IVF in Turkey

Considering IVF in Turkey?
The ultimate guide to your fertility treatment in Turkey
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Turkey is a popular destination for IVF treatment, and there are a few things that make it a good option.

It’s one of the most affordable destinations for anyone seeking IVF treatment with their own eggs. Turkey also has high-quality medical staff, including experienced doctors and embryologists.

There is also a lot of choice when it comes to IVF clinics. There are about 140 IVF clinics in Turkey, and 20 to 30 of these provide IVF treatment for international patients. You will find most of the clinics located in the larger cities of Istanbul and Ankara.

These are beautiful cities and perfect destinations for a holiday. Turkey also has a stunning coastline with many coastal resorts, so you could combine your IVF treatment with a relaxing holiday.

With prices much lower than in many other European countries, combined with the fact that it is a popular tourist destination, Turkey could be a great choice for your IVF treatment abroad.

IVF treatment in Turkey – legal aspects

To receive IVF treatment in Spain, there is a maximum age limit for women of 50 years old. However, there is no age limit for men.

IVF is available for heterosexual couples, but it is not available for either male or female couples. And while single women are able to receive treatment, this is limited to egg freezing.

For HIV-positive patients, if the female partner is HIV positive, treatment is not available. However, treatment is available where the male partner is HIV positive. HCV and HBV patients can receive IVF treatment in Turkey.

IVF using donor eggs is not permitted in Turkey. IVF using your own eggs is permitted, and the maximum number of embryos that can be transferred is two.

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IVF in Turkey – fertility treatments

  • The maximum woman age for IVF is 50
  • There is no limit on the male partner’s age
  • IVF treatment is available for heterosexual couples only
  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is available for heterosexual couples only
  • IVF is not available for single women
  • IVF is available for female couples
  • IVF is not available for male couples
  • Sex selection is not allowed 
  • Clinics support HIV-positive patients (male only)
  • Many clinics support HCV/HBV-positive patients
  • The maximum number of embryos to transfer is 2

Egg donation in Turkey

If you want to receive IVF treatment using donor eggs, this is not an option in Turkey.

This is because egg donation IVF is forbidden in Turkey, as is embryo donation. The only option for IVF is using your own eggs.

Embryo donation in Turkey

Embryo donation in Turkey is not allowed.

Sperm donation in Turkey

Just as with egg donation, IVF using donor sperm is not permitted in Turkey.

Double donation in Turkey

Double donation (oocytes + sperm) is not allowed in Turkey.

IVF costs in Turkey

Despite the limitations on IVF using egg and sperm donation in Turkey, it remains a popular choice, partly because of the affordable cost of treatment.

For basic IVF packages in Turkey, the cost of IVF treatment using your own eggs ranges from €2,100 to €3,200. This makes it one of the cheapest destinations in Europe for IVF treatment.

Egg freezing is also available in Turkey, and prices for this start at about €800 and go up to about €1,200.

IVF costs in Turkey – basic packages
IVF with own eggs in Turkey€2,200 – €3,200
IVF with donor eggs in Turkeynot available
Embryo donation in Turkeynot available
Egg freezing (oocytes cryopreservation) in Turkey€800 – €1,200
Source: Average IVF costs in Turkey – Basic Packages – own data based on Turkish clinics review

Other IVF costs in Turkey

In addition to the standard costs of IVF treatment in Turkey, there are several add-ons and extra services. These, too, are affordable compared to many other destinations.

In general, a consultation with a doctor costs between €80 and €140, while sperm freezing starts at about €340 and increases to €450.

Embryo Monitoring costs between €100 and €200. Blastocyst culture costs between €100 and €200, and it is included in the basic packages in most clinics.

PGT-A / PGS genetic embryo testing costs between €1,500 and €2,400, while embryo vitrification and storage for one year costs between €350 and €500. Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) costs between €700 and €900.

IVF costs in Turkey – other costs and add-ons
Medical consultation (doctor)€80 – €140
Sperm freezing€340 – €450
Donor spermnot available
Embryo Monitoring (Embryoscope, Time Lapse, Geri etc.)€100- €200
Blastocyst culture€100 – €200
included in basic packages in most of the clinics
PGT-A / PGS genetic embryo testing*€1,500 – €2,400
Vitrification of (remaining) embryos and storage for 1 year€350 – €500
FET – Frozen Embryo Transfer€700 – €900
Source: Average IVF costs in Turkey – own data based on Turkish clinics review
*PGT-A / PGS genetic embryo testing: include embryo biopsy and embryo diagnosis – up to 4 embryos using NGS technique

IVF in Turkey – expert review

Turkey is a popular IVF destination for patients from many countries. The main reason patients choose Turkey for their IVF treatment is the cost. Turkey is a very affordable destination. IVF treatment in Turkey is limited to married couples and treatments where egg donation or sperm donation is involved are not allowed according to law. 

