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IVF in the UK

Considering fertility treatment in the UK? These are some of the factors that many choose the UK for assisted reproductive treatment.

IVF in the UK

IVF is a process where eggs are fertilized by sperm outside of the body and is used to treat infertility in both men and women. In the UK, IVF is only offered on the NHS if certain criteria are met. If you don't meet these criteria, you may need to pay for private treatment. The cost of IVF can vary depending on the clinic you choose and how many cycles you require. When it comes to fertility treatments, there are a lot of things to consider. How old you are is one of the most important factors. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has released guidelines about the age limit for IVF treatment in the UK, which is that a recommended age limit of 42 years old for women who wish to receive funded fertility treatment through the NHS. Alternatively private treatment with some IVF clinics in the UK the age limit can be up to 50 years. Also in the UK, fertility clinics are regulated by the HFEA (Human Fertilisation Embryology Authority) who aim to ensure that everyone who steps into a fertility clinic, receives high quality care.

Egg donation

When it comes to egg donation in the UK, there are two main options: finding a donor from your clinic, or finding your own donor/donation and using them in your treatment at the clinic. Whichever option you choose, it's important to make sure that the donor is given health checks and supported through the process with information and counselling. This minimises the chance of something going wrong further down the line. If you are considering becoming an egg donor in the UK, it’s important to be aware of the expenses limit. This is the maximum amount that clinics are allowed to pay donors for their time and inconvenience. Donors can receive up to £35 for sperm and embryo donations and £750 for egg donations (per cycle of donation.) Normally, the donor’s expenses should be covered in your overall treatment cost but double check with your clinic. Donors have no legal rights to or responsibilities for the embryos or children which result from their donation. The recipient of the eggs will be the legal parent of any child that may result. When a child that results from treatment reaches the age of 18 years, they are allowed to obtain information identifying the donor.

Surrogacy in the UK

If you are considering surrogacy as an option to start or grow your family, you will want to know about the estimated time commitment involved. As a general rule, you can expect a surrogacy journey to take at least 18-24 months, but it could take longer than that depending on the surrogacy destination you choose and how your personal journey progresses. In the UK surrogacy is legal, but if you make a surrogacy agreement it cannot be enforced by the law and so you will need to get a parental order. You also cannot pay a surrogate in the UK, except for their reasonable expenses.

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