NICE guidelines and fertility treatment costs

NICE guidelines state that patients will be offered up to 3 cycles of IVF or ICSI on the NHS if they fulfil the following criteria:

  • You are a woman aged between 23 and 39 years of age at the time of treatment.
  • One or both of you have had fertility problems for 3 years or more.
  • One or both of you has a diagnosed infertility problem such as a blocked fallopian tube or an absence of sperm.

And your PCT may have additional criteria to these such as not providing funding if you already have a child.

Every PCT will have a waiting list for NHS funded IVF and these will vary across regions. If you are trying to apply for funding then you may find that your local PCT will make a decision based upon the following:

  • If you have had fertility treatment before and if so, how may cycles.
  • If you already have children.
  • Body mass index: many of these trusts will base their decision on the patient’s BMI which is used as an indicator of their weight and risk of obesity.

Note: priority is given to those couples who don’t have any children.

The cost of infertility tests and treatment Guide Index:

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