Having children and building a happy family has long been a part of the infertile couples’ dream. However, this dream is no longer too big. Medical development in the field of infertility treatments has contributed to finding solutions to many infertility problems with the help of assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF, ICSI, IUI, etc. After performing a set of tests and analyses, the physician and the couple agree on choosing one of these treatment methods according to the couple’s situation.
Iran is considered one of the most popular destinations for medical trips. It is visited by many patients, especially those who wish to receive IVF treatment under the supervision of skilled specialists.
How Is IVF Done?
In Iran, almost all fertility treatments are done at the highest quality and lowest price. Generally, the fertility treatments commonly used in Iran are IVF, ICSI, and IUI. It is worth mentioning that some complementary tests and treatments, such as PGD, PGS, egg/sperm donation, surrogacy, and TESE, are also widely practiced for couples who need extra therapeutic options.
In vitro fertilization, or IVF is an assisted reproductive therapy through which the female’s egg is mixed with the male’s sperm in the laboratory. After fertilization, the embryo is cultured in a laboratory and inserted into the mother’s uterus through the cervix. In sum, IVF is done in four steps: ovarian stimulation, egg retrieval, sperm and egg fertilization, and embryo transfer.
Why Is Iran the Best Place for Doing IVF?
In the past, fertility treatments such as IVF were not accepted by many families and cultures, including Iranian ones. However, today, Iran has more than 50 fertility centers and has become one of the main hubs in this field. Since Iran has the most skilled and experienced reproductive endocrinologists, it is a suitable place for people worldwide who want to conceive their child through IVF.
Many people choose Iran as their IVF destination because Iranian clinics offer the best medical services at affordable prices. Considering everything, Iran is a proper destination for fertility treatments because it has all you need to get comfortable treatment.
IVF Success Rate in Iran
The chance of a successful IVF in Iran varies according to different factors such as the quality and number of sex cells, the quality of the embryos and how they are preserved, the pre-and post-transfer medications, how and when the embryo is transferred, the endometrial receptivity, the parents’ lifestyle and habits, and most importantly, the maternal age. Based on the mother’s age, the success rate of IVF in Iran is as follows:
- %40 for women under the age of 35;
- %32 to %35 for women between the age of 35 to 37;
- Less than %10 for women between the age of 38 to 40; and
- Less than %5 for the ones above the age of 40.
Cost of IVF in Iran
The cost of IVF in Iran ranges between 1,200 to 2,500 USD depending on the doctor’s fee, facilities of the fertility clinic as well as its location, fertility medications, laboratory tests, number of ultrasounds, consultation charges, and whether to use donor sperm/egg, etc. In some cases, the chance of pregnancy with a frozen embryo is much higher than with a fresh embryo. In that case, the couple should first freeze their embryo and then transfer it to the womb in the future. Since embryo freezing is a complex procedure, it will cost you between 200 to 500 USD.
Gender selection is one of the steps of the IVF procedure, through which the gender of the embryo is accurately determined before transferring it into the uterus. The cost of gender selection with IVF in Iran is also $800 to $1,000.
Ideal Candidates for Doing IVF in Iran
In Iran, thousands of in vitro fertilizations are done annually, most of which are successful; however, IVF candidates should have some basic features to achieve good results. In general, IVF is suitable for the following:
- Women under the age of 35;
- People with a healthy lifestyle;
- Women with blocked fallopian tubes;
- Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS);
- Women with severe endometriosis and
- Men with low sperm count and motility.
Even though many patients are satisfied with their IVF results in Iran, this treatment is not proper for some patients. For instance, patients with fibroid tumors, high blood pressure, ovarian malfunction, hormonal imbalance, and uterine irregularities have a lower chance of success and are not considered ideal candidates for IVF.
Best IVF Clinics in Iran
To find the best IVF center in Iran, you need to consider several factors, including the equipment, costs, expertise of the doctors and technicians, facilities of the laboratory and research department, and, in case of using frozen embryo, how long the healthcare center keeps the embryo frozen. In general, Tehran is the main destination for patients who seek fertility treatment in Iran, especially IVF and IUI. According to statistics and reviews, Royan Fertility Treatment Center, MOM Fertility & Infertility Center, Bahman Hospital, Hazrat e Maryam Fertility Center, and Avicenna Infertility and Recurrent Abortion are the best IVF clinics in Tehran. You can also benefit from the healthcare services of other top-rated clinics in Shiraz, Isfahan, Mashhad, and Yazd at a more affordable price.
IVF in Iran: How Long Does It Take?
Generally, the IVF cycle takes about 6 to 8 weeks - from the first consultation with a fertility counselor to embryo transfer. Depending on the number of fertility tests, uterine evaluations, and semen analysis, the IVF process may take more or less. Moreover, about two weeks after the end of IVF treatment, a beta test (or pregnancy blood test) is performed in two stages to confirm the pregnancy.
What to Do after IVF in Iran?
Post-IVF care is as critical as the operation itself. Here are some tips that you should consider after embryo transfer:
- Stay in bed for 24 hours after embryo transfer;
- Do not swim or stay in the bathtub for 48 hours after the operation;
- Lifting heavy objects, doing strenuous physical activities, and exercising are not recommended until the pregnancy is stable;
- Take prescribed medications as instructed, and
- Have a proper diet to minimize constipation and bloating.
Raadina Travel Co. has provided an economy package of IVF for patients seeking IVF treatment in Iran. It provides them with all they need for a comfortable medical trip in this country.
First, the patient will send us their medical history and documents to receive a complete consultation on the process of staying in Iran and undergoing treatment. The medical center selection is made at the patient's suggestion or based on the city where the clinic is located and the services provided by that center. Currently, we cooperate with some of the best infertility clinics in Iran, such as Payambaran IVF Center, Royan Infertility Clinic, Bahman IVF Clinic, MOM Fertility Center, etc.
Upon the patient's arrival in Iran, all stages of accommodation and admission to the hospital will be done while a translator and a guide accompany the patient. The Raadina Health team presents all the necessary medical information of the patient to the relevant specialist and books appointments. The necessary tests before starting the process usually include a complete blood count (CBC) test, hormonal tests, semen analysis, and egg analysis.
When the treatment process is completed and the patient returns to their country, the Raadina Health team will continue communicating with them. The follow-up services include contacting the physician for post-treatment counseling, answering possible patient questions, providing necessary guidelines, etc. We should note that Raadina Health consultants are ready for 24/7 follow-up support after treatment.
Gender Selection in Iran: Procedure and Cost
IVF gender selection is a new, controversial technique that allows couples to choose the gender of their child. Despite having some social and religious complications, this technology has attracted the attention of many patients and doctors as it can prevent the transmission of sex-linked diseases and help the intended parents to have a child of the desired gender.
In Iran, sex selection is done in two ways: by examining the sperm and choosing the one bearing the preferred chromosome (X or Y) to fertilize the egg, and through the PGD test. Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is done by a team of embryologists who determine the gender of the embryo on day 5 of its development by making a small hole in its shell (embryo biopsy) and examining its chromosomes.
Since adept Iranian doctors and advanced technologies do this procedure, its risks are minimum, and its accuracy is %100. It is also important to note that gender selection is an additional step in the IVF procedure and costs $800 to $1.000 in Iran.