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In terms of the attractiveness of medical tourism, the Czech Republic ranks among the world's best. One of the reasons is, of course, the relatively low price you pay in relation to the high quality of care you receive. Well, Czech standards of healthcare are just impressive, the IVF sector not excluded. Speaking of advanced laboratory equipment, modern facilities and erudite IVF specialists, we can be sure that Czech IVF clinics are comparable to any found elsewhere in Europe. More than 38 years of experience (the first “test tube baby” was born in November 1982 in Brno) speak for themselves. Also the success rates are above average according to ESHRE annual report from 2016.
Another advantage lies in the legislative environment in the form of liberal laws allowing the donation of both sperm and eggs (strictly anonymous), embryo examination (PGS and PGD), ICSI procedure, assisted hatching and oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing). But beware, these techniques are available only to registered or unregistered heterosexual couples. Same sex couples and single women would not be able to access assisted reproduction legally. Also the maximum age of female patient is strictly limited by the number of 48 + 364 days.
As already mentioned, the Czech Republic is considered one of the most affordable fertility destinations in Europe. The cost of a single own egg IVF cycle can start as low as 2500 EUR while an egg donation cycle may cost around 5000 EUR. It is also important to mention that in the case of acceptance of donor eggs, the patient does not pay the donor's expenses. They are always covered by the clinic (or more precisely, they are included in the total price).
Since the Czech Republic is literally located in the very heart of Europe, the treatment is becoming much more accessible for patients from all over the region. The individual reasons for crossing the Czech border may be various. From long waiting times for treatment in the country of origin (e.g. Great Britain, Canada), through problematic legislation that does not allow freezing eggs (Italy) or excludes anonymity of gamete donors and recipients (Germany). The financial aspect play its role, too.
In addition, the Czechia boasts more than 40 clinics, most of which are located in the country’s capital, Prague. However, it is also worth considering other locations such as Brno and Olomouc. All these beautiful historic cities are very well accessible by air and land, with cheap food and accommodation literally on every corner.
We have established partnerships with many facilities in the Czech Republic. We work with state-of-the-art clinics that have experienced teams with a great attitude , long-term practice and incredible results. Our partner clinics are very accommodating with scheduling and there are enough doctors and staff available to handle the patient load. Personalized, case-by-case approach are the key components that make our partnerships unique.
Azure blue sea, endless beaches, sunny weather, ancient architecture, great food, hospitable and friendly locals… all this and even more comes to mind when we say Greece. Innovative medical services, experienced fertility specialists, high quality clinics and laboratories… this, in turn, goes through the head of many when we say IVF in Greece. And all this together can lead to the beginning of a new life. Honestly, how many times have you heard that being well relaxed helps to conceive? So if you like the idea of holiday combined with your fertility treatment or another type of IVF therapy, Greece is a great choice!
You can choose from at least 50 (39?) clinics in the country, most of which are located in Athens and Thessaloniki. Low cost airlines flying to these destinations make traveling a lot easier and cheaper. However, foreign patients must keep in mind that during the summer months the price of air tickets and accommodation increases due to the tourist season.
In Greece the maximum age for a woman who wants to undergo IVF treatment is 50. For men, as usual, there is no age limit. Heterosexual couples, both married and unmarried, are accepted. IVF treatment is also available to single women. As for lesbian couples, it's a bit more complicated. They can undergo IVF therapy too, but only on the basis of a notarized statement that the future mother is undergoing treatment as a single woman. The catch is that in this case the female partner cannot be legally connected with the child.
What is good about Greece is that the IVF laws are patient-friendly and fairly liberal and the cost of the treatment is reasonable. Combined with more than 35 years of experience, these facts leave only minimal room for hesitation. Regarding other artificial reproductive techniques, gamete donation is strictly anonymous and social freezing is permitted. Sperm, eggs and embryos can be left frozen for up to 10 years. The maximum number of embryos to transfer is 2-3 (depending on the age and number of previously failed transfers). Preimplantation genetic testing (such as PGS and PGD), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and assisted hatching (AH) are commonly used. Sex selection is allowed for medical reasons only. Surrogacy is also an option. However, this arrangement is not available to gay couples.
And now let's move on to the price list. IVF treatment with own eggs oscillates between 3000 and 4000 EUR while the cost of IVF with donor eggs ranges from 5000 to 6500 EUR. Donated embryo turns out to be more affordable than donated egg. Patients who are interested in the "whole package" should therefore prepare around 3000 EUR. Thanks to state-guaranteed anonymity, there is a lot of willing gamete donors of multiple ethnic backgrounds in Greece, so there is practically no waiting list. If you have no further questions, I have one left: When does your medical holiday starts?
When it comes to IVF, treatment in Spain can satisfy the widest range of patients. More than 36 years of experience and especially local liberal laws can be the answer not only for heterosexual couples trying to conceive, but also for lesbian couples (ROPA included) or women who either prefer single parenting or just plan to postpone their motherhood by using cryopreservation techniques. This method partially reduces the risks associated with older pregnancies, which are becoming more common due to today's career-oriented times or simply the inability / difficulty to find the right partner “in time”.
There is also no law surrounding the maximum age for treatment, but the vast majority of clinics will only treat women up to the age of 50 years. However, some fertility centers had established specialized advanced maternal age unit and they treat patients up to 55. The condition is that the patient must undergo a review by ethic committee which gives an approval to the therapy. So if you have exceeded the age limit for IVF in most European countries, do not despair, Spain is your choice!
