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Cost of living crisis is putting pressure on couples needing IVF

Couples hoping to conceive with the help of IVF are being priced out of the market, all thanks to the cost-of-living crisis

ITV News has reported that a couple from Essex, Louise, and Andre, chose a more affordable clinic that puts the money spent on IVF back into the NHS, but they said the price of treatment had risen by more than £700, from £2,995 to £3,750 – arise of 23 percent.

Louise, 38, and Andre, 44, have been trying to conceive since 2013, and have had to pay privately for treatment as Louise has a child from a previous relationship.

And during the testing process, Andre was diagnosed with testicular cancer and he was infertile. They had to spend £1,000 on a sperm donor.

Louise said: “We’ve had to use credit cards, and borrow money from people. We’ve got to find the money from somewhere if we want to do this.

“When you’ve got a mortgage, a car to run,  it’s really, really worrying.”

The couple believes they have spent about £11,000 on fertility treatment.

Louise said: “We’re still paying off our last treatment and we’ve had to add the next one to the credit card. We literally can’t afford another round.”

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