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Dr. Caroline Phillips

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.

8 Responses to 4 Easy Steps to Affordable Donor Eggs At IVF Clinics Abroad

  1. cordelia O. says:

    Dr. Phillips,

    I am 46 years old and have bilateral tube blockage. I have never tried ivf after the hysto because we just cannot afford the costs here in the US. A friend suggested trying abroad. I want to try with my own eggs despite advanced age and low AMH. I realize the statistics are low however I know with the technology of embryo hybridization testing I understand it is possible if we can isolate just ONE or TWO good embryos our chances are good. We simply just cant afford it here in the US. My husband is an only child and I really would like to try before giving up. If donor becomes the only option then we have to revisit that decision but I’ve never been given a single chance to try thanks to the horror of unaffordable healthcare in the US. IVF still not covered by greedy health insurance companies. All of them.

    We recently found a couple of clinics in india we are exploring. Most places in Europe have age limit of 38 and simply leaving out patients like me who desperately want a physician who will take the chance on us.

    Do you know of any clinics abroad who has the know how to work with women in my age group at a cost that won’t leave us homeless. We have very little to work with and have saved for years just to scrape it up.

    Please make suggestions. Any feedback will be appreciated ASAP.

    THANKS.

  2. Caroline Phillips (http://www NULL.fertilityclinicsabroad NULL.com/) says:

    Hello,

    The age limit for IVF clinics in Spain and the Czech Republic is 49 years so these are two countries you could try. The IVF clinics in the Czech Republic (http://www NULL.fertilityclinicsabroad NULL.com/ivf-czech-republic NULL.html) are very affordable compared to many countries and many of them offer the expertise you require. IVF clinics in Prague, Brno and Zlin all offer expert treatment at a low cost.

    I hope this helps.

  3. Jolee says:

    I am 49 years old and 6 months. I want to do IVF using donor eggs. I am very stress out because I don’t have much time left. I am looking to find a good clinic abroad who accept woman over 50 because 50 is right at the door. I may not be ready before I turn 50, but definitely will be ready to do it in my early 50. I said ready because I am saving money for that.
    Thank you

  4. Dana says:

    I am 47 years old and I chose a clinic in the Czech Republic. It is called Gynem (gynem.co.uk) and I must admit that I am very happy that I found the courage to go abroad for egg donation. People assume that health care abroad can’t match the standards in Britain but I’d say the opposite. The care and aftercare I received in Prague surpassed that of the clinic here and was a fraction of the cost. There is very short waiting time, because the clinic has its own donor database. I am lucky to be the one of the “65% success rate” as I am expecting a baby girl thanks to this clinic.

  5. Dana says:

    I am 47 years old and I chose a clinic in the Czech Republic. It is called Gynem (gynem.co.uk) and I must admit that I am very happy that I found the courage to go abroad for egg donation. People think that health care abroad can’t match the standards in Britain but I’d say the opposite. The care and aftercare I received in Prague was amazing and it was way less expensive. There is very short waiting time, because the clinic has its own donor database. I am lucky to be the one of the “65% success rate” as I am now expecting a baby girl!

  6. Geni. Wu says:

    Hi, my name is Geni, I will be 43 next few weeks, I tried 2 times IUI and I tried IVF, but they could not find enough egg so just cancelled it. What can I do ? They suggest me to do donor egg, I really want to have my own. Can I try one more time IVF or just use the donor egg. I am in US. I am asian ,not easy to found Chinese EGG in here. So sad, please help me.

  7. Mm says:

    Hello, I am 41 years old and am considering Czech Republic for egg donor ivf. My husband has Czech in his family and I am Hispanic. I read all egg donors there are Caucasian. For someone like me who would like to have some trait that resembles me (dark hair, brown eyes) do the clinics try to match the egg donor to me at all? Your response is very much appreciated.

  8. Gaby says:

    Hi Dana,

    It’s been more than a year since you posted here but if it happens to see this I would love to have more information on the Gynem clinc as this is one of the clinics I’ve been researching for my egg donor cycle!
    Thank you!

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