From before we contacted Medical Travel / GYNEM we did some research on the web. We would go for the egg donation programme, and it was important for us to have a donor of Caucasian / Nordic appearance. It is due to law not legal with egg donation where we from. We found Czech Republic and Prague as a nice place to go, with nice people, and descent prices. I had been to Prague several times and knew the country. Medical Travel was chosen due to a full programme package with pickup and nice facilities with experienced doctor.
We have really a good experience from using Medical Travel as IVF donation programme. We were contacted by telephone only minutes after filling in the contact scheme, and we were set up for a Skype consultation with the doctor when it suited us.
We then agreed to go further with this. Blood tests and pre-examination were done home by GP and gynaecologists. The donor was found very quickly. The menstrual cycle had to become synchronized, so she got some medics for this by the GP. Then the medicines for preparation of uterus came by post, and she started to take these as prescribed. Due to small bleedings there was done some adjustment in dose.
She had a check-up by gynaecologist short time before we went to Prague. It took some time before we knew when to arrive Prague, so ordering tickets was not so easy, and was done just few days before we needed to be there. Fortunately we got tickets, but travelling such a long distance, and in winter time may become problematic. We were picked up by mini-bus at the airport and driven to the hotel in city-centre. Morning after we were picked up at the hotel and taken to the clinic, about 20 min from centre.
The clinic is perfectly new, modern, looks great and seems to be very nice equipped.
Semen collection was done and information was given. Egg was retrieved from donor and for now we had to wait 6 days until blastocysts were ready. It was 6 days with waiting and medication. But there were time for looking around in Prague as well. After waiting we went back for insertion of blastocysts, this was quite quickly done, and then we went straight back to the airport to go home.
Pros +: Nice country, people and clinic. Good contact with client representative, good English written and spoken. Positive pregnancy test after first trial.
To improve: – Egg donor should after our opinion been younger (under age 30). (Did she have children from before?) -Medication sent without any information, no files or instructions. (Previously when we tried IVF we got a nice file with a lot of information). We got no info about semen collection. Fortunately we knew about this from before.
Conclusion: We will with good feelings recommend this clinic for other couples in Europe. If the pregnancy doesn’t last, we will for sure go back to the same clinic.