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MoneySaving Poll: Should the NHS pay for IVF treatments?

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Poll started 10 November 2015

Should the NHS pay for IVF treatments?

Currently couples who struggle to have children may be able to get up to three cycles of IVF treatment on the NHS. Yet some regions are discussing cutting that to one cycle or even stopping it altogether.

Should the NHS fund IVF treatments – what is closest to your opinion?


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  • heartbreak_star
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    Just voted, and not really surprised at the results.

    I would think I'm in a rather controversial minority, but I'd rather make adoption more straightforward than fund more IVF.

    (I'm also a believer in some sort of controlled parenting too - be it limiting child benefit or whatever! - and parenting classes where necessary.)

    It will surprise precisely no-one that I'm CFBC ;)

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  • megwump
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    I'm married, without children. I don't think IVF should be provided by the NHS except in extreme cases. I really struggle to understand the logic of providing it, and I think it would be incredibly tough to withdraw it without catastrophic political implications, so I'm not sure we'll see it change.

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    I'm married, without children.

    I thought I would add that IVF isn't always offered on the NHS currently. Our CCG offer 3 cycles but you have to meet certain criteria, which we don't.

    We are looking to privately fund one cycle of IVF next year but it is expensive (10-15k quoted).

    I voted that everyone should still get access to treatment but one cycle only and it should be fair to all.
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  • cat4772
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    Married, with children and struggled to have them. I don't think the NHS should fund up to three cycles of assisted conception. One cycle at a reduced rate (e.g. 50% cost) and then full price for remaining cycles.

    The process for fostering / adoption should be much easier.

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  • Kaza77_2
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    I have just voted.
    I think everyone should be entitled to one free cycle, My partner and I have to pay we have had two cycles of IVF the first was through the NHS which we ended up paying some money towards due to an error on the hospitals side we have since tried our second cycle which was at a private clinic which worked but then sadly we lost a few weeks in and we are now thinking of trying again...fingers crossed.
  • Nicky5404
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    I have just voted.
    I think ivf should be funded. At the moment it's totally a postcode lottery, which really isn't fair.
    Unless you have suffered from infertility you have no idea how painful it really is. Fostering and adoption is great but it's just not the same as having your own child.
  • bylromarha
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    I've voted. I think there are many things which the nhs should review spending on, such as obesity treatment like gastric band surgery, smoking related illness, alcoholism where the person has repeatedly chosen their illness and refused preventative help such as not attending supportive clinics.
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  • heartbreak_star
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    Nicky5404 wrote: »
    adoption is great but it's just not the same as having your own child.

    Adoption IS your own child. You raise them, teach them, nurture them. They just don't pass on your biological bumph.

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  • rinabean
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    bylromarha wrote: »
    I've voted. I think there are many things which the nhs should review spending on, such as obesity treatment like gastric band surgery, smoking related illness, alcoholism where the person has repeatedly chosen their illness and refused preventative help such as not attending supportive clinics.

    Those are all health problems at the end of the day. Not being able to have children isn't an illness and won't end up killing you unlike most of the things you listed. They're also all related to addiction and/or mental illness so I think it's pretty harsh to penalise people for being unable to comply

    I don't think the NHS should provide IVF unless eg someone has just been told they need treatment that will make it their only way to conceive. I think infertility treatment should be funded up to that point of needing IVF
    Adoption IS your own child. You raise them, teach them, nurture them. They just don't pass on your biological bumph.

    HBS x

    My step parents raised me, taught me and nurtured me, but they're not my own parents. I was raised by my grandparents for a time: also not my own parents. When someone permanently adopts their grandchild or their niece or nephew we don't claim it's their own child, either

    If adoption were having your own child it would be most women's first choice but it isn't because it's not.

    Adoption isn't a way to end childlessness but a way to care for children who can't be with their families for whatever reason. And it's not the only way or even the best way according to many adoptees. I used to think about adopting before I heard what they had to say and now I'm against it. (And that's not based on horror stories of evil adoptive parents, either - obviously I don't think I'd be one of those.)

    The care system needs serious help, that's true: we could start with money freed up from defunding IVF
  • carlasavage
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    I don't think it's fair that the NHS only fund IVF for couples. Why should single women be excluded! If it is to be funded, it should not be discriminatory to certain groups of people.
    A man can walk out at any stage of a relationship leaving the kids behind so being in a couple isn't any kind of safety for the upbringing of the child.


    Many people don't necessarily need IVF, they need to read more about how to get pregnant as many are doing it wrong! There is an excellent book about fertility and how to understand cycles correctly. I know many people who got pregnant after reading it. If women were taught the real information at school instead of the generic basics, which most doctors also spout out (as they are clueless too), then there would be more unwanted pregnancies and more wanted pregnances. My doctor had no clue about a luteal phase and didn't know ovulation could change from the generic day 14.
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