Access to NHS funding in England varies according to your postcode with the number of cycles and access criteria being determined by the local CCG.

The updated NICE Clinical Fertility Guideline published on the 20th February 2013 recommends that women aged up to and including 39 should access three full cycles of IVF treatment; it also recommends that women aged between 40 and 42 who have never had IVF treatment and who do not have a low ovarian reserve should be able to access one full cycle of IVF. However in reality this is only a guideline and is not mandatory in England. This is despite the fact that in October 2014 NICE published a new Quality Standard and called for an end to the postcode lottery of IVF treatment in England. Recent statistics produced by Fertility Fairness has shown that over 80% of CCGs fail to provide the recommended cycles.

Nice Guideline

Quality Standard

Funding Eligibility by CCG

If you are unsure which CCG you come under, you can use the NHS CCG directory NHS England to search by location and/or postcode . Remember, your CCG is determined by your own GP Practice address rather than your own home address

Click the below link to download the latest data on the fertility funding available to you:

Fertility Treatment Funding Eligibility by CCG

When you open this file, click ‘Read Only’ to bypass the password.

We try to keep this file as accurate as possible but check your eligibility with your CCG as well. If you are aware of any changes in your area, please notify us at

Write to your CCG

We have also written some template letters which you may find helpful and which you can personalise to suit your circumstances. Click on the links below to download the documents. You could also copy your letter to your MP or write separately to him/her – visit our campaign section for more details of our campaign for fairer access to NHS fertility treatment.

Template letter to CCG to request funding

Template letter to CCG to appeal following refusal of funding

NHS Funding for those in the Armed Forces

If you or your partner are a member of the Armed Forces, a separate policy applies to you.

Armed Forces Policy