As it stands, eligible intended parents in Scotland are currently only allowed two cycles of IVF. But Infertility Network UK doesn’t find this fair. They said that intended parents deserved at least three full cycles of IVF. It’s a ‘no brainer’ they said.
Susan Seenan, the charity’s chief executive and co-chair of Fertility Fairness, told a Holyrood health committee: ‘The group recommended three cycles and said that once the waiting times were down to below 12 months, at the latest early 2015, they would consider moving to three cycles.’
‘It just doesn’t seem to be happening as fast as we would like it to.’
While the proposal has been ‘met with resistance’ there is still hope. It was recently proposed to the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee: ‘As a patient, knowing that you have access to three cycles, which gives the optimum chance of succeeding with treatment, is extremely important.’
Read Some NHS Website Guidelines Below
Guidance from NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommends that up to three IVF cycles should be available on the NHS if:
- the woman is aged between 23 and 39 at the time of treatment, and
- one or both of you has been diagnosed with a fertility problem (such as having no sperm or both fallopian tubes blocked), or
- you’ve been infertile for at least two years
Women aged 40-42 who have not conceived after two years of regular, unprotected sex or after 12 cycles of artificial insemination should be offered one IVF cycle if the following criteria are met:
- they have never previously had IVF treatment
- there’s no evidence fertility problems due to a low amount of eggs (low ovarian reserve)
- there has been a discussion of the additional implications of IVF and pregnancy at this age
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