Five Top UK Fertility Clinics in the UK

In the United Kingdom the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) holds information on every licensed fertility clinic, which is published on their website1). This information includes the success rates for every licensed clinic, in the form of statistics showing the number of annual treatments and the resulting number of pregnancies and live births.

Most of these success rates are around the national average live birth rate of 32.2% for females under 35 to conceive in a fertility clinic, but a few clinics have rates that are significantly higher or lower than the national average. The five clinics with the highest success rates are all located in London.


What you will learn

Why fertility clinics cannot effectively be ranked
Which five fertility clinics are among the top 5 in the UK


Click the image to visit the HFEA's website

Click the image to visit the HFEA’s website

The HFEA is an independent body that inspects and regulates all clinics in the UK that carry out IVF and artificial insemination and that store human eggs, sperm and embryos. It sets and enforces standards and provides patients with information that is accurate and unbiased.

Every fertility clinic and centre in the UK must be inspected by the HFEA to ensure that they meet UK government rules set out for safety and ethics before granting a licence. Interim inspections will be carried out on licensed clinics, either with or without notice.


Managing Expectations

While it is tempting assume that those clinics with the highest success rates will provide increased chances of successful pregnancy and live birth, it is very difficult to compare the clinics directly. High success rates may be due to the fact that a clinic treats fewer patients with difficult fertility problems, or that their treatment policies and practices differ greatly from the average.

Probabilities vary according to the women’s age and the chosen treatment option as well as her own and her partners base fertility levels. The statistics that the HFEA give show both the actual live births in a year and a prediction of the future chance of live births for an average patient in the form of a range. The size of the range, and its reliability, depends on the number of treatment cycles that the clinic carries out annually.

Clinics with a high number of treatment cycles will have a small range, say from 21% – 25%, while clinic that only carries out a few treatment cycles a year can have a wide range of, say, 7% – 68v. The chances of a live birth will usually fall in the centre of such a large range (think of a normal distribution Bell Curve), rather than at either extreme.


The Top 5 Clinics 

Click the image to visit The Bridge Center's website

Click the image to visit The Bridge Center’s website

This South London clinic was one of the first fertility clinics in the UK and was established in 1986.

It treats both private and NHS patients, and offers IVF and ICSI with donor sperm, eggs and embryos.

It stores eggs, embryos, sperm and testicular tissue and recruits egg, embryo and sperm donors for the treatment of others.

Its success rates are above average for all age groups under 40.


the lister fertility clinic

Click the image to visit the Lister Clinic’s IVF success rates

The Lister Fertility Clinic is part of The Lister Hospital and was established in 1988. It is one of the most successful clinics in the UK and treats over 2,000 private patients a year. Treatments include ovulation induction, IVF, ICSI, blastocyst transfer, egg, embryo and semen freezing and IMSI.

In 2013, their success rate for clinical pregnancy in females under 35 was 49%, and 39% for ages 35-37. Their 2011 live birth success rates for IVF and ICSI treatment cycles started were 40% for below age 35 and 36% for ages 35-37.


Click the image to visit the unit's website

Click the image to visit the unit’s IVF success rates

The Assisted Conception Unit was established in 1995, and has treated over 1,000 couples since then.

It is housed in a refurbished area of the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, and has close ties with the hospital’s Maternity and Gynaecology departments.

The unit specialises in couples with blood-borne infections and with older women who have fertility problems, and treats both private and NHS patients.

The unit’s current pregnancy rate in women under the age of 35 is 55% (the national average for women under 35 to conceive in a fertility clinic in 2011 was 36%), and it has above average rates for the 35-37 and 40-42 age ranges.

guys and st thomas private healthcare assisted conception unit

Click the image to visit the unit’s IVF page on their success rates

The Assisted Conception Unit was established in 1991, and is located on the 11th floor of Guy’s Hospital at London Bridge.

There is an outpatient department in Kensington. Guy’s and St Thomas’ is one of the largest NHS teaching hospital trusts in the UK and an academic health sciences centre, which specialises in both NHS and private IVF treatment and research.

There are the largest UK clinic for Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) and are licensed to carry out stem cell research.

