IVF treatment on the rise

20 July 2012

The number of women receiving IVF treatment is rising and waiting lists are down as more women donate eggs, the latest study indicates.

Following the introduction of new rules on April 1st meaning women could be paid £750 for donations, there was a rise in the number of registrations as people sought to take advantage.

The result is that waiting lists for IVF treatment are down, with some clinic that previously had an 18-month wait now boasting no waiting times at all.

Clinician Gidon Lieberman said it is "amazing news" for any couples wanting to undergo fertility treatment.

"The compensation increase was designed to properly compensate women for the time, commitment and invasive nature of being an egg donor, and it’s definitely raised awareness of the need for donors and boosted applications," he told the Daily Mail.

The news comes after gynaecological surgeon Richard Smith, from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and the private Lister Hospital in London, claimed that a new type of fertility treatment that involves a full womb transplant could become a reality within two years.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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