What are the most popular Egg Donation Abroad destinations for donor egg IVF treatment – Spain or maybe the Czech Republic? Or maybe Greece, Ukraine or Poland?
How can you compare the different destinations and overseas IVF clinics – based on price, treatment quality, or success rates? How many eggs are guaranteed and is that it really important? What are the cheapest countries for IVF? Let us help you with these questions. These questions are addressed below.
Increasing numbers of international patients are considering undergoing high quality and successful fertility treatments at overseas clinics and fulfilling their dreams of having a baby. The vast majority of them are patients who travel overseas to undergo IVF or IVF with donor eggs. Below you will find the information you should take into consideration when choosing the Country and clinic in which you will undergo treatment.
Why do patients travel abroad to undergo IVF with donor eggs?
- The national law restricts access to egg donors and egg donor programmes
- The age limit of egg recipient can be higher in countries abroad
- Types of egg donor IVF arrangements. Many patients search for IVF clinics abroad because of non-anonymous egg donation policies and practices in their home country
- The high costs of IVF, IVF ICSI or IVF with donor eggs
- Fertility clinics abroad offer high-quality treatment and achieve higher IVF success rates
What are the main differences between IVF countries?
|IVF law restriction comparison|
|IVF country||Age limit for patient||Single woman||Lesbian couples|
|Spain||50 (some clinics may support patients up to 52)||Yes||Yes (ROPA)|
|Czech Republic||48 plus 12 months||No||No|
|Greece||50||yes||Yes (only if they are treated as a single woman - a notary statement is needed)|
|North Cyprus||58 (over the age of 55, the approval of the ethics committee is required, over 45 - the Ministry Of Health approval is required)||Yes||Yes|
|Ukraine||No limit (not specified by legislation, decided by each clinic individually)||Yes||No|
|Poland||No limit (not specified by legislation, decided by each clinic individually)||No||No|
|Russia||51 (some clinics may treat older woman at their own risk)||Yes||No|
|Latvia||No limit (not specified by legislation, decided by each clinic individually)||Yes||Yes (only if they are treated as a single woman)|
Professional IVF centres from various countries offer fertility treatments for international patients. Below you can find a list of the most popular destinations which allow for IVF treatment using eggs from an anonymous donor.
Egg donation abroad – which country shall I choose?
Countries with the greatest number of egg donor programs and which are the most popular destinations according to international patients:
Should I be aware of treatment quality and customer care levels abroad?
No, not at all. International clinics provide high levels of treatment and customer care. Patients from abroad often constitute up to 50% of all patients. Fertility clinics abroad offer various additional services such as transfers to and from the airport, online/skype consultations, travel and accommodation, bespoke personal services and so on.
The choice of the destination depends mostly on personal preference in addition to legal restrictions on donor egg use, donor matching processes and the cost of egg donor IVF as these can all vary country by country. If you are considering undergoing egg donation in Europe, what you should play attention to?
Choosing an egg donor abroad
In most countries (e.g. Poland, Greece, the Czech Republic or Spain) the selection of egg donors is based on a phenotype matching with the recipient. This means a donor resembles the recipient in terms of eye, hair and skin colour wherever possible. These rules stem from legal requirements. This also means that in these countries patients will not be able to select “any donor”. In other countries (e.g. in Ukraine), a patient can choose a donor who looks similar to the recipient or otherwise.
According to international medical associations (ESHRE, ASRM), selecting an egg donor who shares some characteristics with a recipient is recommended. This resemblance should at least cover the colour of hair, eyes and skin, height and a blood type.
Various clinics grant access to different amounts and types of information about an egg donor. For some patients, this may be an important factor affecting their choice of destination or an overseas IVF clinic. In Ukraine, Russia and the United States, in addition to donor’s standard features (height, weight, and hair colour), patients will get additional information including the donor’s adult/childhood photos and others.
