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Monday, July 6th 2009, 11:25am

Confused about options abroad

Hi all

I've just finished my second cycle of ICSI and sadly got a BFN. I will have a telephone follow up appt later this week after the cons has reviewed my file, but the nurse has just told me the next earliest date available for booking EC is early January!! X( This means stimming starts just after Christmas. I feel utterly deflated, 6 months is a long time for me. I'm only 30, DH is 42, but we sold our business and (semi) retired last year to fund our treatment and set up a better lifestyle for ourselves. This means that aside from voluntary work I do for a charity and a children's nursery, I'm a bit in limbo in between treatments. I can't face the prospect of another 6 months of 'doing nothing' so we are considering the options of going abroad.

We have to have ICSI, as DH has low sperm count/motility etc, but ideally I would prefer to travel abroad for the start of Stimms, have all scans etc and EC/ET done at the same place. Is this possible at some clinics? I have read various threads and am a bit baffled by the way treatment abroad works. How do they obtain your medical history? Do you have to visit for an initial consultation and have all the same tests as here in the UK, i.e HIV, Hep, SA, etc? Do they put you on the pill and then down reg in the same way as over here?

Aaargh, so many questions I know, I just hope somebody out there might be able to help!?!

I understand in some clinics the cost really wouldn't vary much from here (we jhave ust paid £3352.50) but it is really for the lack of a waiting list that I am considering it, rather than the cost.

Any help or advice much appreciated

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Monday, July 6th 2009, 11:59am

Hi Clare,

Good luck with your search. There are lots of clinics abroad that dont have waiting lists. I'm surprised that your clinic here has a waiting list that long? Is it NHS or private? Usually private clinics are much quicker. Anyway, I'm going abroad because the waiting list for egg donation is much shorter. There are lots of places you could look at - I know that there's a link on here for a clinic in Hungary that is pretty cheap. We've chosen FIV in Spain, but there are LOADS of clinics to chose from.

I think most clinics will accept test results from the UK so you should need to get them repeated, although most of them will need to be less than 6 months old. I am not sure about how the actual treatment works, because I would assume you would need to be in the country where you are being treated, while stimming, as you will need scans etc. The best thing to do is contact a few clinics, and get them to call you back. Have a list of questions, and then see which you get the best feel for. (That's what I did!).

Good luck!

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Monday, July 6th 2009, 12:20pm

Thanks Abby

I'm keen on a clinic in Norway, and have also seen the one in Hungary. I have seen FIV in Spain, plus one or two more, but mostly seem to focus on egg donation.

The clinic I am using is for both NHS and Private clients, which is why I think the wait is so long. It is a relatively small clinic but as I am in Cornwall, it is the only one down here. I've just emailed Bristol CRM to find out what the waiting list is like there, and I've had a look at Exeter but it seems their prices are sky high.

I'm going to email Norway and see what they say I guess.

Thanks again, good luck at your appointment

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Monday, July 6th 2009, 7:54pm

Hi Claire,

I am also researching clinics abroad.
Annoyingly I think the Norway clinic are on holiday now until 20th August!
Its our favourite at the moment but I have also emailed some others.
Cheapest so far is Reprofit in the Czech Republic. None of them have waiting lists.

Good luck - let us know how you get on.

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Wednesday, July 8th 2009, 4:58pm

Hi Claire

I too am looking to go abroad, I was also a June failure :bawl:

I am considering Spain, Turkey and barbados, tho B'dos is a bit far to go if i need to repeat a cycle, but they have good sucesss rates and I am keen to combine this cycle with holiday, I found my cycle quite stressful having to juggle work and home life. so this time I want to actually look forward to the treatment and the break. :cheeers:

We're planning on waiting until November so that I can carry out some additional test before hand and perhaps fibriod removal.

Anyway would be great to hear from anyone who has actually used a clinic abroad.

much love
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Friday, September 25th 2009, 9:45am

Hi everyone,

I know all you gals posted sometime ago, but for anyone that is confused as to where to go or protocols of clinics abroad, I can probably help. I am a fertility nurse specialist and have spent the last 5 years working at a centre on the Costa del Sol. I now work with one in Athens and one in Madrid. Both centres do all types of treatments except for Athens that does not do PGD. They are smaller centres so you are definitely treated as a person, not just a number.

Anywho, for anyone that is interested my main website address is below.

Good luck to everyone!

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