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Publications for patients

We've produced a series of publications for people having fertility treatment, donors and donor-conceived people and their parents.

Getting started guide

‘Getting started’ is our free guide to fertility treatment, which brings lots of useful information together all in one place, including:

  • how and when to seek treatment
  • how to choose a clinic and what to expect
  • treatment options
  • what to think about before starting treatment
  • where to find support and advice.

Giving consent: a guide for patients and their partners

This leaflet is for patients and their partners who are undergoing fertility treatment or storing eggs, sperm or embryos.

It explains why you need to complete our consent forms, what you should consider when giving your consent and how your clinic should support you.

Find out more about consent to treatment.

Download the printer-friendly version (PDF 148 KB) 

Giving consent: a guide for donors

This leaflet is for people donating eggs, sperm or embryos to another person or for training purposes.

It explains why you need to complete our consent forms, what you should consider when giving your consent and how your clinic should support you.

Download the printer-friendly version (PDF 185 KB)

Becoming the legal parents of your child

This leaflet is for people who are not married or in a civil partnership and are having fertility treatment with donated sperm or embryos at a UK clinic licensed by us.

It explains what you need to do to make sure you're recognised as the legal parents of any child born from treatment, including what information your clinic should give you and what consent forms you need to fill out.

Find out more about becoming the legal parents of your child.

Find out more about using donated sperm, eggs, or embryos in your treatment.

Download the printable version of this document (PDF 776 KB)

Should I freeze my eggs?

This leaflet is for people considering freezing their eggs.

Produced to complement our Egg freezing in fertility treatment, trends and figures report 2016-2018, it gives you the latest information and statistics on the subject and outlines the things you should consider when thinking about when, or whether, to freeze your eggs.

Finding out about your child's donor and any possible donor-conceived siblings

If your child was conceived with the help of a donor at a UK clinic, they may be curious to find out a bit more about this person and/or any other people conceived using the same donor (their donor-conceived genetic siblings). We’re here to provide that information.

This leaflet explains what information we hold, what you and your child can access from us (if you want to) and how you can best prepare for the next steps.

I have remaining embryos, what are my options?

If you have embryos in storage that you no longer need for your own treatment you may find it difficult to decide what to do next. Whether or not your treatment was successful, letting go of your frozen embryos can be hard to do.

This leaflet guides you through the options for your remaining embryos, and where you can find more information and support to help you when making your choice.

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Review date: 8 January 2021