The donor’s race
In Ukraine, Russia and Poland IVF clinic databases are dominated by egg donors of Caucasian origin. If you are looking for a donor with darker skin, your natural choice would be IVF centres from Spain, Cyprus or Greece. African-American, or Afro-Caribbean donors are most often available in the USA or Barbados.
The number of guaranteed eggs which you will receive from the donor
The number of oocytes received from a donor varies from a clinic to clinic. It is a generally accepted practice that you should receive at least 6 eggs, that may result in 2 embryos, on condition that your partner’s sperm parameters are satisfactory. Some overseas IVF clinics offer all donor eggs no matter how many eggs have been retrieved (so-called exclusive donor).
Please bear in mind, however, that it is not the number of oocytes, but their quality that matters in determining how successful the egg donation program would be.
Egg Donation abroad with frozen eggs
Before you visit a clinic abroad, check out whether the IVF centre uses frozen or fresh eggs. In the case of frozen eggs, most overseas IVF clinics offer 6-10 oocytes. Crucially, this number usually refers to frozen eggs – such oocytes need to be thawed first. Statistically, approximately 50-70% oocytes are successfully thawed, and this means that the number of eggs intended for fertilisation will be smaller.
Your age – the maximum age of an egg recipient
In most countries, the law limits the maximum age for IVF (recipients) to 45 or 50. For egg recipients who are 50 and older, there are only a very few available destinations including Ukraine, Russia (in Europe) and the USA.
Do you have a partner? Or you’re a single woman?
If you have a husband or a partner, the egg donor IVF programme is open to you in any country of your choice. However, if you are single, the list of overseas clinics that offer IVF or IVF with donor eggs is narrowed down to:
Lesbian couples – same sex IVF treatment?
If you are interested in undergoing IVF with donor eggs for same-sex couples, your choice of overseas destinations will be limited to:
Same sex couples and single woman IVF treatment is not allowed in:
IVF abroad cost
Fertility treatment costs vary from country to country but you shouldn’t assume high costs necessarily mean better care services and higher success rates (If you want to find out more about success rates of egg donation click here). The most popular destinations chosen by patients from all over the world offer safe fertility treatment and high success rates of IVF with donor eggs.
The average cost of an IVF donor egg cycle in countries that are most often chosen by international patients
|Egg donation abroad - Costs|
|Egg Donation in Spain||€6,267|
|Egg Donation in Czech Republic||€4,638|
|Egg Donation in North Cyprus||€4,909|
|Egg Donation in Greece||€4,839|
|Egg Donation in Ukraine||€5,343|
|Egg Donation in Latvia||€6,450|
|Egg Donation in Portugal||€6,000|
|Egg Donation in Russia||€5,135|
|Egg Donation in Poland||€4,675|
Egg donation abroad – country comparisons
For international patients who are planning to undergo egg donation abroad, eggdonationfriends.com have specially prepared a detailed comparison of the most popular destinations. Below you can find countries which offer full anonymity and infertility treatment safety.
The most often chosen destinations for IVF egg donation abroad based on the patient’s country of residence:
|Patient’s home country||The most often chosen destinations||Other frequently chosen destinations|
|UK||Spain, Czech Republic, Cyprus||Greece, Ukraine, Russia|
|Ireland||Czech Republic, Spain||Cyprus, Greece|
|Australia||USA, Czech Republic||Ukraine, Greece|
|Germany / Austria / Switzerland||Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal||Ukraine, Cyprus, Greece, Portugal|
|Netherlands / Belgium||Spain, Czech Republic||Cyprus, Greece|
|Norway||Ukraine, Latvia||Cyprus, Greece|
|Sweden||Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine||Poland, Cyprus, Greece|
|Finland||Latvia, Russia, Ukraine||Czech Republic|
|Italy||Spain, Czech Republic||Italy, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece|
|France||Spain, Czech Republic||Cyprus, Greece|
|Poland||Czech Republic, Latvia, Poland||Spain, Greece|
|Russia||Ukraine, Latvia, Spain||Spain, Czech Republic, Poland|
|Canada||Spain, Czech Republic, Ukraine||Cyprus, Greece|
Estonia, country of choice for many Scandinavians and Baltic region residents for fertility travel should be added to the list of popular destinations for IVF in Europe. If you wonder why this should be so, you should know that there are many egg donors available and the clinics’ high standards speak up for themselves. Quality of the treatments have their price and you are looking at 3,000 Euro charge for treatment with own eggs and between 5,000 to 6,000 Euro with donated ones.
