Free IVF Treatment for Women Aged 40 and Over on NHS?

by Kathy Jones on  June 28, 2010 at 10:31 PM Women Health News   - G J E 4
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) could be on the verge of doing away with its controversial recommendation for an age limit of 40 years for women seeking IVF treatments on the NHS.
 Free IVF Treatment for Women Aged 40 and Over on NHS?
Free IVF Treatment for Women Aged 40 and Over on NHS?

If this age limit is done away with, then infertile women will be given the free treatments based solely on tests that estimate the number of eggs available in their ovaries.

"I think measuring ovarian reserve [the number of eggs a woman has] is a better way to make rationing decisions than age, but I would be concerned if any women interpreted this as meaning that age is not the key factor which determines their chances," said Clare Lewis-Jones, chief executive of the Infertility Network.

Current guidance offers IVF treatment for women aged 23-39 years. However these rules have been called discriminating and hence NICE is considering new guidance on the age limits.

Another guidance that could be scrapped is denial of IVF treatment for women whose partners already have children.

While the new guidance has been welcomed by one and all, Alison McTavish, secretary of the British Fertility Society has urged caution, "If you have to take decisions about rationing, age is a pretty good predictor of outcomes. Doing specialist tests on women to check their ovarian reserve, and investigations is a very expensive way of trying to make the system fair," she told The Sunday Telegraph.

Source: Medindia

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I am 47 and do not have any children. I am married and desperately want a child. How possible is IVF on NHS. I'm seeking help so please help me.

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Sandra24 Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Sandra, you have missed the boat. Having a child at this stage in your life is an incredibly selfish thing to do, and you are in no way thinking about your child at ALL, just yourself. Plus IVF at your age has an incredibly low chance of success. Why not help some children who are already here and need a good home?
umebossy Friday, July 9, 2010

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