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Dorset Couples Could Get Only One Free Go At IVF


7:55am 23rd July 2014

Couples in Dorset may soon only get one go at getting IVF on the NHS.

A consultation's started which will reduce the number of times you can have fertility treatment from two cycles - to just one.

At the moment there is no lower age limit to getting IVF on the NHS in Dorset, and women up to the age of 40 can apply.

Research shows women in their 30's only having a 30% chance of success per cycle, so by giving them just one attempt, we asked Doctor Karen Kirkham from NHS Dorset if that’s further reducing their chances of having a child.

She says with no lower age restrictions younger couples will benefit;

“It really depends on when you access the treatment, and I think that by having a wider age range for treatment in means that the rates of success are better for younger couples wants to have a baby.”

Dr Kirkham says it's about trying to balance the budget;

“IVF is an expensive treatment which can often be unsuccessful so there’s a need to balance that funding around all other services across the NHS.”

If you would like to comment on the proposed changes CLICK HERE.


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