Lucy, UKIVF Egg DonationNovember 2016
Having previously had an unsuccessful and expensive round of IVF in the UK that left us with no frozen embryos we felt our only option was to save up the £6000 to start the process again until a friend of mine said she had heard a lot of women going to Prague and have successful IVF treatment for a third of the cost we started to research our options.
Having a speedy response from Gynem clinic and finding their success rates were 47% (compared to 23% at my clinic in the UK) we chose to use them. We were anxious at first going for treatment abroad but I had constant communication and a skype consultation with the physician to put my mind at ease. You are asked for a lot of test results (most of which you can get from your GP - others you can get privately) at the time this seemed a lot to do but I really believe this information is vital to choosing the best drugs protocol for you, I felt in the UK it was one protocol fits all.
You are then sent all the drugs in the post along with the information how to take them. The only downside is that you can't always rely on the post and we nearly missed a cycle due to the drugs being late but the clinic arranged for a next day delivery and sent a new batch of drugs and we returned the original once we were in Prague.
The communication is excellent, you have a lot of contact with your own coordinator if you have any queries you receive a quick response and there is a 24 hour helpline.
Once we got to Prague the whole process was seamless, they will arrange taxi's to and from the clinic.
I also found it great that following egg retrieval I got a daily update as to how the embryo's were progressing. On the day of transfer you also have a consultation with the embryologist (I didn't get this with my clinic in the UK).
They managed to get 5 top quality blastocysts (I only got 1 grade 2 at day 5 in the UK so really believe the drugs protocol is vital) we had 2 transferred which resulted in a pregnancy, sadly this pregnancy was ectopic. A few months later we returned to Prague for our Frozen Embryo Transfer, 2 blastocysts thawed to a top grade standard so we had them both transferred and I am now 14 weeks pregnant!
Prague is a beautiful city and a place my husband and I will hold close to our hearts forever.
The costs are a fraction of the UK and the results are amazing, it seems scary at first to go abroad but the clinic are always there if you have any questions or fears.
I would highly recommend Gynem Clinic and they have made our dreams come true!