Important note regarding COVID-19 and IVF abroad
IVF treatment abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic
Patients who are considering treatment abroad today, in addition to choosing a clinic, also have to fight the limitations caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In an era of a global pandemic – patients often, apart from choosing an IVF clinic, have problems planning their trip. The conditions and accessibility of travel and air traffic in Europe change very often. If you are wondering how to plan your trip, you can use the following sites for further information:
IVF clinics in an era of the COVID-19 pandemic
Based on the information that we obtain from IVF clinics, they are very well-prepared to carry out sanitary treatment all over Europe. IVF clinics have introduced special procedures to eliminate the risk of infection while ensuring the highest treatment quality. Clinics in countries with quarantine restrictions often help patients organize their stay or – if possible – release them from quarantine. If you want to find out more about the conditions of arrival and treatment in clinics – contact them and ask for details. The conditions in each clinic – in different countries and cities may vary.
Patients at the limit of the maximum age allowed in a given country and COVID-19
Patients at the age limit – 48 years and above – that are being treated in countries where there are age restrictions for the patients who enter the IVF program – should monitor the situation and ask the clinic if treatment rules will be changed for them. The information obtained from the clinics shows that individual countries are thinking about extending the maximum age limit for patients who were unable to start or continue IVF treatment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This problem particularly affects Spain (maximum age 50), the Czech Republic (49), and Greece (50). In other popular countries, the maximum age limit of the patient is not regulated by law. The clinics themselves decide on the patient’s treatment. The situation also applies to patients who have frozen embryos in IVF clinics and were unable to use them due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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 – offering treatment even for patients at the age of 55
- 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 in their home country
- Fertility clinics abroad offer high-quality treatment and achieve higher IVF success rates
IVF abroad – countries comparison
|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)|
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. Based on patients inquiries at eggdonationfriends.com – between 2019/11 and 2020/08.
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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 pay attention to?
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.
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 North Cyprus, Ukraine, Latvia, Russia (in Europe) and the USA.
IVF clinics for patients over 40
In Europe, there are no restrictions on the treatment of patients over 40 years of age. Legal restrictions start at the age of 49-50. If you are between 40 and 49 years old, you can easily find a clinic that will legally treat IVF.
IVF clinics for patients over 50
If you are looking for an IVF clinic for patients over 50, your treatment options may be limited. Below you will find a list of countries that allow the treatment of patients over 50 years of age. Treatment options for patients over the age of 50 do not always follow the law. In some countries, clinics themselves decide whether to treat, for example, a patient aged 55. In this case, clinics usually require, among others: additional tests and a certificate from a gynaecologist that there are no contraindications for pregnancy.
- Spain – there is an agreed limit – 50 years old, however there are few clinics in Spain supporting patients up to 52 years old
- North Cyprus – over the age of 55 – up to 58, the approval of the ethics committee is required, over 45 – the Ministry Of Health approval is required – IVF clinics organize the process
- Ukraine – no limit – not specified by legislation, decided by each
clinic individually – most of the clinics set up the limit at 52-55 years old
- Latvia – no limit not specified by legislation, decided by each clinic individually
- Russia – there is a limit set to 51 years old however IVF clinics may treat older patients at their own risk, there are clinics offering IVF treatment for patients up to 55 years old
- Poland – no limit not specified by legislation, decided by each clinic individually – most of the clinics won’t treat women over 52 years old
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 cost abroad
Fertility treatment costs vary from country to country but you shouldn’t assume high costs necessarily mean better care services and higher success rates.
Read more about Egg donation success rates.
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. IVF cost abroad is usually lower than in the home country – and this is one of the reasons patients are travelling for an IVF treatment.
The average cost of an IVF donor egg cycle in countries that are most often chosen by international patients
|IVF with donor eggs - cost comparison|
|Egg Donation IVF in Spain||€5,900 – €11,000|
|Egg Donation IVF in Czech Republic||€4,500 – €8,000|
|Egg Donation IVF in North Cyprus||€4,500 – €6,000|
|Egg Donation IVF in Greece||€5,000 – €8,000|
|Egg Donation IVF in Ukraine||€4,000 – €7,000|
|Egg Donation IVF in Latvia||€5,000 – €8,000|
|Egg Donation IVF in Portugal||€6,000 - €8,000|
|Egg Donation IVF in Russia||€3,800 – €7,000|
|Egg Donation IVF in Poland||€4,000 – €6,000|
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.
