What do people think about traveling for their fertility treatments abroad? What's your reaction? Would you go? If you wouldn't, why not?
Having a baby is one of the most important gifts in life. If I could not conceive, and adoption wasn't an option, I definitely would consider going abroad to receive treatments. However, it would take a lot of careful research on the matter.
I would do it. The only drawback I'd be worried about is the need to have a primary care doctor at home who is on board with the whole idea. These are not third world countries, after all; the difference is that most other countries don't see $250,000 in student loans as a normal outcome of going to medical school. Consequently traveling for these procedures is a lot cheaper, and frankly a lot less intrusive. I live in a state where there are a ton of laws and regulations regarding some of these procedures, in particular egg donation and surrogacy. Here the state has to do a full home study of you and your household before you can contract with a surrogate; the upshot is it's very expensive, time consuming, and involves a whole lot of people who are being paid to make an already difficult emotional experience even more difficult. For couples who would like to build a family through surrogacy in private, the only option is to move to another state. Going to Europe on vacation and coming back either pregnant or with your new baby who just happened to be born while you are on vacation has certainly got some obvious appeal.
Pacorz, actually, you don't need to be on vacation to give birth to a baby conceived outside the U.S. One can travel back home two days after the transfer. Upon patient's return to her home town, she will schedule a number of appointments with either a perinatologist or an Ob doctor. Fertility doctors will continue monitoring the patient and work very closely with her local doctor during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The overseas doctors are also available for a free consultation any time after that.