IVF Cost and Fertility Treatments Abroad

From start to finish, a typical IVF protocol would require a 17-day stay abroad. Although MedVacation fertility doctors would prefer our clients to stay in their clinics for the entire IVF cycle, most patients are able to reduce the number of days spent abroad by way of starting ovulation stimulation with a local OBGYN doctor. With egg donor cycles, the length of stay abroad is even shorter, since our embryologist will need the sperm on the twelfth day of the cycle. With IVF cycles using own eggs, you can spend the first seven days at home. During that time, our doctors will work very closely with yours to get everything ready for the next step.

ivf-cost-with-fertility-doctors-abroadUntil recently, embryos were cultured for three days and then transferred to the uterus and/or cryogenically frozen for later use. Our IVF clinics now have the ability to grow the embryos for five or six days until they reach the blastocyst stage. Blastocysts have a greater chance of implantation. Blastocysts transfer is often preferred by our clients, because it allows our IVF doctors to transfer fewer embryos and lower the risk of multiple births. In addition, blastocysts transfers give couples significantly higher chances for pregnancy.

You may return home 2-3 days after the embryo transfer. Our work does not end here though. Before you leave our clinic, you will be instructed to purchase injectables, estrogen tablets and suppository medicine to support the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy. Post-transfer IVF medications from our clinics’ pharmacies cost half as much as they do in the U.S. Upon your return to your home town, you will schedule a number of appointments with either a perinatologist or an Ob doctor. Our fertility doctors will continue monitoring you and work very closely with your local doctor during these 12 weeks. They are also available for a free consultation any time after that.

If you choose to the option of being monitored by a local OBGYN for the first seven days of your IVF treatments, our low cost IVF packages start around $8,199 and include airfare for two and hotel stay.

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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.

The Cost of Removing Uterine Fibroids

If your doctor recommends you have a surgery to remove your uterine fibroids, the cost of the removal with our overseas IVF clinic is $2,800. We also want to point out that the relationship between uterine fibroids and infertility remains quite a controversial topic. Data from several recent studies does not support myomectomy in women with small-to-moderate uterine fibroids prior to IVF treatments, regardless of fibroids’ location. Our fertility doctors will need to see a medical report indicating the location of your fibroids and their size, before they can determine whether it is necessary for your fibroids to be removed. We recommend you send us your ultrasound. You can either make a copy of the CD and mail it to us or transfer the file via Skype.

Call us today to schedule a free telephone consultation with a fertility specialist to discuss your fibroid situation.

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.

IVF Clinics in US Use the Same Process Used by Our IVF Clinics Abroad

Our website states that IVF treatments with MedVacation’s fertility clinics abroad take, on average, 18 days, if the patient commences her treatments with our clinic on Cycle Day 1. Some of our clients told us that their local IVF clinics in the U.S. average 37 days from start to implantation (3 day on birth control, 5-10 days on Lupron, ultra sound, stimulation med 9-13 days, 1.5 later egg retrieval, 3-5 day transfer = 37 days). We would like to explain the IVF process and demonstrate to you that your local IVF clinic uses the same process used by our overseas IVF clinics.

IVF clinics in US, conception process, low cost ivf abroad, fertility tourism, ivf vacation, ivf tourismThe answer to this question is actually remarkably simple – your local IVF clinics in the U.S. perform egg retrieval during certain time of the month and sync up their patients’ menstrual cycles with clinics’ retrieval schedules. Since these clinics perform egg retrieval on certain days, they time IVF cycles by putting patients on birth control and/or Lupron.

Moreover, in addition to being used by IVF doctors for timing the egg retrieval day, Lupron is also taken during the IVF cycle. It is used to decrease the level of LH hormone women make for a short time and to prevent ovulation. This LH surge happens when the ovaries release the eggs, or ovulate, before the desired time or before the time of the egg retrieval. Therefore, you can add days on Lupron to your IVF cycle days rather than count those consecutively.

Our IVF clinics perform egg retrieval every day, even on weekends, if necessary. Therefore, we typically don’t put patients on OCP, but have done so in the past if they wanted to have egg retrieval on certain day. Here is a link to our page that talks about typical IVF cycle.

It may also be helpful to understand the process of natural conception. Think about your IVF cycle as natural conception process aided by our fertility specialists. Human conception is a relatively simple and yet amazingly complex process. Follow this link to learn more about the conception process and our low cost fertility treatments abroad.

One Fertility Patient’s IVF Experience Abroad

Tune in tomorrow, February 27th, to hear about one fertility patient’s IVF experience abroad. She is going to share her IVF testimonials on a radio show and you will have a chance to dial in to ask questions.

ivf-abroad-story-testimonialHere is a brief udpate on what has transpired this week. Two doctors did the procedure on Monday morning. Rebecca told us that both fertility specialists were very nice. They explained the whole procedure (embryo transfer), as it went along. One of them even drove them back to the hotel so they didn’t have to take a cab.

Prior to the transfer, the IVF doctors told Rebecca that they and the embryologist had discussed the quantity they would recommend to transfer and would freeze the rest (MedVacation clinic uses Vitrification process for freezing eggs and embryos).

The day of her embryo transfer, Rebecca was prescribed bed rest. Her IVF doctor told her she could go see a movie in the afternoon the following day (Tuesday). She returned home on Wednesday. IVF patients may travel by plane 36 hours after embryo transfer was performed. Air travel does not pose any danger to pregnancy as long as constant air pressure is maintained. Modern airplanes, as a rule, don’t have sudden air pressure changes.

IVF Story Shared by MedVacation Client on A Radio Show

One of our clients, who is currently undergoing IVF treatments abroad, is sharing her experiences on a radio show. If you are looking for an affordable, world class IVF clinic, we encourage you to tune in tomorrow.

During the first episode, Rebecca and Dr. Mitch spoke about why they had chosen MedVacation. Rebecca also mentioned criteria which she applied during the research stage prior to embarking on her IVF journey with our fertility clinic. Visit MedVacation’s blog to learn more and to listen to her IVF story, as it continues to unfold.

We also hope you can join us in rooting for Rebecca and her husband. It is our sincere hope that with a little help from our IVF clinic, they will soon become proud parents!