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With limited treatment available on the NHS and comparatively high
costs of treatment in private hospitals, British Couples trying to
conceive are travelling overseas for fertility treatment as an
alternative to seeking fertility treatment privately in the United
Kingdom. In particular, Poland is emerging as an increasingly
StatMedica, which represents Polish fertility clinics in the United
Kingdom reports a steadily increasing number of patients from the
United Kingdom, and it is estimated that this number is set to
increase as the concept of travelling overseas for treatment becomes
more widely acknowledged, and more and more couples regard treatment
as an alternative to prohibitively expensive options at home in the
Assisted fertility procedures that are available in the United
Kingdom are also available in many Polish fertility clinics,
including IVF (in vitro fertilisation) and ICSI (intra cytoplasmic
sperm injection), as well as IVM (in vitro maturation) which is
being pioneered in Poland by one of the fertility clinics that
StatMedica works with.
One of the highly respected Polish fertility groups that StatMedica
works with has successfully been responsible for 1000 births in a 5-
year period, and now has three clinics across Poland.
Fertility treatment is considerably cheaper in Poland, which means
that even once the cost of accommodation and flights have been taken
into consideration, financial savings can be made.
The cost of treatment price is however by no means an indication of
the standard of care that patients can expect to receive. Speaking
from the Warsaw office of StatMedica, the Polish medical tourism
advisory company, Founding Partner Lukasz Liese explains: "due to
the difference in the economies between the United Kingdom and
Poland, patients from the United Kingdom can consult some of
Europe's most highly skilled Fertility Specialists, for a lot less
than they could expect to pay in the United Kingdom. Even once the
cost of flights and accommodation have been taken into
consideration, considerable savings can still be made, yet couples
are being treated by experienced Specialists".
As low-cost airlines increase the number of routes between cities in
the United Kingdom and destinations across Poland, there has never
been a cheaper of more convenient time to travel to Poland. Many
Polish cities are less than a two and a half hour flight from most
cities in the United Kingdom.
The practicalities of travelling to Poland for fertility treatment
are made simple by companies such as StatMedica, which take care of
the patient at every step of the process, from recommending a
fertility treatment centre and making recommendations for
accommodation and flights to local support while in Poland. Advice
can also be found on StatMedica's portal on medical tourism in
Speaking from StatMedica's London office, Managing Partner Alison
Hope says, "the idea of travelling overseas for fertility treatment
may appear daunting to some, however we have a lot of experience of
working with our patients and deal with the logistical aspects on
their behalf, ensuring that they have as little to worry about as
The Labour govt in the UK decided to effectively put an end to the donation of sperm when it removed all confidentiality for sperm donors.
There is currently one sperm donor in Scotland and he can be spotted by his outsized right arm!
Talk about Labour not being able to organise a p!$$ up in a brewery, it can't even get together a group of w*****s in the UK.
medical tourism is slowly becoming quite a cash cow in Poland. Plastic surgery is the next big thing. It all started with dentists.
"The Labour govt in the UK decided to effectively put an end to the donation of sperm when it removed all confidentiality for sperm donors"
Are sperm donors expensive?
IVF is available on the NHS for one cycle up to a certain age limit (usually 36-38 max). Otherwise it is very expensive privately so I guess if you get the same results for less in Poland then why not?
IVF is available on the NHS for one cycle up to a certain age limit (usually 36-38 max).
The age of woman? Does it matter if the man is a lot older?
I don't think the man's age is a criteria.
The age restriction is there for women because the success rates for one cycle past 36 start to plummet dramatically. I think some PCTs will fund two cycles, but the couple have to be recorded as trying for about two years before any treatment is funded.
I assume the NHS is funding such treatment because it is of benefit to the future of the UK to have a higher birthrate......
Older men get less fertile. Equally, if you went to Sainsbury's would you buy 40 year-old eggs?
Sperm donation is another kettle of fish - it's needed where the man is not producing the quality of sperm required to have a decent chance.
Now, pregnancy can be a pretty straightforward thing to arrange if the woman is fertile - esentially you just need a syringe - but getting your own private sperm donor is fraught with danger. Think about it. He's scared you'll demand money off him and you're scared he'll demand parental rights. Hence it was always done anonymously. Not bad pay either - I think the going rate for a donation to the NHS is around GBP 200. Pretty good pay for 3 days' abstinence and 7 minutes' work. Poles in the UK should be told - an exellent little earner on the side.
"Older men get less fertile. Equally, if you went to Sainsbury's would you buy 40 year-old eggs?
A woman is born intact with all the eggs she will ever release. However, I thought a man's body produces new sperm all the time so how can they be classed as "old"? Men are little sperm factories, churning the stuff out constantly. They don't actually ever stop churning. If men were born with all the sperm they would ever have surely they would explode!
"If men were born with all the sperm they would ever have surely they would explode!"
A gruesome image.
lder men produce less seminal fluid apparently, which has an effect on consistencey and motility.
One odd fact is that older, richer, more successful men who have younger 'trophy' wives almost invariably produce a male rather than a female child. I forget why.
I am reading the Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 and 3/4 to my kids at bedtime (son 13, daughter 11) - oh dear, "wet dream" appeared and, yes, they asked. Deep paternal breath and out came the answer. Stunned silence.
I probably would have skipped the phrase or substituted another!
So, you are a Denier by instinct!