IVF Vacations Abroad Gaining Popularity

Caribbean beachAs the costs for IVF and similar infertility treatments skyrockets in the US, cash-strapped patients are beginning to look abroad for more affordable medical care. The medical tourism trend has been popular for a while, with people going overseas to countries like Thailand, Italy, Spain, Canada and South Africa for affordable tummy tucks and cheap face lifts. Medical travel overseas for infertility treatments is merely one part of the larger medical tourism trend.

Thanks to IVFvacation.com and agencies like it you can now book a trip to the Czech Republic to get infertility treatments like IVF, ICSI, PCG and egg donation.

The benefit of taking an IVF vacation can be summed in three words: It costs less. How much less? According to this article, “By traveling abroad for fertility procedures, women can pay thousands of dollars less than what they’d spend at home.” Not a bad deal for price-conscious consumers.

One American couple who traveled to the Czech Republic for IVF treatments was able to spend two weeks abroad, “including the cost of donor eggs, drugs and procedures, as well as airfare, transportation, food and accommodation for two,” according to this MSNBC article. The total cost of their fertility holiday abroad was about $12,500. Shortly after returning home to the US, the couple learned they were pregnant.

Still, going abroad for infertility treatments has its drawbacks. Going to another country for an IVF vacation means you’ve left the regulatory sphere of the US, meaning you may not have the same success rates as US fertility clinics. You may not know how egg donors are recruited, or how fairly they are compensated. Doctors are probably not members of the same professional societies as their United States counterparts, and may not have undergone the same training.

5 Responses to IVF Vacations Abroad Gaining Popularity

  1. Egg Donors January 23, 2010 at 5:59 am #

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  2. Gravity Gardener March 20, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    Some IVF companies are addressing this problem by donating IVF treatment cycle to couples looking to conceive. Over the past decade these groups have provided this service as a way to assist couples wanting a baby. As a result, there are several success stories of would be parents that owe their ability to have a baby to these groups and are ever grateful for the opportunity they were given.

    With the costs of IVF treatments going into the tens of thousands of dollars, there are IVF treatment centers who offer a "freebie" to partners who may be lucky enough to win the opportunity. In addition, there are treatment centers like the Cleveland Clinic offering a second treatment to couples making less than 100K who have paid for their first one but were unsuccessful.


  3. Darya Mikhailova, MD May 28, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    Great post, Andrea! Yes, as with anything else in this world, there are pros and cons to medical tourism IVF treatments. Personally, we feel there are a lot more pros.

    Buer beware applies not only to couples who are considering IVF treatments outside the U.S. Even if you are in the U.S., you have to do your home work to identify a great clinic and RE. If you decided to consider treatments abroad, make sure you check credentials of your doctors. Ask the clinic whether they belong to local or international IVF organizations and/or accredited by certain IVF accreditation agencies (e.g. CAP in the U.S., and RED in Latin America). We work only with U.S. accredited clinics. Which means or of our claims and processes are validated here in the U.S.

    If you use a Medical Tourism Agent, make sure the contract you sign with the agency spells out what you are receiving for the money you pay. Ideally, you want to visit the facility prior to you treatments. However, normally it would be cost prohibitive. That's why medical tourism companies do that….. on your behalf. So ask your medical tourism company whether they visit the clinic. We, for instance, have offered our clients to reimburse their airfare, if they come to the clinic and choose not to go through with their planned treatments.

    There are great clinics with success rates as high as those by leading U.S. clinics, you just have to know them. I'll be happy to answer any other questions in regards to the process.


  4. Tertia October 2, 2010 at 6:25 pm #

    South Africa is a great option for those considering egg donation and offers many advantages for potential parents, including:

    • Affordable, excellent quality medical care. Fertility Clinics in South African have success rates comparable with the best in the world. And of course, it helps that Cape Town has been described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world!
    • The largest, most diverse group of altruistic egg donors available.
    • Viewing the egg donor database is free – there is no registration fee to view the donors.
    • The donors are comprehensively screened by the most experienced professionals in the field. Full information regarding physical attributes, personality, reproductive health, genetic history, medical history and family history details is provided
    • All the donors listed on the donor database are available immediately, there is no waiting list
    • Vast experience in facilitating egg donor IVF for international patients – 50% of our patients are from abroad. International patients are able to access top quality donors, first class medical treatment at a world class destination. All for less than the price of a donor egg IVF back home.
    • We do not discriminate against anyone – we are gay friendly, single parent friendly, we even work with straight, married couples!

    Contact Details for Nurture Egg Donor Program
    Contact Person: Tertia Albertyn
    Contact Number Local: 0824418639
    Contact Number International: (+27824418639)
    Website: http://www.nurture.co.za
    E-mail: info@nurture.co.za

  5. Clair April 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    Hey there, Iam from Holland and very interested in this subject, can some of you can please fill me in.