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Fertility treatment in Hampshire to be reviewed

The level of fertility treatment available to women on the NHS in parts of Hampshire is to be reviewed by health specialists.

Currently, women in the county up to the age of 35 are only entitled to one cycle of IVF. That's against the guidelines of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence which says women - up to the age of 42 - should be given three chances.

Public feedback on the plans is to be considered alongside the recommendations of clinicians.

ITV Meridian spoke to Dr David Chilvers from the local Clinical Commissioning Group.

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Access to IVF treatment currently 'very unfair'

Today's new fertility treatment guidelines should make three IVF cycles available to couples unable to conceive as standard, across the NHS, thus ending the so-called 'postcode lottery'.

Professor Tim Child from the Oxford Fertility Centre said the new recommendations, if implemented properly by NHS providers, will improve access to treatment and make it more fair.

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Women 'need all the help they can get' with infertility

More couples struggling to conceive are to get IVF under new guidelines finalised today.

The age at which women can have treatment on the NHS will be raised from the current age limit of 39 to 42.

Mandy Parry spent £60,000 to have her daughter Violet, after seven cycles of IVF.

She told Daybreak that the experience of infertility is "so devastating", women needed all the help they can get.

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'Too many people' still denied infertility treatment

The National Infertility Awareness Campaign warned that as NICE guidelines are not mandatory, fears still remained over local implementation.

By updating the fertility guideline and extending the range of people it is recommending receive treatment, NICE clearly understands the impact which infertility has on people.

And we must be clear that infertility is a medical condition that causes significant distress for those trying to have a baby and has a devastating impact on people's lives.

The current 'postcode lottery' approach to the treatment of infertility here has gone on for far too long and it is vital that the Government supports the measures in the updated guideline and communicates the need to implement them to those who commission fertility services in the NHS.

We know the current system leaves many people unable to access NHS treatment and we need reassurance about the future of NHS fertility treatment as we move towards GP commissioning in 2013.

– Clare Lewis-Jones, Chairwoman of National Infertility Awareness Campaign
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New IVF guidelines to include same-sex couples

The guidelines from NICE also recommend the following:

  • IVF treatment for eligible women who have been unable to conceive after two years of regular intercourse - one year earlier than previously recommended
  • Women who have been having artificial insemination, which can include same-sex couples
  • Women aged 40-42 who have not conceived after two years of regular unprotected intercourse or 12 cycles of artificial insemination should be offered one full cycle of IVF, if they have never previously had IVF treatment
  • Where women are under 40, and have not conceived after two years of regular intercourse or 12 cycles of artificial insemination, three cycles of IVF should be offered
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