LGBTQ+ Fertility Treatments – January 2022

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about fertility treatment.

As you know, in England, decisions about local NHS fertility services are determined by clinical commissioning groups, taking account of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) fertility guidelines. Local National Health Service bodies are expected to commission fertility services in line with the NICE guidelines so that there is equal access across England.

The existing NICE fertility guidelines include provisions for same sex couples who have demonstrated their clinical infertility through six failed cycles of artificial insemination. The criteria in the guidelines were developed as a way of achieving equivalence between opposite-sex and same-sex couples in establishing clinical infertility and accessing National Health Service fertility treatment services. NICE has begun a scoping process for the review of these guidelines.

No couple should face disproportionate or unequal costs in their efforts to overcome fertility issues. I am pleased that NICE is looking at reviewing the existing guidelines.

Thank you again for contacting me.

Sincerely,

Richard Fuller