There were three reasons we wanted to go abroad for our IVF treatment.
Firstly, here in the UK we were told we would be waiting for 1-3 years for the donor egg that we needed. That was with me having pretty common characteristics to match. By going to Prague it took them a few days.
Secondly the success rates in some countries are much higher than in the UK (It’s debatable as to why this is, but in the world of IVF it’s definitely makes it more tempting).
The third reason is the cost. Our initial list of costs to make a baby was about half abroad than the UK. In the back of my mind I always wondered if there would be any hidden extras though. Things I hadn’t thought of as I hadn’t had IVF abroad before so I thought it would be interesting to tot the actual cost up in case you are thinking of it too.
As you guys know, we chose Gynem Clinic in Prague through Medical Travel Czech.We paid for some parts in Euros, some in GBP, however I’m using GBP in this post to make it easier. We used Czech currency (Koruna’s) for general day to day things like food and I’d recommend doing that as it was far cheaper than using Euros.
Pre screening blood tests (we had them at The Medical) | £361.40
(Blood group, rhesus status, phospholipid antibodies, chlamydia swab, ureaplasma and mycoplasma swab and consultation)
Scan (for endometrial thickness): I was quoted £79 by Ultrasound direct (more at other private clinics) however they cancelled on me last minute which caused a lot of stress. Thankfully as my period was late which delayed treatment anyway I was able to have one free at Gynem.
Initial skype consultation with Gynem | £134
(which is deducted IVF programme if you go ahead)
IVF with Donor eggs, ICSI and blastocyst culture at Gynem : £3990
Intralipids (optional) | £89
Embryoscope (optional) | £445
Flights UK to Prague via Easyjet, 2 adults and 2 year old | £464.99
Airport transfer to accommodation | provided by Gynem
Airport transfer return journey | £20
Travel insurance (through the Post Office) |£61.45
E111 card| free
Accommodation through Air B n B for 17 nights (Gynem advised usually people only stay around 10 nights and in hindsight we could have saved money by having intralipids here and travelling at a later date) | £900
Total | £6410.84
Food | We chose accommodation with a kitchen so that we could cook for ourselves. We did eat out occasionally and found in the tourist areas this was only slightly cheaper than the Uk.
Travel to the clinic | This was minimal as the tram system is cheap and easy. We used an Uber taxi to get home the day of transfer which was cheaper than usual taxis.
Flights | As my period was late, our transfer was actually the day before we were due to fly home. Whilst the advice was that it was safe to fly home, I just felt I would blame myself for travelling so soon if I didn’t travel later. We couldn’t switch the date with Easyjet to the one we needed so had to book new flights at a cost of with Ryan Air | £220
Accommodation| We also had a noise issue at our Air BnB so cancelled the last few nights (which were refunded) and booked a slightly better one to make the most of the last few nights at £251 for 4 nights
We wanted to make the stay a bit of a holiday. Have good memories to look back on whatever the outcome so we did a few activities there:
We took £500 spending money, Within that budget we managed to visit Prague zoo, Madame Tussauds, Aqua Park, Old Town square a few times, eating out and cinema and travel, mainly using the tram system.
To compare, we were quoted the following for the same procedures (consultation, tests, IVF with egg donation, ICSI, scans and medications) in the UK, with the long waiting list for donor eggs.
Fertility tests| £800
Initial consultation| £200
IVF using donor eggs| £6250
Blastocyst culture | £800
Our local clinic don’t offer Embryoscope
Total | £10,200
Obviously you can see it worked out cheaper, but its incredibly important to do your research on a clinic first. Uk or abroad, but especially abroad. Look for reviews, ask in forums and check out their social media. Good luck!
We collaborated with Gynem Fertility Clinic for our treatment. You can tell everything I write is from the heart and I like to be open and honest so click here for the disclaimer about the collab and what the video diary of our treatment on youtube to see how it went.