Men and women could be denied Viagra or ovarian cyst operations, under draconian rules allowing fertility clinics to decide who is fit to be a parent and thus eligible for fertility and sexual health treatments.
MPs are furious at a new code of practice for fertility clinics, which says that any medical treatment that might result in children - even unintentionally - could be denied if it was not considered to be in any resulting child's interest.
They say the guidance issued last week extends the right of doctors and nurses to deny couples the chance to have children.
Lawyers specialising in fertility law say the guidance previously applied to interventions such as IVF and insemination with donor sperm. But the code published last week states that doctors offering "any treatment such as surgery or the administration of drugs" at clinics licensed by the he Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) must also take into account the welfare of a future child.
MPs and doctors believe this could mean that men suffering from sexual dysfunction or women with problems such as blocked fallopian tubes would be denied treatment if the clinic thinks it will not be in a child's interests for them to reproduce. …