Assisted Reproduction:

Why Greece is the best choice

Greece is considered a country with high standards in the provision of medical services and annually receives many visitors who wish to receive medical assistance, often combining their travel with leisure and accommodation in beautiful destinations throughout the country. Greece is also becoming an increasingly popular destination for couples or women around the world who seek specialised help to have a child. The reasons why Greece stands out in this area are analysed below.

High success rates

In vitro fertilization success rates are perhaps the most important criterion for a couple when preparing to choose the doctor and centre they will trust to carry out their own endeavor. Based on this criterion, most Greek centers are equal or even better than large centres of excellent reputation in other countries.

The Greek units combine modern infrastructure, security and medical services of the highest level. The medical staff specialising in Assisted Reproduction is highly trained, experienced and highly capable of both investigating the causes of Infertility and handling each case individually.

It is worth mentioning that a significant investment made recently in Greece brought the most modern Assisted Reproduction Unit in Europe. This is HYGEIA IVF: The new centre is an evolution of the standard In Vitro Fertilization unit of MITERA that has one of the best embryological laboratories and records excellent success rates. The embryological laboratory of the new unit installs the state-of-the-art Life Air IVF technology system, which is unique in mainland Europe, and increases the chance of pregnancy from 43% to 58%.

The availability of good quality eggs contributes to the high success rates achieved by the Greek centres, in case the couple chooses egg donation, but also the large number of available embryos compared to other countries.

Highly affordable cost

In Greece, the cost of Infertility treatments, including IVF, is very affordable. Indicatively, in HYGEIA IVF, which combines the provision of top services with state-of-the-art equipment, an IVF cycle costs about 65% to 75% less than in the United States, while the prices of its services are equally low in relation to what is valid in European centers that specialise in Assisted Reproduction.

In addition, money savings result from the competitive prices of services related to travellers staying in Greece. This is another comparative advantage of the country, especially if one takes into account that sometimes more than one IVF cycle may be needed, extending the period of stay of the couple -or the woman- in the country.

Flexible legislation

The legal framework governing Assisted Reproduction ensures adequate protection as well as discretion, facilitating procedures such as egg donation, embryo transfer,cryopreservation  of eggs and embryos, and surrogacy. Both egg and embryo donation are performed anonymously.

Also, the freezing of eggs is facilitated in the cases of single or unmarried women, with the use of sperm from a Greek sperm bank and an anonymous donor. However, it is possible to choose a sperm bank from another country. Indicatively, the Danish sperm bank Cryos provides sperm samples from a branded donor that can be used in a Greek unit, according to Greek regulations. Regarding the age limit up to which a woman can undergo infertility treatment in Greece, it is 52 years.

Zero waiting

Some couples feel time pressure and want to move forward as soon as possible to investigate the causes of infertility and treatment. The advantages of choosing Greece as the best destination for IVF include the fact that there are no waiting lists. The IVF procedure can be performed immediately and smoothly.

The best choice in Europe

Top medical care, high success rates, affordable costs of the procedure and the facility provided by the Greek legal framework are very important criteria for the decision of an infertile couple or a woman.

To these must be added the experience and “specialization” of the country in the reception of tourists. Greece is a very beautiful country in many ways and the combination of treatment with the possibility of recreation is another reason for its choice.
The Doctor

Dr. Nikolopoulos maintains a private practice in ATHENS, while collaborating exclusively with MITERA’s maternity hospital and the new HYGEIA IVF Athens Assisted Reproduction Unit. At the same time, he is in charge of the Fertility and In Vitro Fertilization clinic at City Hospital, in the city of KALAMATA.