Your entitlement to free drugs for IVF treatment and ICSI treatment is limited to three cycles (or 'attempts') per child. The retrieval of eggs and reintroduction of fertilised eggs in the woman's uterus is defined as one cycle.
If more eggs are fertilised and frozen after egg retrieval, the insertion of stored fertilised eggs is not treated as a new cycle. When a pregnancy has lasted for 26 weeks, delivery of the baby is defined as a birth.
If stored eggs from previous retrievals are used for sibling cycles, this will not be treated as a complete cycle. You will still have to pay a new user fee if you start a new treatment cycle after giving birth.
If a couple wants to have more children, Helfo can subsidise drugs for three new cycles (sibling cycle). This applies both after a birth resulting from successful treatment within the first three cycles; after a subsequent self-financed cycle; and following unassisted fertilisation.
In the case of a change of partner, Helfo can grant reimbursement for three new cycles.
If the couple consists of two women, you can share the three cycles between you. Helfo only grants reimbursement to one woman if both women receive fertility treatment at the same time.