Same-sex couples

Fertility information for same-sex couples, who wish to receive treatment at the Assisted Conception Unit at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Fulham Road.

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Why choose us

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital's fertility clinic is a centre of excellence for the management of infertility and widely recognised as a leading assisted conception unit in the UK. We offer highly specialised treatment with excellent success rates and patient experience. 

Our consultants

Our clinic is led by Mr Dimitrios Nikolaou and Mr Julian Norman-Taylor. The ACU is proud to deliver care in a supportive and reassuring environment, treatment and advice is always evidence-based. Our team have close links with leading Universities, and deliver academic lectures at Imperial College London, including the supervision of PhD students on all areas relating to fertility. 

Funding

Your local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will have certain criteria you and your partner will have to meet to receive NHS funded treatment. These criteria do vary - for more information please contact your CCG directly. If you are not eligible for NHS funded treatment please see our price list or email us at acu@chelwest.nhs.uk for further information.

Referral

Ask your GP to refer you to the sub-fertility clinic at Chelsea and Westminster, where you will complete a number of fertility investigations to review your eligibility for NHS funded treatment.

Alternatively you can self-refer for a private consultation with one of our experienced consultants.

Treatment Options

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

The technique of intrauterine insemination (IUI) is one of the simpler methods of assisted conception. It involves the injection of prepared sperm from the donor into the uterine cavity via a small catheter inserted through the cervix (neck of the womb). This can be done with or without medication.

In vitro fertilisation (IVF)

In this treatment, eggs are removed from the ovaries, fertilised with sperm in a laboratory dish and allowed to grow before being replaced in the woman’s womb. IVF literally means ‘fertilisation in glass’, giving us the familiar term ‘test tube baby’.

Donor Sperm

Known sperm donor

This is someone you know who has volunteered to donate their sperm for your treatment. They will need to attend the clinic for a number of checks to ensure they are a suitable donor.

Unknown donor

The unit can provide you with a number of sperm banks who we use for treatment, and advise you on what type of sperm to buy. Most sperm banks will have already completed a number of checks on the donor to ensure they are suitable for your treatment. Note: Procurement of sperm is not routinely funded by CCGs.

For further information about any of the services offered at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital fertility clinic (Assisted Conception Unit), please contact us on 020 3315 8585 or email us at acu@chelwest.nhs.uk

Our consultants

Mr Dimitrios Nikolaou MD MRCOG DFFP Cert Advanced Endoscopic Surgery

Mr Julian Norman-Taylor MBChB MRCOG

Contact us

General enquiries
020 3315 8585

Testimonials 

"I wanted to send you a note to say how confident I felt in the unit for the entire remainder of my treatment and how thankful I was to you personally for really making me feel so comfortable and positive. The nurses in particular have been brilliant."

"Our delight would not have been possible without your kindness and assistance individually and collectively as the ACU Team earlier this year. Words are insufficient to express the depth of gratitude and profound thanks we feel for your role in making our dreams come true."