Pre-pregnancy and IVF STD Testing

Ensure you’re all clear before starting your pregnancy journey

If you’re ready to start a family, STD testing is an important first step for a number of reasons. Certain STDs can affect your fertility or cause complications in pregnancy, whilst some may harm your baby. If you’re receiving IVF, many providers require STD screens to be completed before you begin your treatment.

Many STDs go undiagnosed for long periods of time, especially if they are symptomless. Some may have been caught prior to your current relationship. Luckily, Your Sexual Health have a wide range of tests that can provide you with the peace of mind and certification that you need to start your journey.

IVF STD Profile Screens

Our Profile Screens allow you to diagnose multiple conditions using the same sample and include  common tests required ahead of IVF

Individual IVF STD Tests

Our individual tests are for anyone who only needs to test against one or two conditions rather than a profile of different conditions.

About our IVF STD testing service

We provide a stress free service that helps you to get the testing that you require in a comfortable and convenient manner.

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Step 1.

Choose Your Test

Select the test and book an appointment at one of our 60+ clinics nationwide. If you can’t see the test you’re looking for, call us on 0161 660 2599.

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Step 2.

Deposit Your Sample

Once we’ve confirmed your appointment, simply arrive at the clinic to deposit your sample. If you need a certificate, bring some form of photo ID.

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Step 3.

We’ll Run The Tests

We’ll then send your sample for testing at one of our UK laboratories. Once we receive your results we’ll notify you via your preferred contact method.

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Step 4.

Get your results

We’ll provide you with a certificate for your results to take to your IVF consultant. If any results return positive you’ll be offered a free telephone consultation with a GP from our partner medical organisation. They can discuss what the result means and arrange a prescription.

IVF STD Testing Advice

Whether you’re receiving IVF treatment at home or abroad, it’s normal to be asked to get tested for a range of STDs before you begin treatment. The tests that you take will often depend on the consultant or provider that you choose. We offer a range of sexual health tests that allow you to diagnose multiple conditions using the same sample. We’ll then give you certification to take to your IVF provider in order to satisfy their needs.

Should your results return positive for any of the STIs tested for we can arrange a prescription through our partner medical organisation. You can then get a retest so that your results return negative and you have the correct certificate. If you have any questions about our service or want to know more about how we can help, contact our customer services team today.

Pre-pregnancy & IVF STD Testing Information and FAQs

To help ensure that you choose the right test for you and to help you understand whether you should get tested read our FAQs below. If you have any questions contact our team today.

Being asked to complete an STI test before you embark on your IVF journey is completely normal. Consultants and providers often ask as standard procedure in order to protect both you and your baby, and also to ensure there is nothing in the way which may prevent the treatment being a success.

Many sexually transmitted infections can reduce fertility or increase the risk of ectopic pregnancies or miscarriage. It’s important that these are taken care of before IVF treatment begins. Others could be passed on to your baby during pregnancy or childbirth and carry a risk to the child and therefore have to be managed.

On some occasions your partner may also be required to undergo testing. This is to ensure that no sexually transmitted infections can be passed on to you or the baby throughout the IVF process.

There are a number of sexually transmitted infections which could impact your ability to get pregnant. Some STDs can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) if they go untreated for a long period of time. This can cause scarring in the womb and fallopian tubes, which can both prevent pregnancy or cause ectopic pregnancies to occur.

Although some are more damaging than others, all STIs have the ability to cause problems when trying for a baby and during pregnancy. Below are a run down of how the key STIs can have a negative effect.

Gonorrhoea

A mother that has untreated gonorrhoea whilst pregnant has a heightened risk of miscarriage. At birth the child is at a heightened risk of catching a serious blood infection, joint infection or even blindness.

Chlamydia

As well as having the potential to cause pelvic inflammatory disease which can impact you ability to get pregnant, chlamydia can increase the risk of miscarriage and preterm delivery. If passed on to the child, it may develop an eye infection (conjunctivitis) or a lung infection (pneumonia).

Syphilis

Syphilis is easily passed on during pregnancy and can be extremely dangerous to your unborn child. It can cause serious infections which may be fatal and will often cause the baby to be delivered prematurely. Infected infants that survive may develop a range of long term health complications

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis is a liver infection that can be transmitted to a baby via the placenta. The infected newborn can then become a carrier of the disease which can have serious long term health implications.

Herpes

Herpes is perfectly safe until the baby is ready to be delivered. If the mother is having a herpes outbreak then a caesarian may be performed in order to prevent the virus spreading to the child. Herpes can be fatal for newborn children, including when kissing them if cold sores are present around the mouth.

