In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) services in the Vale of York

Published on Apr 21, 2015

On Thursday 4 December 2014, our Governing Body formally confirmed the go ahead for plans to provide IVF to couples in the Vale of York. To read the CCG’s media release about the Governing Body’s decision click here.

The Governing Body agreed to implement a policy of immediate access to one cycle of IVF for couples who meet the following criteria:

  • Female age: 23 – 39 years old (at the time of treatment)
  • Female BMI: 19 to 29 female for six months prior to a referral
  • Smoking status: Non-smoking couple for six months prior to a referral
  • Existing children: To not have living or adopted children
  • Relationship: To be in a stable relationship for at least two years (including same sex couples) and currently cohabiting

Other criteria:

  • For heterosexual couples: to have had regular unprotected intercourse (attempts to conceive) for  at least two years prior to referral within the same stable relationship, in the absence of any known reproductive pathology
  • For same-sex couples (and other couples for whom conventional methods of conception are impossible or very difficult): The failure to conceive after twelve rounds of donor or insemination, of which at least six will be carried out through IUI, in the absence of any known reproductive pathology. Six rounds of IUI treatment are expected to be self funded in these circumstances
  • Couples who have previously self funded treatment are eligible for one NHS funded cycle as long as they have not received more than two self funded cycles

The CCG Access to Infertility Treatment Commissioning Policy reflects the latest guidelines from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (

Frequently Asked Questions

  • A copy of a list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.
  • For Frequently Asked Questions specifically for same sex couples click here.

Careful consideration will be given to previously eligible couples currently seeking IVF services.  To ensure this process is fair and as effective as possible, the CCG is working closely with local Assisted Conception Units to develop a pathway into services.

Access criteria

Female age – years at the time of treatment The age of women at the time of treatment must be less than 40 years and over 23 years.
Female BMI 19 to 29 for 6 months prior to a referral Body Mass Index within the range 19 to 29 kg/m2 (this means that a BMI of 29.1 is outside the criteria).  GPs should advise patients regarding weight loss support if they meet all other criteria.  Assisted conception treatments will only be provided when BMI is within the range stipulated and has been maintained within 19 to 29 kg/m2 for the previous 6 months.
Partners: both must be:-
Non-smokers for 6 months prior to a referral Both partners must be non-smokers for 6 months prior to a referral.  Non-smoking status for both partners will be tested with a carbon monoxide breath test prior to commencement of any treatment.  GPs should refer any smokers who meet all other criteria, to a smoking cessation programme to support their efforts in stopping smoking.  Previous smokers must be non smoking for 6 months prior to being put forward for assisted conception treatment and register below 5 on the Carbon Monoxide test.
Existing children Neither partner should have any living children from either current or any previous relationships.  The adoption of children confers the legal status of parent to the adoptive parents; this will apply to both adoptions in and out of the family.
If any fertility treatment results in a live birth (and the child is still alive), then the couple will not be eligible for further fertility treatments, including the implantation of any stored frozen embryos.
Stable 2 year relationship To be in a stable relationship for at least two years (including same sex couples) and currently cohabiting.
Having regular unprotected intercourse for the 2 years prior to referral within the same stable relationship Couples must have been having regular unprotected intercourse for a 2 year period, reported to and documented by GP. Attempts to conceive should be based upon using recognised ovulation indicators at the appropriate time in the cycle.
Couples who conceive naturally and who subsequently miscarry up to twice within 2 years will be investigated for recurrent miscarriages.  These women will not automatically received assisted conception treatment unless clinically appropriate as they are able to conceive naturally.
Previous treatment history Any previous NHS funded IVF treatment will be an exclusion criterion.  Couples who have previously self-funded treatment are eligible for 1 NHS funded cycle as long as they have not received more than 2 self-funded cycles.