Doing Donor egg cycle outside the U.S


#1

So, ive been doing a little research about a donor egg cycle outside of the US like in Panama, or Mexico or some place like that. I havent seen definate prices anywhere, but a range from as low as 7000 to 10,000. which is soooo much less than anywhere in the U.S. and they still have awesome success rates.

Where is the down side to this???

Im trying to find one. I know the traveling might be stressful even tho its suppose to be a “vacation” wrapped together with the Fertility procedures, but anyways, it makes me wonder if its so much cheaper and good success, why arent more people going to do Donor eggs out of the country??

New stuff always makes me suspicious, any thoughts or anyone go there for treatments?? Any advice appreciated… Thank you, Rach


#2

[B]rd -[/B]I did two donor egg cycles in the Czech Republic. Neither of them worked. I would advise anyone thinking of going overseas to be very, very cautious. Unfortunately, I think many of the overseas clinics take advantage of people desperate for babies. I think the clinic I used was dishonest about many things. I began to wonder where they found their donors as there was never a waiting list, everyone was guaranteed a 5-day transfer of two top grade embryos, etc. These are things US clinics cannot guarantee so how can they? As far as I know, there is no way to verify the success rates the clinics claim to have either. However, this was just my experience. I am sure you will have a lot of ladies telling you their success stories. I would definitely advise you to make sure you have an ob locally that will monitor you and do your lining checks, etc. BEFORE you travel to the country of choice. That can be hard to find. good luck.


#3

There are many, many success stories for DE treatment abroad. Overall, the costs are lower, but in most countries the donors are mandated to be anonymous, meaning you will have limited information about them (generally you can make specific requests that the clinic will try to honor, and they may try to match blood type and your general hair/eye color characteristics).

Overall, the success rates tend to be lower than the best clinics here in the US (for example 65% abroad vs. 85% at top clinics here). Just like here in the US - unless you have immune issues or sperm or uterus issues, about 90% of DE patients will bring home a baby within 3 fresh cycles.

Many of the top clinics abroad do have waiting lists of several months, but some don’t. You will find the most popular clinics tend to be in university towns where they have access to healthy young potential donors.

The clinics that offer a guarantee of embryos to transfer generally look at it as it is their responsibility to make sure the donors are well-selected and will produce quality eggs. So, they are willing to take the risk and guarantee the two embryos (or offer a discount or return treatment if they cannot do this). I think that makes them even more careful about choosing donors that are healthy and will produce good quality eggs - since they are at risk if the donor does not produce eggs that develop into quality embryos. So, I see that guarantee as a very positive thing.

Overall, due to the lower cost of overseas treatment, it makes DE IVF affordable and accessible for people who otherwise may not be able to continue fertility treatment.

It is best to go in to it with eyes wide open and ask lots of questions. You may want to check out my blog: IVF Traveler for more about traveling abroad for treatment. Good luck!


#4

Hi there

i’m also interested in clinics abroad. Plan my IVF with egg donation in Ukraine. Now in the initial stage of negotiation with reproductive agency. The Patient Coordinator explained me all details of the process.
They have a good database of young donors. Can say the costs are much less than in UK, USA and Europe.
Hope for luck!:pray:


#5

[COLOR=“Navy”][SIZE=“4”][FONT=“Lucida Sans Unicode”]India is cheaper, we will spend less than $5000 USD using known donor (taking with us). IFV itself is only around $3000.

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#6

I would not do this. I feel it is a false economy. I do not live in the US, I am a 16 hour flight away from my clinic. I could have cycled ‘locally’, but wanted to go somewhere with good success rates. The US is definitely the best country in the world where you can do DE IVF.


#7

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#8

egg donation in Slovakia

We are pregnant after DE IVF at Gyn-Fiv clinic in Slovakia as my Mom comes from Slovakia. I was very pleased with the clinic. They very very nice and patient to us.
They are charging 4300euro for one cycle. Their web is gyn-fiv.sk.

If you need anything just ask and I will be happy to help.

Good luck with your cycle :flower:


#9

Legal issues

The topic of reproductive tourism was discussed at some length on this online radio show regarding legal issues associated with donor eggs, sperm, embryos:

Radio Shows

Bottom line, the attorneys on this show were quite wary about going outside the U.S. due to lack of FDA oversight and consistent reporting.

Not expressing an opinion or judgment myself here, just passing on a resource.


#10

I live In Mexico and have done my treatments here, donor egg cycle is about $8500 total…
Just FYI for you ladies wanting to know…


#11

Slovakia/Czech/anywhere?

[quote=svetlana70]We are pregnant after DE IVF at Gyn-Fiv clinic in Slovakia as my Mom comes from Slovakia. I was very pleased with the clinic. They very very nice and patient to us.
They are charging 4300euro for one cycle. Their web is gyn-fiv.sk.

If you need anything just ask and I will be happy to help.

