Scotland leads the way on IVF
Couples struggling to conceive in Scotland are to get another chance to realise their dream of having a child.
At the culmination of National Fertility Awareness Week the Scottish Government has announced it’s leading the way on access to IVF treatments with new eligibility criteria and increased opportunity.
The country’s SNP government has long been committed to increasing the availability of fertility treatment to help couples in Scotland struggling to conceive.
The number of rounds of IVF available on the NHS in Scotland is to increase from two to three while new eligibility criteria will make IVF treatment available to families where one partner has children from a previous relationship.
Over the last four years the Scottish Government has invested around £18 million to reduce IVF waiting times and improve the outcomes for patients undergoing this treatment.“There is a great demand for fertility treatment in Scotland and we want to lead the way on IVF access,” said Clare Haughey MSP, Deputy Convener of the Health and Sport Committee.
“The number of rounds of IVF available on the NHS is increasing from two to three, and that opportunity is being extended to more couples, including those families where one partner already has children.”
Ms Haughey’s comments come at the culmination of a week-long campaign to raise awareness of fertility issues across the UK. Promoted by Infertility Network UK the campaign aims to raise awareness of the struggles faced by a sixth of couple who have difficulty in becoming parents.
According to Network Fertility UK the issues are all too often misrepresented and misunderstood, especially by mainstream media which frequently focuses on the stereotypical idea that it’s a problem mostly for women in their 30s or 40s who’ve left it too late to conceive.
In reality fertility issues are just as likely to be a result of male problems as they are female ones, fertility issues can be experienced by women in their 20s and while IVF is answer for many couples it doesn’t deliver for everyone.