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Offline sparkler2020

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IVF Abroad advice... NHS wait times
« on: 9/01/20, 15:10 »
Hello all

I was hoping and wondering if anyone can provide any recommendations for IVF clinics abroad from experience.

Below is our journey to date...
 
Myself and my husband live in the UK I am 37 and he is 39. 
We realised we may have a problem conceiving, I went to the GP who sent me for a bloods which came back as good showing normal ovulation etc.
My husband was referred for a semen analysis which showed a more negative result showing low sperm count and his morphology was 0% sadly.

The GP referred us to the local hospital for assisted fertility, the appointment was given immediately and we went for out first appointment two weeks later.  Which was brilliant I had presumed we would have to wait a long time for appointments.

The hospital visit was with a specialist fertility nurse who gave us some information and asked us to do some further tests. 
Test to be taken by my husband to have another semen analysis.  He was also referred to a urologist, we have not had any appointments come through yet 3 weeks so far.
Myself I need to have a blood test in a few days on first day of my cycle then book in for HyCoSy. 

Our next appointment to discuss these results is in 5 months.  Which is terrifyingly long, than further wait time for treatment and a baby we could be looking at 2years before we have a baba. 

The NHS only allow you one child before you pay privately to have further children.  Additionally you are only allowed one embryo transfer.
NHS provide treatment in my district up till the age of 39years old.

My mind set at present is that it would be logical to go private and abroad as it will be cheaper than here in UK hence more affordable for us.
For child two we would have to explore the private route.

Additionally to have a two embryo transfer which is allowed abroad and hope of a twin pregnancy that would complete our family once.
I know some people are against this, however for us and our ages it makes sense. 
 
I believe from my own research we would need to have ICSI treatment. 

I would really like and be grateful for some advice and recommendations.

Thank you so much for reading this and I hope you can help.  X

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    Offline snowdropwood

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    « Reply #1 on: 9/01/20, 19:17 »
    Hi there ,

    my situation is different , i am beginning to look at treatment ( double donation as a single person ) in Europe though the UK clinic i am at is an option  too ( there are pros and cons to travel and treatment outside the UK interms of regulations/ costs etc ) - the most popular seem to be Spain , czech R , Greece, Cypus. Sorry I have just begun to research so my info is limited and situation different .  I had a 2 embryo transfer in the UK private clinic because of my age ( not successful) ,   good luck x

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    « Reply #2 on: 9/01/20, 22:24 »
    Snowdropwood

    Thank you for responding.  Good luck to you hope it all works out!

    It really is so tough to be in this situation and find a clinic.  Hence hoping someone will recommend options from their own experiences. 

    Fingers crossed!

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    « Reply #3 on: 10/01/20, 20:27 »
    I would recommend you look in the international section and look at specific clinics/countries.

    Itís worth considering the practicalities of going abroad: so consider how close you are to the airport and where you can easily travel too from where you live. Personally we ruled out certain places because the transport would be so complex and cause lots of extra stress.

    Also work out expenses etc for when you are there. For us it worked out only a bit more to have treatment in the UK (paying privately at an NHS hospital) and therefore we stayed here.

    If your husband has to go through further tests it may be an idea to wait a little while, or see if you can get a cancellation, before you make a decision. Thereís nothing to stop you researching, and some clinics offer free Skype/email consultations etc.

    Good luck xxx

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    « Reply #4 on: 12/01/20, 09:50 »
    Hello Cloudy

    Thanks for taking the time to respond.  I have given your response great thought and am going to wait further to get my husbands results. 
    Frustrating as it is we have to wait till May.

    I will do intense research for ivf abroad, just hoping someone will help me with recommendations.  I am thinking Turkey would be a good choice. 

     

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    « Reply #5 on: 12/01/20, 12:50 »
    Hi, I am sorry to know you are going through this. I have been happy with my clinic, excellent service, prompt communication, and affordable prices. From what I remember a brother of prof. Lukashuk also works in the clinic, and he is one of the best urologists in Poland. However, I do not know whether he speaks English. If you mail the clinic, I am sure you will get info you need. Hope this helps x

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    « Reply #6 on: 12/01/20, 18:53 »
    Hello Cloudy

    Thanks for taking the time to respond.  I have given your response great thought and am going to wait further to get my husbands results. 
    Frustrating as it is we have to wait till May.

    I will do intense research for ivf abroad, just hoping someone will help me with recommendations.  I am thinking Turkey would be a good choice.

    One option could be to see if you can have the tests for your husband privately (either in the UK or abroad) to speed things up? It may be an option, but if they are wanting to do treatment and see how he responds then itís probably best to wait and see. Itís also s good time to help yourselves: Iíd recommend the book It Starts With An Egg for things you can do to help egg and sperm.

    Good luck xxx