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Claims for fertility interventions: a systematic assessment of statements on UK fertility centre websites
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    Dangerous IVF tourism abroad

    Online resources predicting the chances of a live birth will educate women and help them avoid unnecessary or even harmful IVF cycles. IVFs are cost effective up to age 43, according to NICE. [1] Ovarian and uterine cancers are increased 4-fold and 5-fold respectively, after IVF treatment, as this excellent long term follow up study of tens of thousands of women clearly demonstrated. [2][3] Serious and debilitating health consequences later on should be remembered when calculating additional benefits of continuing IVF cycles.

    Irresponsible IVF Clinics abroad offer luring fertility tourism packages to UK patients rejected at home, even to women older than 50. [4][5][6] Very few women will proceed in such costly practices, especially after they are correctly and ethically informed about long term health consequences.

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    [1] http://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e3656
    [2] http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00432-015-2035-x#
    [3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26337160
    [4] http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/...
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    NICE guidelines fail to provide evidence on first line fertility treatment
    • Gulam Bahadur, Consultant Clinical Andrologist
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      • G. Bahadur, B Woodward, R. Homburg, A. Al-Habib, A Muneer

    We note the recommendation that NICE together with HFEA should provide fertility guidance on what is offered (1). Although HFEA have no legal jurisdiction in providing guidance, NICE have failed to address several important points in the evidence review for first line treatment options (2). The original NICE document proposing that IVF should be offered over intrauterine insemination (IUI) was controversial to such an ex...

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