HyCoSy (Hysterosalpingo-Contrast Sonography)

Fertility Exeter is now able to offer HyCoSy  to our self-funded patients.  This is a method of checking that your fallopian tubes aren’t blocked or damaged;  ultrasound and a micro bubble solution are used to assess the tubes.  This is most suitable for women at low risk of tubal damage but who would like to check their tubes before continuing to try to conceive naturally or prior to IUI treatment.


Further information

Further information on HyCoSy is available on our Treatments  page or in a downloadable format here.  Costs are available via this link .


How to book an appointment

The HyCoSy clinic is scheduled to run every month.  To make an appointment please telephone the clinic or complete and return a self-referral form.  If you would like to discuss this further please do not hesitate to contact us via telephone (01392 405051) or email (rde-tr.FertilityExeter@nhs.net) or at your next appointment.



Fertility Network UK – Fertility Week

Each day this week is dedicated to a different topic relating to fertility: #Scream4IVF #LifeWithoutChildren #FertilityFellas #FertilityatWork and #FutureFertility

Through this, Fertility Network UK aim to:

  • raise awareness of the impact of fertility problems,
  • bring people together through shared experiences,
  • signpost support,
  • raise funds to help others.


For more information, please follow this link.

If you find social media a support, you can share your stories, experiences and blogs using the hashtags #YouAreNotAlone and #FertilityWeek18.

We would like to take the opportunity to remind our patients that we have counsellors available in clinic to support you through any stage of your journey.  Please either phone or email to make an appointment.  There is also a wide network of fertility support groups available that can be accessed if required, including Fertility Network UK.

If you have tried to contact us via our website and have not yet had a response, it may be that we haven’t received your enquiry. 

It seems that  submissions via the ‘Make an Enquiry’ function on our website have not been making it to our inbox, due to a technical error.  As a result, we haven’t been able to respond to all queries as we would like.

If you have used this function and are yet to hear from us, or have only had an automated response,  please resend your query directly to our email address: rde-tr.FertilityExeter@nhs.net. 

Car park disruption:

We have been informed that essential maintenance will be carried out on the trees within the car park at Heavitree hospital.  As a result, some areas of the car park will be cordoned off; this will put extra pressure on an already busy car park.



Starting Wednesday 24th October 2018 for a period of 5 days.



Aim to arrive at the hospital earlier than your appointment time as it may take you longer to park than usual.  Please call the reception team on 01392 405051 if you are experiencing difficulties.


Alternatively, if you are not due to have a procedure, you could consider using public transport or cycling.  Many buses stop on Heavitree road, next to Waitrose.  Please check Stagecoach website for further details.  Bike racks are provided just beyond the main entrance, beside the old Gladstones building; please bring a method to safely secure your bicycle.


The closest council run car park is the Triangle which is only a 10 minute walk away, but this is up hill so may not be suitable for all patients.  We are aware that some patients choose to use the car park at Waitrose when attending appointments at Fertility Exeter.  Please be aware that this is limited to 2 hours and is provided for Waitrose customers only.

15th October is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.  To mark this, and Baby Loss Awareness Week,  there will be a global ‘Wave of Light’ event at 7pm.

Either as part of a group or just at home, simply light a candle and let it burn for an hour.   In doing so, a wave of light will be sent around the world to remember all babies who have died too soon.

There are a number of charities which have been set up to help those experiencing the loss of a baby, at any stage.  Please follow this link to find out more and to access support.


Recent news articles have reported on certain pregnancy tests returning false positive results. We don’t routinely supply pregnancy testing kits through the clinic, but you may have these at home.

The affected items are:

Product description

Clear & Simple Digital Pregnancy Test


Catalogue Number



Lot Number



If you feel you may have been affected by this, please do not hesitate to contact the clinic for more advice.

Self-funded patients can now choose to refer themselves directly into the clinic, rather than having to visit their GP first.

To find out more information and to access the downloadable form, please see ‘How do I make a referral to the clinic?‘ within the FAQ section of our website.


We are pleased to announce that we will be running an open evening on Thursday 13th December 2018 from 17.30 until 18.30.

The evening will be designed for both patients and non-patients to learn more about the services provided at the clinic.

Booking for this event can be made via the Events pages

On 25th July 1978, the world’s first IVF baby, Louise Joy Brown, was born.  This was following pioneering work by Dr Patrick Steptoe, Scientist Robert Edwards and the first ever Embryologist Jean Purdy.

To mark this special day, Louise’s 40th birthday, the staff at Fertility Exeter decorated the waiting room with fun facts about IVF and the clinic, balloons and provided cupcakes for the patients attending the clinic. Happy birthday Louise Brown!

The team at Fertility Exeter decided to celebrate with an Afternoon Tea, served up by some lovely 1940’s style nurses.

70th celebrations in full swing!