Destination: Brazil Fertility Treatment

IVF in South AmericaMany flock to Brazil each year for things like cosmetic surgery – it’s been one of the highly sought after go to places for years.  It’s a perfect place to have a little nip and tuck and then rest in paradise as you recover.

Recently Brazil has expanded into other kinds of medicine including Brazil fertility treatment.  Brazil has over 150 total centers that are offering varying fertility treatments.  These centers are accredited by the JCI (Joint Commission International).  Many of Brazil’s physicians are trained in the USA.  Now more than ever many are speaking English. The reason of course that many travel to Brazil for fertility treatment is the cost with their success rates being above average.

Regulation regarding fertility clinics is at the statute level.  There is a national licensing body. Most infertility clinics are registered with the Red Latinoamericana de Reproduccion Assistida, By Anvisa (a Brazilian Government Agency), the Brazilian Federal Medicine Council (CFM) and/or the National Surveillance Agency. On, January 6th, 2011 Brazil’s national association of doctors have relaxed the rules governing IVF (in vitro fertilization). Brazil has the world’s largest Catholic population, with more than 73% of its citizens identifying as Roman Catholic. Yet although the Catholic Church’s stance on IVF is clear (it is not an approved family-building activity by Church standards), modern times call for modern laws. Same sex couples and single women can freely pursue IVF as a way to add children to their families.

Why come to Brazil you may ask?

Time and money my friends – and the weather of course!

Most patients are in Brazil between two and three weeks starting the first day you arrive.  Most clinics offer a 50% refund if your cycle doesn’t work.

**Costs for treatments as always vary from country to country — the following is a ball park guide based on prices quoted in 2013

Cost in USD GBP EURO
One IVF cycle of IVF in Brazil general estimate: $4000 £2,525 €3,030
Medication costs and blood tests approximately: $400 £250 €300
A preliminary consultation costs estimate: $170 £110 €130
Embryo freezing costs: $500 £315 €380
Egg donation   : Costs vary from clinic to clinic
Sperm donation: Costs very from clinic to clinic

With its warm and soothing weather conditions Brazil is a popular travel destination among those traveling abroad for treatment. Brazil is truly an exotic tourist location, having a mainly tropical climate, with rainforests and beautiful coastal scenery. Patients often combine a cycle of IVF having a three-week holiday of a lifetime for a price that’s substantially less than a holiday abroad.

Most fertility centers are in major coastal cities – Salvador, Fortaleza, Sao Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro, which offer beautiful locations, scenery and accommodations.  There is a downside however to all of this – the crime rate in Brazil is higher than most especially in large cities. A medical tourism agency can provide you with detailed information about safety on your stay. Tourist’s resorts are fine, but venturing into city locations for sightseeing might not be the smartest thing to do.

Traveling to Brazil

Many ask when to go? Brazil’s high season lasts from the week before Christmas until Carnaval (which falls sometime in Feb or early Mar, depending on the year). Flights and accommodations are way more expensive and more likely to be full during this period. It’s smart to plan way ahead of time and book your travel as soon as possible – especially if you are planning to travel during New Year’s and Carnaval. This is the most fun time to travel — towns and resorts are bursting at the seams as many Brazilians take their summer vacations, the weather’s warm, and New Year’s and Carnaval are fabulously entertaining. If you want to spend New Year’s in Brazil, it’s best to arrive after Christmas. The 25th is really a family affair, and most restaurants and shops will be closed.

Other busy times of the year include Easter week and the months of July, when Brazilian schools and universities take their winter break, and August, when most Europeans and North Americans visit during the summer vacation. This is probably the worst time of year to travel; prices go up significantly, and except for in the north and parts of the Northeast, the weather can be iffy and downright chilly from Rio de Janeiro southward. One year in Rio, I suffered through 4 straight weeks of rain, and temperatures as low as 5 to 10 Celsius (40s-50s Fahrenheit) are not unheard of in the south. If you want to take advantage of the best deals and still have good weather, consider visiting Brazil in September or October. The spring weather means warm days in São Paulo, Iguaçu, and Rio, and tropical heat everywhere else; in the Amazon and the Pantanal, you’ll be there just before the wet season starts. As an added bonus, in Rio you’ll be able to attend some of the samba school rehearsals as they get ready for Carnaval (yes, they start 4 months early). Another good period for a visit is after Carnaval (early to mid-Mar, depending on the dates) through May, when you can take advantage of low-season prices, particularly in hotels, while still enjoying good weather. Read more: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/brazil/707679#ixzz2rkMxvoXH

Okay – I’m Interested Where To Go?

Fortaleza

Fortaleza, the capital city of the State of Ceará, has been for decades one of the most popular destinations of Brazilian tourists. What’s the attraction to this big bustling city?  There’s not just one reason to come but many – amazing, sunny beaches, incredible cuisine – people rave about the food!  The night life is busy, and safe which is always a plus regardless of where you go.  The culture is rich, the people friendly and kind.  And every travel brochure we read — “Brazil is free from natural disasters, and is a country with low cost of living.”

Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo is Brazil’s greatest city it’s the equivalent to Los Angeles or New York even — and is also regarded as one of essentially the most cosmopolitan for its colorful and lively nightlife. Travel to Brazil just isn’t accomplished without having to check out Sao Paulo. Shopping is also something to be desired in this wonderful and intriguing city. A number of the locations to see in this bustling metropolis are Casa do Grito e Capela Imperial, Teatro Municipal, Niemeyer’s Edifício Copan, Memorial da America Latina, Patío do Colégio, the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, along with the Santa Fe Plaza.

