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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 an 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.