In an interesting move to increase the number of egg and sperm donors, one UK fertility clinic is offering anyone who donates the chance to nominate a friend or family member for a free cycle of IVF treatment. The clinic carried out a survey which found that the thing that motivated donors more than anything else was knowing someone who was having difficulty getting pregnant – so this scheme aims to capitalise on that by offering them the chance to help someone they know as well as someone they don’t!
The clinic, Bourn Hall, has set up a new website for anyone wanting to know more about becoming a donor and potential donors can visit any of the Bourn clinics near Cambridge and Norwich and in Colchester.
There was an interesting documentary on Radio 4 this morning from Mumbai presented by Linda Pressly about why the Indian government is funding fertility treatment for one group of people. Parsis are one of India’s most successful communities, but their numbers have fallen hugely in recent years leading to concerns about their future. This has led the Indian government to stop in and offer to fund fertility treatment to Parsi couples who need it under a special scheme – see here to listen again http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06s9rzh
Once again this year, the Lister Fertility Clinic is offering a limited number of free IVF cycles. It’s the seventh year that the Lister has offered some free cycles in association with Infertility Network UK, and you can find out more about how to enter the draw to win one on the Infertility Network UK website.
You have until the end of the year to enter the draw, and there are some requirements for qualification. You have to be a UK citizen, under the age of 42 and need to have either been trying to get pregnant for at least two years or have a defined cause for your fertility problem. You should not have any existing children, the female partner should have a BMI between 19 and 30 and you can’t have won a cycle in the past. For more details about the requirements and what you need to do to take part, click here
London’s Lister Fertility Clinic is giving away 25 free cycles of IVF in a draw. There are certain criteria for entry – you have to be under the age of 42 with a BMI between 19 and 30 for women and you must be a UK citizen. You must either have a clear cause for your fertility problem or have been trying to get pregnant for at least two years, and you can’t have any previous children from your relationship.
I went to visit a London clinic yesterday which is offering a number of free IVF cycles to patients as part of a trial for a drug used in treatment. In order to qualify, you cannot have had any previous IVF/ICSI, you must have a confirmed diagnosis of infertility and women must have a regular menstrual cycle, BMI of under 32 and FSH of under 15. Only women of 40 and under are eligible. Couples with unexplained infertility need to have been trying unsuccessfully to conceive for a year if the woman is under 37 or six months if she is over 37.
This is a pan-European drug study and those who take part will get a completely free cycle of IVF treatment and freezing and storage of any frozen embryos is included too.
If you want to find out more about the trial and to see whether you might be eligible, you can call Anna Carby at Boston Place Clinic on 0207 993 0870 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For patients with PCOS, there is another trial offering free treatment for women under 35 who have had up to one cycle of IVF in the past. For this trial, you need to have a BMI of under 29 and there are some ovarian reserve qualifications too. For more details about this trial, email email@example.com
The Lister Fertility Clinic is offering 25 people the chance to have a free cycle of IVF treatment as the centre celebrates its 25th birthday. The free cycles will be offered through the patient support charity Infertility Network UK, and details have just gone live on the charity’s website. There will be a draw to select the couples who will get the free treatment.
There are some criteria you have to meet in order to qualify – you have to be a UK citizen, under the age of 42 with no children including those from a previous relationship. You must have been trying to get pregnant for at least 2 years with a cause of your fertility problems defined by a clinician, neither partner can have been sterilised in the past, the female BMI has to be between 19 and 30 and you have to have the treatment at the Lister during 2014 at a time set by the clinic. You can only make one application per couple. For more details of how to apply, you will need to visit the Infertility Network UK website.