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What should I expect from having In vitro fertilisation treatment in the UK?

Infertility treatment was pioneered in the UK so as you would expect standards of care and expertise to be high. And indeed, thousands of couples has successful IVF treatment on the NHS each year.

However, it has to be said that IVF care in the UK could be so much better. In a recent European study into the availability of IVF treatment, the UK came out nearer the bottom than the top.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends that all women between the ages of 23 and 39 years should be allowed up to three cycles of IVF. The problem is, in many hospitals throughout the UK, you will be lucky to be offered just one free cycle. A postcode lottery is essentially in existence, where your access to IVF is often determined by where you live.

The private IVF sector in the UK offers first class care and treatment with many world class clinics in Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales. However, with one cycle of treatment costing in the region of £3000, this is an option that few couples can afford.

The average success rates of IVF treatment in the UK has now hit the 30% mark which compares pretty favourably with other countries around the world. As advances in technology continue over the coming years, this figure is expected to rise further.

One of the main benefits of having IVF treatment in the UK is the huge amount of fertility support available. As well as your local GP, you will find a number of charities and organisations providing invaluable help and advice on all aspects of infertility. There are also several terrific support group networks in the UK, were you can talk to women who are experiencing the same issues as you.

The internet is also a great source of support with numerous IVF websites, forums, and message boards both in the UK and around the world. Take a look at more details on where to find infertility support in the United Kingdom.

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