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 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 increases the chances of a high risk multiple pregnancy.
Reputable clinics with good success rates do not need to do this, and a clinic which suggests transferring a high number of embryos, may not have your best interests at heart. It puts the health of the mother and any future children at risk, and the chances of miscarriage, stillbirth and long-term health problems are increased. 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:
…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