If you need help choosing an IVF Clinic Abroad
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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.
IVF abroad – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the best IVF clinic in Europe?”
The best IVF clinic in Europe is the one that will meet your expectations, giving you professional treatment options within your budget. In each of the popular IVF countries, you will find clinics that have both broad experience and great medical teams. There is no “best IVF clinic” for all patients. Each patient has different expectations and a different medical situation – that is why choosing an IVF clinic is a very individual matter. What does the term “best IVF clinic” mean? Most patients, when using this term, mean the clinic that will enable them to have children. However, remember that IVF treatment is not 100% effective – but in good clinics, a failed IVF cycle is treated as a diagnostic stage from which conclusions can be drawn for the future.
Which country is best for IVF?
The best country for IVF is the one where you can undergo IVF treatment legally and, at the same time, the one that meets your budget expectations in terms of treatment, travel and accommodation costs.
Different countries regulate IVF treatment options differently – therefore not all patients can benefit from the treatment in all popular countries. In particular, pay attention to the maximum age of the patient who can be treated with IVF methods and the patient’s marital status. There are restrictions in this regard in various countries and there may be different possibilities for married couples, single woman or lesbian couples. The budget is also an important aspect as the costs of IVF in popular countries and clinics can vary significantly. For example, in Europe the costs range from 3,000 EUR to even 10,000 EUR. Besides, you should pay attention to the availability of flight connections from your country. It is worth remembering that IVF treatment is a long process and it may require several visits to the clinic abroad.
For the patients who wish to undergo egg donation, the availability of specific type of egg donors will be an important factor. You have to remember that the availability of eggs donors varies considerably between countries.
Which country has the highest IVF success rate?
According to the ESHRE report (ART in Europe, 2016: results generated from European registries by ESHRE) which includes the data on treatment effectiveness in Europe, pregnancy rates ranged from 13.2% to 57.1% in fresh cycles after IVF or ICSI. For egg donation cycles – most cycles were carried out in Spain, Russia, the Czech Republic and Greece. Pregnancy rates per embryo transfer for cycles with fresh oocytes from a donor are 49.4% on average and for thawed oocytes – 41%. There is a high variability in outcomes for the different countries, ranging between 9.7% and 66.5% for fresh donor eggs and between 29.5% and 67.4% for frozen donor eggs.
The ESHRE report shows IVF treatment effectiveness per country – but remember that these are only statistics. In each country, there are clinics that are either more or less effective in terms of IVF treatment.
How do I choose an IVF clinic abroad?
Choosing an IVF clinic abroad is a challenge for most patients. Most of them choose the clinic basing on the opinions of their friends and acquaintances. Others are looking for information available on the Internet, e.g. on websites with clinic profiles, forums or other patients’ reviews. Regardless of how you are looking for the best clinic for you, it is worth paying attention to the following factors: What experience does the clinic have in treating patients with similar problems to yours? How many IVF cycles does the clinic perform every year? What is the experience of doctors and embryologists in the clinic? How easy it is to contact the clinic – is the clinic responsive or is the contact difficult? And then, if you find the clinic that meets your expectations, always ask what success rates you can expect in your individual case, taking into account your treatment history and the cause of infertility. In case of Europe, patients most often choose IVF clinics in Spain, the Czech Republic, Greece, Cyprus, Ukraine and Russia.
Where is the most successful IVF clinic in the world?
In each of the popular IVF destinations, there are IVF clinics which have high treatment effectiveness for certain groups of patients. You can find clinics offering good treatment results in Spain, Greece, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Ukraine, Russia and many other IVF destinations abroad. However, there is no single best IVF clinic with the highest treatment effectiveness for all patient groups.
Which clinics offer IVF treatment for patients over 50?
IVF treatment in popular countries is regulated by law. Patients over 50 can be treated in North Cyprus (up to 58 years of age). In Ukraine, Latvia and Poland – there are no legal provisions regulating the maximum age of a woman so IVF clinics independently decide up to what maximum age they offer IVF treatment- usually until around 55 years of age. In other popular destinations, IVF treatment is usually limited to the age of 49-50.