Many people choose to receive IVF treatment in the Czech Republic. Not only is it a popular destination, but it is also one of the most affordable European destinations for treatment. Prague is also a popular holiday destination. People travel here from all over the world, but it is especially popular for patients from the UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria. The Czech Republic is one of the most affordable destinations for anyone considering IVF treatment abroad.
IVF success rates are good in the Czech Republic for both IVF treatment using your own eggs and donor eggs, and both egg donation and sperm donation are anonymous.
There are many highly experienced clinics to choose from in the country, many of which support international patients and have medical staff who speak English and German.
There are about 44 IVF clinics in the Czech Republic, and about 10 to 12 of these support international patients from various countries. Most of these clinics are located in Prague, Brno and Ostrava.
In the Czech Republic, intrauterine insemination (IUI) and artificial insemination with a donor (AID) are legal procedures but are available for heterosexual couples only. Unfortunately, single women cannot undergo IUI with donor sperm in any of the Czech clinics. Sperm donors whose semen is used in IUI treatment are fully anonymous for both the donor and the recipient. This means that the children conceived via AID will not be able to learn the identity of the sperm donor. The maximum age for women to undergo IUI or AID is 48, however, according to specialists this procedure is effective only in younger women with minor forms of infertility and with passable fallopian tubes and confirmed ovulation.
There are various legal aspects to consider for anyone who is thinking about receiving IVF treatment in the Czech Republic.
For a start, there is an age limit for female patients. While there is no maximum for male partners, the maximum age for female patients is 48 (plus 12 months).
Also, while heterosexual couples can receive IVF treatment in the Czech Republic, treatment is not available for single women, female couples or male couples unlike IVF in Spain where single women and female couples can receive IVF treatment.
Gender selection is available, but only in the case where it is being used to prevent the transmission of serious genetic diseases. It is not permitted for any kind of family balancing motives.
HIV-positive patients may only receive treatment where it is permitted by the clinic. It’s important to ask the clinic directly, but many clinics will provide treatment. It is the same situation for HCV/HBV-positive patients.
As with other popular IVF treatment destinations, there is a maximum number of embryos that can be transferred for IVF treatment using your own eggs or donor eggs. The maximum in both cases is two embryos.
If you are considering IVF treatment with egg donation abroad, there are many donors available in the Czech Republic. Donors are mainly Caucasian, but some clinics provide different egg donors including Scandinavian and Hispanic donors. As always, you should ask at the clinic where you are considering receiving treatment to find out about availability.
There are no waiting lists in the Czech Republic, and both fresh and frozen oocytes are available here. There is a limit on the number of donations that an egg donor can make in the country, with the maximum being five.
There is also a legal age limit in place in the country, and egg donors must be aged between 18 and 35.
Egg donors are strictly anonymous in the Czech Republic. Only basic information may be shared with the recipient couple that will not allow the donor to be identified. The information revealed is up to the clinic.
There are no situations where the recipient couple or the child can find out the identity of the donor, and there is no mixed system comprising anonymous and non-anonymous donation in the country.
Donors are matched based on basic visual characteristics including race, skin colour, hair colour and eye colour to ensure the donor is as similar to the recipient as possible.
Donors must also undergo qualification tests by law. These include:
IVF treatment using donor sperm is an option in the Czech Republic. There are lots of donors available from all races and there are no waiting lists. As is common in other countries, many IVF clinics in the Czech Republic have their own sperm banks.
There are certain considerations to keep in mind. For example, donors must legally be aged between 18 and 40. Just like with egg donation, sperm donors are strictly anonymous, and the recipient couple is not able to find out the identity of the donor in any situation. There is also a maximum number of seven donations that a sperm donor can provide.
One thing that makes the Czech Republic a popular destination for IVF treatment is the costs involved. Compared to other countries, it is one of the most affordable destinations.
|IVF costs in Czech Republic – basic packages|
|IVF with own eggs in Czech Republic||€2,100 – €3,500|
|IVF with donor eggs in Czech Republic||€4,300 – €5,500|
|Embryo donation in Czech Republic||€2,200 – €3,500|
|Egg freezing (oocytes cryopreservation) in Czech Republic||€2,000- €3,000|
If you choose to receive IVF treatment with egg donation, the cost of a cycle in the Czech Republic ranges from €4,300 to €5,500.
However, the exact cost will depend on several factors, including the number of oocytes provided by the donor, as well as add-on techniques that are included and whether the treatment is guaranteed. The cost also depends on the location of treatment as well as the clinic you choose.
The costs of embryo donation when receiving IVF treatment in the Czech Republic range from €2,200 to €3,500. This makes the Czech Republic one of the most affordable countries in Europe to receive IVF treatment.
Availability is very good in the country, and clinics are able to offer embryos in many different ethnicities.
A double donation is an option in the Czech Republic. This is where both oocytes and sperm are taken from donors. The cost of the double donation is similar to the costs of egg donation programmes with the additional cost of the sperm donor, which ranges from €250 to €400.
The basic costs above are the standard costs you can expect to pay for IVF packages in the Czech Republic. However, it’s important to remember that there are various additional costs involved, consisting of IVF add-ons and other services.
