Extra £1,000 for IVF actively harms the chance of having a child for many couples, study finds

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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…



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