In the news - IVF treatment age limit extension approved by Nice

Childless women between the ages of 40 and 42 are to be given the option of having in vitro fertilisation treatments on the National Health Service for the first time.

In the news

IVF treatment age limit extension approved by Nice


Childless women between the ages of 40 and 42 are to be given the option of having in vitro fertilisation treatments on the National Health Service for the first time. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence will recommend raising the current age limit of 39 after research showed that IVF could benefit women of an older age. Although current guidelines allow for up to three cycles of IVF, the new draft guidelines from Nice will only offer one round of treatment to women aged 40 to 42 who are unable to conceive by any other means.



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