I thought I would share my research about going outside of the US for DE IVF. I only researched Spain and the Czech Republic before making my decision. I did casually look into Greece but the current state of that country's economy made me a little skittish.
My spreadsheet reflects information I received via email and the prices were quoted to me in the last week or so. Both countries only offer anonymous donor eggs and sperm. The clinics will pick a donor for you based upon your height, weight and general appearance. All agencies will accommodate blood type preferences but in the CR this would delay the process as most of the population has a positive blood type (I was considering a negative donor as I am Rh-).
Spain readily works with single women and in fact by Spanish law, all women have the right to access assisted reproduction techniques, irrespective of whether or not they have a partner.
The laws of CR do not allow for clinics to work with single women. There are ways to work around this law and many (but not all) clinics have a "don't ask, don't tell" approach.
The clinics all report using donors from nearby universities and in both countries women are not paid for their donation save for a small stipend. The CR clinics also reported recruiting women on maternity leave as leave there can be up for four years long.
I did a lot of searching through online forums, most of them UK or AUS based to learn what others thought about the clinics themselves. From those impressions I chose the four clinics below to research. All are reportedly highly reputable, technologically advanced and up to American clinical standards of RE medicine.
I also found that there are "concierge service" companies who will shepherd one through this process, helping to choose the right clinic, coordinate dates, make travel arrangements and generally hold your hand through the process, which from such a distance away can appear quite daunting. There are a few different levels of these service organizations and I'll report on those in another post.
I have other notes to share as well. It seems the deeper I go, the more interesting things I uncover.
In the meantime, I hope the info below can help someone else!
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