17 May 2005
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) has released its first set of NHS guidelines outlining the treatments that should be made available to people with fertility problems. Key recommendations include that six cycles of intra-uterine insemination (IUI) should be offered to couples with unexplained fertility problems, slightly abnormal sperm count, or mild endometriosis, and that 3 cycles of stimulated IVF should be offered to couples with have an identified cause of their fertility problems or unexplained fertility of at least 3 years, and where the woman is aged between 23-39. The guidelines propose that a maximum of two embryos should be transferred during any one IVF cycle, to balance the chance of a live birth and the risk of multiple pregnancy and its consequences.
In a press release, NICE Chief Executive Andrew Dillon said: