Considering treatment overseas

If you’re considering having treatment overseas it’s important to remember that the rules and regulations are different in every country, and that treatment practices may also differ. In some countries, clinics can elect to replace three, four or even five embryos during fertility treatment. People might assume that this increases their chances of getting pregnant, when in fact this greatly increases the chances of a high risk multiple pregnancy.

Reputable clinics with good success rates do not need to do this. A clinic which suggests transferring a high number of embryos may not have your best interests at heart as it puts the health of you and any future children you have at risk. It is for this very reason that clinics in the UK are working to minimise the risks to women and babies whilst maintaining pregnancy rates.

In the UK, all clinics offering IVF or ICSI are licensed and regulated by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and are regularly inspected. If you are considering travelling overseas for treatment you are advised to consider the following:

  • make sure you understand the rules and regulations for assisted reproduction in the country you plan to visit.
  • check the clinic policy on the number of embryos transferred during treatment.
  • ask the clinic about their multiple pregnancy rate as a good clinic will have a low rate
  • read through the information on this website carefully, and make sure you are well-informed about the potential risks involved before starting your treatment.

…read the HFEA’s advice about seeking treatment abroad

…read good practice guidance on treating foreign patients, which clinics in Europe are expected to take into account - if you’re considering treatment abroad you may wish to ask the clinic if they adhere to this guidance

...read Infertility Network UK's advice about seeking treatment abroad