Costs and funding
If you need to have fertility treatment you have two options: you can either pay for it yourself or you can see if you’re eligible for treatment on the NHS. Find out more about your options on this page.
The definition of a cycle
Depending on where you are in England, you may be entitled to one, two or three cycles of IVF on the NHS (or, in some places, none). However, this can mean different things in different parts of the country. In some areas one cycle means you get one fresh embryo transferred to the womb and if you have additional, good quality embryos these can be frozen and one, two or more frozen embryos can be transferred to your womb later on. In other parts of the country, one cycle means you only get one fresh embryo transferred to the womb and no frozen transfers. This means if you wanted to freeze additional high quality embryos and use them later on, you would need to pay for this.
Commissioning of fertility services is a very complex area. If you're struggling to get answers you may find it helpful to find your ICB’s policy on infertility, which will outline exactly how much funded treatment is available and for whom.
Find your ICB on a list and then contact your ICB or search for their policy online.
Review date: 1 September 2025