The 2013 NICE Guideline on Fertility

The situation with NHS funding for fertility treatment is very much a "treatment by postcode" situation with PCTs in England making their own decisions on the level of funding, if any, they put towards fertility treatment resulting in huge variations. In February 2004 NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) produced a clinical guideline for fertility treatment which has just been updated with the new guideline, which applies to England and Wales, being published on the 20th February, 2013. Check out this link for more information  

NICE now recommend that 3 full cycles of IVF or ICSI should be made available to people where the female is aged up to 39 (inclusive) with a clinical diagnosis requiring IVF or unexplained infertility for 2 years duration (it was 3 years).  They also recommend that for couples where the female is aged between 40 and 42, has never had IVF and does not have a low ovarian reserve, that they should have access to one cycle of IVF. There are also new recommendations relating to the number of embryos to be transferred; unexplained infertility; mild endometriosis and mild male factor infertility.

The guidelines previous recommendations relating to the use of oral ovarian stimulation agents have been updated and, for the first time, the guideline includes groups of people such as same-sex couples, those who carry infectious disease (such as Hepatitis B or HIV) and those who are unable to have intercourse(e.g. if they have a physical disability). The updated guideline also makes recommendations for people who are preparing for cancer treatment who may wish to preserve their fertility.

Link to the full guideline

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