IVF 'on the NHS for the over-40s'

Women up to 42-years-old struggling to have babies should be offered IVF treatment on the NHS, the health watchdog has recommended. It also suggests that it should be offered to gay couples and those with infectious diseases like Hepatitis B and HIV.

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Health watchdog recommends more women get IVF on the NHS

Health watchdog NICE are recommending that women over 40, those who are 'preparing for cancer treatment' and lesbian couples should receive IVF on the NHS. However questions have been raised over the costs involved in increasing the number of IVF treatments.

ITV Daybreak's Michelle Morrison on the proposed changes to who can get IVF on the NHS.

Gay couples to get IVF on the NHS

In the new consultation document, the health watchdog NICE raises the age and also says IVF should be offered to gay and lesbian couples.

Since the original recommendations on fertility were published in 2004 there have been many advances in both treatments and in the understanding of different techniques.

The aim of these new and updated recommendations is to ensure that everyone who has problems with fertility has access to the best levels of help.

– Dr Gill Leng, Nice's deputy chief executive


Maximum age for IVF treatment 'should be raised to 42'

In a new consultation document, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence says women struggling to have babies should be entitled to the treatment up to the age of 42. Nice current guidelines set the limit at 39.

Infertility is a medical condition that can cause significant distress for those trying to have a baby. This distress can have a real impact on people's lives, potentially leading to depression and the breakdown of relationships.''

– Dr Gill Leng, Deputy Chief Executive Nice.
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