The unit has above national average success rates for all age groups for positive foetal heart on scan with fresh IVF/ICSI cycles started, with a 43% rate for females under 35. Their success rates for frozen embryo transfer are also well above average, particularly in the 38-39 age group with a success rate of 40% compared to the national average of 13%.

click the image to see the IVF success rates on the ARGC's website

click the image to see the results on the ARGC’s website

The Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecology Centre had the best results in the country in 2013, with a birth rate of 70.3% for women under 35.

The predicted chance of an average patient under 35 having a live birth is around 60%, nearly twice the national average.

This private clinic was first licensed in 1995. It offers IVF and ICSI with donor sperm and eggs, egg preparation, thawing and rewarming gametes, insemination, GIFT, egg collection and semen preparation.



While there is no official ‘league table’ of UK fertility clinics, the results that are published by the HFEA do give a broad indication of the top-performing clinics in the country and show which ones have above-average rates of success.

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11 replies
    NAGINA says:

    Dear sir/ma’am
    May this mail of mine finds u in good health n spirit. My name is Nagina, I m 35 years old , I m a patient of secondary infertility/PCOS from 2010 followed by an abortion(5 week/ bio-chemical pregnancy as per DnC histopathological result) in 2010 n a missed miscarriage(10-12 week as per last L.M.P) in 2011. N I failed to conceive after 2011 till date. Hormone imbalance, erratic mood swings, Weight gain (72kg), hirsutism, migraine is also there. Moreover, irregular periodic cycle is a big issue. Psychologically, stressed due to failure to conceive. I have completed thrice the clomid dose. Latest Ultrasound shows healthy egg i.e 2 cm.
    My Husband is a UK resident n the constraint in conception is living away from each other. I I live in Islamabad, Pakistan n doing job in Defence services I m visiting my husband in next moth from 4 months n wanted to get IVF treatment from ur clinic before I avail the facility I want to ask following questions to be answered please.
    • what is the maximum duration of the treatment? (My total stay is 4 months only in the UK) can it be more then 4 months?
    • As a known case of miscarriages/abortions, with this age can I take the risk of air travel after my treatment/conception, being a precious pregnancy, during 1st trimester?
    • please let me know the total cost of the ivf procedures
    I shall be highly grateful n anticipating a positive reply of us
    Nagina Kausar Abbasi

    • Dr. Jones
      Dr. Jones says:

      Dear Nagina, you need to find a fertility specialist in the UK who you are happy to work with. This specialist will help you plan your IVF treatment around your career. Every clinic is different, but more than 3 IVF cycles are unusual. I hope this helps.

    • tazeen
      tazeen says:

      hey nagina
      i am also from Pakistan . After so many failed cycles of ivf i am thinking of taking some treatment from UK so can u please help me about ur experience . from where have u taken ur treatment and how long it was?

  2. Dina Ahmed Essa
    Dina Ahmed Essa says:

    Good evening
    I’m dina I have 35 years old and suffering from premature ovarian failure and my husband suffering from obstructive Azoospermia is there any chance in your institute to get pregnant and any Hobe for IVF please contact with me if there is any hope

  3. Sarah wahid
    Sarah wahid says:

    Hello Dr Jones
    I have a question I am 42 years of age and would like to have ivf due to the fact that both my tubes are blocked I had a cycle of ivf in 2005 and produced a beautiful baby girl I am extremely healthy and just want to try my luck again for another child any advice I live in London could you reta clinic that would work with me due to my age. Thank you. Sarah

  4. Dr. Jones
    Dr. Jones says:

    Dear Sarah, you need to move very fast due to your age. All of the above clinics are in London so pick up the phone, get in touch with all of them, get quotes and timelines and set up appointments immediately. Best of luck!

  5. George
    George says:

    Hello sir/Madam
    My question or inquiry is what is the best recommendation to use and boost my sperm mobility. The sperm analysis told me that I have enough but their mobility is low.
    Thanks and I will appreciate your sincere pieces of advice.

  6. Magnus
    Magnus says:

    Hello Dr. Jones,
    I would like to know if any of your recommended male fertility medicines can be taken alongside 500mg of metformin daily.

    • Dr. Jones
      Dr. Jones says:

      Dear Magnus, the short answer is no, because it on whether the fertility supplement includes L-carnitine. This is an amino acid, which in combination with a diabetes drug may lower your blood sugar level too far. However, do discuss this in detail with your local pharmacologist / pharmacist. You may still decide to go ahead and micro-dose the fertility supplement gradually increasing its dose depending on how you feel. I hope this makes sense. Best of luck!


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