And this beautiful southern country has another advantage in the number of clinics. There are approximately 240 facilities that offer wide range of donor eggs from different ethnic background (Asian, African American, Hispanic, Indian and Caucasian phenotypes). And if you're wondering which cities are the most frequently chosen for IVF treatment, the answer is quite simple: the most popular tourist destinations in Spain. And these are certainly Barcelona, Alicante, Sevilla, Malaga or Madrid.
A single cloud in an otherwise clear blue sky of Spanish reproductive medicine may be the price you have to pay after receiving your final bill. With pricing from 3500 EUR for IVF ICSI and from 6000 EUR for IVF Donor Eggs there are no doubts that Spain is one of the most expensive IVF destination in Europe. Additionally, patients have to cover the costs of medical consultation with a doctor, potential egg donor expenses and remember that initial advertised prices may not reveal the full cost. But not to hurt them, Spain is also considered one of the leaders in the fertility field. You can expect multilingual teams, the latest advances and technologies, impressive range of medical services, long-term experience, high success rates and last but not the least, an individual approach. And that’s definitely worth a try.
Combine your fertility treatment with holidays in one of the world’s most desired destinations. Friendly visa policy of the Schengen Area, an adequate offer of direct and charter flights from all over the world and the sunny nature of the climate are just a bonus to an already well-chosen location.
Cyprus may be divided politically, may have different currencies and two different languages, but if there is something that is characteristic for both parts - North and South, it is definitely the quality and availability of fertility treatment. Along with a perfect location, liberal laws, affordable prices and travel accessibility, Cyprus has become one of the most popular IVF destinations in Europe. On this beautiful island, un/married couples as well as single women, lesbian couples and those who, for whatever reason, need to take advantage of surrogacy, may undergo therapy hand in hand with a high standard of healthcare and practically no waiting list.
As already mentioned, there are two nations living on this Mediterranean island - Greeks in the south and Turks in the north. But since Cyprus has been divided more than 45 years ago, this political issue does not have much influence on the quality of the services provided and does not really cause problems when travelling across the island/border. But it is important in terms of laws and regulations. So let's take a closer look at the differences between these two locations.
Northern Cyprus, officially the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, is a de facto state that comprises the northeastern portion of the island of Cyprus. Recognised only by Turkey, Northern Cyprus is considered by the international community to be part of the Republic of Cyprus. Thus, although the entire territory of Cyprus is within the European Union, the North is beyond the control of the Greek Cypriots and is therefore excluded from EU law. This is also the reason why the IVF success rates are not known or rather confirmed, compared to the South, where the data are collected by ESHRE - The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. However, this does not mean that Turkish clinics are not doing well. On the contrary, many of them have an excellent reputation. Just before choosing a clinic, it is always advisable to check whether it is fully accredited and regulated by the local Ministry of Health. In return, you will receive care comparable to top IVF destinations such as Spain, but at an affordable price, even if you add the cost of travel and accommodation.
The final price varies, of course, for each patient. Only the clinic can calculate the cost of a particular treatment, but it could be said that the price for IVF own eggs in Northern Cyprus is around 3000 EUR and IVF donor eggs about 5000 EUR. Furthermore, the maximum number of embryos to transfer is 3, social freezing is permitted, with no restrictions on the length on their storage. PGS and PGD are available but beware: since 2016 preimplantation genetic screening can no longer be used for choosing the desired sex of the baby.
If you've ever heard that "age is just a number", in the IVF world that number plays a pretty big role. Under certain conditions, local clinics can legally treat women up to the age of 55 years old. For any woman older than this, special permission can sometimes be applied for their treatment. Thus, the age limit for IVF in Northern Cyprus definitely ranks among the highest. While the law is generous to recipients, there is a strict limit for donors: 18 - 35 years. And what can we find out about them besides age? For example their nationality, height & weight, skin tone, eye & hair colour, blood type, but also their educational background and occupation. All these information help future parents to put together a mosaic of what their child will probably look like.
Almost all desired babies then come from Kyrenia and Nicosia, where most of the certified clinics are located.
“Greek” Cyprus, officially the Republic of Cyprus. One playground, different rules :) As a full member of the European Union, it is governed by its laws and regulations. Likewise, all data about fertility treatment are reported to ESHRE, which then publishes them in its reports together with the results of other member countries. And in this area, the South has the upper hand over the North. Not only by having their data verified, but above all by the level of their success rates. According to the ESHRE report released in 2018, the Republic of Cyprus can boast the highest success rate for egg donation treatments – 59.40%, which is 9% above average. And for many, this is certainly one of the reasons to go south for their therapy. However, they must do so by the age of 50, which is the upper limit for IVF treatment down from the border.
Patients around the world are realising that there is an alternative between government treatment and its endless waiting lists and the very expensive private options in their own country. For example, one round of IVF treatment carried out privately in the UK costs around £10,000 and, with the success rate for the procedure placed at just 22% nationally, the first round is unlikely to result in a pregnancy. Travelling abroad for IVF treatment provides a faster result within a much more achievable financial framework.
There are so many choices you face when it comes to spending your hard-earned money. Don’t let your choice in fertility care be a tough decision. Some clinics bundle common items together and may include a discount or added amenity at no extra cost. And that could save you hundreds of euros.
Be sure to look over the included package items and compare them to individual prices per item, this will ensure you don’t overpay for something you’re not interested in.