HIV

Thanks to advances in medication HIV can be suppressed in a way that it will not be passed on to your baby during pregnancy. However, HIV can go undiagnosed for many years so it’s important that you know you have it and you’re receiving treatment before trying for a baby otherwise the consequences can be serious for your child.

Mycoplasma Genitalium

This is not always tested for on the NHS, but Mycoplasma Genitalium can have a similar impact to chlamydia if left untreated for a long period. Mycoplasma genitalium increases the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease which can cause damage to the womb and fallopian tubes.

Ureaplasma

Ureaplasma are a bacteria found in the vagina of many women. They can cause a number of complications during pregnancy and may be linked to preterm births.

Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis is rarely tested as part of routine NHS screening. It can increase the risk of preterm pregnancy and on rare occasions be passed to your baby at child birth.

The impact an STI will have on pregnancy depends on a number of relevant factors. On many occasions you’ll be treated for the sexually transmitted infection and the diagnosis will have no overall impact. However, each person is different. Some factors which are important include: –

  • What STI it is – each one is different. Some may carry a greater risk of infertility, others may cause lasting damage, whilst some may be untreatable and require lifelong management.
  • How long you’ve had it – if you’ve been infected for a long time it’s going to be a greater risk to fertility. This is why regular testing is always advisable.
  • Has it caused damage to your reproductive organs? – some STIs can have long-term effects that include pelvic inflammatory disease. This can scar your womb and fallopian tube meaning pregnancy becomes difficult.
  • Is it a lifelong condition? – conditions like HIV require careful planning and treatment when trying for a baby to ensure that the virus doesn’t pass to the baby. Pregnancy is still possible.

A miscarriage is an extremely emotional and stressful time for all concerned. Whilst STI tests won’t definitively tell you why you lost your baby they can help you gain some clarity as part of an overall medical investigation. There are a range of sexually transmitted infections that can go undiagnosed, but still cause problems. Our pre-pregnancy profiles test for all potentially problematic infections.

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IVF STD Screening Profiles

Our IVF STD Screens allow you to diagnose multiple conditions using the same sample and all come with a certificate of results. These products have been put together based on the common requests from both private and NHS IVF providers in the UK and overseas. Click on the More Details icon to find out more information on each test or contact our customer services team.

Please note: Should you require any particular screens that aren’t included in our standard IVF profiles, contact our customer services team and we will be able to create a custom profile for your needs.

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Comprehensive IVF Screen - £300

Accurate from 28 days

*Turnaround time 5 Days

This profile tests for:

  • Bacterial Vaginosis
  • Chlamydia
  • Gardnerella Vaginalis
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Herpes Simplex I/II
  • HIV 1&2/p24 Antigen
  • Mycoplasma
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomonas Vaginalis
  • Ureaplasma
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Our Most Comprehensive IVF STD Test

The comprehensive test diagnoses all common sexually transmitted infections and is more in depth than any test available on the NHS. Many private IVF clinics may require you to be tested against all of the conditions within this screen. 

Who is this test for?

This test is designed for women who require a comprehensive test against all STIs that may have an impact on your pregnancy. Many of the conditions diagnosed are not tested on the NHS, yet they have the potential to affect your fertility or harm your baby.

How is the test carried out?

The test is carried out using both a urine sample and a venous blood sample in one of our clinics located nationwide. Certification of your results can be provided by bringing a photo ID to your clinic appointment.

Turnaround Time

This test can take up to 5 days to gain accurate results once received by the lab. On many occasions our results are returned quicker. Some of the conditions within the Profile 1 may be diagnosed quicker than others and on these occasions we’ll notify you of each as and when we receive them.

Incubation Period

Please be advised that this test will only offer the advised level of accuracy against all conditions 28 days after potential exposure. If you believe there is a chance that you have been exposed to a condition more recently than 28 days then our standard Early Detection screen will offer an accurate diagnosis.

Peace of Mind IVF Screen - £250

Accurate from 28 days

*Turnaround time 2 Days

This profile tests for:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Herpes Simplex I/II
  • HIV 1&2/p24 Antigen
  • Syphilis
More Details

The standard pre-IVF screen, with extra peace of mind

This test is designed to identify the main conditions that are tested against before undergoing IVF, with a number of other conditions also tested for added Peace of Mind. 

Who is this test for?

This test is designed for women who are either undergoing IVF treatment or who are trying for a baby. It tests against a range of conditions which could have an impact on the health of both you and your baby during pregnancy and child birth.

How is the test carried out?

This test requires both a urine sample and a blood sample, both of which are collected from one of our clinic locations across the country. If you require a certificate of your results you must bring photo ID with you to your clinic appointment.

