Women living in Victoria, Australia have welcomed the news that the government will lift restrictions on fertility treatment
IVF treatments were halted for three months as part of a suspension on non-urgent elective surgeries due to the omicron outbreak.
Premier Daniel Andrews said the ban would be lifted on the advice of the chief health officer.
Horsham resident, Mel Cook, 36, told ABC News she was ‘stoked’ by the announcement.
She said: “Obviously, COVID has been a bit of a hurdle and this is just adding another complication to what is already a complicated logistical process but hopefully, all things going well, this will be it.”
Russell Dalton of Ballarat IVF said the news would make a big difference for women with little time left to conceive.
He said: “It’s very important that people understand that the majority of people who choose assisted reproduction or IVF don’t do it by choice.
“It’s a requirement if they are to have a family.”
Dr Dalton said the suspension had created a delay in fertility treatment.
“The waiting list issue will have a rolling impact over the next few months while we try to provide services for what is already a stressed health system.”
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