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InterTrust Fertility’s NEW ivf cost calculator, highlights why 10,000 women will head abroad for ivf treatment this year.For the first time, InterTrust Fertility in showing British women exactly what it will cost to have fertility treatment at any clinic in the UK. Not just the headline price too. As anyone considering ivf will know, it’s been a confusing picture up to now, with fees for fertility treatment consisting of several elements, but all-to-often only the main ivf procedure is actually quoted. Other fees usually appear within a list, with no mention of what a complete treatment cycle will cost. Making it awkward for couples to directly compare clinics. In reality, the total cost for treatment easily raise to twice this amount, once the supplementary ‘hidden’ fees and procedures are included. By covering 98% of the UK’s private and NHS clinics, InterTrust Fertility’s ivf cost calculator now allows women to see exactly what specific treatments will cost at any clinic of their choice. Not only can they personalise their treatment, to provide a really accurate picture of what ivf treatment is likely to cost, they can then compare the cost of treatment in the UK to clinics in Spain & Prague. With the cost of fertility treatment remaining astronomically high in Britain and faced with harsh economic times, an estimated 10,000 couples per year are now rejecting the average £5,600 UK price tag, for cheaper, high quality fertility treatment abroad.
Mayfair, London (PRWEB) July 10th, 2012- The new ivf cost calculator, launched this week is the first of its kind in the UK and is freely available to anybody at InterTrust Fertility’s website: http://www.intertrustmedical.com/ivf-cost-calculator/
Very quickly users can search almost any of the 65 fertility clinics in the UK, personalise their treatment plan, including the elements that are not always highlighted by many clinics. They can then go on to compare any of these to InterTrust Fertility’s two partner clinics aboard. Women can include or exclude the cost of ICSI, Egg donation, Consultants’ fees, mediations and even view the charges that clinics make towards the HFEA, the UK’s governing fertility body in order to gain a very precise quote for the actual costs involved.
InterTrust Fertility (www.intertrustmedical.com) co-ordinates the treatment of UK women and couples seeking IVF treatment abroad, working with partner IVF clinics in Barcelona and Prague. Providing clear, simple pricing, consistent care, and quality management to international patients. The total cost of IVF treatment in Prague starts at £2500, including medications, which is around half the price a couple could expect to pay at home.
With three quarters of the 50,000 annual fertility treatments undertaken privately in the UK, the journey for women seeking treatment and the challenge to find the right fertility clinic is not an easy one. When it comes to the statistics surrounding ivf success rates, there’s a mountain to climb in terms of research. For women trying to simply understanding just how these success rates are calculated and even if they are relevant to any particular individual, is almost a science in itself. Most significantly, although it’s the first aspect people look at when starting out to find a clinic, it’s rarely the deciding factor.
Women then face the task of calculating how much treatment will cost, bearing in mind that most will need two or more ivf cycles before successfully conceiving. Meaning that in Britain today, women routinely spend twenty to thirty thousand pounds, before successfully conceiving. For women and couples to really understand the cost implications of fertility treatment before they begin is not just important, it’s often the choice between buying a new home or staying put or remaining in a well paid but unsatisfying job, even going into significant debt to fund treatment.
Previously, this could mean hours spent finding suitable fertility clinics in the area, trawling numerous websites to find each of the five or six prices that make up the total cost of a single ivf treatment cycle. Some clinics even require being contacted before their price list is made available.
James Walsh, Head of International Patients at InterTrust Fertility said, ‘Having helped many international patients, there’s always been a real problem when it comes to understanding exactly what fertility treatment will cost in Britain. Of course patients are initially concerned with the quality, availability and speed of treatment abroad, but after these aspects, patients’ main concerns always centre around the cost of ivf treatment. That’s why we’ve created the ivf cost calculator, so in just three steps, patients can see exactly what costs are involved and just how much these prices differ between the UK & abroad’
He also adds, ‘The money side of treatment is a genuine problem for most people and it’s not unusual for inheritances, savings for a new house or even lottery winnings to help foot the bill. The desire to have children is profoundly strong and many couples will do all they can to conceive, whatever the cost. Private clinics are aware of this and can charge significant sums for treatment, particularly in London, where surprisingly there are fewer clinics per person than anywhere else in the country. With organisations like InterTrust Fertility, women and couples do at least now have choice of safe, reliable and professionally managed access to high quality fertility treatment abroad’
To learn more about the ivf cost calculator contact InterTrust Fertility on 0800 824 7874 or to learn more the company visit the InterTrust Fertility website at; http://www.intertrustmedical.com
Women could delay the menopause by having ovarian transplants. The story was described in the Telegraph and originally taken up by Sky News with an interesting warning from Sir Professor Winston. Whatever the outcome of the research this is certainly an area we’ll keep an eye on for you.
