This particular couple went to Prague:
‘We spent over £20,000 on failed IVF attempts at home, before getting success abroad first time’
After spending more than £20,000 on four failed IVF cycles, Chris and Sarah Burgess were running out of time and money in their determination to have children.
The couple, from Colwyn Bay in north Wales, married in 2005 and wanted to start a family straight away, which was problematic given Chris had had a vasectomy before they met and a reverse vasectomy was only partially successful.
“We were advised that a natural conception would be difficult, if not impossible. The clock was ticking and if were going to do something it would have to be assisted reproduction,” Chris, 67, tells i. Their first attempt using IVF failed in March 2007. They tried again using frozen embryos stored following the first “fresh” cycle, but that produced the same result.
Another two cycles failed the following year. “At that point we were getting a bit desperate and disillusioned,” says Chris. “A consultation with a specialist told us we were ‘scraping the bottom of the barrel’, when it came to the amount of eggs Sarah was producing, so we started looking online to see what else we should do.”
NICE guidelines state that women aged under 40 who have failed to get pregnant after 2 years of trying should receive three full cycles of IVF treatment, and 1 full cycle for some women aged 40-42. But NHS rationing has resulted in a postcode lottery leaving some women living in areas where no funding for IVF is offered. Most areas offer at least 1 cycle.
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