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AB Editor | 16:47 Mon 04th Jul 2011 | Family & Relationships
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Should IVF be available on the NHS?

  • No. - 141 votes
  • 59%
  • Yes. - 97 votes
  • 41%

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Any of the above woof.
Apart from contraception as that isn't abortion really; more prevention! Although don't mind if you want to comment on it!
really interesting thread, I'd posted my view in AOG's news thread before this took off. Where I absolutely sympathise with those who cannot have children, I voted no because I don't feel the NHS has the financial capacity to conduct such 'lifestyle' treatments.
It's fair to say it's pushed to it's limits in terms of service and one would have to bracket this, in my opinion, with more luxury treatments such as plastic surgery.
I think 4get said it all when she said, if it came to it (genuinely hope it doesn't) she'd do all she could to find the money.
I'm afraid I think it's a case of , for want of a better phrase, dealing with your own issues. Which leads me to sophies post... I think abortions on the NHS should be for the under 21's only (i.e. less likely to have the financial capacity to pay for an abortion and potentially vulnerable to attempting other methods due to immaturity).
And for the additional poll I'm a young male with no children but wants them one day that could absolutely find myself in this situation one day.
Jan 57 I am surprised you came back at me like you did. I am very sympathetic towards people who long for children but can't have them and understand (though can't empathise) their upset. But I still don't think that the NHS has the responsibility to offer them IVF just because they long for children. As for your statement about my son - totally unnecessary.

I consider myself lucky to have my son. As I said I had fertility problems and my husband dearly wanted a child. We were blessed, but we would still have had a good life and made the most of it without children.

This was a good thread before I opted out to go to bed and I certainly don't think I should have the subject of your bitterness because you haven't any children.
'have been'
And Red. I am not cold in the least. Not all women are besotted with children and having children. I had a very full life and children were not a priority. I had a child at the age of 36 - I was happy to be pregnant and I was at a stage in my life where I knew I could be unselfish and the child would come first and, as I said, my OH, declared he would actually like children. I consider we were - still are very good parents and no child could have been loved any more than we love our son.

This thread was about whether the NHS should pay for IVF treatment, not our individual circumstances or to pass judgement on people just because they don't agree with you.

i haven't had a chance to read all the posts, but the question is rather vague.

should ivf be available via the nhs : yes
should it be free: no (which is currently how it sits)

08:15 Tue 05th Jul 2011"

I agree.
Don't worry I won't be posting on this thread any more, but I had to get it off my chest!
The NHS was set up to deal with the treatment of illness.

Things like cosmetic plastic surgery and gender reassignment have crept in under the umbrella, and we need to have a reassessment of what constitutes illness.
I`m just wondering which costs the NHS the most, IVF or elective caesareans. They seem to have crept in as well.
My first husband couldn't have children and he was devastated but didn't want to adopt. I would quite happily have adopted a child. We could have afforded IVF but decided against it and have both led full and happy lives, albeit not together.
I have also had cancer twice and I would like to ask those who have voted YES how they would feel if they developed life threatening illnesses and there was no money in the pot to pay for treatment?
I lost 5 babies and had my daughter when I was 42rs, and would never have turned to NHS to inpregnate me, it had to be natural or not at all. It is not a given right to have kids. There are many more deserving cases on which to spend the NHS resources. So it's a no from me too.
I think sometimes women become driven by the whole idea of having a baby and the more they cannot have one the more they want one, not always a good idea
those less fortunate i would consider the child that has leukemia, or an incurable illness, and suffers terribly, those are the ones i would rather help. Dementia robs people of their lives, and you don't have to be old to suffer from it, and when there is a cure for all types of cancer, and who knows when that will be, perhaps then the NHS, if it still exists, can do more to help.
I voted no. We tried for over 20 years to have a baby and when I finally became pregnant it was ectopic and I almost died. I had never considered IVF before that and had got my head round things. My husband didn't want to adopt. We considered IVF after the heartbreak of the ectopic as I was an emotional wreck and decided it was my last chance. I was 38. But we only thought about private at that time. I am now 42,nearly 43. Unless you've been through it yourself,you will never know what it does to you and your relationship. I still believe the NHS is for real illnesses,not tummy tucks,gastric bands or having multiple or single babies. You are truly blessed if you are lucky enough to have even one baby naturally.
Seems there's a wonder drug for that could be cheaper than IVF - Clomid
would just like to say to people who jumped at loftie, she is entitled to her opinion and put forward her views in a good way. I havnt myself taken any to heart. I understand when you said you wernt bothered either way that that doesnt mean you didnt want your son. Its just with some they cant see their lives without children. X
and they are obviously very bitter 4get. Thanks for your post. x

I hope your wishes come true. (I might even babysit ;o) xx)

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