Wat exactly is fertility tourism?

Fertility tourism or reproductive tourism[1] is the practice of traveling to another country for fertility treatments.[2] It may be regarded as a form of medical tourism. The main reasons for fertility tourism are legal prohibitions or regulation of the sought procedure in the home country, the non-availability of a procedure in the home country, as well as lower costs in the destination country. In-vitro fertilization and donor insemination are main procedures sought.
About 20,000 to 25,000 couples annually seek assisted reproductive technology services abroad.[4] Israel is the leading fertility tourism destination for In-vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures, having the highest number of fertility clinics per capita in the world.[5] The United States is chosen by many Europeans because of the higher success rates and lenient regulations.
In turn, India and other Asian countries are the main destinations for U.S. women leaving the country for their fertility care, being the destinations for 40% of U.S. women seeking IVF and 52% seeking IVF with donor eggs.[6] Many travel from countries like Germany and Italy, which are very restrictive of the number of eggs that may be fertilized and how many embryos can be used for implantation or cryopreservation. In recent years, Mexico has become a popular destination for cross border IVF treatment due to its liberal policies on assisted reproductive technology (ART) and egg donation. Even small countries such as Barbados provide JCI-accredited IVF care aimed at patients from abroad. Patients from countries such as the US and the UK also travel to save money on the cost of IVF; IVF treatment and medications can be less expensive abroad. The cost for 1 IVF cycle in the United States averages $15,000, while comparable treatment in Mexico runs $7,800, Thailand $6,500, and India $3,300


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