What is IVF?
In vitro fertilization is a fertility treatment in which the mother’s egg and the father’s sperm are combined outside the mother’s body and then implanted in the mother’s uterus, where it will then grow and develop naturally. Since its development in the 1970s it has become a very common treatment for couples suffering from various forms of infertility, leading to the birth of millions of babies.
It is important to note that as opposed to most other forms of medical tourism, price is only one of many factors that lead people to travel for fertility treatment. In many cases, the laws governing parental rights or the details this procedure in the parents’ home country and the destination country can be vastly different.
What countries are the most popular destinations for this procedure?
India, Israel, Ukraine, Russia, Mexico, Thailand, U.S.A., and many, many more.
What is the range of prices?
In the U.S., a round of treatment can cost between $12,000 and $15,000.
$8,000 to $11,000 in Canada,
$6,000 and up in the U.K.,
$5,500 to $7,000 in Israel
$4,700 to $8,000 in Mexico,
$3,000 to $5,000 in Russia,
$4,100 to $7,000 in Thailand,
$2,000 to $7,500 in Ukraine,
$2,000 to $7,000 in India.
What are the common complications if the procedure is performed abroad?
IVF is a complex medical procedure, so even under optimal conditions it carries risks of major complications. These include ovarian cancer, miscarriage, multiple births, birth defects, emotional strain, pregnancy complications, premature birth, and more.
This is especially true when combined with the stress of international travel afterwards. Complications are also more likely if the procedure is performed in a facility that lacks international accreditation or fails to meet accepted standards of hygiene, modernity, or professionalism.
A 2017 news story described the horrific suffering of several women who had undergone fertility treatment in India. The drugs administered to women before IVF in order to induce ovulation can sometimes lead to a condition called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). In some cases, such as the ones in this story, the condition condition can be severe and life-threatening. These women experienced extreme fluid retention, bloating, breathing difficulty, and pain.