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IVF Vacation Center A New Option For Infertile Couples and Singles Looking To Save Money In Beautiful Vacation Destinations


North America’s leading medical tourism company Passport Medical has recently expanded its repertoire of low-cost, high-quality medical vacations with the introduction of its IVF Vacation Center devoted to helping infertile couples and singles achieve their dream of parenthood with affordable IVF.  IVF Vacation Center organizes fertility vacations and specializes in in-vitro fertilization (IVF), egg donation, and surrogacy abroad saving couples up to 80% in internationally accredited hospitals and clinics in vacation destinations. 

Infertility is defined as the inability to get pregnant after one year through normal means.  It is estimated that 7 – 9% of the population suffers from infertility.  With societal changes and women often waiting longer to conceive, pregnancy through normal means is also diminished as age is a definitive factor in infertility.  In addition, artificial reproduction as it is called is also an option for same-sex couples who have a whole new world of possibilities for parenthood that weren’t available a generation ago.

Unfortunately, fertility procedures can be very costly and out of the reach of many.  The average cost for in-vitro fertilization after medication is now $18,000 in the U.S.  For IVF with egg donation, the cost averages over $35,000 and commercial egg donation is not allowed in Canada, so Canadian women are already looking for options.  Surrogacy, where another woman carries a baby due to health or other reasons, can easily be over $120,000 in the U.S. and, again, not allowed in Canada.  Even though fertility procedures are not covered by Canada’s universal health system, there are also very long wait times to be accepted to a clinic for treatment.  Traveling for care can be immediate and extremely costs effective while allowing for a value-added experience.  IVF Vacation Center opens a new world of possibilities for the 7 million North American women struggling to get pregnant and for single men as well.

IVF Vacation Center president Mark Semple has undergone IVF in 4 different countries.  “After we were initially given a 30% chance of success and a failed cycle at home, all we had was an $18,000 bill and nothing to show for it.  We decided that at if we weren’t successful in subsequent attempts, we would at least have a vacation for our money.  After experiencing arguable better care and results for IVF abroad, we were sold.  We are now parents to a baby conceived during the best vacation of our life, and we saved thousands doing it.”  

Quality is certainly not an issue when looking abroad.  One doctor is a Yale professor and the recipient of the 2010 ‘OB/GYN of the year award in the U.S., but he now practices in his home country of Turkey at a famous hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins medicine.  Another clinic in Cape Town, South Africa has been featured on CNN.  A new clinic in Cancun, Mexico’s premier beach destination has one of Mexico’s top fertility specialists, and it’s only one-and-a-half hours from Miami.

IVF Vacation Center offers in-vitro fertilization options at internationally accredited hospital and clinics in Cancun, Panama, Turkey, South Africa, India, and the Ukraine. In addition, egg donation is available in Cancun, Panama, South Africa, India, and the Ukraine, destinations which offer a wide variety of ethnic donors. For patients looking for surrogate mothers to help them bare a child, IVF Vacation Center has a surrogate program in India, the world’s most popular destination for surrogacy due to reasonable cost and a positive legal climate.  India gets over 600,000 international medical tourists per year to its world-class private medical facilities.

IVF Vacation Center is a division of Passport Medical, the winner of the 2011 ‘Leadership Excellence in Medical Facilitation’ award as a top global medical tourism company.  Company president Mark Semple has been a frequent keynote speaker and workshop leader at a variety of international medical tourism conferences.  The company was also featured in the February, 2012 edition of Delta Airline’s Sky magazine, a special on medical tourism.  The company sent over 800 North American patients abroad for a variety of medical procedures in 2011.


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