Straight Talk on Fertility Tourism and IVF Treatments Abroad

The founder of MedVacation Taras Kuzin took part in a radio show whose topic was fertility tourism. The host, Dawn Davenport, and the guests on this show provided some great information about IVF with fertility clinics abroad and egg donations overseas. Visit MedVacation’s website to listen to recording of this episode.

Understanding Conception and IVF Treatments

What happens during IVF treatments and how does the in vitro fertilization process work? Human conception is a relatively simple and yet immensely complex process. Think about your IVF cycle as natural conception process aided by our fertility specialists. It may also be helpful to understand the process of natural conception.

The natural conception process begins on the first day of your menstrual cycle. In IVF, we also call this day Cycle Day 1. During the next 12 to 14 days occurs what fertility specialists refer to as follicular phase, the event that results in the ovulation of a mature egg. It’s called “follicular phase,” because the eggs develop in a fluid-filled sacs called the follicles. On Cycle Day 1, your body starts developing follicles. Women of reproductive age begin to develop many eggs during each monthly cycle. Naturally, however, usually just one of the eggs will reach maturity while the rest undergo a process of degeneration, and are absorbed by the body forever. When that one egg is mature, it is released from the ovary. The egg will be capable of being fertilized for only the next 12 to 24 hours. If not fertilized within that time, it is simply reabsorbed by the body. You may be wondering how IVF patients develop more than 20 eggs during a single IVF cycle. With IVF medications, our fertility doctors help your body to develop more than one egg during the first 10 days of the cycle.

Fertility Treatments AbroadOn day 14 of the typical 28-day cycle, woman’s egg is mature and ovulation occurs. As the egg begins it descend through the fallopian tubes, it meets with sperm and gets fertilized. Ovulation triggers many other changes in the body. For example, as a result of changes in the levels of hormones, the cervical mucus becomes penetrable. At the same time, the lining of the uterus is getting ready to accept an ebryo implantation. In contract to the natural process, our IVF doctors will retrieve the mature eggs on Cycle Day 12. It is important to note that it may take up to 17 days to retrieve your eggs, if your ovaries do not respond well to stimulation meds. Normally IVF medications are taken for 10 days. However, if patient’s ovaries don’t respond well, the patient may be instructed to take medication up to five days longer.

Understanding In Vitro TreatmentsTypically, our IVF clinics perform egg retrieval on Cycle Day 12. The very same day, the eggs are fertilized with sperm either by conventional insemination or by ICSI. The eggs will be checked the following day to document fertilization and again the next day to evaluate the early cell division. Until recently, embryos were cultured for three days and then transferred to the uterus or cryogenically frozen for later use. Our IVF clinics now have the ability to grow the embryos for five until they reach the blastocyst stage. Blastocysts have a greater chance of implantation. This, in turn, allows our IVF doctors to transfer fewer embryos and lower the risk of multiple births while increasing the chance of pregnancy.

The final step in the IVF cycle is the embryo transfer. As it is the case with the natural fertilization, not all embryos will grow in the laboratory dish. The embryo(s) that continue to divide and grow is transferred into patient’s uterus about the time it would arrive there in a natural conception. Unused embryos can be cryopreserved for later use.

Visit our website to learn what you will do each step of the way, as you go through your IVF treatments.

Affordable International Surrogacy Programs

affordable-international-surrogacy-india-abroadThe cost of hiring a surrogate mother in the U.S. can vary between $80K and 120K. The direct compensation to the surrogate mother ranges between 20 and 40 thousand dollars. International surrogacy programs are much more affordable. The cost ranges between $35K and $60K, depending on the country and the IVF clinic. The substantial potential savings are the driving force behind the growth of international surrogacy industry.

Recently, there has certainly been a great deal of media attention surrounding international surrogacy in a number of countries around the world. First, it was difficult to miss the high profile surrogacy case from down under. A few weeks ago, Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urban announced the birth of their second daughter. The couple’s use of a surrogate mother has sparked a fresh debate about surrogacy and its purpose. Interestingly, Kidman has a long history of fertility problems and is known to have previously undergone IVF treatment.

Next, Elton John and his partner David Furnish proclaimed the happy news of their involvement in the birth of the singer’s son Zachary. A headline of one of the articles read “Two mothers were required to produce his heir.” In case you are wondering how it is possible, we can assure you that there was nothing extraordinary. One of the mothers was the egg donor, while the other one was what’s called gestational carrier. The kid may not be an ueberchild, but may have still inherited his dad’s singing talent…. IF his father is indeed Sir Elton John. The details of the surrogacy are kept in secret.

Then there was news from India. The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has recently introduced a bill, which proposes a number of policies ranging from significant regulations on IVF clinics to restrictions on ART access. We found a great review summarizing the proposed bill and the effects it will have on the surrogate clinics if the proposed bill gets enact into law.

We wanted to share some thoughts on the proposed legislature pertaining to surrogate mothers in India. We actually think that the effect will not be all bad. We also thought, ‘why not indulge in a little bit of shameless self-promotion?’………especially since MedVacation’s international surrogacy program probably offers the best value in the fertility tourism industry.

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