Misconceptions and Myths about IVF Refund and Multi-Cycle

7th August 2014 in Advice

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Since we launched the UK’s first ever IVF Refund programme, we’ve had a lot of interest from people considering starting IVF because of its benefits, and the media in covering the news.

But there are some myths and misconceptions surrounding the programmes – so here’s the facts about IVF Refund and Multi-Cycle plans we offer through Access Fertility:

Do the IVF Refund and Multi-Cycle programmes have inflated costs?

No. You actually get a substantial discount through the IVF Refund and Multi-Cycle programmes, compared to if you were paying for the same number of cycles and benefits separately. See the comparison table for a snapshot of how much you’re saving – for IVF Refund for example, it’s a least £6,000 compared to paying for three cycles of IVF/ICSI individually.

Can you change your mind once you start treatment under the programme?

Yes. You are under no obligation to complete all the cycles included in your Access Fertility Multi-Cycle and IVF Refund programmes. Under Multi-Cycle, if you’ve only had the first of your two attempts and change your mind, you will only pay for the actual treatment you have received up to that point. Under IVF Refund, you can withdraw once you have transferred any remaining embryos you may have. If you do not have a baby, then you are still entitled to a 70% refund of fees. 

Is the IVF Refund programme really a good option for people?

As a patient-focused clinic we were very careful to partner with a provider that allows us to be completely impartial when it comes to treatment decisions, whilst also offering the maximum benefit to our patients in terms of discounted treatment costs and a money-back guarantee. You will never be recommended a treatment protocol we wouldn’t otherwise have recommended, just because you have opted for an Access Fertility programme. Your treatment remains the same no matter how you decide to fund it. You will always have the programmes fully explained to you, including what happens if you do have a baby after your first attempt.

What about people who get pregnant first try? They pay a lot more under the Access programme?

Whilst the total cost of the IVF Refund and Multi-Cycle programmes are higher than that of a single IVF cycle, no one knows for sure when they start treatment if it will be successful or not first time around. Many patients need more than once cycle to have a family. The risk of failure and cost of treatment is of huge concern to people embarking on private IVF. And so these programmes are designed to give you peace of mind that that treatment is there ready for you, at no extra cost, if you need a second or even a third cycle to have a family, at a substantial discount compared to paying for cycles and benefits individually.

We’ve always been passionate about ensuring private IVF treatment can be accessed by as many people as possible, and the Access Fertility programmes make it an affordable option compared to individual treatments. Your costs are fixed, they are heavily discounted, you have multiple attempts included and if you choose IVF Refund, a money-back guarantee if you don’t have a baby.

Can I enter into an Access Fertility programme even if I’ve had failed cycles before?

Yes. You can choose an Access Fertility programme even if you’ve had treatment before that hasn’t worked. If you wish to opt for IVF Refund, it’s subject to a medical review, but this is nothing to worry about. We will fill out a medical report about you and your diagnosis for Access Fertility to review. The only things which make you ineligible for IVF Refund would be conditions such as Hydrosalpinx (fluid-filled fallopian tubes). For Multi-Cycle, there is no medical review so all patients 42 and under using their own eggs are accepted.

Remember, if you have any queries at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0161 300 2737. We’d love to hear from you if you have any questions or concerns about our Access Fertility programmes.

Last updated: 20th January 2020