Travel IVF Clinics? Anyone have experience?

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
968 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I travel for IVF.  However, I am Canadian so I’ll admit that I don’t know the intricacies of the US medical system.  There may be some differences!

For me, it has been all been very simple.  My clinic is a few provinces away so we need to fly there.  I’ve done 3 retrieval cycles there and one FET.  For my stim cycles, I do baseline bloodwork here at home.   My clinic sends me a blood req by email and I take it to a local lab who then sends the results straight to my clinic.  Once I get the all clear, I start my stims at home and fly out to my clinic on the 6th or 7th day of stims.  For all 3 of my retrieval cycles, I had to be away from home for 2-3 weeks.  The first 2 were fresh transfers and I flew home the day after transfer.  The 3rd was a freeze all but I developed bad OHSS and my doctor wouldn’t let me leave until he was satisfied I was out of the danger zone.  Luckily, my work allows me to use sick time for my IVF travel but the time away from home is hard.  However, I am a verrrrry slow responder to stims so my stays are longer than average.

For my FET, I only needed to travel for a few days. Flew out the day before transfer, and home the day after.  I did some bloodwork at home and needed 2 lining check ultrasounds.  The first was done at my local hospital – my clinic sent a req to my GP and they helped me set it up.  The 2nd was done at my local fertility clinic because it was short notice.  I had to pay my local clinic a satellite monitoring fee for that ultrasound.

Our clinic is fantastic and much better than our local option – so even though the travel complicates the process a bit, it has been so worth it for us!

Post # 3
256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I haven’t, but have looked into it pretty extensively. I am in southern California and found affordable clinics in Arizona, but also looked overseas, specifically Colombia since my husband has some family there. Financially speaking, it’s definitely worth it for us (saving close to $20,000 or more), but my plan was to do the monitoring there instead of here locally (my RE is not super on board and my local OBGYN cannot do monitoring ultrasounds). I have no coverage either.

Post # 4
3385 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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BeepBopB00p :  totally unrelated to your post but I was thinking about you the other day. I found our left over Proxeed supplements. Has anyone said anything to you about Proxeed? 

we were UI too and my husband only has one testicle due to having mumps as an adult. His numbers were ok. Not bad enough to be MFI but not awesome either. Our doctor recommended this suppliment for both of us. It wasn’t cheap but it said to take for 4 months or until you get pregnant. No word of a lie we got pregnant twice after taking it for 4 months.

Post # 5
3416 posts
Sugar bee

I am in 2 facebook groups –  “IVF Support Group” and “US IVF for those 40+” – with a lot of people who travel for IVF to lots of places including CNY which is the clinic I am guessing you are talking about. 

Post # 6
3655 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

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BeepBopB00p :  my sister did IVF in Barbados.  The cost was about half that of American clinics, and the success rate was a fair bit higher than their most local clinic (which was an hour away anyway).  The cost evened out somewhat you took into account flights and renting a small house for 2 weeks or whatever.

She is pregnant with twins now! (She was actually hoping for twins and since they didn’t do genetic testing, she was implanted with 2 embryos.)  I don’t think their insurance covered any IVF, so that was a moot point.

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