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Australians go to Europe for IVF with donor eggs

You have been diagnosed with infertility. You would do almost everything to become a parent and create a happy family. You are looking for IVF treatment with donor eggs. And if you are based in Australia you know very well that egg donation in Australia can be really difficult and expensive. If you don’t think treatment at home is the right option for you, it is time to consider affordable egg donation in Europe and follow hundreds of Australian couples who travel there to make their dreams come true.

Why do so many Australians travel to fertility clinics in Europe?

We at EggDonationFriends know that the decision to have IVF treatment with donor eggs is not easy for many couples and the egg donor shortage in Australia makes this even more difficult. Nowadays, 1 in 33 Australian children born each year is a result of IVF treatment. This is approximately 10,000 babies each year. There is a definite demand for more donor eggs for Australian couples and if donor oocytes are not available in Australia, the solution may lie abroad.

The number of patients who travel for egg donation from Australia is increasing by 10-15% every year. As you might know, a few years ago, Australians used to fly to the United States to get IVF treatment. However, nowadays, egg donation costs in the USA are becoming too expensive for many patients and the waiting times are too long. Fertility clinics in Europe are a solution for those Australians who would like to become parents on better terms and without breaking the family budget.

EggDonationFriends have collected some data on some of the most popular destinations for Australian fertility patients.

Top IVF destinations chosen by Australian patients

Popular destinations for ivf treatment abroad

If you haven’t heard about the benefits of European fertility clinics, EggDonationFriends are here to help. In the past, highquality, modern fertility clinics in Spain and the Czech Republic were the best kept secret of Europe. Nowadays, as so many British, German, Swedish and Australian fertility patients visit European countries for their fertility problems, Europe has become a very popular IVF destination and a common topic on IVF Internet forums such as babycenter.com.au, bubhub.com.au or bellybelly.com.au. Egg donation in Europe is affordable, high quality and easily accessible. Compare the costs of egg donation treatment in Europe and the USA.

 Czech Republic SpainCyprusGreeceUkraineUSA
average egg donation cost per cycle4,638 EUR6,226 EUR4,909 EUR4,922 EUR5,252 EUR16,000 /28,000 EUR
average egg donation success rate57%63%67%64%60%60%
age limit for eggs recipient485047 (North Cyprus),
50 (South Cyprus)
50No age limitNo age limit

Bear in mind that the above costs, while including donor fees, medication and legal fees, do not include IVF, insurance, travel or any other unforeseen expenses which may occur.

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Why do so many Australians travel for egg donation to Europe?

You might think it too much effort to travel to a different continent for fertility treatment. However, there are 4 good reasons Australians are increasingly choosing European countries for their IVF treatment with donor eggs:

  1. Egg donation treatment in Europe is more affordable. It can be as much as three times lower than in the USA. Egg donation in European fertility centres is more affordable because the cost of living in Europe is much lower compared to the US, and so medication, treatment costs and staff expenses are also Importantly, in the USA, egg donors receive from $8,000 and 15,000 (7,500-14,000 EUR) as compensation, whereas egg donors in Europe receive on average 1,000 EUR.
  2. Anonymous donors and no waiting lists. You can start your egg donation treatment at a date most convenient for you; you can even start immediately. As you may know, egg donors are not anonymous in Australia. According to Australian regulation, egg donors can be legally traced should their future children wish to meet their genetic parents or siblings and, as a result, few Australian donors, female or male, are willing to donate. In Europe, the regulations are entirely different. For instance, in the Czech Republic, Spain, Ukraine, Greece or Cyprus egg donors remain anonymous so many young women and men come forward to donate their eggs or sperm to other couples who dream about becoming parents. Additionally, many larger European fertility clinics have their own egg donor database and most work closely with egg donor banks on a regular basis.
  3. High success rates. Success rates for IVF treatment with donor eggs are high – the average egg donation success rates in European fertility centres vary from 57% to 67%. Moreover, egg donors in Europe are in their prime (usually below 30) and in perfect health.
  4. If you are based in Australia, you can easily fly to any European country. According to Skyscanner, you can travel to Prague from Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney or Adelaide. Some of the airlines which fly to Europe are British Airways, KLM, Czech Airlines, Korean Air, Emirates, Delta, Qantas, China Eastern, and Sichuan Airlines.
 SkyscannerFlightcentre.co.aucheapflights.com.au
Australia – Czech Republicfrom 974 EURfrom 1,424 EURfrom 992 EUR
Australia – Spainfrom 972 EURfrom 1,565 EURfrom 1,148 EUR
Australia – Cyprusfrom 1,029 EUR from 1,426 EURfrom 979 EUR
Australia – Greece from 899 EUR from 1,245 EURfrom 973 EUR
Australia – Ukraine from 1,130 EURfrom 1,575 EURfrom EUR 1,118
*2-week stay in May, 04.05-18.05.2017, data from 06-11.04.2017

The pricing above may vary and if you find cheaper deals, we’d love to hear from you. Try EggDonationFriends’ tips and tricks for booking great deals on cheap flights:

