Last month we joined forces with the brilliant team at EmbryoLab from Greece to hold a day of fertility talk at the beautiful Royal Society of Chemistry in London.
It was an incredible day and everyone left armed with knowledge and support.
Since the event, we have had many enquiries about travelling abroad for IVF treatment especially after hearing a couple at the event, share their experiences of undergoing treatment with EmbryoLab in Greece.
Why IVF treatment in Greece is a good option
Hearing their story made total sense. Going through treatment whilst removing yourself from the stresses of everyday life, away from those who may or may not know that you are going through treatment, soaking up the vitamin D of glorious sunshine whilst eating the perfect fertility Mediterranean diet. The cherry on the cake? IVF treatment in Europe can also be up to 50% cheaper than the UK.
We asked one of Embryolab’s leading experts, Dr Michalis Kyriakides, to answer some of our readers’ questions about going abroad for treatment.
Q: If we considered IVF treatment in Greece, how long would we need to stay?
A: In general, an IVF treatment lasts around 18-20 days. However, this does not mean that you need to stay this long in Greece.
With flexible, personalized protocols, a woman can start her treatment in her home country and only travel to Greece when she is ready for the next step of the treatment. This can reduce the amount of time that you stay in Greece to 10 days. Also, keep in mind that if needed, we can split the treatment to two parts, to reduce the duration of your stay in Greece even more.
Q: Can I travel while going through treatment and after the embryo-transfer?
A: Most women do not experience any serious symptoms during treatment so it is relatively safe to travel. However, you will need to take some precautions depending on the type of your treatment and the means of travel. Also, traveling after an embryo-transfer does not have impact on the final outcome. Yet, it would be better to have a relaxing day immediately after the transfer and not deal with having to wait in long queues at the airport.
If you are considering traveling overseas, do make sure you do your research though and do have a read through our article on how to choose a clinic abroad.
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For more information on Dr Michalis Kyriakides.
He is a Reproductive Gynaecologist specialised in Assisted Reproduction. He graduated from the Medical School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2005 and continued his specialisation in obstetrics & gynecology, which he completed at the University Hospital of Ioannina. After that he specialised in reproductive medicine and assisted reproduction in the University of Sheffield and the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, where he earned an MSc title in Reproductive and Developmental Medicine with Distinction.
His scientific interests focus on the Gynaecological Endocrinology and Assisted Reproduction. His research outcomes has been presented at national and international conferences and his articles have been published in peer review journals. Since 2015 he has been a member of the medical team of Embryolab Fertility Clinic, as a Reproductive Gynaecologist.