Last fact-checked: 16 October 2019
As one of the world’s most established medical tourism destinations, IVF in Thailand is proving more and more popular for couples trying to conceive who can't afford this normally expensive treatment in their home country.
Thailand is home first-class medical facilities that allow couples to save around 60% compared to prices in their home countries, such as Australia, New Zealand, the UK or the US. Keep reading to find out more about IVF in Thailand with this Medical Departures guide.
The inability to conceive may be caused by a number of factors. The issues may be due to the man, or the woman, but sometimes the causes are unknown. There are certainly a number of established centers throughout the country with qualified and experienced doctors who are able to conduct comprehensive tests to establish a diagnosis as to why you may have fertility problems, and get you started with the right course of treatment to overcome them.
It may be that time away from the stresses and strains of everyday home life can help you to conceive; some couples have found that being on holiday has worked for them – and Thailand certainly has its fair share of beautiful beaches to help you unwind.
Thailand is renowned for its medical tourism facilities, being the first to encourage a new wave of medical tourism in the late 1990s. Its pioneering approach, coupled with facilities that are internationally recognized for their excellence, means it has a strong reputation with foreign patients.
It was the first country in Asia for one of its hospitals to receive Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation, and there are now around 40 accredited facilities located throughout the country. JCI accreditation demonstrates exceptionally high-quality standards have been achieved.
Thailand’s doctors undergo extensive training, just as doctors do in the West. However, you must ensure you book a quality-checked doctor whose certifications have been verified. This is where booking with Medical Departures will help. We background check all doctors and clinics that we partner with and subsequently list on our site, so you can be assured of receiving a reliable service from a doctor who is a specialist in your particular problem area.
The cost of IVF in Thailand is around 40% of what you’d pay at home so you will make substantial savings – and why not take the opportunity to treat yourself to some much-needed downtime in this beautiful tropical location?
Each IVF cycle of treatment can be broken down into around five main steps, for which you will need to stay in Thailand for between 7 and 10 days to complete.
Egg production will be stimulated with medication, and ovaries will be monitored with blood tests and scans to check for the development of eggs.
2: Egg Collection
Once developed, a minor surgical procedure will be used to collect the eggs.
3: Sperm Collection
The male will need to donate a sperm sample
4: Combine sperm and eggs in the laboratory
The eggs and sperm are combined in a laboratory in a process called insemination. Kept at the right conditions to encourage fertilization, they are monitored for signs of cell division. Once this happens, the eggs are deemed to have fertilized.
5: Transfer of the Embryos
Three to five days after fertilization, the embryos (the name for fertilized eggs) are transferred in a painless procedure to the uterus.
You can save a considerable sum with IVF in Thailand, with costs starting at around AUD $3,500 per cycle. As an example, this can be compared with prices in Australia, which are at around AUD $7,800 (US $5,200).
For more up-to-date prices, check out some of our past patients' most highly-recommended clinics in Thailand for IVF below:
Browse through some of the first-class clinics offering IVF in Thailand listed above, or any of the other quality-checked facilities listed on our site. If you're ready to book, see below for easy ways to arrange in-vitro fertilization in Thailand. You can also get in touch with our Customer Care Team via our toll-free international numbers.
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