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NHS watchdog calls for end to 'postcode lottery' IVF

The health watchdog has called for an end to the postcode lottery of fertility treatments on the NHS in England. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence wants couples trying to conceive to have the same level of access to IVF drugs.

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Nice draft recommendations on IVF and fertility

  • Couples should be referred to a fertility specialist after their first full year of unsuccessful attempts to get pregnant.
  • They should be referred sooner if they know of a clinical cause behind their infertility.
  • Women under 40 who have been trying to conceive are offered three full cycles of in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
  • Patients aged 40 to 42 are offered one cycle.
  • The quality standards also say that people who are of a reproductive age who are preparing to have treatment for cancer should be offered to have their eggs or sperm frozen and preserved.

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