Turnaround Time

This test can take up to 5 days to gain accurate results once received by the lab. On many occasions our results are returned quicker. Some of the conditions within this profile may be diagnosed quicker than others and on these occasions we’ll notify you of each as and when we receive them.

Incubation Period

Please be advised that this test will only offer the advised level of accuracy against all conditions 28 days after potential exposure. If you believe there is a chance that you have been exposed to a condition more recently than 28 days then our standard Early Detection screen will offer an accurate diagnosis.

Standard IVF Screen - £225

Accurate from 28 days

*Turnaround time 2 Days

This profile tests for:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV 1&2/p24 Antigen
  • Syphilis
More Details

The standard pre-IVF screen, with extra peace of mind

Anyone undergoing IVF will usually be asked to test against a number of conditions before they begin their treatment. The majority of clinics require both parents to test against HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C & Chlamydia as standard. Our Standard IVF Screen diagnoses all of these, plus gonorrhoea and syphilis.

Who is this test for?

This test is designed for women who are either undergoing IVF treatment or who are trying for a baby. It tests against a range of conditions that could have an impact on the health of both you and your baby during pregnancy and child birth. It is also appropriate for men who are taking part in IVF.

How is the test carried out?

This test requires both a urine sample and a blood sample, both of which are collected from one of our clinic locations across the country. If you require a certificate of your results you must bring photo ID with you to your clinic appointment.

Turnaround Time

This test can take up to 2 days to gain accurate results once received by the lab. On many occasions our results are returned quicker. Some of the conditions within this profile may be diagnosed quicker than others and on these occasions we’ll notify you of each as and when we receive them.

Incubation Period

Please be advised that this test will only offer the advised level of accuracy against all conditions 28 days after potential exposure. If you believe there is a chance that you have been exposed to a condition more recently than 28 days then our standard Early Detection screen will offer an accurate diagnosis.


Individual IVF STD Tests

Some IVF clinics may only require that you are tested against one or two STIs before undergoing treatment. The most common STI that is tested for in these instances is chlamydia and we can test against chlamydia on it's own or alongside gonorrhoea. We can also carry out individual tests against HIV should these be required. If you require any other tests not included, why not visit our Private STI Testing page which has a full range of tests.

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Chlamydia/Gonorrhoea from Urine - £130.00

Accurate from 14 days

*Turnaround time 2 days

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A test to take if you believe you’ve been exposed to chlamydia or gonorrhoea

Our chlamydia and gonorrhoea test uses a urine sample to diagnose both conditions. 

Who is this test for?

This test is important for anyone who believes they’ve come into contact with chlamydia or gonorrhoea. If one of your previous sexual partners has alerted you to a positive diagnosis then you have a high risk of exposure, especially if you didn’t use protection. It’s also useful for a retest if you’ve had treatment for one of the STIs and want to ensure it’s been effective.

If you believe it’s possible that you may have contracted the condition through oral or anal sex, then you are advised to carry out a swab test of the area that’s infected.

How is the test carried out?

This test is carried out using a urine sample which are collected from our clinic location. A medical professional will be on hand to offer instructions for your sample in order to ensure you gain positive results.

Turnaround Time

This test has a 2 day turnaround time from when it’s received by our laboratory.

Incubation Period

Please be advised that this test will only offer the advised level of accuracy 14 days after potential exposure. If you were diagnosed more recently than 14 days please contact our customer services team who will discuss your testing options with you.

HIV 1&2/p24 Antigen - £99.00

Accurate from 28 days

*Turnaround time 4 Hours

More Details

A routine HIV test with free certification if required

Our HIV 1&2/p24 Antigen test offers an accurate diagnosis of HIV, 28 days after exposure.

Who is this test for?

This test is useful for anyone who believes they’ve come into contact with HIV or as a useful precaution test. You should take this test if you’ve been alerted by a previous sexual partner that they are HIV+.

Many countries also require medical certification to prove that you do not have HIV if you are applying for a work visa. We offer certification of your results for free, if required, to help you with this process.

How is the test carried out?

This test is carried out using a blood sample, which is collected by a nurse from our clinic location.

Turnaround Time

This test has a 1 day turnaround time from when it’s received by our laboratory.

Incubation Period

Please be advised that this test will only offer the advised level of accuracy 28 days after potential exposure. If you believe you came into contact with HIV more recently than 28 days, our Early Detection tests may be of benefit. These tests offer diagnosis against HIV with a shorter 10 day turnaround time. Please contact our customer services team who will discuss your testing options with you.