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Fertility

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance his Department has issued on the eligibility of a person classified as prematurely infertile for the full 10-year extension of storage of gametes and embryos referred to in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Statutory Storage Period for Embryos and Gametes) Regulations 2009 in circumstances in which that person's infertility would no longer be regarded as premature in the later stages of the 10-year extension; (290931)

(2) what guidance his Department has issued on the age at which infertility in (a) men and (b) women may be regarded as premature referred to in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Statutory Storage Period for Embryos and Gametes) Regulations 2009.

The Department has not issued guidance on the definition of premature infertility. The individual factors of each case would be taken into account by a registered medical practitioner when deciding if the criteria for extending storage periods for embryos or gametes are met. Therefore, it would not be appropriate for the Department, or the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), to give a definition of premature infertility or to specify an age when infertility would no longer be deemed premature.