IVF treatment abroad explained by research

IVF treatment abroad is becoming increasingly popular as European couples desperate for a baby explore options that appeal to them both medically and financially.

This is the conclusion of research that was presented to the 25th annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.

The main motivation of seeking fertility treatment abroad was the belief that better care would be received.

Another primary reason was to pursue treatments that may be currently banned in their host country.

A pattern of particular countries being visited for certain types of treatment emerged.

Study coordinator Dr Francoise Shenfield, from University College Hospital in London, commented: "Spain and the Czech Republic are popular destinations for oocyte donation; Swedes travel to Denmark for insemination, and French to Belgium."

She also highlighted the significant numbers of Italians who travel abroad to receive treatment that was rendered illegal in their home country under recent legislation or because they believe they will receive better quality care.

One in seven couples around the world are thought to be affected by fertility issues.

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