FAQ When Traveling for Infertility Abroad

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10/18/2012 - Medical Tourism
By: Guest Contributor

Infertility treatment abroad has grown in popularity, affordability and effectiveness during the last decade, offering couples less-restrictive fertility laws, short waiting time and low cost IVF treatment options, in countries throughout Europe, South America and Southeast Asia.

The widespread research and steady growth and development of a variety of IVF treatments overseas such as egg donation, gender selection, MicroSort and surrogacy have encouraged cross-border travel for reasonably-priced and efficacious assisted reproductive technology.     

On top of emotional infertility hardships, preparing for an IVF treatment abroad bring numerous questions and concerns that baffle the average couple.

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions by fertility patients and answers to help you navigate the maze, and often confusing journey, of IVF abroad.

With the help of this comprehensive question-answer guide, you will be on your way to building a family and realizing your dream of having a child.     

What is fertility tourism?

Fertility tourism is defined as the practice of traveling to another country for fertility treatments. It is considered a form of medical tourism. The main reasons for patients traveling for fertility tourism abroad are legal restrictions of the required procedure in the home country, or reduced cost of treatment. It is a phenomenon that has garnered a great deal of interest recently as the cost of IVF in the west skyrockets and countries enact rigorous laws that curtail couples access to assisted reproduction care.    

Fertility tourism has spawned a burgeoning IVF industry in countries overseas promising cut-rate, high pregnancy success rates and short wait time.   

Who are infertility tourists?
They are couples incapable of conceiving and are challenged by the expensive cost of IVF in their home country and constrictive fertility laws.

What IVF treatments are available?

Some of the most popular IVF procedures offered in international fertility clinics abroad are IUI, egg donation, surrogacy and gender selection. Fertility tourists seeking these treatments are usually met with restrictive laws in their home country limiting the number of attempts or simply banning the entire practice.    

Why should I consider IVF outside the US?
The high level of medical standards and streamlined assisted reproductive technology available in IVF destinations overseas- particularly IVF Mexico, due to the proximity factor- incite many US couples to undergo a world-class procedure for less cost. Not to mention the affordable price of IVF in Mexico makes it an appealing alternative to escalating costs in the US.      

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What happens if something goes wrong?

A legitimate concern most fertility patients have when seeking an IVF treatment abroad is legal recourse in the unlikely event of something goes wrong. Proper planning ahead for fertility treatment abroad is pivotal to make sure you receive the best quality care. Luckily most fertility treatments dont typically involve general anesthetic or open surgery; hence it is usually safer than other treatments.
Make sure you do through research and prepare in advance to choose the most suitable fertility clinic abroad. You can also buy specialist insurance that covers you for the unexpected. Before deciding to undergo your IVF treatment with the clinic, you should inquire about the safety policies and processes they have in place and how prompt and effective these policies are. 

In case of any dissatisfaction on your side, you have the right to be informed of trusted board of patient representatives for resolving disputes and conflicts.

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Is the cost of IVF the most important factor that I should consider?

There are a handful of other factors besides cost you should take into account when planning a trip for IVF abroad. The pregnancy success rates achieved by the intended clinic; quality of egg donor when seeking egg donation program; the size of egg donor database; and the quality of service provided should be your criteria when assessing a fertility destination.      

What is the typical cost difference of IVF procedures abroad?

Egg donation North Cyprus IVF center confers cost-effective medical solutions for infertile couples, gay couples and other to embark on a life-changing journey of building a family.

IVF Mexico uphold low-cost fertility treatments for ICSI, IVF or PGD. Health insurance companies in the US rarely cover the cost of infertility procedures which can exceed 20,000 USD. Many couples seeking fertility treatment in Mexico can save up to 60 percent of the costs at home.

Surrogacy Centre India offers a wide array of surrogacy programs to local and international patients. During the past two years more than 200 babies have been successfully delivered through India surrogacy program and are happily creating magical memories today.

How can I trust the quality of the foreign fertility doctors?

Accreditations and good track records are two key indicators that provide a sense of security to infertility patients. Word of mouth is another great method to find out about the doctor from patients experience. Make sure you read online reviews posted by patients who have undergone previous procedures carried out by the same doctor.  

How can I correspond with a doctor in a foreign country?
Some clinics offer free e-consolation sessions online to patients seeking no-strings-attached commitment to treatment and just want to know their treatment options. Many IVF doctors provide consolations via skype. Visit and Care provides patients with peace-of-mind when it comes to contacting clinics, following up on treatments and chasing doctors. Visit and Care will be the middle man between you and the doctor assisting you in every step of your treatment and making your experience as comfortable as possible.   

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How can it be safe to travel so far after an infertility procedure?

You should consult your doctor for long distance travel after your IVF procedure. It varies with each fertility treatment; on the other hand in case of embryo transfer procedure, it is highly recommended to travel after two days from the treatment date. You must avoid bumpy rides at all costs.   

How do I know VisitandCare.com is a legitimate, ethical company?
VisitandCare.com values the importance of medical treatment. Our partnered clinics and hospitals are highly qualified leaders in the health care industry holding accreditations form esteemed associations such as International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Joint Commission International (JCI), and Medical Tourism Association.

Why should I work with a medical tourism service agency?

A medical tourism agency spares patients the hassle of contacting doctors in different time zones; setting appointments and online consultations; providing free price quotes; and following up with you after the treatment.  

What if I need to make changes to my itinerary when I am already abroad?

Your patient coordinator will be able to help you with all the necessary arrangement in case you need to make any changes to your itinerary.

How can I contact VisitandCare.com while am I abroad?

Our patient coordinators will be in direct contact with you as soon as you arrive in your intended destination, regularly following up with you on the treatment, doctors appointment and arranging your hotel accommodation.  

What happens if I arrive at my destination and I decide not to proceed with my procedure?

In this instance, depending on the type of treatment you may be reimbursed the paid cost. This matter is treated on case-by-case basis. Patients who underwent egg donation programs, however, will not be fully-reimbursed of the cost.    

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