Frequently Asked Questions

What do you get from IVF Treatment Abroad?

We hope we have taken part of the hard work away by carefully choosing a small number of select clinics that share our own aims and ethos towards patient care. You will have your very own English personal fertility specialist (me) available to you seven days a week all year round, using all my 30+ years of experience in trying to help you achieve your ultimate dream. I will be providing support along with treatment plans, arranging prescriptions for medications, recommending places in your home country that you can go to for scans or tests, making appointments for you at your chosen clinic or just being a shoulder to cry on should you need that as well. This website has been created, purely to let you know that there are alternatives to having treatment in your home country and that it need not be any more stressful in going abroad to get that treatment. On the contrary, we think that you will find the whole experience a lot less stressful than you might think.

How quickly can I have my first consultation?

An initial consultation can often be arranged quite quickly based on your and my availability. This is normally done via WhatsApp or ZOOM.

How quickly can I start fertility treatment?

IVF treatment using own eggs and either partner or donor sperm can normally be started immediately if all necessary tests are in place, otherwise within a month. Treatment using donor eggs/sperm is determined by the individual needs of the patient. In a few clinics, there are no waiting times other than getting you prepared for treatment but in other clinics or if a specific type of ethnic egg or sperm donor is requested there may be a small wait.

What are the success rates like?

The success rates are as good as anywhere else in the world including America. In fact, we have treated many couples from the U.S. after having had treatment there with no success, only to have them come here and be successful! Success rates will vary from clinic to clinic just as it does worldwide. These success rates are based on true clinical pregnancies i.e., heartbeat seen at first scan, as opposed to a bio-chemical pregnancy which many clinics prefer to publicize.

What is the cost of treatment?

Obviously, this is dependent on the type of treatment and which country you go to. Overall, the Czech Republic, Cyprus and Greece are less expensive than Spain and Portugal, but it is important to discuss what we want to get from a treatment cycle and clinic to ensure that the clinic and country chosen can provide that.

How long do I need to be abroad during my treatment?

If undergoing IVF with your own eggs, then a stay of 7-14 days is recommended to help allow for scans and monitoring of the womb lining and embryo progression etc. The shorter amount of time is feasible when just undergoing the stimulation and egg retrieval part of the treatment in this visit and then a second visit of a few days for the embryo transfer. For egg donation, we suggest that 7 to 10 days is best, although split visits are possible depending on your work commitments and location.

Will flying after embryo transfer affect my chances of success?

No, we have had women fly home even on the day of their embryo transfer and been successful. However, we do suggest that if you have the time to relax as much as possible for a few days afterwards this can only be good!

Do I need a Visa!

If you are a UK citizen, then the answer is no (despite Brexit)! All other EU countries, Canadian, the US, Australia, New Zealand, and many other citizens are allowed to stay for 90 days provided their passport does not expire 3 months after their departure date. Please check your home embassy if you are unsure as to whether you are covered or not.