As we know that multiple pregnancy is the greatest risk of fertility treatment, all clinics in the UK have policies aimed at reducing their multiple pregnancy rate without reducing their success rates. If you are thinking about going overseas for fertility treatment, it is important to be aware that the rules and regulations for this are different in every country and that treatment practices may also differ.
In some countries, clinics are able to put back three, four or even five embryos during fertility treatment. People sometimes assume that this must increase their chances of getting pregnant, but in fact it increases the chances of a risky multiple pregnancy.
Reputable clinics with good success rates do not need to do this, and a clinic which suggests transferring lots of embryos may not have your best interests at heart. It puts the health of any future children and their mother at risk, and the chances of miscarriage, stillbirth and long-term health problems are all increased. This is why clinics in the UK are working to minimise the risk of causing damage to mother and babies whilst maintaining their success rates.
In the UK, all clinics offering IVF or ICSI are licensed and regulated by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and they are regularly inspected. If you are considering travelling overseas for treatment, make sure you are clear of the rules and regulations for assisted conception in the country you plan to visit. Check with the clinic what their policy is on the number of embryos transferred during treatment. Read through the information on this website carefully, and make sure you are well-informed about the potential dangers before starting your treatment.
…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