When it comes to IVF with egg donation we already know that we can save up to 70% on costs when undergoing treatment abroad. However, in the last few years demand for this kind of treatment has risen mainly due to the increase in success rates abroad.
There are several reasons why there has been a significant increase in success rates abroad:
This has nothing to do with how the procedure is done or the reduced red tape. It is simply the fact that in some countries like the Czech Republic donors are anonymous, while in the UK donors are not anonymous and therefore many women are scared to donate eggs for fear of repercussions. This means that clinics in the Czech Republic can find donors more easily.
Number of transferred embryos
More embryos are transferred in the Czech Republic than in the UK. This comes as a shock to many people as treatment is cheaper in the Czech Republic and many patients expect the same number of embryos to be transferred as in the UK. The greater the number of embryos transferred, the higher the chance of the patient getting pregnant. In the UK there are fewer donors and therefore not enough eggs, so IVF clinics are forced to use fewer eggs and only one embryo.
Patient gets the right donor
The donor is younger which brings many benefits as their eggs are more likely to be successful. Also, the clinic can use so-called “proven donors“. These are donors who have previously donated eggs to a patient which resulted in a successful pregnancy. The average age of an egg donor in Prague is 25.
No waiting list
In the UK the patient is usually put on a waiting list for egg donation and can wait a long time to get initial or further transfers. This not only puts stress on the patient, but it also decreases their chances as getting older impacts negatively on success rates. In Prague (Czech Republic) there are no waiting lists as there is a plentiful supply of egg donors.
Blastocysts are commonly used in clinics abroad. This increases the chance of success as at this stage the embryo has passed all of its milestones and is more developed.
You might be surprised to hear this, but the truth is that doctors abroad have more skills with IVF than in the UK. This is mainly due to the number of procedures they carry out. They do more procedures as it is cheaper and the number of donated eggs is higher. They also work in stateofthe-art clinics, which allows them to use the newest technology (for example. PICSI is an advanced version of ICSI and not commonly used in the UK as it is a new and expensive method, but is in high demand in the USA and abroad ) in order to increase their success rates.
We can clearly see that in the UK clinics are mainly concerned with finding a donor, whereas in the Czech Republic clinics are mainly concerned about increasing their success rates and therefore their standards and this is what has resulted in clinics abroad having higher success rates than the UK.