What it is reproductive tourism and who can benefit from it?
Motivated by the low cost of medicine in other countries, every year millions of people travel abroad to undergo all kinds of procedures. This is known as medical tourism and it’s expected this year, in just the United States, that more than 1.4 million people leave in search of cheaper treatments, according to figures from the association Patients Beyond Borders.
Couples seeking fertility treatments are no exception. This is called reproductive tourism, and has also grown in popularity over the past few decades. In 2010, it was estimated that between 20-25,000 couples received in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments abroad. However, it is likely that since then, medical tourism, has increased the number of couples seeking these treatments in other countries.
In principle, the prospect of undergoing a medical procedure in a perhaps unknown country for the patient may sound intimidating. Although not a decision to be taken lightly, there are currently hundreds of certified organizations that offer first class medical services at medical institutions that are comparable with developed countries
While in home countries where it is possible to obtain fertility treatments, there are many reasons why couples may decide to travel abroad to become pregnant. These are a few of those reasons:
1. It’s cheaper.
The reality of assisted reproduction treatments is that they are costly, particularly if they need to be done more than once or when they require extra procedures such as sperm donation, gender selection, artificial insemination, among others. Still, success is not always guaranteed. That is why many couples choose to travel abroad, where treatment, including travel expenses, is considerably cheaper.
On average in vitro fertilization treatment costs between $18-$20,000 in the United States. In Mexico, the same treatment can cost between $3500-5,000, representing an average savings of 68% for families. Even if one takes into account the cost of the entire process, lodging, food, tourism, treatment and medicines, it ends up being cheaper.
In this sense, it is a great advantage to hire a specialist in charge of organizing the trip meticulously and reduce stress for couples looking to conceive reproductive tourism agency.
2. The trip to fertility is more bearable.
It is not a secret to anyone that infertility creates anxiety and stress, and it is in this aspect where the reproductive tourism is particularly positive. Going on holiday to a tourist destination can alleviate some of that stress, which can contribute to the success of treatment. According to the study Fertility and Sterility, published in 2005 by doctors at the University of California San Diego, stress can play an important role in the success of some infertility treatments, including in vitro fertilization.
It is believed that if you plan to invest in a reproductive treatment, it may be best to pay for a full experience to form a family in tropical or beach environment, or in a quiet colonial city full of history.
Not only are travels to the tourist destination a bonus, but also the warm hospitality for which some countries are famous. Some American women who have gone through the experience of becoming pregnant abroad attest that in some clinics, the treatment abroad compared to local clinics is warmer, and more comfortable. Danielle Camarena, interviewed by U.S. News said on clinics in California: “It’s like they’re too busy for you.” In contrast, says Camarena, the staff of her clinic abroad knew her and her partner’s name, and answered their questions patiently.
Sarah, a partner in the blog Moms Choice, chose to become pregnant at the age of 41, in the city of Cancun, and says in the blog: “I think being on vacation in Mexico helped me to conceive. Not only was I relaxed, but the warm weather and salt water helped open my body, ” she says.
3. Availability of treatments for all
Laws and restrictions of some countries are an important factor in choosing the path of reproductive tourism. Either because the laws of some countries prevented some treatments (especially in Europe) or because the availability and waiting times are restrictive (as in Canada), many couples prefer or are forced to go abroad in search of becoming parents.
Sometimes the subject of legislation is not only in treatment, but extends to donors. In most countries, even those that facilitate in vitro fertilization, it is illegal to display information about donors, including photographs. Not so in Mexico, where these data are available for those who prefer to have a more active role in seeking donor eggs or sperm.
Which are the steps to follow?
To start planning your reproductive tourism experience you can contact the Med&ART team.
The first step is to talk about your expectations and priorities, your medical history and treatment options as well as budgets.
The Med & Art team will discuss with you possible destinations to carry out the procedure. Med & Art works with Mexican clinics of highest prestige that have proven capable of carrying out successful treatment cycles that meet the standards of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Doctors, meanwhile, are part of international companies dedicated to assisted reproductive technologies.
When you reach your destination, passing through each of the steps of treatment and tourist activities for relaxation, a team of specialist will ensure that your treatment is relaxing and you can enjoy the ride that is to form a family.