IVF in Turkey
Once it’s done, you’ll just have to choose the baby’s name
IVF: why Turkey
With greater chances of success and prices on average 50% cheaper than in Europe, without waiting, the interest is obvious.
The miracles of love are sometimes not enough for conceiving a child. A little help from science can be welcome. Since 1978 and Louise Brown, the first “tube test baby”, more than 5 millions IVF babies are born in the world. For couples that have been diagnosed with infertility, assisted medical procreation (AMP) has become a vital choice, raising the chances of becoming parents. For numerous couples who wish to try IVF (in vitro fertilization), medical tourism is a strong option, like the promise of a new honeymoon for a first baby.
In the field of human reproduction biomedicine, Turkey has built an international reputation of excellence, by the skill of its researchers, at the forefront of scientific progress, and by the quality of its medical teams and infrastructures.
With IVF treatments showing rates of success close to 70%, and prices 40 to 60% cheaper than in Europe, the alternative is obvious. Adding all the ingredients of a major tourism destination, since a IVF treatment takes at least 2 weeks, Istanbul and Turkey are clearly an ideal choice. Once it’s done, you’ll just have to choose the baby’s name, inch’allah !
What are the different kinds of AMP ?
IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) is the most common medical response to treat most of the infertility problems. Women over 40, having their fallopian tubes damaged or obstructed, ovarian troubles, uterine polyps or fibromas, insufficient or weak sperm cells, each problem has a response for a medically assisted fecundation. IVF generally consists in recreating, in laboratory, the different steps of an In Vivo (or natural) fertilization, with maximizing the chances of success : harvest of several eggs, selection of spermatozoa and embryos, follow up of their tube combination, before being transferred in the mother’s uterus, or eventually the surrogate mother’s uterus. The whole operation being orchestrated by a pluridisciplinary medical team, composed of gynecologists, biologists, psychologists, nurses…
Several types of assisted medical procreation can be proposed, adapted according to criterias of the patients ages and their infertility diagnosis.
It consists to harvest, prepare and inject the spermatozoa around the egg, directly in the uterus of the woman, at the best time and conditions for fecondation. This technique is not recommended to women over the age of 35, because of a success rate under 12%.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
a medical team directs the encounter between an egg and sperm cells able to fertilize it. The harvest of the partner’s sperm is conducted with a masturbation, at the clinic’s laboratory. To harverst an egg, the operation is less simple. To stimulate the eggs, a hormonal treatment is given to the woman, in order to obtain several eggs during the harvest of the ovaries, creating therefore several embryos. The male and female gametes (one egg encompassed by roughly 100 000 sperm cells are placed in a Petri box, and placed in an incubator. After a first night in the incubator, biologists are able to identify the fertilized eggs, who will then stay 2 to 5 days in incubation before being implanted into the womb.
Incubators imitate the biological conditions of the womb, the oxygen pressure, the carbon dioxide levels and the temperature, until the optimum time chosen for the transfer of the fertilized embryos in the womb. An integrated camera captures each 10mn the evolution of the gametes in order to evaluate their development, offering the embryo a stable incubation, without any temperature or humidity variations. The film resulting from this observation ables to compare and select the best embryos obtained, notably in terms of growth speed, before the transfer.
Intracytoplasmic spermatozoid injection (ICSI)
this biomedical innovation has revolutionized the IVF technique and its rate of success, particularly when the sperm cell donor doesn't produce enough spermatozoid, or when they move too slow. It consists to force the nature, by injecting a unique sperm cell, directly in the cytoplasm surrounding the egg’s chromosomes, through the follicular cells, the pellucid zone and the plasma membrane protecting the egg. This delicate micro-injection is done under a powerful microscope, equipped with two micromanipulator, two long glass needles who transcript the gestures of the embryologist at the cell’s scale and conduct a contention dropper (by aspiration), in order to hold the egg during the injection, and a injection dropper, who sucks the chosen sperm cell and injects it, as carefully as possible, into the egg. The spermatozoa is chosen according to its mobility and its morphology.
Scored Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (SICSI)
More innovative than ICSI, this technique is recommended in case of a strong alteration of the sperm cells. It helped to grow the rate of success of IVF and to lower the rate of miscarriage. Following the same principles of fertilization, but using a strong microscope, (x10 000 instead of x4000 for ICSI), it ables to see some structures of the sperm cell’s head, and can detect the presence of vacuoles (craters), sign of a fragmented DNA that jeopardize the viability of the embryo.
Which tests are conducted before a IVF ?
In order to identify the causes of infertility and therefore to better prepare IVF and increase its chances of success of procreation of the biological baby, a serie of blood tests are conducted on the parents.
