Greece is one of the top destinations for fertility treatment in Europe, offering high quality medical care, with inviting fertility regulations. This article was written in collaboration with our partners myIVF answers.
Warm Mediterranean climate, tempting blue sea, impressive beaches, amazing historical sites and great food - this is what we all know Greece for. However, not all of us may be aware of the fact that one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world plays also a very important role on the medical tourism map. It turns out that Greece has a lot to offer in terms of in vitro fertilisation and reproductive medicine in general. If you have been considering IVF treatment abroad and wondering whether Greece is a right choice for you, we’ll say: yes! Here are some reasons why.
It is in Greece where you will find some of the world’s top IVF clinics, combining high-quality services and reasonable rates. These units, mostly located in Athens, Thessaloniki and Crete, apply best practices and are staffed with both state-of-the-art technological equipment and trained specialist doctors. The clinics are certified by internationally acclaimed organisations, which assure not only innovation but also safety and quality of clinical, surgical and laboratory procedures.
What is more, all the IVF clinics in Greece operate under license from the Greek National Authority of Assisted Reproduction. It is a national body that makes controls, gives suggestions, collects data and keeps records of every single case related to assisted reproduction in the country. And finally - what’s probably most important from a patient’s point of view - first class fertility treatment is offered in Greece at a much lower cost than in other top European fertility destinations.
Greece has surely a lot of advantages over other countries in terms of infertility treatments and services - one of them is its liberal IVF legislation. Issued in 2005, it allows most IVF methods (e.g. intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), egg/sperm donation, frozen embryo transfer), surrogacy arrangements and genetic testing options (such as PGT-A and PGD). The age limit for women undergoing IVF treatment is 50 years old and there are no exceptions in terms of marital status. It means that all the procedures are available to both married and unmarried heterosexual couples, single women and women in lesbian relationships. In case of the latter, it is only required that one partner states she is going through treatment as a single woman and signs a notarial deed. Greece is one of the countries that allow anonymous egg and sperm donation. According to the Greek IVF law, information on a patient and the child conceived via donation will not be disclosed to an anonymous donor - and vice-versa. Donor anonymity translates into a lot of advantages: the development of egg/sperm banks, large pools of donor candidates and the lack of waiting lists for donation treatments. The latter will surely be considered as a great asset by advanced-age patients who find time very precious and cannot allow themselves to wait months for the treatment to start.
Feeling convinced? We suppose so! However, if you are still not sure whether your IVF treatment should be performed in Greece, we encourage you to follow our campaign Greece - Fertility Destination 2021 that commences on October 1, 2020. In the upcoming 6 months, we will make you familiar with all the available treatment options in Greece and some of the most acclaimed IVF clinics that accept international patients.
Our online events will present you with a unique chance to get to know some of Greece’s leading fertility specialists and trusted IVF coordinators who will share some useful advice on fertility treatment in their country. And who knows, maybe you will find your future fertility team among them?
We are not alone. The campaign is supported by more than 30 ambassadors worldwide and special Patron from Greece - ELITOUR - Greek Medical Tourism Council.
The campaign will be also supported by eggdonationfriends.com and fertilityclinicsabroad.com - two well known websites for patients seeking IVF treatment options abroad.
We really hope that our campaign Greece - Fertility Destination 2021 will help you make some final decisions concerning your future IVF treatment!