By Barbados IVF
Survey on Why American Women Traveling for IVF
New Survey Shows 74% of American Women Who Would Consider IVF Willing to Travel Abroad for the Procedure
-Cost and success rates are key factors in considering travel -
New York, August 17, 2010 – A recent survey of American women aged 25 to 45, released today by Barbados Fertility Centre and Ipsos Reid, found that most women who would consider In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) would also consider travelling outside of the United States for the procedure. Fully 74% of these women would be willing to travel if there was a significantly lower cost and higher pregnancy success rate.
The survey also found that women overwhelmingly believe that stress affects their likelihood of conception, with 87% agreeing they can significantly increase their chances of conceiving a child if they receive IVF in a stress-reduced environment.
“Dealing with infertility is an anxiety-ridden and costly experience for many American women and couples,” said Dr. Juliet Skinner, Medical Director of Barbados Fertility Centre, located in Barbados, in the Southern Caribbean. “We’ve seen significant increases in the number of American patients and inquiries over the past several years as IVF costs rise in the US. Our study shows American patients are willing to look beyond local medical providers when they find a cost-effective alternative that provides exceptional care.”
Depending on maternal age, the IVF success rate at Barbados Fertility Centre is 54%, compared with the US national average of 42%*. Using blastocyst, Barbados Fertility Centre is achieving a 71% success rate for women under 38. The high success rate is attributed to both rigorous clinical and laboratory standards, as well as the level of relaxation patients experience while visiting Barbados. The Centre is accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI), the US health international accreditation body that ensures operating and safety procedures are comparable or exceed US standards.
Added Dr. Skinner: “Over the past eight years, many of our American patients who previously had multiple unsuccessful cycles at home have had positive outcomes at our clinic.”
The high cost of IVF treatment in the US, particularly in California and New York where costs are the highest, can compound the stress of the procedure. The average cost of IVF in the US is $14,000 USD for one treatment cycle alone. In contrast, Americans travelling to Barbados pay an average of $5,750 USD, which is less than half the cost of receiving treatment at home. Even with the travel and medication costs factored in, the entire cost of the procedure is still significantly lower due to the rising costs of healthcare services in the US.
Stress and Infertility
Infertility and stress often go hand in hand. While it is doubtful that stress causes infertility, there is no doubt that the process of infertility is stressful. Higher stress levels have been linked to poorer outcomes from IVF, from fewer numbers of eggs being produced, to fewer embryos and most importantly, lower chances of success.
“Most women surveyed intuitively felt stress affected conception. We know that the body goes into a state of ‘fight or flight’ when stressed and this impacts the normal reproductive function,” said Lauren Marshall, Clinical Psychologist and head of the Healthy Mind/Body Program at Barbados Fertility Centre. “Women who come to Barbados for treatment are able to disconnect from their everyday routines, schedules and stressors in a way that only happens in a retreat atmosphere. Many patients find that the complete relaxation they experience has a transformative effect that contributes to their successful pregnancies.”
About Barbados Fertility Centre
Since 2002, Barbados Fertility Centre has been helping infertile couples from around the world achieve their dream of having a child. The Centre offers an attractive, affordable alternative for fertility treatment that has proven to be both effective and enjoyable for patients. As experts in the field of in In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intra-Cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and related fertility treatments, the clinic is internationally acclaimed for its extraordinary results achieved through innovative methods and advanced protocols in a highly-personalized, relaxed environment.
For more information, visit us at www.barbadosfertility.com.
About the Joint Commission International Accreditation (JCI)
Barbados Fertility Centre is a Joint Commission International (JCI) Accredited site, given the gold seal of approval by the US health accreditation body that assures high quality operating procedures and safety standards. JCI Accredited hospitals and clinics must have the same or exceed standards compared to the US in clinical outcomes, infection rates, mortality rates and cleanliness.
About the Survey
A total of 1,936 adult American women aged 25-45 years were surveyed by Ipsos Public Affairs between June 7th and 14th, 2010. Interviewing was conducted via an online survey utilizing the Ipsos iSay pre-recruited panel in the US. A representative sampling matrix according to age, region and household income was utilized to ensure a representative sample of the target audience was achieved. An oversample in New York and California was used to ensure a more robust base size for sub-group analysis. Weighting was then employed as needed to balance demographics and ensure that the sample’s composition reflects that of the target population. A survey with an unweighted probability sample of this size and a 100% response rate would have an estimated margin of error of +/-2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.