A childless couple from Oxfordshire who were told they could only get funding for one round of IVF have launched a petition to change that.Read the full story ›
Three-month-old Maxwell Steer was the guest of honour today, at a very special party. He's the ten thousandth baby to be born thanks to the work of Oxford Fertility - a clinic which treats people both privately and on the NHS. The clinic is celebrating its thirtieth birthday. Kate Bunkall went to meet Maxwell and his parents.
A Southampton University study found that working shift patterns made it harder for women to conceive.
The study compares the impact of working non-standard working schedules with that in women not working shifts.
Led by Dr Yin Cheong, a senior lecturer at Southampton University, and Dr Stocker included data on 119,345 women and found that those working shifts had a 33 per cent higher rate of menstrual disruption than those working regular hours.
Whilst we have demonstrated an association between shift work and negative early reproductive outcomes, we have not proven causation. However, if our results are confirmed by other studies, there may be implications for shift workers and their reproductive plans. Our findings may have implications for women attempting to become pregnant as well as employers."
Older women desperate to have a family are being given new hope they'll receive fertility treatment funded by the NHS. New national guidelines will raise the recommended cut off age from 39 to 42. Christine Alsford reports.
The guidelines by the government's health advisory board, NICE, mean more couples are eligible for treatment.Read the full story ›
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.
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.
Chief Executive of NICE, Sir Andrew Dillon, says including same-sex couples in the IVF guidelines for the first time "reflects the right thing to do".
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.