When you’re looking for fertility treatment and support, there are a lot of things to consider.
In many cases, the limitations in your local fertility services may lead you to seek fertility treatment in another country. For example, some countries have restrictive age cut-offs for providing fertility treatment, while others limit treatment to heterosexual couples only. Others offer treatment, but with long delays that can compromise treatment success. For women and men seeking fertility support, these restrictions can be very difficult to accept.
In contrast, Belgium’s social restrictions are among the most open in the world.
That’s one of the reasons that Belgium is emerging as one of the leading countries in Western Europe for women and men travelling for fertility treatments. Researchers from the London University College conducted a study on patients travelling to Western Europe for fertility treatments. They found that 2,000 women – or 20% of the patients travelling each year – select Belgium as their fertility destination of choice. [i]
Belgium has a long history of expertise in reproductive medicine. Belgian scientists have been responsible for many key fertility breakthroughs, including the development of the intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) technique in 1992, and a new in-vitro maturation (IVM) method that was recently announced by a team of scientists from Belgium and Australia.
In addition to medical expertise, there are a lot of factors to think about when you’re choosing a center and a country for your fertility treatments. Cost is important, since most fertility patients who travel for treatment are not reimbursed by their local insurers, and have to pay for treatment themselves.
On the cost scale, our policy is unique and doesn’t include fixed prices.
In contrast to other countries, we offer every client a tailor-made solution and prices customized to their specific needs and treatment. We go the extra mile for our clients and offer them extra services such as personal guidance throughout the whole process, because optimal care and comfort are priority.
For some treatments, you may need to return for follow-up appointments. So it’s definitely preferable to have a comfortable place to stay, with local shops and services nearby, to help minimize stress while you’re undergoing treatment. Located in the center of Europe, Belgium ticks all the boxes, offering easy travel connections and a pleasant, secure experience for visitors.
To help smooth the experience even further, Belgium offers support services that will organize all aspects of your treatment for you, reducing stress as much as possible, ensuring that your treatment goes fluently.
If you are concerned about age or social restrictions, Belgium offers some of the most open requirements in the world:
- For IVF, oocyte retrieval can take place up until your 45th birthday – i.e. until the day you turn 45
- For IVF, an embryo transfer can take place up until your 47th birthday – i.e. until the day before you turn 48
- frozen eggs can be stored for ten years or until the age of 47 – i.e. until the day before your 48th birthday (the freezing of eggs must take place before your 40th birthday)
- your sexuality or the nature of your family structure is not a consideration in determining your treatment
It’s important to note that doctors analyze every patient independently.
After a thorough investigation, taking into account your medical history and your desired outcomes, they will make a proposal that supports your reproductive goals. In addition to IVF, treatments include insemination (with or without donor), PGD, ICSI, and more. Age limits for these treatments may vary.
Contact us for more details and access to the best fertility clinics in Belgium.
[i] The study, presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology congress in Amsterdam in June 2018, analyzed the home countries as well as the destination countries for 10,000 women travelling for assisted reproductive treatments (ART), such as IVF, IUI, or fertility surgery.
Do you have any question about IVF, ICSI, artificial insemination, insemination by donor or other fertility treatments?