Some of the most common additional costs to plan for include the following:
|IVF costs in Czech Republic – other costs and add-ons|
|Medical consultation (doctor)||€100 – €180|
|Sperm freezing||€300 – €350|
|Donor sperm||€250 – €400|
|Embryo Monitoring (Embryoscope, Time Lapse, Geri etc.)||€300 – €500|
|Blastocyst culture||€400- €500
included in basic packages in most of the clinics
|PGT-A / PGS genetic embryo testing*||€1,500 – €2,500|
|Vitrification of (remaining) embryos and storage for 1 year||€300 – €450|
|FET – Frozen Embryo Transfer||€700 – €1,000|
The Czech Republic is a very popular country among patients seeking IVF treatment abroad. Despite the limitations in the availability of treatment – single women and women of the same sex cannot be treated in the Czech Republic – heterosexual couples often choose the Czech Republic as their place of treatment.
The Czech Republic, compared to other countries in Europe, offers low costs of IVF treatment. Due to the geographical location, many patients from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Balkan countries choose the Czech Republic for IVF treatment. However, this is not the only group of patients who are treated in this country – the Czech Republic is also chosen by patients from Great Britain and Ireland. Also, patients from the USA and Canada are not uncommon in Czech clinics.
Most IVF clinics are located in Prague. Nevertheless, some patients choose other cities – including Ostrava and Brno.
There are many clinics in the Czech Republic serving patients from abroad and most of them guarantee a very good level of IVF treatment. Many doctors and embryologists have years of experience in IVF treatment, gained in the Czech Republic and other clinics abroad.
There are a lot of egg donors in the Czech Republic and donation is anonymous. The vast majority of donors are Caucasian of Czech origin.
Aleksander Wiecki, CMO, IVF Media Ltd.
The success rates for IVF treatment in the Czech Republic using your own eggs are generally good. In the table below, you will find information from the ESHRE EIM report for 2017. This shows the differences in success rates for several countries depending on the age of the recipient.
The success rates for the Czech Republic are:
|IVF with own eggs in popular countries in Europe*||<34||35-39||≥40|
|North Cyprus**||no data||no data||no data|
However, remember that comparing results across different countries can be confusing because the clinic you use, the patient characteristics and the treatments available all differ. In general, most clinics statistically achieve similar results.
According to information from the ESHRE EIM report for 2017, success rates for IVF treatment using donor eggs are good in the Czech Republic.
As you can see from the table below:
|Egg donation success rates in popular countries in Europe*||Pregnancies per fresh ET (%)||Pregnancies per thawed ET (%)
|North Cyprus**||no data||no data|
In the Czech Republic, IVF clinics are monitored by NRAR (National Register of Assisted Reproduction), and clinics report their IVF statistics data to UZIS (Institute of Health Information and Statistics of the Czech Republic).
Reports are published on their website going back to 2010. You can download a PDF report for specific years, and they are all in Czech. You can find the reports here.
The Czech Republic has long been a popular destination for people seeking IVF treatment overseas. But how easy is it to travel to the country and get around during your trip? What are the best things to see and do during your stay? Here’s what you need to know before planning your trip to the Czech Republic.
Healthcare facilities are excellent in the Czech Republic, and there are no specific health risks to worry about. It is also a safe country, and the vast majority of visitors do not experience any problems. Petty crime like pickpocketing can be a problem in crowded areas, but as long as you take the usual precautions, you should be fine.
The Czech Republic has five international airports, but most people enter the country via Vaclav Havel Airport in Prague, which handles millions of passengers every year.
Over 60 airlines use the airport, making it easy to find flights to the country from all over the world. Lots of budget airlines operate here including Ryanair and EasyJet.
The average cost of a return flight is $300 from London, $700 from New York and $2,500 from Sydney.
The Czech Republic is in the Schengen area, making travel for EU citizens very easy. Non-EU nationals should have an onward or return ticket upon entry and proof of sufficient funds for their stay. You should also be able to show that you have accommodation booked for your stay.
British citizens should have a valid passport, and no visa is required for stays of up to 90 days. The same is the case for citizens of the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
Travelling is easy within the Czech Republic. The road network is very good, and there are lots of smaller roads and motorways. There are tolls for motorways, however, and you will need to display a sticker, called a vignette, in the windscreen of your car to avoid a fine.
It’s easy to hire a car in the country, and this is one of the best ways to get around if you plan on travelling around the country during your stay.
Train travel is also popular in the Czech Republic. You will find train stations in all the towns and cities, and you can purchase a ticket at the stations. For longer journeys, book in advance.
Most visitors will spend at least some time in the capital, Prague. This is a beautiful mediaeval city with lots of historic attractions including Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and St Vitus Cathedral.
Outside Prague, there are lots of beautiful towns and cities to visit. Highlights include Ceský Krumlov, Brno, Karlovy Vary with its popular spas, and Kutná Hora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can easily spend a few weeks enjoying the Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic is a fascinating country packed with beautiful towns and cities, and it is a wonderful place to visit. On top of being a popular destination for IVF treatment, it is easy to reach, affordable and easy to travel around, allowing you to easily combine your IVF treatment with a holiday.