Test of ovarian stock
A hormonal blood test ables to evaluate the number of eggs produced by the patient’s ovaries. The AMH hormone indicates the number of eggs, while the FSH hormone shows eventual lack of the ovarian stock. whereas oestradiol, derived from oestrogene, plays a major role in the development of the uterus, the breast and the smooth functioning of the pregnancy. Its normal level during ovulation is included between 0,35 and 2,20 nmol/l.
Tubal patency test
An echography observes the permeability of the Fallope tubes, to see if they will work normally after the introduction of the in-vitro fertilized eggs.
Hormone playing a major role in the production of breast milk, prolactin can stop the conception of the foetus if it shows an abnormally high level. And when its rate is too low, it can stop the milk production, and thus disturb the feeding of the new born baby. According to the results of the prolactin test, the doctor can prescribe a medication and a food diet that will balance the level of prolactin.
Female hormone playing a major role in pregnancy and for the preparation of the uterus for the embryo’s nesting. It is produced during the second half of the menstruation cycle after the ovulation, a period during which its rates grow during several days, before dropping in the absence of fertilization.
Sperm evaluation test
It helps to predict the shape, the mobility and the concentration of the sperm cells. In case of sperm infertility, the medical team will choose a ICSI IVF, in order to increase its chances of success.
Screening of infectious disease tests
To avoid the risks of miscarriage, bad development of the foetus, intra-uterine complications, during the pregnancy and the delivery, a diagnosis of infectious diseases like VIH, B hepatit, chickenpox, rubella and chlamydia, is conducted.
IVF in six steps
Step 1 : Fertility test and preimplantation diagnosis
The first step for an IVF is a blood test, helping to identify the causes of infertility and to find the best hormonal treatment to cure it, as well as the most adapted IVF for the couple.
Step 2 : Ovarian stimulation
To help the ovaries to produce enough mature eggs at the same time (instead of one egg produced each month), a treatment of ovary hyperstimulation will be prescribed, at the beginning of the menstrual cycle. The treatment will continue until the harvesting of the eggs, with the prescription of different types of hormones. It will be supplemented with a special diet, and will be monitored by regular blood tests, in order to determine precisely the time of ovulation and with a vagina echography, to check the size of the follicles.
Step 3 : Harvest of the eggs
At its best moment, the ovulation will be triggered by an injection of hormones (hCG our GnRH), 36 hours before the time of eggs harvesting. The removal of the eggs, lasting around 15mn, is done by vaginal route under echographic control : an echographic sensor holding a puncture needle, helps the gynecologist to reach the follicles and the follicular liquid. The collected liquids are given to a biologist who will harvest the eggs and place them into the incubator.
Step 4 : Insemination
The withdrawn sample of sperm ables to choose a suspension of mobile spermatozoa, that is put in contact with each egg, the same day as the harvesting. In case of a IVF by ISCI or SISCI, a unique sperm cell will be introduced in the egg. The fertilized egg will then be placed in an incubator, and watched over until the embryo creation.
Step 5 : Embryo transfer
The embryos obtained from the IVF after 2 to 5 days will be introduced in the mother’s uterus, according to the most adapted technique. The embryologist transfers the number of fertilized embryos according to the laws of the country and the choice of the couple, and if he wishes, the other fertilized embryos will be kept in liquid azot at -196° after being deep-freezed or vitrified, for an eventual future transfer, in case the IVF doesn't succeed.
Step 6 : Pregnancy
During the two following weeks, the embryo will hatch and enter the uterine mucosa : it is the stage of the nesting, or embryonary implantation. A blood test is conducted approximately two weeks after the transfer, to check the success of the fertilization. If the patient is pregnant, the prescribed treatment will continue until the 8th week of pregnancy, and regular blood tests and echographies will be conducted to follow the baby’s growth. Taking care of oneself, having a regular physical activity (yoga, swimming…), following a healthy diet (fresh fruits, fish oil, no alcohol…), good hydration and good sleep are among the keys of a successful pregnancy.
If the patient is not pregnant, which occurs in 30 to 40% of the IVF cases in Turkey, the prescription of hormonal supplements will be stopped, the menstrual cycle will start again normally, and a new implantation will be conducted with the embryos that were previously stocked.
What is the rate of success of a IVF in Turkey ?
In UK, the average rate of success of a IVF turns around 20% per attempt. A figure close from Mother Nature’s rate, a 25 years old couple having regular intercourse having about 25% chances of success per cycle to have a baby. In Turkey, the success rate variates between 40 and 50% for young couples, and between 25 and 30% for over 40 year old couples. Some clinics display a ratio of 71% for women under 35 yo, 65% for those between 35 and 40 yo, and 54% for 40-45 yo.
Which classifies turkish IVF clinics among the best in the world.
Quels sont les facteurs qui influencent le taux de réussite ?