Rio de Janeiro

Barry White sings – “I’ve been to Rio de Janeiro. I … In Rio de Janeiro, it’s so exciting to see, no matter where you go. … In Rio de Janeiro, I love the fun in the sun with the people…”

Rio, as it truly is often referred to as by world travelers, one city not to miss in Brazil.  It’s a city of astounding beaches, thick mountain forests, spectacular festivals, mind blowing music, and incredibly talented artists. The city is also a melting pot of various cultural backgrounds, as well as diverse languages and delicious cuisines. Rio is the city of adventures, surfing, sailing, mountain hiking, and rock climbing. The city is a cultural, economic, and financial hub with a special charm and passion for life.

Rio de Janeiro is a famous host of carnival events. The Rio Carnival is one of the most spectacular shows in the world. The event includes street parades, balls and gala balls, lively music, and dancing and it takes place in February. Rio is famous for its white sand Copacabana Beach. The beach is visited by millions of tourists during the New Year’s Eve celebrations. Adjacent to Copacabana, the Ipanema beach houses top notch cafes, diners, and shops. The famous Botanic Garden features about 6000 species of plants and trees. In 1992, UNESCO declared the park a biosphere reserve. The Sugar Loaf Mountain is a rock formation of granite and quartz, rising from the waters. The mountain is a favorite place for the rock climbers. The Corvocado Mountain is famous for the 1000 tone statue of the Rio symbol: Christ the Redeemer. The Church of Our Lady the Candelaria combines Baroque, Neoclassical and Neo-Renaissance architectural elements. The area is known for the Candaleria massacre: the killing of eight young men in the surroundings of the church. Lastly, Estadio Mario Filho is an open-air football stadium, owned by the Rio de Janeiro State Government. Seating more than 88 thousand spectators, this stadium is the largest in South America. http://www.travel-southamerica.com/Info/Rioi.htm

You can’t go to Brazil without seeing theAmazon Rainforest.  It’s world renowned for its size along with the life too as the possibilities inside it. Should you be a seasoned traveler, then you’d know the Amazon Rainforest’s location inside the world of travel too as in science. The Amazon Jungle represents practically half of the remaining rainforest of the world. Becoming the largest tract of American rainforest, the Amazon is property to unparalleled biodiversity.

Useful Factoids about Brazil  (Know before you go)

Population: 184,184,000

Capital: Brasília; 3,099,000

Area:  8,547,403 square kilometers (3,300,169 square miles)

Language:  Portuguese

Religion: Roman Catholic

Currency: Real

Time Zones:

Amazon Time Zone

(UTC-04:00)

Brasília Time Zone

(UTC-03:00)

Fernando de Noronha Time Zone

(UTC-02:00)

Visa Requirements:

Determine if a visa is required. If you are a US or Canadian citizen, you need to get a visa to travel to Brazil. If you are a citizen of another country and aren’t sure if a visa is required, check with the closest Brazilian Consulate.

Main Airports: Guarulhos International Airport São Paul , Galeão International Airport Rio de Janeiro Congonhas Airport , São Paulo , Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport Brasília  Santos Dumont Airport Rio de Janeiro , Viracopos International Airport      Campinas, Salvador International Airport              Salvador

Climate:

Brazil is a huge country with different climate zones. In the North, near the equator there is a wet and a dry season; from about São Paulo down to the south there is spring/summer/fall/winter.

Brazil observes the following 13 national holidays:

New Year – 1st January

Carnival – February/March (Movable – 7 weeks before Easter. Monday and Tuesday are the actual holidays, but celebrations usually begin on Saturday and last until 12PM of Ash Wednesday, when shops and services re-open.)

Good Friday – March/April (movable) two days before Easter Sunday

Tiradentes – 21st April

Labor Day – 1st May

Corpus Christi – May/June (movable) sixty days after Easter Sunday

Independence Day – 7th September

Patroness of Brazil – 12th October

All Souls’ Day (Finados) – 2nd November

Republic – 15th November

Christmas – 25th December

Working hours are usually from 8AM or 9AM to 5PM or 6PM. Banks open Monday to Friday, from 10AM to 4PM. Street shops tend to close at noon on Saturday and only re-open on Monday. Shopping malls normally open from 10AM to 10PM, Monday to Saturday, and from 3PM to 9PM on Sundays. Some malls, especially in large cities, are also open on Sundays, although not all the stores may be open. It is also possible to find 24-hour stores and small markets that are open even on Sundays.

Electricity

Brazil is one of a few countries that uses both 120 and 240 volts for everyday appliances. Expect the voltage to change back and forth as you travel from one place to the next — even within the same Brazilian state, sometimes even within the same building. There is no physical difference in the electric outlets (power mains) for the two voltages.

Although Brazil has its own type of electric outlet, almost nobody uses it .Electric outlets usually accept both flat (North American), and round (European) plugs. Otherwise adaptors from flat blades to round pins are easy to find in any supermarket or hardware shop. Some outlets are too narrow for the German “Schuko” plugs. The best makeshift solution is to buy a cheap T-connection and just force your “Schuko” in, -the T will break, but it will work. Very few outlets have a grounding point, and some might not accept newer North American polarized plugs, where one pin is slightly larger. Again, use the cheap T. Near the border with Argentina, you might occasionally find outlets for the Australia/New Zealand-type plug. If crossing the border, you’ll probably need this adapter as well.

In 2009/2010, a IEC 60906-1 was introduced to Brazil and some newer buildings already have it. It is backwards compatible with the Europlug, but it has a receded socket. Again, T-plugs can be used as adapters for other common formats.

Frequency is 60Hz, which may disturb 50 Hz electric clocks. Blackouts are less and less frequent, but you always run a risk at peak of high season in small tourist towns.

 

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