Patients have the best overall chance of getting pregnant if the success rates from a single fresh embryo transfer are combined with any follow-on treatment using frozen embryos.

According to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Clinical Guidelines on Fertility treatment published in February 2013, your treatment should include the freezing and storage of any remaining good quality embryos, and the transfer of these embryos, if the initial embryo transfer is not successful.

If you are receiving NHS-funded treatment, whether or not you have to pay for freezing and transfer of remaining embryos depends on the policy of your Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). If you are paying for your own treatment, it depends on the policy of your private clinic whether you have to pay separately for freezing and transfer of embryos.

NHS-funded treatment

Eligibility for NHS fertility treatment varies depending on where you live in the UK. Check with you Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as to the criteria they have in place for accessing NHS-funded fertility treatment. Find your CCG.

The expert says...

Clare BrownClare Lewis-Jones “At present, we have huge differences between Clinical Commissioning Groups and Health Boards across the UK in access to NHS infertility treatment. It is therefore understandable that some NHS patients are resistant to the move to SET. 

It is vital that ALL parts of the UK address this inequality as quickly as possible to offer patients – whether receiving NHS-funded or self-funded treatment – a fair chance of conceiving." 


Clare Lewis-Jones, Infertility Network UK