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Majority of fertility patients would consider treatment abroad

16-Jul-2008

The majority of couples undergoing infertility treatment would consider receiving treatment abroad to avoid waiting lists and the high cost of treatment in the UK, a new survey has revealed.

An online poll of more than 300 infertility treatment patients found that 76 per cent would consider becoming medical tourists in their bid to conceive.

Researchers at Infertility Network UK also found that 88 per cent of those who had already undergone treatment abroad were happy with the service they received.

Patients cited high success rates at overseas clinics, the attitude of staff, the atmosphere of private clinics and the facilities.

"It is absolutely vital that anyone considering travelling abroad should do some thorough research beforehand as the rules and regulations abroad can be totally different from that in the UK," advised Clare Brown, chief executive of Infertility Network UK.

Ms Brown added: "I do hope though that clinics in the UK take into account the findings of this survey and learn from the good experiences many couples have had at clinics abroad."

Estimates suggest that as many as one in four couples of reproductive age are affected by infertility.

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