Why are Australian patients turning to Europe for egg donation treatment? Is it the price? The availability of egg or sperm donors? Perhaps anonymous donors? If you live in Australia or outside Europe and are looking to have IVF egg donation treatment, this webinar is definitely for you. Watch the video recording to see the presentation and the Q&A session with our expert. Our guest webinar speaker was an experienced doctor, Dr. Ruth Sánchez from the Reproduction Unit at Clínica Vistahermosa in Spain.
If you wish to know more about your IVF egg donation options in Europe and how can Australian patients benefit from ART treatment in Spain, contact the Reproduction Unit of Clínica Vistahermosa and begin your journey to parenthood.
Travelling overseas for fertility treatments is becoming a more popular and realistic option for many individuals who are trying to become parents. Whilst it may initially feel overwhelming and logistically terrifying, it is reassuring to know that foreign clients account for up to 50% of all patients in European clinics. When thinking about travelling it is usually assumed that clients will live in one European country and travel within Europe for treatment, however, what about patients on the other side of the world?
In this webinar, Dr Ruth Sanchez, Gynaecologist at the Reproduction Unit of Clinica Vistahermosa in Alicante, Spain, discusses why patients from Australia are coming to Europe for IVF with donated oocytes (eggs).
Egg donation IVF cannot be performed in all countries as when it comes to fertility treatments there is no worldwide governing, regulatory body. Instead, each country has its own specific laws pertaining to the various forms of assisted reproduction carried out. The Spanish legal system does allow IVF, with donated oocytes, and Spain was actually the first country in Europe which created definitive laws surrounding the treatment. In addition, sperm and pre-embryo donations are also permitted. Single mothers and homosexual couples, who are looking to conceive with the use of donor eggs, can legally undergo IVF in Spain, and clinics are authorised to vitrify oocytes and ovarian tissue for fertility preservation.
To proceed with egg donation IVF in Spain donors are required to be between the ages of 18 and 35. They should be healthy and thoroughly screened. Donations must be anonymous and altruistic, although an economic compensation is permitted. Dr Sanchez advises that at Clinica Vistahermosa the success rates, for egg donation IVF, are between 65-70% on a first cycle, 80% on a second and 90% following three rounds of treatment. For IVF when using a patient’s own oocytes, a success rate of between 25-60% would be expected, depending on maternal age.
Despite not having a countrywide regulatory body, it is mandatory for fertility clinics in Spain to be included on the SEF (Spanish Fertility Society) national register and undergo external audits.
As clinics in Spain are usually located within hospitals, they tend to have a multidisciplinary outlook, meaning patients can be attended to for every need under one roof. This is especially important when it comes to genetics. Spanish clinics are now able to carry out all the genetic testing techniques currently in existence. Dr. Sanchez stresses the importance of genetic counselling and how it can lead to better diagnosis, improved individualised treatment and increased assistance in decision making, for patients.
Advanced technologies in the medical reproductive field have greatly increased the outcome of successful pregnancy rates, following IVF, and the most progressive technology is present in most fertility centres across Spain. Spanish clinics also perform a whole range of assisted reproduction techniques including ICSI, PGS (pre-genetic screening), PGT-A (preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidies) and vitrification of eggs, sperm and embryos.
When looking at the costs of treatment, Dr Sanchez advises that Australian patients could potentially save between 30-70% when compared to the prices in their own country.
She explains that at Clinica Vistahermosa there are no hidden costs; the price you see is what you pay. Costs typically include additional treatments such as; blastocyst cultivation and transfer, time lapse incubators and all donor medications.
Most Spanish clinics typically have an International department that communicates with all overseas patients. Staff can arrange transfers and transportation, accommodation and any additional requests; they are there to support clients throughout the whole treatment experience. Customer service is high and medical staff is fluent in many languages. At Clinica Vistahermosa patients are provided with the opportunity to speak to someone in their own tongue, 24/7.
Whilst the thought of travelling so far may feel incredibly daunting, Dr Sanchez assures potential clients that undergoing egg donation IVF in Spain ensures the most effective treatments are performed in a personalised way. Clinica Vistahermosa’s aim is to reduce the levels of anxiety whilst offering a wide range of up to date procedures and technologies. Alongside world class treatment there is also the Mediterranean climate, which is great for relaxing in, after any surgical procedure!
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