Just read this article at times online fron 20th Feb 2009. It seems that the governement guidelines on who is elligible for IVF under the NHS are about to be revised.
Currently many primary care trusts refuse to treat smokers or obese women (BMI over 30). Under the revised guidelines PCT’s will not be allowed to refuse IVF treatment on the basis of these lifestyle factors.
Here is an extract from the article:
The new guidelines will reinforce NICE recommendations that a woman should be aged between 23 and 39 to qualify for IVF will also recommend that clinicians have the final say on treatment. Older people, the overweight and those who smoke should not be excluded, but be considered case by case.