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Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

Question for Department of Health

UIN HL2641, tabled on 4 November 2014

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, Jane Ellison, on 11 September (HC Deb, cols 664–5W) and on 12 September (HC Deb, col 750W), how it is anticipated that proposed interventions for mitochondrial disease would not impact on the incidence of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.

Answered on

17 November 2014

Further to answers given on 12 September (HC Deb, col 750w) the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has advised that if mitochondrial donation was permitted in treatment it is not anticipated that this would impact on the incidence of ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome (OHSS). This is because any egg donation or collection processes necessary for mitochondrial donation would be carried out at HFEA licensed fertility clinics in line with the guidance outlined in the HFEA Code of Practice. Mitochondrial donation raises no new issues in respect of OHSS as the women who may donate eggs will be subject to the same protocols as those donating to fertility treatment.