It’s also tricky to assess the clinic’s quality in Turkey as access to the national / per clinic data and to the national registry is very limited.
Aleksander Wiecki, CMO, IVF Media Ltd.

IVF success rates in Turkey with own eggs

Success rates in Turkey are not clear because the country does not report national IVF results to ESHRE. While Turkish clinics do report results to the Ministry of Health, the data is not available online.

As an example, according to the TRABZON PROVINCIAL HEALTH DIRECTORATE, the success rate in IVF treatment in general is “around 38-40%”, giving a general indication of what you can expect.

Travelling to Turkey for IVF treatment

Turkey is a popular destination for IVF treatment, and one of the reasons for this is that it is a popular tourist destination with great weather, spectacular scenery, a fascinating culture and affordable prices.

But what is there to see in the country? Where’s the best place to stay, and how safe is it? Let’s take a closer look.

How safe is Turkey?

Turkey is generally a safe country, especially in the areas popular with tourists. It has a thriving tourism industry, and people are kind and hospitable. The main dangers you will face are petty crime like pickpocketing, just as you would with any popular tourist destination.

Turkey is sometimes in the news for the wrong reasons, including terrorism. The political situation can also be tense. However, the risk presented to tourists is very low. Just stay away from political demonstrations and take standard precautions.

You may have to take extra precautions if you head out into the country and explore areas that are not frequented by tourists.

Travel to Turkey

Turkey is easy to reach from all over the world. This is the country where East meets West, and Istanbul Airport is a major travel hub.

A flight from London to Istanbul lasts about four hours and has an average cost of €280 for a return flight, depending on the time of year. It’s even quicker to travel from Paris and Berlin.

It’s also easy to reach from the USA and Canada. Return flights cost about €900, but you can often find cheaper deals. There are also daily flights from most major cities, and European travellers can often find budget flights with airlines like EasyJet.

Turkey entry & visa requirements

Entering Turkey is quite easy for most travellers. UK travellers do not need a visa, and they can enter for up to 90 days in a 180-day period. The same is true for visitors from Spain, France, Germany and other European countries.

U.S. citizens usually require an e-Visa. You can apply online in the United States for a stay of up to three months. This is also the case for Canadian and Australian visitors.

Please note that these are subject to change. Always check the latest requirements before you plan your trip to receive IVF treatment in Turkey.

Travelling around Turkey

Turkey presents a few more challenges than some European countries when it comes to travelling around. However, in general, it is quite easy.

It has a large road network and buses are the main form of transportation, both for short and long distances. For shorter distances, a smaller dolmuş or minibus will be the main option. Taxis are often the best option for travelling within towns and cities.

You can fly between cities if the distances are large, and many cities have airports. Alternatively, you could rent a car. However, the rail network is not as developed as other European countries.

Places to visit in Turkey

You will be spoilt for choice when visiting Turkey for IVF treatment. Istanbul is one of the major treatment centres, and you could easily spend your entire stay here. Highlights include Hagia Sophia Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque. You can also enjoy incredible dining and there are some excellent hotels to stay in.

Or you can visit other towns and resorts, perhaps enjoying a relaxing beach holiday in Marmaris, Alanya or Antalya.

Some of the country’s highlights include the UNESCO World Heritage town of Cumalıkızık near Bursa, the dramatic scenery of Pamukkale with its white travertine terraces, and the ancient ruins in Demre.

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Aleksander Wiecki
Aleksander is an advocate of transparency and truth about IVF treatment and patients’ experience manager. With strong expertise and background in the IVF and infertility industry including IVF clinics and genetic laboratories Aleksander strongly believes that there is a gap between IVF patients and clinics. This is a gap where patients may fall for the most common IVF treatment traps during their infertility journey. That’s why patients need help and support which they don’t necessarily get from IVF clinics. The support which comes from an objective, trustworthy and reliable source. Aleksander is a regular guest at ESHRE annual meetings, the Fertility Show in London, the Fertility Forum, the IMTJ - Medical Travel Summit, Fertility Exhibitions and conferences around the world.
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