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When it comes to IVF with egg donation we already know that we can save up to 70% on costs when undergoing the treatment abroad. However, in last few years the demand for this kind of treatment has increased mainly due to the increase in success rates abroad.
There are several reasons why there has been a significant increase in success rates abroad:
The first reason why the success rate is higher abroad is due to the legislation abroad. This has nothing to do with how the procedure is done or that the procedure requires less paperwork, it is simply the fact that in some countries like the Czech Republic donors are anonymous meanwhile in the UK the donors are not anonymous and therefore many women are scared to donate eggs as it can cause them many troubles in the future. This has caused that the clinics in the Czech Republic have it easier to find donors.
2. Number of transferred embryos
This brings us to the second reason which is that the number of embryos is greater than in the UK. This is shocking to many people as the treatment is cheaper in the Czech Republic and many of the patients expect the same number of embryos to be transferred as in the UK but many are surprised with the fact that they get more if they travel abroad. The greater the number of embryos transferred, the higher the chance of the patient to succeed in achieving pregnancy. You may ask why is it like this in the UK. The answer is very simple as in the UK there are fewer donors and therefore there are not enough eggs to be transferred, IVF clinics in the UK are forced to use fewer eggs and are thus forced to only use one embryo.
3. Patient gets the right donor
This mainly means that the donor is younger which brings many benefits as using these eggs increases the success rate as well as that the clinic can use so-called “proven donors“ which are donors that have previously donated eggs to a patient that has been successful with this treatment. The average age of an egg donor in Prague is 25 years.
4. No waiting list
In the UK the patient is usually waitlisted when it comes to egg donation and this can cause that a patient must wait a long time in order to get more transfers or in order to get the initial transfer. This not only puts stress on the patient, but it also decreases the chances as the patient gets older and therefore its chances to succeed are lower. Abroad like in Prague (Czech Republic) there are no waiting lists as there is a plentiful supply of egg donors.
The fifth reason is that Blastocysts are commonly used in clinics abroad. This increases the chance of a success since Blastocysts is a stage of the embryo where the embryo has passed all of its milestones and is progressing in development.
6. Experienced doctors
The sixth reason which is the amount of skills doctors abroad have. 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 amount of procedure that they do, as they do more procedures as it is cheaper and a number of eggs donated is higher, as well as working in a state of the art clinic which allows them to use the newest technology (like PICSI which is an advanced version of ICSI and it is not commonly used in the UK as it is a new and expensive method but highly demanded in the USA and abroad ) in order to increase their success rates.
We can clearly see that in the UK the clinics are mainly concerned about finding a donor that can donate to the patient, meanwhile abroad like in the Czech Republic, the clinics are mainly concerned about increasing the success rates and thus its standards and this is what has caused the clinics abroad to have higher success rate than in the UK.
The discovery of multifocal (bifocal) lenses in the past has led to the fact that people that underwent cataract surgery no longer needed to wear glasses in order to see on short distance. These lenses were a revolution, however, they still didn’t restore the vision fully as the patient with multifocal (bifocal) lenses could not see in the intermediate distance fully. This has caused that the patient has a blurred vision when switching from short distance to long-distance vision. Due to the increase of use of computers in the past decade, this has caused a problem as the patient couldn’t see the computer screen and had a blurred vision. This is why they have either looked at the computer screen from a short distance or they have used glasses in order to see the computer screen.
This is why there has been a pressure on scientists to develop a new and more advanced set of lenses which will solve this problem while not changing the way the procedure is done.That’s why they have discovered trifocal lenses which also allow patients to see the computer screen without any aid clearly as well as that patient with trifocal lenses has an improved vision under low light conditions in comparison to multifocal (bifocal) lenses. These lenses allow the patient to see the world fully.
Trifocal lenses are the newest lenses on the market and they are highly demanded as they restore patients vision fully. In the UK trifocal lenses are not as available as in the rest of the European countries. Also the price for trifocal lenses is very high in the UK due to the limited supply and only few clinics are offering this procedure. This has led to the clinics to establish an oligopoly (a small number of companies share the majority of the market share) which has caused an increase in price for trifocal lenses in the UK.
Many couples have problem conceiving and their biggest problem is an increasing cost in their country. This and the fact that their home country has a low success rate in conceiving forces them to undergo IVF abroad. For some, it may also be the long waiting list. When they decide to go abroad their biggest problem after this decision is what should they do and where. This is why we have decided to write this article to help couples to know what they should do.
The most important thing to do is to choose the country where you want to undergo your procedure.
A good example of such country can be the Czech Republic as it has one of the highest success rates, state of the art clinics, experienced doctors and doctors that are skilled to perform the newest procedures in IVF as well as a very low price and no waiting list with IVF with egg donation and with embryo donation.
You should choose a medical tourism facilitator.
You might think that going with medical tourism facilitator will increase your cost but that is not true at all. Medical tourism facilitators have contracts with the best clinics in the country. This will save you some time when you have to search for the right clinics. The medical facilitator will help you to choose the right treatment for you, help you to book the hotel and assist you with airport pickups and drop offs and you can even save on tours in the city. A good example of such medical facilitator in the Czech Republic is Praga Medica.
Considering having your trip tailored.
This might be undergoing IVF in one visit or if you have some unique requirements and/or undergoing other procedures during your visit as stated above. This may include your husband to undergo other procedure like vision correction, a dental treatment and or plastic surgery if you wish to do so. This is very hard to do so by yourself. This is one of the other reason why having a medical tourism facilitator like Praga Medica is an advantage.
Choosing a medical facilitator/clinic with shared risk.
It is very important to choose a medical facilitator with some sort of a guarantee of you getting pregnant. This may range from reduction in Price for your second treatment or refund a certain percentage of the cost. You may ask why and the answer to this is pretty simple. If you were a good clinic at which many patients get pregnant you would offer such guarantee if you are a bad clinic and your success rate is low then this kind of guarantee will get you out of the business pretty fast. This is why Praga Medica cooperates only with Czech clinics that have this type of guarantee.
Choose the right time to travel abroad for an IVF
Even though this may sound a little bit odd choosing the right time is of big importance in a hassle-free treatment abroad as well as save you the cost of the transport if you do not choose to go during school holidays as the price for airplane tickets increases due to the demand increase for such tickets.
Listen to the medical advisor assistant and to the physician.
Even though this might seem obvious some people do not follow the correct procedure and for example, take what they had prescribed later or earlier than the physician has told them, this, of course, does reduce the chance of getting pregnant. You have to listen and follow all the things they have told you to do as, the physicians and the assistants have all the experience necessary to make the best treatment plan that will suit you this is due to the past experience and the outstanding amount of skills they have with patients going to the Czech Republic for IVF.
The points stated above are procedures to be followed and every single one of them is of essence and following this procedure will ensure that you will have a hassle free and enjoyable stay abroad and will make sure that you have gotten the best treatment with state of the art clinics and skilled specialists in the field of IVF.