Hi, my understanding is that most Irish women go to Europe.
Maggie in VA (Login maggie1961) Posted Jun 20, 2012 10:30 AM
Now the article below is 2008, but there was an Irish woman posting regularly (she's probably close to delivery now) up till recently, and she cycled in the Czech Republic, as did I (I'm U.S.). The cost of DE in the U.S. varies dramatically, from about $8K to $30K+ depending on the clinic you use, whether you have a split (share the eggs with other couple[s]) or full cycle, or whether you have a vitrified egg cycle. I know that many U.K. and Irish women go to Spain, the Czech Republic, and Ukraine, but the article also mentions Crete.
I suggest you join fertilityfriends.co.uk as they have support for women cycling all over the world.
Anyway, I was in a difficult legal situation that added to the financial incentive to go overseas, but many U.S. women cycle overseas due to the high cost of treatment here. The good thing for UK and Irish women is that there are inexpensive flights to the Czech Republic (and probably to the other destinations the article mentions), and accommodations and food are very affordable.
A DE cycle at the clinic I used (CRM Zlin) costs 4500EU and about another 360EU for the recipient's medication. ICSI is included and standard, because with the lower numbers of eggs typically retrieved, they don't want to leave fertilization to chance (although you can request to forgo it). More UK women go to CRM's sister clinic, Reprofit, as there are direct flights to Brno from London (don't know about Ireland). Since U.S. women have to fly into a major international airport anyway, it's less important which clinic they drive to. There are plenty of other Czech clinics, too, but be sure to check out any overseas clinic you use at fertilityfriends.co.uk, because not everyone has good experiences.
Maggie (in VA)
PS: the article mentions "exploitation" of eastern European women, but bear in mind that the Czech Republic is central Europe, and while compensation is not as high as in other countries, they use low stimulation methods and risk to the donors is reduced. Can't comment on Ukraine although I seriously considered cycling there.