The other destination for patients from the U.S. to consider is Mexico. Our opinion is based on the number of positive patient reviews we receive from the U.S. and specific follow up investigations we have undertaken. So, why would anybody choose Mexico for treatment? One of the main reasons is logistics – it is simply more convenient to fly to Mexico rather than Europe; however the second reason is the price range which is on average 50 to 60% lower than in any U.S. clinic.
How to choose an IVF clinic abroad?
Patients base their research for the clinic on popularity, the cost of the treatment and success rates. Is that an entirely correct way of making decision? Given our experience, we really doubt that and would like to stress the importance of other factors. Patients need to remember to ask correct questions before they choose the overseas IVF clinic. See graphics below:
In Europe, there are clinics which specialize in some fields of IVF therapy such as treating patients over 40 or over 50. Other focus on patients who have already had number of failed IVF cycles for different reasons. Some give more importance to genetic screening or other aspects of the therapy.
So don’t choose the clinic based solely on costs, treatment time and success rates. It might be wrong -as you can see by the graphics below:
If you have doubts how to choose a fertility clinic abroad, we strongly recommend you to contact our consultants who will answer all your questions and guide you towards the right place for the treatment.
If you need help choosing an IVF Clinic Abroad
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We are also happy to advise if you have already chosen IVF clinic abroad. The consultants from eggdonationfriends will be able to help you through any concerns you may have and maximise your chances of getting a positive outcome from your infertility treatment. It is understandable that you want the best IVF treatment in the world.
IVF ABROAD – Patient’s Guide
What’s in the IVF Egg Donation Abroad report:
- NEW UPDATED VERSION – 2020.
- Compares legal frameworks in the most popular egg donation countries – age limits for egg recipients, donor characteristics available,
- Compares IVF success rates based on reliable international source
- Compares of average IVF and egg donation costs
- Popular IVF Abroad destinations may vary depending on the patient’s resident country and these differences are included in the report
Fertility Forums and Support Communities
When searching for overseas clinics many international patients access resources that are available on the Internet. You can visit national or international infertility support communities to check out reviews and comments. Here are a few:
- Babycentre – www.babycentre.co.uk or
- Donor Conception Network UK
- Eizellspende.de – German forum
- Wunschkinder – German forum
- Klein-putz – German forum
While visiting national and international forums and support groups you will find dedicated threads and discussions about IVF with donor eggs, IVF in Europe, success rate of fertility clinics and patients’ experiences. There are discussions about cost, IVF or infertility treatments abroad. You may also find reviews and experiences of international patients who have undergone IVF or donor egg IVF at IVF centres across Europe and other countries. You might also want to visit websites of medical tourism agencies such as whatclinic.com or medigo.com where you would find profiles of overseas clinics, reviews and other useful information.
You are welcome to visit eggdonationfriends.com a site that is used by international patients who search for trusted overseas clinics offering successful donor egg IVF programs. The site gives insights into top IVF clinics abroad and you will also find reviews written by international patients. For those who are starting their infertility journey we highly recommend visiting the egg donation FAQ section where you will find lots of content regarding the egg donation process and legal aspects. For those who have undergone a few IVF procedures and are still struggling to have a baby, we suggest looking at IVF Webinars – the IVF topic orientated videos by top IVF experts.