InterTrust Fertility heralds the end for expensive IVF treatment in Britain
InterTrust Fertility is offering British patients access to a unique IVF trial in Spain that could change the way IVF treatment is delivered across the UK. The new fertility technique, called ‘24sure’ and developed by BlueGnome in Cambridge has shown incredibly positive results in a number of medical trails, demonstrating up to a seventy-five percent success rate for IVF patients, which by scientific standards is a huge jump. InterTrust Fertility has partnered with the world’s second largest fertility organisation IVI, based in Barcelona, to offer UK couples the chance to participate in the latest clinical trial of this technique. Should the technology prove to be successful, the dramatic increase in success rates will severely reduce the total cost of treating patients, paving the way for cheaper and more reliable IVF treatment, thereby making it much easier for UK women and couples to access fertility help in Britain.
Mayfair, London (PRWEB) May 30, 2012-The trial is available to women seeking IVF treatment, aged between thirty-eight and forty, the age group that most challenges fertility doctors. By screening the embryos of 120 women for abnormal chromosomes (the basic building blocks of human life), the trail hopes to establish just how effective this technique can be. Access to the Barcelona trial is ‘randomised’, meaning participation cannot be guaranteed. InterTrust Fertility (www.intertrustmedical.com) co-ordinates the treatment of UK women and couples seeking IVF treatment abroad, working with partner IVF clinics in Barcelona and Prague to provide consistent care and management to international patients. The total cost of IVF treatment in Spain starts at £4,800, which is around the minimum a couple could expect to pay privately in the UK.
As well as removing some of the uncertainty and stress that women feel as they under go IVF, as research has demonstrated that infertility can be as stressful to a woman as a serious disease like heart disease or even cancer, the likely success of this new technology will eventually have a big impact on the people behind the scenes, the Embryologists. Even using the current best practice reproductive techniques, Embryologists know that 50% of the embryos that are transferred back into a woman will have chromosomal problems and will probably not survive. The problem is of course they don’t know which half. By conducting a screening programme that takes less than twelve hours, they could for the first time have a definitive benchmark, guiding them to select embryos with the best chances of survival.
In the UK, IVF treatment has been heavily overshadowed in recent months. First by continued attacks from Professor Robert Winston, the UK’s ‘IVF Tsar’ against private IVF clinics, claiming that many are exploiting couples desperate to have children with excessively high fees. Then by a US research study that shows how ‘ICSI’; a procedure which is often pushed by private clinics and is currently used in almost half of all IVF cycles, actually doubles a baby’s chances of suffering birth defects. Finally, last week the government NHS watchdog NICE has been called to raise the upper age limited for IVF availability on the NHS from thirty-eight to forty. These new demands are set against the UK’s ‘IVF lottery’, where less than two thirds of NHS trusts actually follow the national guidelines.
With the picture of fertility treatment in Britain today as one of expensive private treatment, hard-to-come-by NHS treatment and long waiting periods for donor eggs, often over twelve months. InterTrust Fertility’s participation in the Barcelona ‘24sure’ trial as well as several others could eventually help to reinvent fertility treatment in Britain by fundamentally altering the economics behind IVF.
On average, women require between 2 to 4 IVF cycles before they become pregnant. If the early clinical trial results are correct then adopting this new chromosomal test could potentially reduce the average number of cycles that a woman needs by half, in effect cutting the total cost of IVF treatment by 50%. An advance that any cash strapped NHS trust would rush to embrace.
InterTrust Fertility’s Managing Director James Walsh comments, “Exactly how this might play out in terms of availability of IVF treatment on the NHS or in terms of cheaper private treatment is still uncertain. This is quite a new technology and although it is possible for our patients to access the trial in Spain, the reality is it could be five years before these tests become standard practice across the NHS”
He adds, “Also, some private clinics may shy away from using the new technique in a widespread manner because they may not want to provide patients with only one or two IVF cycles, which would significantly reduce their revenue when compared with today’s standards. We suspect it will firstly be introduced as a ‘premium’ service to patients. In fact, InterTrust Fertility has itself grown out of the needs of thousands of couples, who simply can’t afford private IVF treatment in the UK and who are seeking affordable fertility treatment at reputable, well managed clinics. In all honestly we can’t see this changing any time soon, although when it does we do expect it to be a very significant shift”
The trial with InterTrust Fertility’s partner, IVI in Spain will take around a year to complete before any firm results are published. To learn more about the Barcelona trial contact James Walsh on 0800 824 7874 or to learn more the company visit the InterTrust Fertility website at; http://www.intertrustmedical.com