What is the age cut off on the NHS for IVF treatment?

I am 41 , will be 42 in November and I have recently been to see a Gyn in Barnet Hospital. I had all my test results with me and he agreed to recommend me for IVF treatment . However when he made a few calls he realised that 39 is the cut off age . I have already done a round of IVF privately this year which failed and I was hoping to qualify for a round on the NHS. We have no children. I thought the age limit had increased to 42 , would, anyone be able to advise me please?

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  • Hi fitzmsa. The NICE guidelines have recently recommended that women up to the age of 42yrs should be permitted a cycle of IVF on the NHS providing their hormone levels are satisfactory. Unfortunately though, this is just a recommendation and is entirely up to your local CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) to decide whether they will implement it or not. If you have a look at our website infertilitynetworkuk.com and go to the “NHS Funding” page, you will be able to access template letters to fill in to request funding and also to appeal if you are turned down. They are towards the bottom of the page in “pink” writing. Hope this helps a little and good luck! Kind regards Diane

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