Dr Uliana Dorofeyeva, Medical Director at Intersono IVF Clinic is talking about options of biological materials transportation during an IVF treatment.
Patients often travel abroad for IVF treatment due to reduced costs, higher quality care, attractive destinations, and access to treatments not available at home. Medical tourism is a growing market, with millions of people travelling for medical reasons annually.
Many patients travel to access legal treatments not available in their home countries, such as surrogacy. Limited availability of donor materials in some countries can lead patients to travel to find a wider variety of donors. Patients may travel to reduce the overall cost of treatment, even when treatment is available locally. Some patients choose to combine medical treatment with visits to attractive destinations.
The transportation of biological materials, such as embryos and sperm, is a viable option for patients who cannot travel. Factors influencing this choice include cryo-storage duration limitations in some countries and patients’ preferences.
Biological materials are the property of the patient, and they can be transported to another clinic, even far away from the home country, if the patient desires.
Biological materials stored at IVF clinics primarily include surplus embryos, preserved sperm, and patients’ own materials, often used for social egg freezing or oncological treatment.
Research shows that cryo-storage duration does not significantly affect pregnancy or neonatal outcomes, provided that materials were properly vitrified and stored. Transporting biological materials requires careful planning, medical analysis, consent, and coordination between the sending and receiving clinics. Temperature control and compliance with international standards are essential.
Transportation of biological materials can offer an alternative to patients who seek reproductive treatments that may not be available or approved in their home countries.
The success of IVF treatments using transported biological materials depends on various factors, including embryologist skills, lab conditions, media and consumables, and the patient’s initial number of materials.
Transporting biological materials offers an alternative to patients who cannot travel for reproductive treatments. Proper planning, adherence to standards, and collaboration between clinics play crucial roles in ensuring the success of these procedures. Patients have the right to choose the best option for their fertility needs, whether it involves travelling or transporting biological materials.- Questions and Answers