We spent 3 great days at the ESHRE convention and 3 great nights in Roma! So much going on – we went to the pre-convention seminar all day Sunday on Cross Border Reproduction. No surprise here.. everyone is realizing the potential of this market and they want to get in. In a nutshell, the more competition, the better it usually is for the buyer (in this case, the patient). But while it opens opportunities, it means that the patient needs to be even better educated.. there is too much at stake.
With so many new clinics trying to get in on the cross border frenzy, things may get overlooked. And it will take a few international patients to work the ‘kinks’ out. That’s where Global IVF comes in. We are discerning and we plan to talk with all of the clinics, doctors, medical tourism companies, consultants, etc so that we can pass along our notes to you… so that you, the patient, can hopefully be spared the guinea pig syndrome.
We were pleasantly surprised to learn that totally anonymous egg donation is no longer the only option when pursuing egg donation overseas. There are several countries now where an Intended Parent can get just about all of the same information as they can get in the United States – full profiles, filled with pictures of the donor, her family, her as a baby, etc. Plus all medical health information including personality information, mental health information, educational background, etc. This is a big change from what has previously been available. Of course, the donors cannot be contacted later on in life - the Intended Parent is never given ‘identifying’ information – but at least it is not totally anonymous. For instance, in the Ukraine, Russia and South Africa, Intended Parents can choose between donors… something that is not available in Spain, Czech Republic or Greece.
I know from speaking with many American Intended Parents who were considering travelling overseas for egg donation cycles, the anonymity was a big reason they chose not to eventually go abroad.. so the availability on non-anonymous donors is very compelling and should bring a shift from Czech Republic (which has been getting a great deal of focus and a large market share of business) to the Ukraine and Russia. The Italians, Swedes, Dutch, Germans, etc have been travelling to these locations for some time … now it’s time for the American market to catch up!