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Free IVF Treatment in Israel

Posted by NHFC

According to a recent New York Times report, Israel maintains its status as the capital of in vitro fertilization due to a unique treatment policy, which provides free and unlimited IVF procedures for women up to 45.

In the United States, IVF numbers tend to remain low, presumably due to the high costs associated with the procedure.  Israel, on the other hand, has prioritized IVF treatment as one of their main public health expenditures in order to promote and support the institution of family, and as current critics would argue, "counterbalance the the high fertility rates of families in Palestinian territories" (source: Huffington Post). Israel's policy has also inspired an ethical debate for those who believe the government's policy places pressure on women to have children as the accessibility of IVF treatment is promoted, with others who believe the approach turns the process of child-bearing into a commodity.  These ethical questions are prominent within the field of fertility care around the globe, with other such discussions arising from UK's upcoming IVF lottery.

Whether or not Israel's IVF policy is a religious and political issue remains to be seen; however, the idea that IVF coverage exists undoubtedly sparks the interest of those individuals who would otherwise seek IVF treatment if coverage and cost were not such an issue.

At New Hope Fertility Center, we strive to make IVF more accessible with our low medication protocols, which lower overall treatment costs and decrease discomfort.  You can read more about our Natural cycle and Mini-IVF™ treatments here.

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Topics: Natural Cycle IVF, IVF Medication, Fertility, Medication, Law, International Law, Mini-IVF, IVF, Infertility, Conventional IVF

Trending away from Multiple Births

Posted by NHFC

Conventional wisdom is, more and more, coming around to accept the fact that the single biggest risk factor for women undergoing IVF treatment is a multiple birth. Risks that are commonly associated with multiple pregnancies are: pregnancy complications like miscarriage, higher need for special neonatal care, premature babies and low birth weights, neonatal mortality (19 deaths/1000 within the first month for multiple-birth babies, as opposed to only 3 for single-birth babies), increased instance of cerebral palsy (6.2 cases/1000 live births for multiple-birth babies, as opposed to only 1.7 for single-birth babies). For mothers, multiple births can lead to pregnancy-induced high blood pressure (hypertension), pre-eclampsia, pregnancy diabetes, assisted or interventional delivery (i.e caesarean), and mortality.

As more and more numbers come out to show that decreasing multiple births can also make IVF treatment safer for patients and babies alike, the UK government has stepped in to encourage IVF clinics to use single embryo transfers and has set goals for assessing their progress. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) published figures that show that the reduction of multiple births is, indeed, being reduced, down to 24% as of March 2010 and looking to be on target for being down to 15% by March 2012. Eventually, the hope is that multiple births will account for not more than 10% of the overall births from IVF. What is most important to note is that even while reducing the number of embryos transferred in procedures, the overall birth rate has not gone down -- so women are receiving the same success rates with less risk factors.

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Topics: Single Embryo Transfer, Law, New York, New Hope Fertility, Natural IVF, Conventional IVF

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