How much can you save by undergoing IVF with egg donation abroad? Is it really worth it?
Have you tried home remedies to enhance your fertility, hypnosis for fertility or Chinese fertility drugs and they have all failed? IVF with egg donation might be the answer. However, the price for IVF with egg donation has drastically increased. This is why many of these couples have been forced to have this procedure done outside of their country of residence. In past three years, it has not only been the price that has forced couples to undergo this procedure abroad but also due to the success rate being higher abroad.
In the UK the average price for IVF in 2017 with egg donation is around 9000£ which is around 10 250€. The price includes all necessary costs. However, usually, a person is not guaranteed an embryo. Thus if a person pays for such procedure and the eggs do not get fertilized, then the person has lost most or all of the money paid for the procedure depending on the refund condition of the clinic. If a patient wants a guarantee that it will receive at least one embryo, then the price can go up to 18 000€. It is also important to note down the fact that due to the legislation in the UK patient is not able to choose as much from the donors as they have to stay anonymous. The average success rate is around 40% according to human’s fertilization and embryology authorities. This is why many UK pairs which try to conceive face the question to have IVF in the UK or abroad
If we cross the pond to the US we get an average price of 24 000$ to 26 000$ depending on the state that the clinic is in. This is roughly from 21 000€ to 23 000€. But that’s not all, the price does not include medication for the egg donor which ranges from state to state. However, US has a higher success rate which is around 60%. US has the same legislation about egg donors as the UK which doesn’t allow for a choice by the patient as the donors have to stay completely anonymous ( this means that most of the informations about them have to stay anonymous).
However, UK’s neighbor Ireland does not have this law and thus people can choose the egg donor. Ireland has a success rate of 50%. The average price in Ireland is 9000€ with an anonymous egg donor and 15 000€ if we want to know more about the donor. Thus if a patient wants to benefit from the fact that Ireland doesn’t have a law which would make it illegal to choose the egg donor, the patient will have to pay 15 000€ in average.
In Nethersland IVF with egg donation is a new thing as the first baby born thanks to this technique was on the 25th of August 2015. Thus the Dutch clinics lack experience and the success rate is somewhat uneven with some clinics rather not publishing their success rates and some stating it is around 47% which is lower than in Ireland and in the US but still higher than In the UK. The average price in Holland is around 10 000€ and the patient is again not Guaranteed to receive an embryo, thus if fertilization doesn’t take place successfully the patient will lose some of their money.
In the Czech Republic (Czechia) through Praga Medica, which works with the best clinic in the Czech Republic, the cost of IVF treatment with egg donation is around 4250€. This so called “ IVF abroad package” includes all necessary examination of the recipient and the donor even including genetic testing,1st transfer to the clinic And unlike in the countries above a guarantee of at least 2 embryos as well as a discount of 10% on another fresh cycle if the patient does not get pregnant. Czech Republic has similar legislation about IVF with egg donation as Ireland and thus the patient can choose the donor. The privilege to choose and having the benefit of having the 3rd cycle for free or 10% on another attempt will cost you only additional 1000€. Thus making the final price if you wish to choose the donor 5250€. This is almost one-third of the price of a similar package in Ireland which doesn’t include the first transfer to the clinic and a representative which will be available to the patient if any problem occurs as well as the success rate being much higher. The success rate is the same as US’s which is around 60% which is one of the highest success rates for such treatment.
Therefore even if we add to this price other costs like a Hotel stay, airplane ticket, and other costs, the price will still be lower than in the countries mentioned above not even mentioning that the success rate is higher or same as the countries mentioned above. This is why Czech Republic is well known for its cheap IVF with high success rate and outstanding quality of service. So The answer to, how to improve IVF success rate might be to go abroad for IVF. In some countries, it is illegal to undergo IVF if you are over 40. Therefore you will have to undergo IVF with donor eggs abroad if you are over 40 years old. In the Czech Republic, the limit for IVF is 48 years old.
Why is egg donation IVF cheaper in the Czech Republic?
This is because egg donors tend to get the average salary within the country for the egg donation. In the Czech Republic, the average salary is way lower than that of the countries mentioned above. This is also due to the fact that the wages for the people working in the clinic are lower than of the countries above. However, this doesn’t mean that they are worse. This is mainly due to the fact that the expenses for living in the Czech Republic are low as well as that the med schools are for free and the most prestigious schools in the Czech Republic are public schools and the administration costs in the Czech Republic are low. As well as that Czech Republic is very efficient with its IVF and is well-known for a good quality IVF all around the world. Thus enabling these clinics to buy the newest equipment necessary for IVF.
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