Good luck with your cycle :flower:[/quote]

please, anyone with good contacts for travel outside the USA for anyone seeking as close to cauc. ethnicity as possible, please email me …
[email protected]

i am having a tough time even contemplating the USA fees for DE vs out of the USA. I’m not nervous about travel for much anything. BTDT … Honestly, for the better clinics with better success rates, it seems like legalized highway robbery. I’ve worked in the medical field too long to know true costs of treatment.

we’ve adopted internationally, so this really isn’t a whole lot different. i’m not concerned about the citizenship woes since my dh is a US citizen, I am too, and I wouldn’t have the baby outside the USA.


#12

I live in Mexico and had my treatments in Mexico, I just had my transfer today with donor egg, and when I did my own cycle I did that here too, and had a BFP - sadly it ended due to chromosonal issues… My doctor has VERY high success rates, the hospital we go to is beautiful and could rival a US hospital anyday, the cost from what I understand was a third of what women pay in the US. I am all out of pocket so if I was in the US it would have been hard…
Any questions, let me know…


#13

[quote=carlosandangie]I live in Mexico and had my treatments in Mexico, I just had my transfer today with donor egg, and when I did my own cycle I did that here too, and had a BFP - sadly it ended due to chromosonal issues… My doctor has VERY high success rates, the hospital we go to is beautiful and could rival a US hospital anyday, the cost from what I understand was a third of what women pay in the US. I am all out of pocket so if I was in the US it would have been hard…
Any questions, let me know…[/quote]

Not to sound too uneducated but is it easy enough to obtain donor eggs from nonhispanic in Mexico? My dh and I are both white. We were hoping to match myself as well as possible. This whole process is so daunting. I’ve been through the woes of international adoption and didn’t want to do that again. But, this has its own issues that makes choosing a country just as difficult. Help! Hope you have great news after your 2ww. :slight_smile:


#14

[quote=carlosandangie]I live in Mexico and had my treatments in Mexico, I just had my transfer today with donor egg, and when I did my own cycle I did that here too, and had a BFP - sadly it ended due to chromosonal issues… My doctor has VERY high success rates, the hospital we go to is beautiful and could rival a US hospital anyday, the cost from what I understand was a third of what women pay in the US. I am all out of pocket so if I was in the US it would have been hard…
Any questions, let me know…[/quote]

Another question … are you doing fresh cycles first or do you have to choose frozen donor eggs? Thanks.


#15

Hello bluejay -

You have every right to be concerned… I am a white woman, blonde hair green eyes, my husband is mexican but has very light skin. My donor had blonde hair and blue eyes, she was my height and curly hair like me… He had 3 women to choose from that had my characteristics and told me if I wanted to wait he was going to be getting more. She is of spaniard decent, and they tend to have light hair, light eyes, light skin. She has 3 children already 4,3, and 6 mths, she was 25… and produced 27 eggs, 20 fertilized. I did a frssh cycle and I find out today how many made it to freeze.
Donor compensation with my RE was $800, her tests were $546, medication was $2,000 or so and the procedure including ICSI, assisted hatching and 5 day was $4588… Freezing is $500 for the 1st year and $200 every year after that…

If you have any other questions let me know…


#16

Thank you CarlosandAngie,

My dh is very interested in Mexico. Can you tell me which clinic you are using? Send me any and all info you have, please.


#17

Yes Angie, please can you let us know the clinic details. Thanks.


#18

[I]www.[B]fertilite[/B]center.com[/I]

[I]Dr. Walters was my doctor - the embryologist is the sweetest man… Now - I do have to warn you… Dr. Walters can be a little difficult to deal with - he has a hard time with English, but does speak it… We speak fluent spanish so it wasnt as bad - I didnt know some of the really big words, but I think it was easier for him to speak spanish. The staff speaks english, Maria is great! [/I]

[I]With Dr. Walters you HAVE to ask questions, dont just assume he will tell you… that was the one thing that just frustrated me! I sucked it up and went to him because his success is so high! [/I]

[I]If you decide to call tell them Carlos and Angelica Jam referred you, that way they know you know someone and they will be a little more welcoming… We were referred as well… [/I]

[I]The names of the meds are different only because it is in Mexico, but when I looked them up they were EXACTLY the same as US… [/I]

[I]The hospital is BEAUTIFUL and almost every one we encountered from lab, to front desk, to the nurses all spoke English…[/I]

[I]Very easy to find and get too… [/I]

[I]Hope this helps ladies! [/I]


#19

If you want to find a good company that can help you overseas with good clinics and egg donation try go into Egg Donation South Africa | Egg Donors| Fertility Care SA:cheer:


#20

pumpkin1234 hi. did you use that company to arrange travel outside the USA? I need help! I want to get started but when I read the success rates on international websites, it knocks the wind out of my sails. :frowning:

CarlosandAngie, I contacted the office where you went via their website. If I (we) end up going that route, could you tell me where to stay and how to arrange travel? The only out of country travel I’ve done is going to China to adopt our 6 “babes” (not all at once). I can maneuver that country just fine now. But, I know nothing about Mexico. :slight_smile: Which is the best months for travel? Is that office / hospital located in a safe area? Do you know of any escort services in your area to hire drivers and translators? Hugs and many thanks. Hoping you are resting a bunch and can hardly wait for your news when the wait is up. Can I ask, did you freeze the other fertilized ones / embies? How much is that? I sincerely want to give this my best shot. How much are FET there?