Barbados is a relatively small island located in the Caribbean. There is only one IVF clinic on Barbados. Due to the high standards it adheres to and the relatively low cost compared to the USA, it is a popular destination for IVF treatment abroad. If you were considering going abroad for IVF treatment then you may want to consider Barbados which has extremely tight regulations and laws in place to ensure quality and your safety.
Fertility Treatment in Barbados
Since there is only one fertility clinic in Barbados, the laws relate only to this one clinic.
Egg donation is both anonymous and non-anonymous in Barbados. The donors are screened for infectious diseases according to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) guidelines .
The age limit for egg donors is 18-34 years. For men there is no age limit. Donors can donate up to three times but more if it is a sibling cycle. Some of the donors may have come from overseas agencies and may have donated there also.
Information relating to the donor is available to recipients:
- Family history
- Hobbies, likes & dislikes
- Hair colour
- Eye colour
- Skin tone
- Previous pregnancies
- Blood group
IVF Laws Barbados
Barbados follows the same guidelines for IVF treatment as those of the HFEA in the UK.
- Assisted reproduction is legally available to unmarried couples, single women and women-only couples.
- The age limit for IVF treatment using own eggs and egg donation is 49 years.
- Sex selection is not allowed for non-medical reasons.
- Donation of egg and sperm can be anonymous or non-anonymous.
- Surrogacy is not permitted.
- HFEA guidelines are followed regarding the maximum number of embryos allowed to be transferred.
- Egg freezing is permitted.
Safety and Quality for IVF Treatment in Barbados
The Barbados IVF clinic which we feature has been JCI accredited (Joint Commission International). JCI is the largest health care accreditor. All US clinics strive to attain this Gold Seal of Approval® which involves inspections and compliance with this stringent accreditation.
Barbados Medical Council issues the licence required to practice. Since there is only one fertility clinic on Barbados, there is no centralised body to send IVF results to.
IVF in Barbados Question and Answers
What is the cost of IVF in Barbados?
Barbados is a relatively small island located in the Caribbean. There is only one IVF clinic on Barbados. Due to the high standards it adheres to and the relatively low cost compared to the USA, it is a popular destination for IVF treatment abroad. Since there is only one fertility clinic in Barbados, the information here relates only to this one clinic. Assisted reproduction is legally available to unmarried couples, single women and women-only couples. The age limit for IVF treatment using own eggs is 49. The cost of IVF treatment with own eggs is 11,000 BDS$ which equates to roughly €4,700.
How much does it cost to freeze your eggs in Barbados?
Freezing of eggs is permitted and the single clinic on the island uses the vitrification process which it introduced in 2006. The clinic states it has an egg thaw survival rate of 92%. The cost of IVF treatment with own eggs is $4,950 US which equates to roughly €4,300. Eggs can be stored for an initial period of up to five years. The fee quoted is subject to additional costs for medication and storage amounts. At present storage costs per year equate to €450. This cost will differ dependent upon the number of eggs retrieved, and how many eggs you would like to have frozen.
How much does embryo donation cost in Barbados?
Embryo donation is permitted in Barbados and can be both anonymous and non-anonymous. Embryos that are donated from couples who have completed their family, or from a fresh egg and sperm donation are both permitted. Embryos can be stored for up to five years. The cost for embryo donation starts from approximately €4,200. All the donors are screened for infectious diseases according to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) guidelines. Treatment is legally available to married / unmarried couples, single women and women-only couples.
What is the cost of IVF with donor eggs in Barbados?
The cost of IVF with donor eggs in Barbados is dependent upon whether an anonymous or non-anonymous donor is sought. If you choose an IVF treatment with known donor eggs the cost equates to approximately €6,200. If you choose an IVF treatment with non-disclosed donor eggs the cost equates to approximately €6,900. The law provides that treatments can be offered to women up to the age of 49. Gender selection for family balancing is not allowed except for medical reasons.
How much does donor sperm for IVF cost in Barbados?
Donor insemination is a fertility treatment that involves using a sperm donor to conceive. Insemination typically refers to intrauterine insemination (IUI) with a donor or an intended parent's sperm, but donor insemination can also be used with intra-vaginal insemination or as part of an IVF cycle as well. Treatment using donor sperm Costs approximately €350.