Sunderland woman ‘depressed’ after being refused IVF

Gemma Dykes with her partner Kevin Smith. Gemma has been refused IVF treatment because Kevin already has children from a previous relationship.
Gemma Dykes with her partner Kevin Smith. Gemma has been refused IVF treatment because Kevin already has children from a previous relationship.
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A WOMAN desperate to become a mum says a decision to refuse her IVF treatment is leaving her depressed.

Gemma Dykes has been denied fertility treatment on the NHS because her partner fathered two children in his late teens.

The Echo revealed earlier this year how Gemma’s dream of motherhood had been left shattered, and now she says she is spiralling into depression.

Gemma, 31, of Shiney Row, said: “It just seems so unfair. We haven’t given up, but I don’t know where to turn to at the minute.”

Gemma, who is being treated for depression, has contacted her MP, Bridget Phillipson, and is hoping she can gain some support in her fight to change the guidelines.

Gemma and Kevin have been together for six years and had planned to start their own family. After two years of trying to conceive naturally, they sought help from Sunderland Royal Hospital where Gemma was told she suffered from severe endometriosis, which meant her fallopian tubes were blocked and the only chance of having a family would be through IVF treatment. Private treatment would cost £3,000 per cycle – money they don’t have.

Dr Mark Lambert, consultant in public health medicine, NHS South of Tyne and Wear, said: “We know it is distressing for people to be told a treatment is not being made available to them.

“Across the North East there is a consistent approach to the availability of fertility treatment, which takes account of guidance from the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence. NHS organisations across the North East give priority to couples where neither of the partners has ever had a biological or adopted child, which is therefore one of the eligibility criteria for access to treatment.”