IVF entitlement 'to be extended' in UK

Plans exist in the UK to extend eligibility for in vitro fertilization (IVF) on the National Health Service (NHS) to older women, smokers and those with a body mass index greater than 30, it has been reported.

According to the Times, new guidelines for this area will be published in June, reinforcing recommendations made in 2004 by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice).

Nice claimed that all women between the ages of 23 to 39 should have access to three cycles of IVF on the NHS, including the replacement of frozen embryos should a woman not conceive with the fresh equivalent.

Physicians will be asked to consider women for IVF treatment on a case-by-case basis, making no automatic exclusions based upon age or lifestyle choices, it is reported.

Due to current restrictions, the Times claims that three-quarters of the 45,000 cycles of IVF performed in Britain every year are privately funded.

Earlier this month, researchers from the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Netherlands, presented evidence which disputes the belief that women with symptoms of anxiety or depression have reduced chances of becoming pregnant through IVF treatment. ADNFCR-2094-ID-19042705-ADNFCR