My IVF Journey
Since I’ve never left North America before, I was scared to travel across the Atlantic Ocean for a fertility treatment. I heard that some people used a service that would help them with all the things that need to be done. So I researched people that could help me and settled for IVF-Traveler, who for only a few hundred dollars, was willing to do all the dirty work for me.
We settled on the week of 4th of July since my husband would be taking less days off of work that way. I am a teacher and have the whole summer free. My lady (IVF-Traveler) contacted the clinics I was interested in and both Zlin, the most popular clinic for women in the United States, and Prague clinics were available. I took about a day to debate the two clinics and decided on Prague since it was in the city (and I thought we would have more fun there), and they used PICSI and video monitoring for their embryos. That was supposed to up the chances by 10 or more percent. And I needed all the percent chances there were! They also had a sort of guarantee program where if you didn’t get any embryos, they would cycle again for free and if you didn’t get any embryos to freeze after the transfer, they would do a fresh cycle for the cost of a FET (only 900 euros). That took some of the stress away.
The last month has been a whirl-wind of planning. I bought plane tickets, made a down payment to the clinic, booked hotels, and bought fertility meds from England (for way cheaper than I ever imagined). My lady gave me advice on transportation, traveling in Europe, (like what kind of power adaptor is needed for the outlets), money exchange rates, credit cards that don’t charge a money conversion fee (capital one is the best!), and endless other things that I would have never thought about. Now I just have to hope that the meds make it in time…