The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NIHCE) has reevaluated IVF guidelines and now is offering glimmer of hope for couples in Wales and England grappling with infertility. The group also changed its recommendations for moms-to- be raising the maximum age to forty two years rather than the late 30s.
In the just released report, NIHCE suggested that the guidelines for evaluation and access to IVF should happen sooner versus later for couples who can not conceive and that age limits regarding maternal age can safely rise to the maximum age of 40 - 42. The NIHCE report also highlighted the risks associated with IVF procedures (which helped over 14,000 women become pregnant during 2011) as well as the emotional impact of infertility on couples as reasons for reshaping their policies.
The guideline change included the most prominent members of the medical community within the UK with representation from the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, the Oxford Fertility Unit and the British Fertility Society, and the Birmingham Women's Fertility Center. Many clinicians, researchers, and patients believe funding is the key issue in shaping the guideline changes within the UK and other medical communities.