Why do people cross borders to seek fertility treatment?
In the pursuit of having the dream of a family come true, some people travel abroad to have fertility treatment. In this blog post you can watch an interesting video were Françoice Shenfield, Clinical Specialist in Reproductive Medicine Unit, EGA, University College Hospital, talks about why some people go abroad to seek fertility treatment, what the disadvantages may be, and what the future of cross border fertility looks like.
What are the main reasons that people cross borders to get fertility treatment?
“There are several reasons why people cross the border to seek treatment. That is why we call it, in a simple way, cross border reproductive care. The first of two main reasons will be that the law in their country is a barrier to access of treatment, and the second will be that they seek a treatment which has either a too long waiting list in their own country or which is too expensive.
Are there any disadvantages to having fertility treatment abroad?
The disadvantages are that they are usually away from their support system. This could be the psychological support either of their partner or their family. In some countries, there is a higher rate of multiple pregnancies, and then people come back with a high-risk pregnancy. Especially high risk to future children.
What does the future of cross border fertility look like?
It is rather difficult to have laws which are similar – let alone in Europe and even more worldwide. One day, the need for cross border fertility will decrease if not disappear. For instance, if more women freeze their eggs at a younger age. The theory of that is that they will not need egg donation when they want to start a family in their late 30’s or their early 40’s. We haven’t got yet the data to be sure, but it is a fact there are some data which are quite promising.”
You may also be interested in reading this blog post about Pheobe and her wife who travelled to Denmark to have fertility treatment.
If you have already chosen to have treatment with donor sperm, you can search for your donor here.