IVF - A growing domain in Medical tourism
We all have at some point came across the word In Vitro Fertilization or IVF. So what do we know about it and how is medical tourism facilitating its growth. We will also check or come to know that which country or countries is / are the best location to undergo this treatment. So let me tell you what IVF is. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is the most common and most effective type of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) to help women become pregnant. The procedure involves fertilizing an egg outside the body, in a laboratory dish, and then implanting it in a woman's uterus. The credit for developing this technique goes to physiologist Robert G. Edwards and was also awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2010. It dates back to 1978 when the first test tube baby was born using this technique.
Infertility is on a rise across the globe but on the other hand medical tourism has been really instrumental in facilitating the fertility options such as fertility medical tourism, more fertility treatment destinations. Countries like Spain, Czech Republic, Cyprus, South Africa and Israel offer good fertility option. But which country leads the chart? Undoubtedly it’s India. India still remains one of the most economically affordable and technologically viable fertility options. India is a good option for local and international couples as success rate of IVF in India is as good as in any western countries with less than half of cost. Not just giving affordable solution for this treatment, India also offer world class fertility specialist with highest level of dedication and patient care support. Most of Indian specialists have completed their fertility training in advanced countries like USA and UK and have years of experience in fertility related issues.
Average IVF cycle within USA will cost around $10,000 whereas in India, an IVF cycle can be completed in $3000. The liberal guidelines of ICMR, permitting egg donation and surrogacy have expedited this. Also, the easy accessibility of young and healthy egg donors and surrogates in India has additionally attracted more international patients. In India, last ten years have seen associated with exponential growth of fertility clinics with services such as: artificial insemination by husband or donor sperm (IUI), gamete intra fallopian transfer (GIFT), in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer (IVF-ET), intra cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), donor egg treatment, donor embryo treatment and as well as the use of a surrogate mother. The Indian assisted reproductive sector accounts to around five billion dollars and has around more than 500 IVF clinics across the country.
The second country which is growing in this sector is Mexico. Just like India offers affordable treatment similarly one of the biggest reasons for growing medical tourism in Mexico is due to affordable private treatments option, qualified specialists with friendly and English speaking staff, and its close proximity to USA and Latin America. It goes without saying that multiple tourist vacation options, pristine white sand beaches, warm sunshine and rich cultural and historic values also make it ideal destination for infertility treatments. So you can say infertility treatments and relaxing holiday goes hand-in-hand.
Be it India or Mexico or any Thailand or Ukraine, all these countries offer pretty affordable IVF treatment accompanied with beautiful sightseeing. But eventually the choice is still in the hands of the patients who seek these services.