December 2012

Having your IVF abroad isn't just about better treatment and lower prices. It's because the NHS won't treat you. Across the country, patients are routinely being denied IVF treatment for spurious financial and medical reasons. The IVF postcode lottery puts local GP commissioning groups in charge. Often flouting NICE guidelines, most look for excuses to deny you treatment, particularly if you're 40 or over.

  IVF clinic success rates are important: we rely on them to decide where to go. But looking at the UK’s HFEA website, you need a maths degree to work out which stats matter and which don’t. As the HFEA points out, it's not easy comparing clinic success rates. The numbers are based on other people's treatment, not your prognosis.