The attractive tourism of fertility


British couples are making with more and more frequency the decision to traveling abroad to receive infertility treatments, a trend that some experts relate to national situations and also with a worldwide development of so-called fertility tourism.

Cuts to National Health Service (NHS) fertility services have led some people to consider travelling across the globe for that kind of treatment despite the fact that UK have been the birthplace of in vitro IVF.

A survey carried out by Fertility Network UK and Fertility Clinics Abroad found that patchy NHS provision and the high cost of private IVF were the main drivers for people travelling overseas.

At the same time Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Eastern Europe are all popular, along with destinations further afield such as the Caribbean and Mexico in this type of treatment.

A British study published recently by Raconteur Media, a leading London-based, independent publisher of special interest content estimates that IVF treatment overseas may look much cheaper, but headline prices on clinic websites are only part of the picture.

The cost of drugs, scans, blood tests and specialist medical insurance are rarely included and can quickly mount up. There is also travel and accommodation to factor into the budget, as well as living expenses abroad.

Even if the reason of lower costs in other countries for infertility treatments may not be accurate some specialized clinics in the world tend to be attractive for different motives, although provide very high quality methods and technology. An example could be the Forest of Embryos in the Institut Marquès plants founded in Barcelona 95 years ago.

The Institut is an integrated centre with a well-established, internationally recognised reputation in the field of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Assisted Reproduction. Hundreds of patients from around the world come to the center every year hoping to achieve a pregnancy, mainly through In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) with egg and/or semen donation.

In honor of the children born from these treatments the Institut Marquès has recently launched a new project called The Forest of Embryos focused on reforesting an area of Mont-roig del Camp (Tarragona, Spain) affected by a devastating fire in the 90s.

The Institut is planting a tree in the name of every child born as a result of a treatment carried at the clinic. In Greece another institution has penetrated the present times by offering VF for lesbian couples.

The EmBIO Medical Center’s high success rates in fertility treatments, coupled with Greece’s progressive patient-friendly legislation, make it possible for same-sex female couples to get pregnant using IVF in Greece.

EmBIO has a long-standing history in Greece of successfully meeting the reproductive needs of same-sex female couples and lesbian communities with compassionate, patient-centered care.

They believe parenthood is a gift EVERYONE should be able to enjoy. Their mission is to ensure each patient receives exceptional individualized care during their assisted reproductive treatments to conceive and deliver healthy babies.

For nearly 20 years, EmBIO has provided patients with a highly successful donor egg program with IVF success rates reaching 70% for donor egg patients. Their specialized experience and breakthrough technologies have helped more than 15,000 babies be conceived and thousands of patients become parents from around the world.

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