IVF Ukraine

IVF treatment Ukraine

Ukraine is becoming more and more popular with people who are opting to have IVF treatment overseas.  There are over 30 IVF clinics operating in Ukraine according to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) but this number is sure to increase as Eastern Europe becomes a destination of choice for fertility treatment.  Just as in Russia, fertility clinics in Ukraine cater for English speaking patients by ensuring that there is staff who speak fluently in several languages.

The main driver for choosing Ukraine is the cost of treatment which is so much lower than in the UK and USA.  This, together with the laws surrounding donor egg treatment, makes it attractive to many people. There is no legal age limit for IVF treatment in Ukraine. However, it is usual that no access to treatment is allowed over the age of 51 years due to potential health problems.

Egg Donation in Ukraine

According to the Ministry of Healthcare in Ukraine, all egg and sperm donors are anonymous. For international patients, egg donors can be identifiable in unique occasions but only if the donor signs a voluntary consent of personal data disclosure. Egg donors can only donate between the ages of 18 and 35 years. There is no centralised donor database so potentially donors can donate repeatedly. However, clinics point out that many work to European standards and ESHRE guidelines which permit donation only six times.

egg and embryo donation Ukraine

Egg donors get paid approximately 350 Euros to donate and in order to do so they must, by law, undergo a series of tests to ensure that they are healthy. These include:

  • Blood group and Rh factor
  • Full blood analysis
  • Coagulogram
  • Antibodies to HIV
  • Antibodies to syphilis
  • Hepatitis B (HBsAg)
  • Hepatitis C (HCV)
  • Blood analysis for IgM and IgG
  • Cytological examination of cervical smears
  • Bacterioscopic analysis of vaginal, urethral and cervical canal discharges
  • General gynaecological analysis
  • Ultrasound examination of the pelvic organs
  • AMH, LH, E2

Sperm Donation in Ukraine

Sperm donation Ukraine

Sperm donors in Ukraine have to be between the age of 20 and 40 years. There is a list of medical tests which are required by law in order to donate. These include:

  • Blood group and Rh factor
  • Antibodies to HIV
  • Antibodies to syphilis
  • Hepatitis B (HBsAg)
  • Hepatitis C (HCV)
  • Spermogram
  • Fluoroscopy

Embryo Donation in Ukraine

Embryo donation is legal in Ukraine. There are two types of donation. Firstly there is donation from patients, who decided to donate their surplus embryos once their family is complete. Secondly, there is embryo donation from egg and sperm donors which are created for patients who choose a specific egg and sperm donor. Success rates are usually higher for the second type of  donation as the eggs come from young donors.

Egg Donation Costs in Ukraine

IVF Treatment Costs in Ukraine

One of the reasons people travel to the Ukraine for donor egg treatment is the cost which is so much lower than at home. Egg donation treatment is as low as 4600 Euros, with frozen egg donation even cheaper. There are other costs to factor in, of course, accommodation and travel. However, it is still low cost. Clinics will offer packages which includes help with travel and hotel arrangements taking the stress away from patients. We’ve put together some help for you to understand IVF costs abroad.

 

IVF Laws Ukraine

IVF law Ukraine

IVF laws vary from country to country and they can be complex and confusing. In the Ukraine, the following laws apply according to the Order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine № 787:

  • There is no age limit for IVF treatment but usually this is not accessible to women older than about 51 years
  • Egg and sperm donation is anonymous
  • Sex selection of embryos is not legal except for medical reasons
  • Same sex relationships are not allowed to be treated but single women can be treated
  • There is no law on the maximum number of embryos allowed to be transferred but usually this is limited to two
  • Surrogacy is legal
  • Embryos and eggs can be stored indefinitely

Safety and Quality in IVF Clinics in Ukraine

IVF clinics in the Ukraine need a license to operate from the Ministry of Healthcare of Ukraine. They get inspected every three years to ensure that they comply. In addition, some fertility clinics will have further audits and may well have ISO certification too.

IVF results from clinics get submitted annually to the Ukrainian Association of Reproductive Medicine (http://www.uarm.org.ua). This data is also reported to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology ESHRE.

Ukraine offers patients the opportunity of parenthood at a lower cost than elsewhere. IVF clinics attract patients from throughout the world and it is worth considering if you are considering travelling overseas for IVF treatment.

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