IVF

  • IVF Add-Ons – Are they worth the expense?

    Many couples turn to IVF in pursuit of creating a family. These couples put their absolutely trust in their clinic and doctor to provide them with the most up to date and research based treatments and investigations. However there is increasing concern that many of the additional treatments and services offered by fertility clinics in the UK are not research based and are therefore misleading patients, increasing their financial burden and ultimately offering little more than false hope.

    IVF is expensive, especially when less than half the procedures receive NHS funding. Add-ons increase this financial burden. An endometrial scratch, for example, can cost over £300, time lapse imaging up to £850 and pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) in the region of £3500

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    Research conducted at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford (Heneghan et al 2016), aimed to assess IVF Add-Ons offered in all UK Fertility clinics against the following criteria:

    • Are the Add-Ons recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)?
    • Have Randomised Controlled Trials (RCT’s) been conducted to prove that the treatment or intervention is effective?
    • Are there any risks or adverse effects associated with the treatment or intervention?

    Following the assessment of the website of Fertility Clinics in the UK, the researchers were able to identify a total of 38 interventions and classified these as 27 IVF Add-On, 6 alternatives to IVF and 5 treatments for fertility preservation.

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  • NICE guidelines for fertility – what does this mean for you?

    By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse

    The UK in 2013, updated and significantly changed the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for the assessment and treatment of individuals who are having difficulties in conceiving.
     
    If you live in the UK and are trying to conceive, it's important that you understand these new guidelines and what they mean for you. 
     
     

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  • Eleven fertility myths...now busted!

     By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse You only have to spend a bit of time on a fertility forum to read conflicting advice and opinion about many aspects of fertility. How many times have you wondered whether what you are reading is fact or fiction? Here are eleven popular...
  • The cost of infertility

    By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse

    When faced with problems conceiving the furthest thought from your mind is money. Disappointment is most likely to be your initial feeling, followed quickly by anger, resentment and confusion. This is the emotional cost of infertility; an all-consuming state of utter despair. However after a while you pick yourself up, dust yourself down and begin to look at your options.
     
    You probably think ‘We’ll do whatever it takes to have a baby’ but inevitably the reality of your situation creeps in and tough financial considerations have to be made. Have you considered how much you would be prepared to spend in order to conceive?
     
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