IVF is nowadays the most popular route to overcome fertility problems for patients worldwide. In the search for best treatment options, many of them is looking for medical help outside their home countries. There are different and complex reasons for such a decision, including personal, social or financial factors.
People planning to undergo IVF abroad are often motivated by more flexible assisted reproductive technologies (ART) legal regulations, higher success rates, shorter waiting times and convenience of some overseas clinics. And – last but not least – the money. In fact, it is the decisive factor in many cases. It is well known that IVF treatment prices may differ significantly depending on whether you choose to be treated in Western Europe or, e.g., in one of the former Eastern Bloc countries.
However, planning IVF abroad requires scrupulous preparation. Before you even start comparing different foreign IVF clinics, you will need to decide on a country first. And there is a lot to consider. Although it might seem obvious, many patients happen to forget that fertility treatment is not regulated in the same way in every foreign country. So choosing an appropriate country for your own treatment has to be proceeded by a thorough analysis of the country’s IVF laws and regulations. And that’s just the beginning.
Here are the basic questions you should find answers to when planning your IVF treatment: abroad:
Is IVF legal in the country of your choice?
Assuming you are taking into account countries listed as top IVF destinations, the IVF treatment has to be legal there. However, it is always good to know what the basic law of in vitro fertilisation in a given country is and it is more than advisable to get familiar with it ahead. Apart from that, you should also try to find out what laws and regulations fertility clinics in the country of your choice have to comply with and check if the information on accredited clinics is made available online. In order to learn this, you may contact the Ministry of Health in your chosen destination or download our IVF Abroad Guide (link here).
What are the IVF treatment options the country allows for? Who are they for?
So you know that IVF is an officially recognised fertility treatment method in the country you’ve chosen – now you have to learn if it is suitable for you. For example, Spain and North Cyprus are famous for theirmost liberal laws concerning Assisted Reproduction Technology – they allow a wide range of treatment options that can be accessed by both heterosexual and homosexual couples. And you have to be aware that the latter is still not common among top IVF destinations. So if you are interested in undergoing IVF treatment with your same-sex partner (or as a single mum!), make sure you are a desired patient in the country of your choice.