Why travel to Latvia for infertility treatment?

Clinic EGV in Riga, explains why Latvia is becoming a popular destination for overseas couples experiencing fertility problems.

Latvia is a small country situated on the Baltic Sea between Lithuania and Estonia. A full member of the Eurozone, the country has a 20-year history of providing infertility services, and IVF treatments carried out in Latvian clinics conform to the recommendations of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) and the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS). In particular patients from Western European countries such as the UK, Germany and Scandinavia are attracted by the European standard technologies, high-quality services and affordable prices found at Latvian IVF clinics.

Clinic EGV is one of Latvia’s leading infertility and reproductive health clinics, providing both state-funded fertility procedures for Latvian citizens and private treatment for international patients. The experienced team led by Gynaecologist and Reproduction Specialist, Dr Zane Vītiņa, recognises that there is no uniform treatment for fertility disorders as the causes vary greatly. They offer personalised care covering all aspects of male and female infertility, including fertility diagnostics, gynaecological and urological surgery, infertility treatments and andrology services.

Services available a Clinic EGV in Latvia include:


In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is now a commonplace term, familiar even to those people who have no need for such a procedure. It literally means that fertilisation takes place outside of the body; sperm are added to the ovum under laboratory conditions where fertilisation takes place. IVF is used as a treatment when a woman has anatomical changes in her fallopian tubes or has a gynaecological condition such as severe endometriosis. It is also recommended if other infertility methods have not produced the desired result within a year of trying, or in cases where there are mild pathologies in the sperm.


In traditional IVF, the ovum is placed with thousands of swimming sperm under laboratory conditions. However, sometimes the sperm cannot penetrate the outer layer of the ovum. This may be because the ovum’s outer layer is too hard to penetrate or that the sperm are unable to swim. First performed in Belgium in 1992, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is an IVF procedure in which a single sperm is injected into the cytoplasm of the ovum.

ICSI is used in cases where a man’s sperm count is very low or the sperm are immobile and defective. Sperm of satisfactory quality are selected for the procedure and the best quality sperm is implanted inside the ovum using micro-instruments. ICSI is also performed in cases where previous IVF cycles have been unsuccessful.


Clinic EGV is home to the Center of Andrology led by leading specialists, Dr Andris Abele and Dr Kirils Ivanovs. The Center provides a full range of infertility and health services for men, including the state-of-the-art Micro-TESE procedure.

Until recently, the standard treatment for azoospermia (no sperm at all in a man’s semen) was a procedure known as testicular sperm aspiration (TESA). During TESA, sperm is taken out of the testicle by means of a biopsy and then used for fertility treatment. The technique is effective in 30-50% of cases, a percentage that may be increased using TESE (testicular sperm extraction). However, TESA/TESE can be traumatic and induce extensive scarring in the testicle, decrease testosterone levels and further worsen sperm production.

Micro-dissection testicular sperm extraction (Micro-TESE) is a microsurgical procedure to remove sperm directly from the testicle. The procedure has a very low complication risk because the use of a high magnification microscope ensures that any tissue removed is pinpointed, increasing the probability of finding sperm cells and minimising the damage to surrounding tissues. Overall, Micro-TESE is twice as effective compared with TESA and has fewer side-effects.

Infertility treatment in Latvia

European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology data from 2016 show that every sixth couple in the world faces infertility problems. Every year 1.5 million fertility treatments are performed in the world and around 400 thousand children are born who have been conceived through fertility treatment.

A short flight away from European cities and with the very latest technologies at affordable prices, Latvian infertility clinics such as Clinic EGV in Riga are playing their part in helping people with fertility problems to become happy parents.

Clinic EGV is located in Riga, 38 Lāčplēša Street, 5th floor. For more information on fertility services call : + (371) 67 278 183 or email [email protected]

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