Fertility Treatment Abroad - Things to Consider
posted on 6/4/2010
If the long waiting list or high costs of fertility treatments in the United States are preventing you from getting the treatment you need, you may be a good candidate for getting a fertility treatment abroad. Some fertility clinics in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe can provide certain infertility treatments at a lower price than clinics in the United States, and may give you a reason to enjoy an “IVF vacation” abroad. While success is not guaranteed, you may be putting yourself in a better position of getting pregnant. Here are some important things to consider when considering fertility treatment abroad:
Importation Process of Fertility Clinics Abroad
If you are getting a sperm or egg donor from a fertility clinic abroad, you will need to make sure that the country you are receiving treatment in is able to register the donor’s information, and that you are complying with all types of importation policies. This can be a complicated process, and you may need to seek the advice of a lawyer to make sure you have everything in order.
Confidentiality at a Fertility Clinic Abroad
Every fertility clinic overseas will have its own patient confidentiality clause and process. Find out what happens to your personal information when the clinic closes down or if there is a change in ownership. You will also need to make sure the clinic will maintain your records in a secure environment, and that it has a confidentiality process in place.
Success Rates of the Overseas Fertility Clinic
It’s important to review the different programs and services available at each fertility clinic to determine what treatments are available, and what the success rates are. This can be difficult to define – some fertility clinics abroad will post a percentage based on patient data, while others will rank different treatment success rates based on experience.
Patient Testimonials at the Fertility Clinic Abroad
Find out if you can review testimonials of patients who have received fertility treatments at the fertility clinic overseas, and what type of post-treatment and aftercare services were available to them. In many cases, patients who are traveling to the fertility clinic for a short-term visit will be able to book follow up treatments and after care services as a series for their extended stay vacation. Find out what this process involves, and how satisfied patients were with their experience.
Accreditation of the Overseas Fertility Clinic
Finding a reputable fertility clinic overseas can take time, and one of the first things you can do is check for accreditation. Find out what the clinic’s track record is, and how many years of experience the fertility specialists have. You may be able to find this information on the clinic’s website, marketing materials, or by contacting the clinic directly.
Costs of Fertility Treatments Abroad
In addition to your fertility treatment package, you will need to calculate the costs of flights, accommodations, tests, aftercare services and fertility drugs you will be expected to take for the long-term. Make sure you have all of this information before you make your appointments so there are no major surprises.
Learn more about fertility treatments in our information guide, or consult with a fertility specialist in your area to discuss your options and ask for a recommendation for a fertility clinic abroad.