Infertility Treatment Abroad
Every year in Britain over 30, 000 patients receive infertility treatment, with only a one out of six success rate. Since not all couples qualify for treatment from the NHS and private care is too expensive infertility treatment has become a popular procedure abroad.
Not all cases of infertility has to be treated with surgery or complex procedures. Many clinics abroad now offer Clomid treatments, a drug alternative used to help induce ovulation. The pill form for infertility is normally the best treatment for women whose infertility problems are caused by ovulation. The treatment is effective is 80% of women – however, it may be less successful in heavier or older women.
Intrauterine adhesions (scar tissue inside the uterus) is also a cause of infertility and, in the case of scar tissue, can have be removed to increase chances of pregnancy. Ovulation Induction (OI) is another treatment for women with fertility issues during the ovulation process. OI treatment prescribes follicle-stimulating hormones to stimulate the eggs and follicle development within the ovary.
Further down the line of treatment is Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). Also known as Artificial Insemination, the treatment can be for both male and female infertility problems. Female candidates for this treatments are given medication to increase egg production and artificial insemination is timed to coincide with the ovulation cycle.
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a method used by fertility specialists normally for women who have severely blocked fallopian tubes, severe damage or no fallopian tubes at all. This treatment can also benefit male patients who have a low sperm count. Eggs and sperm are removed from both the male and female patients for this process and mixed in a laboratory. If cell division begins and the eggs have been fertilised, they are placed back into the uterus.
Turkey is one of the leading countries in fertility treatment. Turkey’s new micro-economic sector, based on medical tourism, helps the country cater and fund the most popular procedures (such as infertility treatment and cosmetic surgery) as well as straightforward medical treatment. With private healthcare blooming in Turkey the country now has more links to insurance companies to offer quality and safer healthcare for patients.
Turkey makes more investments in new technology each year to cater for the rapid increase of foreign patients, with medical teams also consisting of American and European Doctors who have trained in the United States.
Like most countries providing medical treatment abroad Turkey offers competitive prices throughout its clinics but all of which are cheaper than US and UK prices. For patients flying from the UK, Turkey is generally the most popular destination due to cheap flights and holiday opportunities whilst recuperating.
The cost for almost any procedure in India is a tenth of the cost it would be in the UK or US; infertility treatment is no exception. For India the medical tourism industry is booming with quality healthcare, well-trained doctors, high standard facilities and international confidence.
India provides all kinds of infertility treatment but is also the most popular destination for surrogacy. The complete package for surrogacy is around $10, 000 to $27, 000, which includes all fees up to the delivery of the baby in the hospital. Laws on surrogacy in India are flexible and is normally a third of the cost than in the UK, including travel and hotel stays.
Although not known for its fertility treatment like India or Turkey, treatment in Spain is also popular due to incredibly low prices and its closeness to the UK. Treatment in Spain can be 30 – 70% cheaper than treatment in the UK. Spanish hospitals hire English speaking staff, recuperative holidays and the utmost patient comfort during their stay.
Healthcare in Spain is a combination of both private and public funding. The facilities in Spain are up to date with some of the most advanced medical clinics in Europe; Spanish surgeons must train for six years before they are qualified and more if doctors wish to specialise in certain procedures.