Treatment Overseas

Having fertility treatment overseas can be very different from having treatment in the UK.

The rules in other countries are not the same as those in the UK, where all treatment is regulated by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). In the UK, all egg and sperm donors are identity release, and there are strict rules around how many families on donor can help. In many other countries donors are anonymous. This means a child will not be able to find identifying information about their donor.

If you care considering having treatment abroad, our advice is do your research. Think about how easy it would be to get to the clinic, and the cost of travel. Other factors to consider include whether the staff speak good English, how may embryos they transfer, what support and counselling services they offer. Many couples have now travelled abroad for treatment without having problems, by making sure they do their research first.