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 regulatory side of things. There appointments are very important and we would expect both partners to attend in order to share the information and to ensure consents are compatible.
We strongly recommend that everyone involved in the treatment comes to the consent appointment. It generally takes 60-90 minutes.
We need to have the following things in place before you consent to treatment:
- The results of your fertility assessment
- A complete Initial Consultation where a treatment pathway has been decided.
- 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.
- Treatment costs
An invoice for the treatment costs will be presented at this appointment and is usually required to be settled at the next appointment.
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. You can learn more about important aspects of the consent forms here.
After you have completed appointment, 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 drug costs will be clarified during the appointment.