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IVF information / clinics in UK-EU

Hi there,

There is a mirror post asking about treatments in CH. But I would like to ask the British in the forum (and eventually people from other countries) exactly the opposite.

With my wife we have undergone a couple of unsuccessful IVF cycles in Unispital ZH... and we were not overwhelmed by the treatment, nor the care received. We also got the impression -perhaps biased because of the hospital we attended- that the treatment was quite mild and there was no real attempt to move it forward.

So, one of our fears is that in CH the treatments are like that, and we are seriously considering attempting a treatment in the UK or in another European country -easy to reach, advanced (?), perhaps more flexibility with the approaches than here-.

So, the itemised list of questions would be:

1) Does anybody have experience/comparison between other places and there?
2) Are there recommendations of clinics there? -in UK, London area would be great, as it is very easily reachable-
3) How long are the waiting lists? (idea only, I can call, I know )
4) Or any other hint or idea would be really appreciated.

I would be grateful for any kind of information in this respect.
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Re: IVF information / clinics in UK-EU

Not sure what you mean about 'mild' or 'moving it forward' with regards to IVF treatment....are you aware that there are other treatments available apart from what you had done ? What did the specialists recommend in your specific situation ?

I did find this website that seemed like it was worth a read:
http://www.ivfineurope.co.uk/clinics-by-country.asp

It lists a total of 12 clinics in Switzerland, and 16 clinics in London...
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Re: IVF information / clinics in UK-EU

The OP is right the treatment is 'mild' here and if you are a text book IVF patient then the 'mild' treatment will likely work. However elsewhere, UK other countries have more relaxed rules re freezing embryos. For example in CH an embryo can only be frozen within the first 24 hours whereas in the UK and elsewhere they will let your embryo progress up to 5 days to a blastocyst and the best and strongest will be frozen so you know that your frozen cycle is more worth while. Also here they usually only do a 2 or 3 day transfer whereas elsewhere they will attempt to get your embryo to a 5 day blastocyst which aids implantation when transferred.

That said IVF was successful for me in CH after 3 attempts but I was toying with the idea of going to Istanbul for treatment if my last cycle didn't work as it is not only much cheaper but they are more experimental with their treatment plus I know many people who have been successful in Istanbul. There's also a very good clinic in Athens too.

In London the Lister clinic has a good reputation

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Re: IVF information / clinics in UK-EU

No experience with this, but I do know two people in this area of CH who specifically went to the US for this treatment as they needed/wanted top notch specialist or treatment and it seemed the US was the place to go. And no they were not US citizens. Both were successful. I have no idea about payments and insurance, but they were both very happy with everything.
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Re: IVF information / clinics in UK-EU

Thank you very much for the information. I am processing it, still.

Nickers got exactly my point, what she said perfectly nailed what I meant, so I do not think I need to go further with that...

The hints provided are indeed helpful. I would be interested in knowing a little more precisely what runningdeer said. Do you have more precise information about that? I.e., are there clinics/cities/states I should particularly look at?

Thanks again
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Re: IVF information / clinics in UK-EU

We used The Bridge Centre in London and found them excellent. I would add that they are not cheap.

http://www.thebridgecentre.co.uk/

There's a website to help with choosing a clinic in the UK.

http://www.hfea.gov.uk/choosing-clinic.html
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