Childless couples who are planning to try IVF in order to conceive had better check their postcodes.

That's because new figures show that NHS cuts have left women in some areas of the UK without any access to this valuable form of fertility treatment.

One fifth of local Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) said they had cut the number of IVF procedures they have funded in the past three years, according to research by the health magazine, Pulse.

And some trusts have stopped funding IVF completely.

Campaigners have said that many infertile couples were now being denied a 'fundamental right'.


Guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) says that GPs should offer women under 40 up to three cycles of IVF on the NHS. But figures show that several trusts have cut the number of cycles on offer down to two or one.

Nine PCTs have not funded any IVF treatment for two years, according to the study. These are in the following areas: Luton, Southwark, Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lewisham, Bolton West, Portsmouth, Lambeth, Waltham Forest and West Kent. NHS Warrington has also stopped funding for IVF until at least 2012, and NHS Brighton and Hove has cut the number of cycles to two.

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