  • Check weekday ticket prices. Most passengers search for flights when they are off work, usually during the weekend. Most airlines are aware of this and raise their prices at the weekend.
  • Follow the airlines you’re interested in on social media. All special discounts are announced there first. But be quick, these special deals are on a first come first served basis and rarely last long.
  • Check the details and price of the flight and make notes. Then re-check the following day to check for any price drops. Do not leave purchasing tickets to the last moment. Be smart and book at least 6 weeks in advance.
  • Mix & match. If a return ticket seems too expensive, book two one-way flights separately. You may save some money.
  • Search by ticket prices, not by destination. If you are hesitating between choosing a fertility clinic in Spain or Greece, try kayak.com/explore to get best deals for European cities and then pick the cheapest destination.
  • Book a red-eye flight or get tickets for a Wednesday morning flight. Experienced travelers recommend either of the two.

Why is egg donation in Europe more convenient for Australians?

On the whole, European egg donation regulations are slightly more liberal and more convenient for patients than in Australia. That is why smart Australian IVF patients who are determined to become parents choose Spain, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Greece or Ukraine. Here is what you should know about egg donation in Europe:

  • Countries which are extremely popular destinations among Australians have different laws. According to regulations in those countries, a woman who gives birth to a child is their legal mother: very straightforward and convenient for egg donor recipients like you.
  • Recipients and egg or sperm donors are fully anonymous.
  • Sex selection is legal in some countries, e.g. Cyprus, and in others only permitted under unique circumstances, for example, to prevent a serious genetic disease. This means that when the doctor discovers that there is a chance of the baby inheriting a genetic disease which is linked to a specific sex, they may advise sex selection to avoid complications.
  • Depending on the European country, you will receive varying levels of detail in the data about the egg donor. Some countries provide very extensive egg donor profiles: some give less data. If you want to know more, go to Egg Donation Friends Guide.

UPDATE: 09.2018

Given the distance between Australia and Europe, many patients are questioning our consultants if it is even possible to arrange treatment in the way that frequent flying back an forth would be eliminated? The answer is – YES, it is possible.

Many european clinics are offerring initial on-line consultation. All the arrangments with tests, medication and check ups are done in home country prior physical visit at the clinic which is limited to one time period of 7 to 16 days (depending on the therapy followed and treatment plan established by doctors). If you are curious how the process of IVF with donor’s eggs is being conducted and which aspects are crutial, then definitely you need to read: Donor eggs IVF treatment process abroad revealed – what to know to save time, energy and money. Thanks to this article you will know all about the process of IVF with donor’s eggs and what is essential in communication with the clinic and what is often missing in such communication.

Keep in mind that your goal when starting the theraphy is to be pregnant and not saving time and cutting costs. Simply, even given high tech technology, some aspects of IVF cannot be conducted in distance. Note that your OB-Gyn is able to help you with preparation for the treatmant by cooperating with doctors from the clinic of your choice. Most of the clinics are open to such direct cooperation with local doctors.

Egg donation in Spain

The egg donation clinics in Spain listed on EggDonationFriends.com have an average egg donation success rate of 63%. This is confirmed by statistics from the Spanish Fertility Society. Numerous Spanish IVF clinics offer egg donation programs which conform to ISO standards. In Spain, IVF costs with your own eggs start from 4,500 Euros. The average IVF cost with donor eggs is only 6,267 Euros, much lower than in Australia. This means you won’t break the bank when deciding on treatment in Barcelona, Alicante or Madrid.

IVF clinics in Spain have many patients from overseas, especially Australia. That is why they offer additional services such as online consultation, airport or hotel pickup/drop off or the possibility of contacting the clinic in an emergency.

fertility clinics europe

IVF Spain staff with IVF AWARD 2016 certificate

Egg donation in the Czech Republic

Czech fertility clinics are also a popular IVF destination among Australian IVF patients who are searching for egg donation program with high success rates at an affordable price. In most Czech clinics you can have IVF treatment with either fresh or frozen eggs. The average IVF egg donation success rate here is approximately 57% and the average egg donation price is 4,638 EUR. Experienced Czech fertility specialists are trained in most recent egg donation procedures and work with state-of-the-art equipment. As mentioned above, according to Czech law, egg donation is anonymous. International patients can receive only basic information about egg donors, without the donor’s pictures. Usually, there are no long waiting times for an egg donor, as many Czech infertility clinics have their own banks of donor eggs.

If you are considering undergoing an egg donation procedure in the Czech Republic, you might also visit such beautiful Czech cities as Prague or Zlin. Transport in the country is convenient and comfortable. The Czechs are friendly and there are numerous places worth seeing.

