Many couples experience difficulty in conceiving and after many visits to their doctor’s surgery and being sent on to fertility clinics, they have to face the fact that they may have to consider fertility treatment.
Into vitro fertilisation (IVF) however is an expensive business and so quite a few couples seek to go abroad for their treatment. The average cost of IVF treatment in the U.K. is £5,427 whereas abroad the cost can vary from roughly £2,000 up to £3,500.
IVF treatment is usually considered after several other non-invasive procedures have failed. It’s not something to be taken lightly, and when you’re considering looking abroad for the less expensive treatment, you must make absolutely certain you look into the standards and regulations in the country where you’ll be treated before you agree to the treatment.
Also, it’s important to know that the specialists who are going to treat you are members of endocrinologist organizations or technologies. This means they have completed medical school programs followed by four years residency training in obstetrics and gynecology, and then 2-3 years in fertility which results in board certification.
With so much at stake, it’s worth looking very carefully into all these issues before using your hard earned money on IVF treatment abroad, as you must also consider the possibility that it may take multiple attempts throughout the process, plus the cost of any medication which may be required.
Some people combine having their treatment with their holiday to save on the cost, visiting countries such as Germany, Spain, Belgium and the U.S.A. to name but a few. At the same time, of course, being in a relaxed state of mind can only aid the possibility of conceiving.
If, as a couple, you’re considering donor eggs, once again it’s prudent to be cautious when going abroad. The European Union passed a law last year stating standards expected for the donation, testing and storage of human cells and tissues. However, it’s still up to the individual member countries to regulate compliance.
When looking on the internet for fertility clinics abroad it’s easy to be impressed by their quoted success rates. If a country doesn’t have a central register monitoring fertility clinics’ reported success rates, there’s no way they can be verified by a government body.
The other thing to be taken into consideration with regard to success rates is of course the age of the patients. If they mainly cover an age range of 20’s through to mid 30’s then these rates will be considerably higher than for women in their late 30’s and beyond.
Fertility treatment abroad is now the only option for some older women in the U.K. As with any medical treatment it’s best to find out everything you can about the options open to you. Investigate thoroughly the clinics in the various countries you are considering, and if possible visit the country before you finally decide.
Your desire to conceive should not cloud your judgment causing you to risk your own health and well being.