Assisting Nature is located in the outskirts of Thessaloniki (Pylaia), only 15 minutes from Thessaloniki city centre and 10 minutes from the airport. The clinic was founded in 2013 by two experienced IVF specialists: Evangelos Papanikolou, MD, Ph.D. and Robert Najdecki, MD, Ph.D. Dr. Papanikolou is a Medical Director of the clinic and has an impressive 17-years experience in the reproductive field. Dr. Robert Najdecki is the Scientific Director and has vast experience in the ARt field including endoscopic surgery.
Assisting Nature employs six gynecologists, 3 ESHRE accredited embryologists (the senior embryologist has 14 years of experience). The clinic performs 1,072 treatment cycles a year – this number includes natural cycles, IUI, egg donation cycles, and ICSI. 30% of the treatments carried out at the clinic are ICSI, 20% are egg donation cycles and 23% of the treatments are frozen embryo transfers. What is important, the clinic has the following accreditation ISO 15224:2012, ISO 9001: 2008 and, also, EU TE CODE GR 007651 from the Greek National Authority of Medical Assisted Reproduction.
Assisting Nature has an embryology laboratory and an andrology laboratory. There are two operating theatres and four single recovery rooms for patients (three double rooms and one single). The clinic’s staff speaks fluent English and there are an international team and translation services available.
Assisting Nature Treatments
- donor eggs
- donor sperm
- embryo donation
- Assisted Hatching (AH)
- Embryo/gamete freezing
- Mioxsys male oxidative stress test
Apart from the abovementioned treatments, the clinic offers female and male fertility examinations, psychological support program or TESE (Testicular Sperm Extraction) or Micro-TESE (Microsurgical Testicular Sperm Extraction) for male factor.
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Assisting Nature Price List
Patients opting for treatment with donor eggs can choose from the three programs:
- Standard Package at the price of € 6,200 with 8 eggs guaranteed,
- Exclusive Package at the price of € 8,500 with all the oocytes from the donor,
- Exclusive Premium Package at the price of € 12,000 with all the oocytes from the donor plus a second donor.
The packages include donor stimulation drugs and ICSI and the extended consultation to blastocyst is free of charge. Before you decide on a treatment, you can have a free Skype consultation or a consultation at the clinic at the cost of € 150. This amount is deductible from the total cost once the treatment commences. The first embryo transfer is included in the package, the successive embryo transfers cost € 1,200.
For patients needing additional procedures, the clinic offers Embryoscope for € 350 and gamete vitrification for € 500. You can also have your partner’s sperm frozen and stored at the cost of € 300 a year.
IVF with own eggs
For patients planning IVF with their own oocytes the cost is € 3,600. The extra costs here are € 100-120 for sedation and € 500 for freezing the eggs – you will be able to use your oocytes at a later date.
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Assisting Nature Success Rates
The clinic reports the egg donation clinical rate (2018) at 50% and IVF clinical rate 48%. If you are planning to have IVF with own eggs, you can expect the following success rates based on the age of the patient:
- under 35 years old: 51%
- 35-40 years old: 37%
- above 40 years old 15%.
If you go for frozen embryo transfer, you can expect the clinical pregnancy rate at 43% and with embryo donation clinical pregnancy rate at 52%. The doctors at Assisting Nature recommend and practice Day 5 embryo transfer. The multiple birth rate at the clinic is 31%.
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From the staff
Although becoming parents may seem for some people a very simple process, nowadays one out of six couples faces difficulties conceiving naturally. Here, Assisting Nature Team intervenes by seeking the cause of the problem. After the diagnosis the appropriate treatment is provided where possible and methods of assisted reproduction are used. Our team’s expertise and professionalism are our strengths. The scientific team of Assisting Nature, the gynecologists, obstetricians, embryologists, geneticists, and other medical practitioners, have gained their experience at the most reputable universities around the world and are distinguished members of the global reproductive medical community. With us, you will understand that infertility does not mean sterility and you will start your journey into parenthood.
The patients of Assisting Nature are multinational. 30% of them travels to Greece from the UK, 15% of patients come from across the sea – Italy, 15% of patients come from neighboring Albania. The clinic also has patients from France (10%), Poland (10%), Serbia (5%) or Arabic countries (5%). Also, American and Australian IVF patients are becoming more and more interested in Assisting Nature in Thessaloniki (5%).
If you wish to travel to Greece by plane, the clinic offers free airport pick-up for all patients. Before you book accommodation in Thessaloniki, check the offer of these hotels: Manhattan Apartments, Colors Hotel, and Nikopolis Hotel – the clinic has discounts deals with them.