Canadian couples flock to the Caribbean for IVF

A growing number of Canadian couples are realising that to get affordable treatment, with high success rates and no waiting lists they may need to travel outside of Canada.

LONDON, Jan. 22, 2014 /CNW/ - Barbados Fertility Centre, now in it's 12th year of operation have seen an increase in the amount of Canadian couples that they are treating. Anna Hosford, Clinic Director said, "Canadian couples contact us every day asking us about the waiting lists and prices. They realise that by waiting for free treatment in Canada they are wasting their best fertility years and so compromising their own chance of success. They know their fertility clock cannot be turned back so are willing to pay for treatment".

Barbados has traditionally had strong ties with Canada and there are regular daily flights from Canada to Barbados, so it's an easy journey for couples to make.

Once couples arrive on the beautiful Caribbean island of Barbados they are forced to unwind and enjoy a relaxing vacation while they undergo IVF treatment.

Barbados Fertility Centre is JCI accredited and have recently been awarded the Canadian Best Practice Quality Audit gold seal for cleaning, disinfecting and sterilization of critical and semi critical medical devices.

Miss Hosford said, "When you work in healthcare, best practice is vital. We have stringent procedures in place so that our patients can rest assured that they will receive the best level of care to an international standard. These procedures help increase our success rates and ultimately our patients conceive!"

With rising IVF costs in Canada, the average cost being around $12,000CAD, couples can get better IVF success rates in Barbados for about half the price, which leaves enough to cover the flights and accommodation and enjoy some quality time together. Barbados Fertility Centre also has an on site spa, the Life Wellness Centre, which offers couples a Healthy Mind Body Program to increase their chances of success.

Another key feature for Afro/Caribbean couples is that Barbados Fertility Centre have an excellent donor egg program with success rates of 73%.

Latest figures published by the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society show clinical pregnancy rates for 2011 were as follows:

  • 39% for women under 35 years old
  • 31% for women aged 35-39 years
  • 16% for women 40 years old and over.

However, success rates in Barbados are considerably higher:

IVF using own eggs

* 66.7% under 35 CPR/ET

ICSI using own eggs + blastocyst transfer

* 69.6% under 35 yr olds PR/ET

* 52.9% over 35 yr olds PR/ET

ICSI blastocyst transfer

* 50% 40-42 yr olds PR/ET

* 11.1% over 42 olds PR/ET

Frozen embryo replacement cycles

  • 50%PR/thaw

When you look at the facts that:

  • Treatment is half the price
  • Success rates are higher
  • There are no waiting lists
  • Both JCI and the Canadian Best Practice Quality Audit accredit this facility with their gold seal of approval

It is no wonder Canadian couples are flocking to Barbados Fertility Centre for their IVF treatment.

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SOURCE: Barbados Fertility Centre

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