 IVF clinic Czech Republic

ReproGenesis, IVF clinic in Czech Republic

Egg donation in Cyprus

Fertility clinics in Cyprus boast an average egg donation success rate of 67% and the average cost of egg donation is 4,909 Euros. This cost does not include medication but it may include clinic-hotel transfers and the initial consultation. It is a fertility destination for international patients from the UK, France, Germany and other countries. IVF patients visit egg donation clinics in Cyprus, not only because of their high-quality treatment, minimal waiting times and a good choice of young healthy egg donors, but also for the sunniest climate in the Mediterranean. Many patients say the warm climate has a positive effect on their mood during this difficult and sometimes stressful time.

fertility centre cyprus

Fertility Center Akeso in Cyprus

Other frequently chosen IVF destinations

Egg Donation in Greece

Greece is also a great destination for affordable egg donation in Europe, with as many as 60 IVF clinics to choose from. The average egg donation success rate is similar to other European destinations at 64%. Donating eggs is anonymous, and there are no waiting times so you can have your treatment at a time most convenient to you. Egg donors are meticulously screened (hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, syphilis) to ensure patient safety and top quality oocytes. The average cost of egg donation in Greece is 4,839 EUR, making this country one of the most attractive places to have treatment and conceive a child. If you want to save up to 70% on your fertility treatment abroad, check the list of affordable IVF clinics in Greece.

fertility clinic greece

Mediterranean Fertility Institute in Chania, Greece

Egg Donation in Ukraine

In Ukraine, surrogacy and other fertility treatments are legal under national law. Ukrainian fertility clinics reach high success rates of IVF with donor eggs at 60%, just above the European average. Australian couples usually go there because of:

  • affordability – IVF costs start from 1,500 Euro for a single cycle, and, with egg donation, from 3,500 Euro for a single cycle; the average cost is 5,343 EUR
  • no age restrictions for IVF patients in some clinics
  • no waiting times.
ivf clinic ukraine

ISIDA Clinic in Kiev, Ukraine

Egg Donation in Portugal

Egg, embryo and sperm donation is legally permitted in Portugal fertility centres. However, assisted reproduction is reserved only for married couples who are not of the same sex. The average cost of IVF with donor eggs is about 6,000 EUR, with average success rate of egg donation of 58%. Most major airlines fly to Portugal and finding comfortable, affordable accommodation is not a problem. You can book a room from 25 EUR to 100 EUR a night. Portuguese fertility clinics focus on international, English-speaking patients so there are few language barriers.

ivf clinic portugal

AVA Clinic Lisbon, Portugal

If you hadn’t considered travelling to Europe for egg donation before, now you know. It is a common practice among infertile couples in Australia looking for smarter, better solutions, and affordable prices. Let EggDonationFriends help you find price-friendly, high-quality egg donation in Europe. Simply spend 2 minutes completing our Clinic Matching Test and save hours of endless Internet searching. We’ll do the legwork for you. After we receive your form, EggDonationFriends consultants will get back to you with the 3 best offers from top rated IVF clinics. Fill in the form today and make a smart decision on your journey to parenthood.

 

9 Comments

  1. Hi, I’m curious to know why you haven’t listed South Africa at all, I run a website in regard to egg donation in Australia and a Facebook support group purely for recipients looking at/or have gone overseas and many have been and are going to South Africa.

    And if your stats are from forums like bub hub, there are many going to South Africa on there as well…

    Thanks Dianne

  2. My family is from Australia and they went to Cyrprus for their ivf. They couldn’t do it in australia I figure.

  3. Hi, Dianne. Thank you for your comment. Yes, indeed some Australians travel to South Africa, however, they are mostly interested in Caucasian white egg donors so Europe is a convenient and affordable destination for them.

  4. In January me and my wifey started looking for best fertility clinics. Europe IMHO has the best clinics in the world. and the most pocket-friendly ones. We seriously consider Spain or Greece.

  5. Hi my wife and inare researching from Australia .. We would love to hear from anyones experience particularly in Spain and Greece . Is there a clinic in Spain / Greece that does egg and sperm donoation?
    IVF Spain mentions Alicante alot, is that the better option than the clinics inBarcelona and Madrid?

    • Hi Phil,
      most IVF clinics in Spain and Greece do egg and sperm donation. You can find them here: IVF clinics in Spain and fertility clinics in Greece. The clinic you mentioned, IVF Spain, is located in Alicante. We also list clinics that are located in other Spanish cities. To find the best clinic for your needs fill in our free Clinic Matching Test – and we will recommend you max. 3 clinics which do egg donation.
      You can also contact each clinic via Contact button on their clinic profile or get in touch with our International Patient Coordinators via online chat. We will also e-mail you in case you need more information. Good luck!

  6. Hi, we are in Australia and have just begun our search for egg donation treatment. Our fertility specialist provided options of treatment abroad in both Spain and South Africa. Interestingly he also provided the option of having treatment in Australia with imported vitrified eggs. There are a couple of independent clinics in Australia offering this, it might be a viable option for some.

    • Bethel,
      good luck with your egg donation treatment! If you need more info, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

  7. We’re from Sydney and also looking into the option of egg donation. Australia doesn’t seem to be the best place to find a donor.we want an anonymous donor.

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