Infertility is defined as the inability to get pregnant with unprotected sex after a minimum of twelve months. This is an extremely common condition with 1 in 8 couples affected or 6.7 million people each year in the US. Globally 8-12% of couples or 186 million people struggle to conceive. Couples may seek medical help in the form of fertility treatments, IVF (In Vitro Fertilization), egg donation, or surrogacy, however, some countries have laws or costs that make the process challenging. According to Dr. John Frattarelli of The Fertility Institute of Hawaii, “The limitations of other countries vary by the patient’s origin. Some countries have strict regulations regarding the use of donor sperm and donor eggs and/or may have restrictions on Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT).” This article will discuss the most popular countries for fertility treatment.
Top Countries For Fertility Treatment
US – Hawaii
Located in Honolulu on the island of Oahu, the Fertility Institute of Hawaii offers cutting-edge fertility treatments including Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT), EmbryoScope®, INVOcell™, Ovulation Induction, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Donor Egg IVF, fertility preservation, and many other treatment options. With their beautiful location and high success rates, many patients travel from other countries to gain access to the advanced care provided by Dr. Frattarelli and his team. The Fertility Institute of Hawaii has assisted many patients from the Pacific Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Canada, South America, Europe, Africa, and more with their desire to build a family. In addition to its advanced treatment options, FIH is in a convenient location for out-of-country visitors. Last, by not least, FIH’s staff can speak several different languages including Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Russian, and Spanish, to name a few. They also have access to translators to assist with any necessary translations.
To make fertility treatment feasible for patients financially, FIH has partnered with several financial service companies to assist patients. For more information about these companies and options for financing treatment, please visit their fertility financing options page.
When you think of advanced medical care, your mind probably doesn’t wonder to “Israel,” however this middle-eastern country is a top destination for fertility treatments globally. Israel is one of the most medically advanced nations in the world, behind the US, and at the forefront of medical research, making it a popular choice for individuals and couples that need reproductive assistance. Women and couples visit Sheba Medical Center, the largest hospital in Israel, for fertility treatments like IVF, oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing), controlled ovarian stimulation, micromanipulation, microscopic epididymal sperm aspiration, and more. One of the main attractions for fertility tourists includes Israel’s lower treatment costs and high-quality care. Fertility treatments can be incredibly expensive, especially when not covered by insurance. IVF treatment in Israel is on average 50% less than it is in the US.
Greece is known for its dreamy beaches, sunny weather, fresh Meditteranean food, and most surprisingly… its fertility care. Greece is a small country with fifty IVF clinics spread out across its islands. People all over the world visit Greece for services like egg donation, embryo donation, IVF, and more. The cost of care in Greece, like Israel, is low, more than 50% cheaper compared to the US. In addition to lower costs, flying to Greece from the eastern US or most European countries is very affordable.
The Greek government is more stringent in terms of who is allowed access to fertility treatment, allowing only women under 50 years old and couples to receive IVF. Greece does not allow fertility treatment for LGBTQ individuals at this time.
The Czech Republic is another popular destination for fertility tourists. The small European country currently has around 30 clinics that are well regulated by the Czech Society for Assisted Reproduction. Fertility treatment costs are also low in the Czech Republic and most clinics speak English which is a plus for some visitors. Many clinics in this country charge less than $3,000 for IVF cycles however, the maximum age for treatment is 48 and they do not allow gay couples or single women to receive care.
With ultra-modern facilities, specialized physicians, stringent regulations, and high success rates Spain is another fertility tourism hot spot in Europe. Many patients fly to Spain is for its high success rate with egg donation and its acceptance of single women and gay couples. While Spain offers lower fertility treatments costs than the US, they are more expensive than Greece or the Czech Republic with IVF costs reaching upwards of $6,000 per cycle.
Denmark is home to one of the world’s largest sperm banks, Cryos International, making it another attractive destination for fertility treatment. The danish country’s ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) success rates are nothing to sneer at either; while the US has 1.7% of all infants born through ART, Denmark has an estimated 8 to 10% conceived through ART.
In addition to offering high-quality care to visitors, in 2007 Denmark passed a law granting access to state-funded IVF regardless of a woman’s marital status or sexuality.
Ultimately, where you get fertility treatment is a personal decision and one that should be given a significant amount of thought. You should weigh factors like cost, quality of care, treatments offered, regulations, success rates, travel expenses, and more before you buy a plane ticket. We are wishing you well on your journey!
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