimulation regime that we’ve worked out for your treatment. They will answer any questions you have about the process. Please ask questions, it’s what we’re here for – some people find it useful to write down the questions beforehand, to make sure they don’t forget to ask!
- Your drugs and how to use them The nurse will explain each step of your stimulation regime, talking through the process of normal fertilisation and IVF/ICSI or IUI (depending on the relevant options).
- Consent forms The nurse will also go through each consent form with you and explain what you are agreeing to. It’s really important that you feel comfortable with what is written on the forms.
- Screening blood tests
- During your consent appointment the nurse will take any outstanding screening bloods from both partners to complete your cycle.
- Treatment costs The balance of treatment costs is due at this appointment. If you are unsure about the amount you are required to pay please call us on 0115 896 1900 for clarification.
If you have access to the internet, it’s a good idea to look at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority website before your consent appointment. Learn more about important aspects of the consent forms.
After you have completed your consent forms and paid for treatment, the nurse will arrange for your prescription to be sent to the dispensing pharmacy, who will contact you directly for payment. The drugs are normally delivered to your home address the clinic to be stored appropriately unless you advise us differently. The drug costs will be clarified during the appointment.
For more about the consents appointment, and help with which forms correspond to your specific situation, you can download our consent appointment factsheet here (Link to factsheet list on downloads page)
As throughout all stages of the treatment cycle – be it before, during or after – Nurture Fertility offers couples and individuals a confidential counselling service. In these sessions, you can talk to a counsellor about any issues that concern you and they will neither judge nor advise.
Counselling is an important and positive aspect of fertility treatment, aimed to help patients overcome some of the hurdles inherent in the route to successful conception. We have two very experienced and fully qualified independent counsellors, Alison Cheatle and Hayley McCann. This service is free of charge while undergoing a treatment cycle for individuals or couples.
To arrange an appointment please contact our reception on 0115 8961900.