Having one or more babies means having lots of joy, fun, and love at home. However, pregnancy and delivering a healthy child are challenging for some couples who suffer from physical or genetic problems. Diagnosing and treating fertility problems requires time, money, and energy, but it is definitely worth the effort. As fertility treatments are not available in some parts of the world or are very costly, some people travel to other countries where these treatments are practiced at an affordable price. Iran has been the leading country in fertility treatment for the last two decades. This article discusses different aspects of getting infertility treatment in Iran and answers some of your questions.
Fertility Treatment Methods in Iran
In Iran, different types of fertility treatment are performed by the hands of skilled and experienced fertility specialists. Iranian fertility doctors choose the best method of treatment based on the cause of infertility, how long you have been infertile, your age and lifestyle, and your personal preferences. In the following, the methods of infertility treatments practiced in Iran are introduced.
Male infertility treatments
In most cases, the cause of male infertility is either sexual problems (delayed ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, dry orgasm, premature ejaculation, etc.) or sperm problems (low sperm count, motility, concentration, etc.). In any case, some techniques can be applied to eliminate the male infertility factors:
Surgery: some causes of male infertility are related to the structure of the male reproductive system and should be corrected by surgery. Iran's most common surgeries for male infertility include testicular biopsy, varicocelectomy, vasectomy reversal, repairing or opening the vas deferens, and correcting the epididymal blockage.
Sperm harvest: in this technique, also known as sperm retrieval and testicular aspiration, the doctor inserts a needle into the testicles and collects sperm directly from the testes. Usually, this method is performed on patients who have obstructive azoospermia or ejaculation problem.
Sperm donor: if the male partner has azoospermia or genetic problems, the doctor suggests using donor sperm.
Sexual intercourse treatment: in some cases, the only problem with the male partner is sexual problems. The patient can minimize these problems by taking medications or seeking help from a counselor.
Assisted reproductive technique: the sperm retrieved from the testicles can be used in IUI, IVF, or ICSI.
Female infertility treatments
There are three main treatments for female infertility in Iran; taking medicines, surgical procedures, and assisted reproductive techniques.
Surgical treatment: surgical treatment is used when there is a problem in the structure of the female reproductive system or when the body does not respond to fertility medications. Fallopian tube surgery removes blockage and scar tissue in the fallopian tubes and makes it easier for the eggs to pass through them. Laparoscopy is performed when the patient has endometriosis, fibrosis, or polycystic ovary syndrome.
Assisted reproductive technology (ART): assisted reproductive technology refers to any treatment in which sex cells are handled. Six main assisted conception methods that are practiced in Iran include in-vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), assisted hatching, surrogacy, and the use of donor eggs.
IVF in Iran
Invitro fertilization is the most popular ART method in Iran, through which the egg and sperm are fertilized in the laboratory, and the resulting embryo is transferred to the mother’s womb. Iran is the main hub of IVF in the Middle East and has numerous fertility doctors and well-equipped embryology labs that help patients throughout their journey. Although IVF is costly in many countries, it is considered an affordable procedure in Iran. You can get more information about the price of IVF in Iran by contacting Raadina Co.
ICSI in Iran
The first steps of ICSI are much the same as IVF, but in this method, a healthy sperm is injected directly into a mature egg. Usually, ICSI is used when the male partner’s sperms lack sufficient quantity or quality and cannot fertilize the egg on their own. Since ICSI is a complex procedure, it should be done by the hands of an adept and educated surgeon. Fortunately, Iranian surgeons are well-experienced in the field of ICSI and can help you have a baby in the shortest time possible.
IUI in Iran
The second most popular and common assisted reproductive method in Iran is IUI. During the IUI procedure, a healthy and motile sperm is inserted into the uterus or cervix by a thin plastic tube. This method is also suitable for couples who have low sperm counts or motility. The cost of IUI in Iran is much less than IVF, while their success rates are almost the same.
Frozen Embryo Transfer
In the frozen embryo transfer method (FET), the sperm and egg are fertilized in the laboratory, and then, the resulting embryo is frozen to be transferred in the future. Interestingly, the success rate of FET is higher than transferring fresh embryos because the mother’s body has time to recover from the hormonal medicines, and she will be mentally ready to carry the baby. Luckily, fertility clinics in Iran have the best equipment to freeze and preserve embryos for a long period of time. Also, 48 hours after transferring the frozen embryos in Iran, you can return home and resume your daily activities.
Donor Egg in Iran
Women with genetic diseases, ovarian problems, premature menopause, poor quality of eggs, hormonal imbalance, high maternal age, etc., should use donor eggs in their IVF treatment to increase their chances of successful IVF. The egg donor can either be a friend or family member or a stranger who is introduced to the couple by an egg bank or egg donor agency. In Iran, multiple egg banks with short waiting lists offer you high-quality and mature eggs from reliable donors. Also, the success rate of IVF with donor eggs in Iran is almost 45% in women under the age of 35 and 33% to 36% in women above the age of 35.
Surrogacy in Iran
Surrogacy is a method of assisted reproductive technology in which a woman (called gestational surrogate) carries and delivers a baby for an infertile couple, single parent or gay couple. The surrogate mother is impregnated through IVF using the intended father’s sperm or donor sperm. Iran is a popular destination for surrogacy as it has flexible laws (both commercial and religious), and many surrogate mothers are willing to carry the baby at a fair price. Also, the cost of IVF in Iran is much more affordable than in other countries in the Middle East, making the country a proper destination for infertile couples with a limited budget.
Why Is Iran the Best Place to Get Fertility Treatment?
According to many patients who have received their fertility treatment in Iran, this country is the best place to get fertility treatments -whether artificial insemination or medicinal therapy- for three main reasons. First and foremost, the cost of treatment for infertility is much more affordable in Iran than in other countries, especially the USA and European ones. Second, Iran has innumerable fertility clinics, hospitals, and embryology labs that provide patients with the best healthcare services at a fair price. And finally, Iran has educated and experienced fertility doctors, embryologists, and nurses who can help you through the ups and downs of this treatment. Iran is considered a proper destination for those seeking high-quality infertility treatment at a fair price.
Infertility Treatment Clinics in Iran
Since Iran is the main hub of infertility treatment in the Middle East, there are more than a hundred fertility clinics in different cities, including Tehran, Shiraz, Yazd, Isfahan, etc. In these fertility clinics and hospitals, different treatment methods such as IVF, IUI, ICSI, assisted hatching, PGD and PGT, egg or sperm donation, IVM, and sperm aspiration are practiced.
Infertility Treatment Cost in Iran
Not only are the cost of fertility treatments in Iran considerably lower than in other countries, but also the everyday living expenses in this country are incomparable to other parts of the world. You can benefit from the best transfers, accommodations, food, sightseeing tours, and healthcare services in Iran at a fair price.
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