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Fertility Help – Four Reasons to Go Abroad for Fertility Treatment in 2020

Embryoclinic  |   15 Mar 2020


Fertility treatment and going for IVF abroad is becoming more and more popular. We’ve spoken to our friends at EmbryoClinic in Greece and this fertility blog article will help you to understand why people travel abroad for IVF, what’s involved, and the benefits of seeking fertility specialist help away from home.

Over to the fertility specialists…

1. Treatment Cost

The main reason for people having fertility treatment abroad is down to cost – patients often look for more affordable treatment in other countries because costs can be lower abroad, even with travel considered.

2. Donor Options

Some patients may be looking for egg or sperm donation and, due to legalities in their own country, want to consider donor clinics and banks abroad for a wider selection of both egg and sperm donors. Bear in mind that each country has different legalities around open / anonymous egg and sperm donors.

3. Perception of Better IVF Success Rates Abroad

It’s worth looking at IVF success rates when choosing a clinic but remember to look at the percentage of live births from the number of cycles performed in a year, as some data can be misleading. It also depends on whether the clinic is selective about the people they treat.

4. Seeking Fertility Treatment In a Less Stressful Environment

Most patients seeking treatment abroad are also looking for a less stressful environment. This is the opportunity to break from the routine of trying to conceive, or stresses at work, and enjoy a new setting, perhaps with beautiful and restful scenery. It can help you focus on the treatment, without having to worry about day to day things. It can keep you distracted and even reconnect you with yourself and your partner. For those who don’t feel comfortable telling work colleagues, it is a way of removing yourself from the need to explain your absences.

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So Why Greece?

1. Regulation

Greece has good fertility regulations whilst maintaining a high quality of care at a reduced cost. A governing body has been set up to regulate fertility clinics and to ensure that they comply with Greek laws.

2. Fertility Treatment Costs and Other Advantages

Fertility treatment in Greece is less expensive than in the UK. You can find well established fertility clinics, with good IVF success rates up to 50% cheaper. There are often shorter waiting lists and access to a higher number of sperm and egg donors.

3. Travel and Accommodation

The cost of living in Greece, as well as travel and accommodation costs, is fairly low.  So even when adding these to your budget, fertility treatment with a specialist is cheaper than in the UK or USA. Many tests, examinations and fertility consultations can be done in your home country and you only need to travel for the procedure itself.

How can EmbryoClinic Help?

EmbryoClinic’s Medical Director, Dr Elias Tsakos, MD (Hons), FRCOG is renowned both in Greece and worldwide. He has more than two decades of fertility experience and is registered with a licence to practice in the UK. Our modern facility is architecturally designed and equipped with the latest IVF technology. The aim is to provide an environment that is safe and comfortable, whilst at the same time guaranteeing the best possible fertility treatment. At EmbryoClinic you will receive a high standard of personalised and individualised holistic care. The team is committed to effectiveness and excellence, whilst inspiring hope and emotionally supporting our patients throughout the entire fertility journey.

How does the process work at EmbryoClinic?

EmbryoClinic’s international co-ordinator will ask you to fill out a medical questionnaire on your fertility history and type of treatment desired. The initial free consultation will follow (via Skype), with the co-ordinator and a fertility specialist, who will discuss your medical case, assess your options and may ask for more tests to be carried out. If you decide to proceed, a new appointment will be arranged for an on-site consultation.

It will take place in Embryoclinic Thessaloniki, where you will meet the co-ordinator, who will be your contact person during your fertility treatment, alongside the medical director. After all necessary examinations, you will be informed in great detail about your personal fertility treatment plan and next steps to take.

During your treatment, the co-ordinator will be available to answer your questions, manage your appointments and discuss all your case details with the fertility specialist. They will also inform you about how many times you will need to travel to Greece and how many days you will need to stay.

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If this Fertility Blog has made you want to find out more about getting fertility help abroad, then get in touch with Embryoclinic today for a free initial consultation and they will gladly answer any questions you may have!

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