One of the most popular forms of IVF which costs £1,000 extra actively harms the chance of having a child for many couples, according to a new study.
Britain’s leading fertility experts have condemned unscrupulous doctors after a study indicated the technique called intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) makes parenthood less likely for half of all couples.
Developed in the 1990s, the method involves injecting a single sperm cell into an individual egg, rather than simply mixing sperm and eggs in a dish, as happens in standard IVF.
The £1,000 uplift comes on top of the roughly £3,500 couples are charged for IVF if, as is happening more frequently, the NHS refuses to pay.
It is recommended only…