L’âge de la femme et les tentatives de FIV antécédentes sont les principaux facteurs pris en compte dans le taux de réussite. Une longue durée d’infertilité (plus de 5 ans), la baisse de la réserve ovarienne (AMH inférieure à 1) ont aussi une influence.
How much waiting time for a IVF in Turkey ?
If the waiting period of a IVF in Western Europe is around 18 months, clinics in Turkey don’t make their medical tourists wait. After the rendezvous have been scheduled online or by phone, according to the dates chosen by the couple, the treatment can start just after their arrival.
What is the cost of a IVF in Turkey ?
In most of the countries, IVF can be covered by the National Healthcare System, according to certain conditions. But with a lower rate of success and long waiting time, the choice is quickly done… The prices indicated in our chart implicates the use of the mother’s eggs.
IVF cost alone
3 000 / 4000 €
4 500 / 5 000 €
4 000 / 5 000 €
4 000 / 5 000 €
4 500 €
4 000 €
8 000 / 11 000€
4 000 / 5 000 €
2 500 €
How are IVF prices calculated ?
Numerous elements are taken into account for calculating the price of an IVF : fertility status, laboratory tests, echographies, hormonal treatments and/or medications, puncture of eggs, preparation of sperm cells, incubation of the embryos, intrauterine transfer of the embryos, local anesthesia… The cost of an IVF also depends on the number of necessary cycles. Without forgetting the costs of the journey and the hotel, in case the treatment is conducted in Turkey.
IVF in Turkey : what the law says
The bioethical laws supervising IVF in Turkey are more strict in most of european countries.
Couples must be married, and must produce an infertility diagnosis.
The donation of sperm cells, eggs and embryos is forbidden.
Surrogate mothers is forbidden.
IVF is not opened to single women or lesbian couples.
The law does not precise and age limit for IVF.
Supernumerary IVF is not authorized. Which limits multiple pregnancy. Whatever the age or the number of attempts, a maximum of 2 embryos per cycle are authorized.
The law authorizes pre-implantation diagnosis and serum screening for aneuploidy, but not the choice of the embryo’s sex.
Is a visa required for a IVF in Turkey ?
For conducting an IVF in Turkey, customs formalities are the same as for tourism visitors. All UK and european citizen are visa exempted for a duration of 90 days. The canadian and american citizen must apply for an electronic tourism visa at their turkish consulates. For citizen from other countries, please ask information at the turkish consulate.
All-inclusive IVF package with Body Expert
Our price rates are 50% lower then most of the other countries, with the highest satisfaction rates.
INCLUDED IN THE OFFER:
👶🏻 IVF treatment
💉 All laboratory tests
💊 Medicines, care, advice and follow-up
🛌 Accommodation for 18 nights in a double room (for couples) in a four-star hotel with breakfast
🚖 All transfers
👩🏻🔧 The assistance of an English-speaking interpreter
Body Expert selects the best reproduction clinics in Turkey
Body Expert sélectionne avec soin les meilleures cliniques de médecine de PMA en Turquie, situées à Istanbul. Ces cliniques de fertilité sont accréditées JCI (Joint Commission International) et certifiées ISO 9001. Elles sont toutes équipées de laboratoires utilisant les technologies les plus avancées dans le domaine, et leurs équipes médicales, diplômées des meilleures universités de médecine de Turquie et d’Europe, sont très expérimentées et considérées parmi les plus compétentes au monde.
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Step 1 - Free quotation according to your needs
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We will come back to you asap with your quotation.
Step 2 - Validation of the quotation
After validation of your quote with your customer assistant, proof of purchase of your plane ticket will be requested, in order to block your dates of treatment.
PLEASE NOTE: Your date of arrival in Istanbul must be calculated and booked according to the ovulation period! that is, 3 days before the expected date of Madame's period.
Note: Body Expert has a travel license, and can therefore take care of your entire trip and stay, from your city of departure. Our à la carte service allows you to organize tourist extensions during your stay, allowing you to (re) discover Istanbul and its wonders.
Step 3 - Your arrival in Istanbul
You will have a dedicated reception at your arrival in Istanbul. Your coverage starts at the airport, with VIP vehicle transfer to your hotel. Your personal assistant will present your program and assist you at each step of your journey, in your spoken language. At Body Expert, your satisfaction is our priority !
Step 4 : Start of the treatment
The first step of your IVF treatments will be an interview with your expert surgeon, followed by all the care treatments validated with your order, with our medical follow-up. At each moment, you can ask for further treatments, we are here to satisfy your needs.
Step 5 : Treatments controls and follow up
Our doctor will check your whole care and give you advices and prescriptions if needed. We stay available at all times for your needs and questions.
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Time and length of the surgeries varies according to each beauty treatment. When creating your quotation, we will inform you about the average care and healing time of each treatment.