If you are considering donor treatment overseas, there is a lot you need to consider. Fertility treatments overseas aren’t regulated in the same way as they are inside the UK. Therefore, it’s important you understand the differences and do your research properly before opting for donor treatment abroad.
The main difference between UK donors and donors overseas is that donors in the UK must consent to provide identifying information about themselves. This ensures that any children born as a result of their donation can find out who their donor is and get in touch when they reach the legal age of 18.
While many people have safe, effective, and successful fertility treatment abroad, it is important you do your research. Other countries have different government bodies or laws that oversee their fertility treatments and these can be different to the laws protecting those undergoing fertility treatment in the UK.
While there is legislation with the EU which sets the standards for fertility treatment quality and safety, not all EU countries implement this legislation.
One of the most common questions we get asked is whether anyone can have treatment abroad. Of course, this depends on the country. Unfortunately, there are only a limited number of countries that offer fertility treatment to single women or same-sex couples. So, if you are considering donor treatment abroad it is important to consider the laws in different countries first.
If you are considering using a donor abroad, there are several important points you need to know:
Donor Law Abroad: if you are having donor treatment abroad, it is important that you understand your legal rights and responsibilities as the biological parent. In the UK, you have donor treatment at a licensed clinic, you have no rights or responsibilities to any children born as a result of your donation. However, in other countries this may not be the case. Therefore, it is important that you do your research.
Recruitment and Health Checks in Other Countries: when seeking donor treatment abroad, you need to find out what the recruiting and screening process for donors is. All donors should be checked for infectious diseases, and their family history should be thoroughly checked, to ensure they won’t pass on any serious genetic diseases.
In the UK, donors are provided with counselling to ensure that they fully understand the commitment they are making. Whether you choose donor treatment with Wessex Fertility in the UK or with our clinic in Spain, we provide specialist counselling services for all our patients. Our fully trained and expert counsellors will guide you through the treatment process, answer your questions, and encourage you to explore the effects of your decision on both your emotional health and on your life.
Donor Anonymity Abroad: when undertaking donor treatment abroad, it is important to consider donor anonymity laws as these can vary from country to country. Even when donations are anonymous, you can find out some identifying information about your donor (such as a physical description).
Donor Limitations Abroad: when considering donor treatment abroad, you may want to check if there are limits on using one donor. In the UK, one donor’s sperm can be used by up to 10 families. This is to limit the number of children with a genetic connection to you. It is important to consider that this may not be the case in other countries and, therefore, your child could be genetically related to many more families.
Many people ask about the costs of donor treatment overseas. At Wessex Fertility, we provide overseas treatments at costs discussed with you. To find out the costs of our fertility treatments overseas, you must book a no-obligation consultation with one of our specialists. This is an opportunity to discuss the treatment you would like and what you require to have the family you’ve always dreamed of.
We operate a specialist donor egg programme at The Instituto Bernabeu in Alicante, Spain. Led by Dr Rafael Bernabeu, The Instituto Bernabeu has practices that are extremely well defined, doctors and staff that are highly skilled, and numerous current practices. Our clinic in Spain also fully screen all donors in accordance with current UK legislation.
The staff at The Instituto Bernabeu welcome patients from the UK often, so they speak excellent English.
The clinic also offers an impressive supply of high quality donor eggs and sperm. If you choose to receive your treatment at this clinic, you can be assured of receiving the highest quality treatment available.
You must seek treatment with a licensed fertility clinic to ensure you receive treatment that is legal, professional, and reliable. To receive treatment from qualified and experienced fertility specialists, look no further than Wessex Fertility. Not only do we provide fertility treatments of the highest standard, but we also provide all the support you need along the way.
We know that undertaking fertility treatments can be one of the toughest decisions you make and that’s why we are with you every step of the way. Our specialists are careful to thoroughly explain every aspect of your treatment with you, answer any questions you may have, and even talk you through the emotional considerations in a professional counselling setting.
We know fertility treatments abroad can be a confusing topic and that’s why we do everything we can to answer your questions. If you would like an informal discussion about what to expect, book a consultation today and speak to one of our specialists. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have, talk you through the treatment process, and let you know what you should expect.
Wessex Fertility also operates a donor egg programme with Dr Rafael Bernabeu, Medical Director at The Instituto Bernabeu in Alicante, Spain. Even though we have our own successful donation programme, we can also offer co-managed treatment cycles if you choose to seek donor treatment overseas. This may open up your choice of donors and speed up your treatment.
The link with Alicante has proven highly successful, enabling us to offer donor egg treatment to UK patients who may have to wait for donor eggs. This link with the established Spanish clinic was set up in March 2008 and has received excellent feedback from patients.
Wessex Fertility is happy to endorse Instituto Bernabeu, as their practices are well defined, their doctors and staff are highly skilled and they have pioneered a number of current practices. Furthermore, their donors are fully and stringently screened in accordance with current UK legislation. Staff at the Instituto Bernabeu are used to welcoming patients from the UK, and speak excellent English. The clinic offers access to a good supply of quality donor eggs and sperm.
The main difference between overseas and UK donors is that in other territories all donors are anonymous. In the UK, donors consent to provide certain information that could lead to them being identified. In other words it is possible for any child born from a UK donor (at the age of 18) to trace their biological parent.