Fertility Consents

ACU, Ninewells will soon be replacing traditional paper-based consenting with a digital consenting system. Fertility Consent is a secure online platform that enables patients to remotely access the relevant medical and legal information to provide informed consent and digitally sign consent forms for their fertility treatment, thus eliminating the need for paper information leaflets and consent forms.  Fertility Consent provides a complete library of Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) consent forms and individual clinic consent forms that are automatically allocated to each patient and partner according to their treatment and personal circumstances. The platform also provides a library of materials and easy-to-understand videos that explain each fertility treatment and HFEA form in a clear and engaging way. 

We will be introducing this for all new patients over the coming weeks and for return patients as we progress.  To enable us to provide this service we require up to date contact numbers for all patients, if you have been recently referred or are due to have an appointment with the ACU, Ninewells soon please contact us to provide us with up to date contact details for each partner on 01382 496475 or alternatively email tay.acusecretarial@nhs.scot 

For a number of couples the man will not have any sperm in his sample (or ejaculate). This can be due to a blockage either after surgery (usually after a failed attempt to reverse a vasectomy), or infection or simply something that the man was born with (a congenital problem). Alternatively the man may produce very few sperm that do not reach the ejaculate but are still present in the testicle. Sperm can be obtained in some of these cases by one of two types of operations, either:

  1. Taking a few drops of fluid from the tubes that carry sperm away from the testicle (epididymis) using a small needle. This operation (percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration or PESA) is carried out under local anaesthetic and depending on the reason for the blockage usually has a very high chance of recovering sperm.
  2. For those that have no obvious blockage and very little sperm production in the testicle, or when an attempt at PESA has failed, then a small piece of the testicle can be removed and in half or more of these cases sperm can be recovered. This operation is either carried out with a needle or small incision and usually requires a general anaesthetic (testicular extraction of sperm by aspiration/excision or TESA).

See our detailed information leaflet.

Success rates are as follows:

Year ending 31st December 2016 Live birth rate per cycle 25% (3/12)