Warsaw fertility treatment programmes helped thousands of citizens to become parents

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Under Mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski, the city announced plans on 13 October to continue financing in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) programmes. City authorities pointed out that nearly 1,700 children were born thanks to the programmes since 2017 and added that Warsaw secured more than EUR 8 million for the purpose in the next three years.

The IVF programme currently underway was launched in 2020 and will end in December this year, with the announced new round to start in January next year. Warsaw authorities reminded that the city started financing IVF programmes five years ago as one of the first such moves in Poland after the government discontinued its programme in 2016.

The initial budget stood at roughly EUR 3.6 million and nearly doubled in the second round in the period between 2020 and 2022 to more than 6.8 million. The latest round further increases this allocation. Warsaw authorities pointed out that more than 5,000 couples took part in the IFV programmes and had nearly 1,700 children. “That’s 1,700 beautiful stories, 1,700 happy families,” Trzaskowski noted and expressed hope that the programmes will result in more happy stories.

According to estimates, infertility affects between 10% and 12% of the population, with roughly 25,000 couples in Warsaw alone. IFV programmes in Warsaw focus on co-financing of procedures and cryopreservation of eggs. The program is available to people under 40 years of age who are married or in partnership and previously had treatment that was unsuccessful.

Deputy Mayor of Warsaw Renata Kaznowska pointed out that universal healthcare does not cover IVF treatments, which are often the only way for some couples to have children. She concluded that IVF is the most widely used and effective method for treating infertility in the world.

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