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Am I eligible for NHS funding?

Am I eligible for NHS funding?

Sadly, NHS funding is not uniform and the funding you receive can vary massively across the UK. Our Medical Director, Professor Geeta Nargund is actively campaigning to increase the funding offered.

The criteria set out by your local clinical commissioning group (CCG) ultimately decides whether you are eligible for NHS funding for your IVF or fertility treatment.

However, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has set out a series of guidelines about who should receive NHS-funded treatment, and how much.

NICE guidelines

The criteria set out by your local clinical commissioning group (CCG) ultimately decides whether you are eligible for NHS funding for your IVF or fertility treatment.

However, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has set out a series of guidelines about who should receive NHS-funded treatment, and how much.

NICE guidelines

What are the IVF criteria on the NHS?

According to NICE, women under 40 should be offered three rounds of NHS-funded treatment if they’ve been trying unsuccessfully to start a family for two or more years, or if they’ve had 12 or more unsuccessful rounds of artificial insemination.

Your local CCG might also have some of their own criteria; for example, they might only offer NHS-funded IVF or fertility treatment to those who don’t already have children, or to non-smokers.

Same-sex couples can be offered funding for several rounds of intrauterine insemination (IUI), In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), or both.

If you’d like to know whether you qualify for fertility treatment with the NHS, the best thing to do is contact your CCG directly. Your GP can also advise on local funding criteria and whether the IVF cost on the NHS will be covered.

If you’re a woman aged between 40 and 42, NICE suggests you should have one round of NHS-funded treatment if you meet all of the following criteria:
  • You’ve been trying to start your family for two or more years, or have had 12 or more unsuccessful rounds of artificial insemination
  • You’ve not previously had IVF
  • You have no evidence of low ovarian reserve
  • You’re aware of the implications your age might have on treatment.

The decision to fund treatment is made by your local clinical commissioning group (CCG) based on their own specific criteria, please contact your GP to understand more.