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Carla1

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Tuesday, August 17th 2010, 11:34am

Where do I start?

Hi Everyone,

Could anyone give me some advice about where to start researching treatment abroad?

I have NO idea where to start or what to look for!! ? ?(
Me 24 - Tubal Damage - No children
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Tuesday, August 17th 2010, 11:42am

I'm sure someone will be along soon to help. There was a conference thingy recently with people from across the world, but that's not helpful now is it!!

There are a number of ladies on here with treatment in Spain. You'll also be redirected I would have though to info pages Eeyore and the team have written. So I'm sure you'll have loads of help very very soon.

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Tuesday, August 17th 2010, 11:48am

Hi and welcome

I hope you like it on here, we have very friendly and supportive members that are sure to make your TTC journey that little bit easier, I hope you feel right at home with us all soon. This thread may be a good start and I will also ask one of our mods who had tx abroad to pop over and say hi!


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Tuesday, August 17th 2010, 12:14pm

Hi there

Welcome to FZ! Have just read your post and didn't want to read and run, am just off out but will be back later today with a decent reply for you. Can I just ask, are you looking for straight forward IVF or are you looking at using a donor?

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Tuesday, August 17th 2010, 1:04pm

"are you looking for straight forward IVF or are you looking at using a donor?"

No, just straightforward...
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Tuesday, August 17th 2010, 4:18pm

:hello: Hi Carla1
I'm afraid I don't know much about treatment abroad, but there are lots of ladies on here who do, and I'm sure people will soon drop by with some advice.
Just wanted to welcome you to :FZ: and wish you lots of :goodluck: on your journey!
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Tuesday, August 17th 2010, 4:52pm

Hey Carla

Right, I'm back!

I went for treatment in Spain as I wanted to use donor eggs and basically it is much easier to do so in Spain, I had a clinic recommended to me by my UK clinic so it was fairly straightforward for me.

There are loads of clinics throughout Europe who offer good IVF services, Spain seems to be among the most popular countries, from my experience and from what I read of others they all seem to have a good reputation and very good success rates. Prices can vary hugely though, anything from 5K up to over 10K.

I have a good friend who had successful treatment in Greece and I know that Norway and the Czech Republic are other known destinations and of course if you fancy going to the trouble of crossing 'The Pond' then there's always the USA!

I think the best thing you can do is to spend some time looking through some different clinics' websites and contact a few you like the look of. Speak to them to get a feel for what they have to offer, language barrier should not be a problem if they are a reputable clinic, many of the staff in such places seem to be multi lingual so don't be afraid to speak to them (I know it is daunting enough to be thinking about IVF, never mind wondering if the person at the end of the phone can speak your language, I am awful at making calls and even I was OK about phoning up Spain!!)

Make sure you know what is included in the price, often the price quoted does not include the cost of drugs and you may also need to factor in possible scans here in the UK so you'll need to find out if you have to line up a UK clinic to assist you with this - I was paying about £100 for an ultra sound scan here. Lots of clinics offer a refund programme, eg, you pay up front for three cycles and if they all fail you get your money back (less cost of drugs) which is a gamble but possibly worth considering.

The other expense is of course travel and accommodation, some clinics offer an inclusive service where they assist in finding you hotels to stay and often they will arrange to meet you at the airport, a nice service which my DH and I probably would have appreciated if it had been on offer to us. You may need to decide whether you are going to stay in the country in question for the whole cycle or if you will go home to start your cycle and just travel in time for egg collection and stay until just after embryo transfer.

Basically, just be 100% sure of what you are doing before you do it, it's very easy to just go abroad for any kind of medical treatment without thinking it through properly, IVF is still a serious medical procedure and not something to be taken lightly, remember also that even cultural differences can be difficult to deal with. I even found that the Spanish treat you in a more matter of fact way than perhaps our doctors do here. I don't mean that they weren't caring, just different and it can be hard to take before you appreciate it's just their way.

Anyway, hope that helps a bit, if you take a look in our treatment abroad forum there are lots of threads about various clinics some of the girls have been to.

If you've got any other questions then feel free to ask away and I'll do my best to answer.

:goodluck: to you.

Love Gracie

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Me - 40 AMH 1.79, DH - 45
TTC since 04/06
6 x TX to date, inc 2 DIVF in Barcelona

One early loss, 04/09
Freya Grace arrived on 6/11/10 - Perfect at 6lb and 1/2 oz

Amazing natural :BFP: on 12/02/12
Poppy Ann arrived on 13/10/12 - Born at home weighing 6lb 12oz

We got there in the end! happydance




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