The clinic defines success as having a baby and not just getting pregnant. 

A clinic that provides in vitro fertilisation (IVF) is vowing that customers will have a baby following treatment, or their money back. 

Sims IVF Group says that the new refund programme from UK company Access Fertility will give patients "peace of mind" by removing the financial uncertainty that IVF can bring.

The refund is available to all women under the age of 40 who are undergoing the process with the use of their own eggs. It includes three fresh embryo cycles of IVF and unlimited frozen embryo IVF cycles.

Different levels of refunds are available, too. Ranging from 50% to 70% to 100%, determined by the fee which is paid upfront. 

It's understood, for example, that women under the age of 35 can have three IVF cycles with a full refund for €15,000.

Sims says that while the chances of success vary between patients – particularly according to the woman's age – on average about 28% of patients will have a baby after one attempt at standard IVF.

"Our programmes remove the huge financial uncertainty that can turn IVF into a high-risk choice," Ash Carroll-Miller, CEO and founder of Access Fertility said. 

"Our patients can start treatment safe in the knowledge they will either have a baby or get their fee refunded. They will not end up in a situation where they have spent their life savings on unsuccessful treatment."

Dr John Kennedy, medical director at Sims IVF, said the refund programme recognises the fact that undergoing IVF can be a stressful time, both personally and financially.

He said knowing their money will be refunded if the IVF is unsuccessful "allows people to focus on the health and wellbeing aspects of the treatment and their plans for a baby". 

Access Fertility is partnering with a number of IVF clinics in Ireland to make the programme available to couples here.

The programme will accessible in the SIMS IVF group's clinics in Clonskeagh, Dublin and Cork along with Rotunda IVF in Dublin.

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