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By Dr Caroline Phillips PhD, fertilityclinicsabroad.com
For many women over 40, egg donation is the last option available to fulfil their dream of becoming a mum. However, the cost of egg donation treatment means that for some, this dream will never come true.
Fertility clinics in Europe are becoming very popular with women from the USA and the UK because they offer exceptional treatment but at a much lower cost. Here are some tips when you are trying to find the best one for you.
1. Find out if the clinic specializes in egg donation.
It seems obvious, but in some clinics, the majority of treatment cycles are IVF using a woman’s own eggs. When you are over 40 and looking for egg donation, it may be better to find a clinic that specializes in treating older women.
2. Find out about how the clinic recruits and screens their donors.
Where do they advertise? What procedures are involved in screening the donors? Which diseases are they screened for? These are all very important questions because you want to be sure that your donor is free from any infectious or genetic diseases. A good question to ask is how many people who come forward are rejected. This will give you some indication of how rigorous the screening is.
3. Find out if there are any hidden costs.
Sometimes the headline price for treatment seems good value, but once you read further you find that certain tests are excluded, or essential procedures are extra. For example, some clinics may not include embryo freezing in their price for treatment. A good idea is to have a set of criteria which you can use to compare one clinic with another.
4. Find some reviews of the clinic you have a preference for.
There’s nothing like finding out what others say about a clinic. But a word of caution: some reviews are written in the heat of the moment when emotions are running high either due to a negative or indeed a positive result. So it’s best to use personal reviews together with hard facts.
Notes for this blog:
Dr Caroline Phillips PhD is a former senior embryologist who founded FertilityClinics Abroad.com (http://www NULL.fertilityclinicsabroad NULL.com/) to assist women travelling abroad for IVF. The website provides information on treatment options in Europe, as well as offering a service to help choose a fertility clinic. Caroline has travelled extensively in Spain and the Czech Republic to ensure that the information she gathers is current and relevant.
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