What makes Greece the destination of choice for 2017?


Put simply, Greece is popular for IVF therapies because of its well-legislated high quality of treatment, its low-cost, low-to-no waiting lists, and the fairly liberal laws governing IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies. English is well spoken by most doctors, and they are accustomed to and well experienced in dealing with international patients.

Of course, people are also drawn to Greece to spend their treatment and recovery time in its many remarkable scenic locations.

People visiting Greece are often pleasantly surprised by how well they are greeted and treated. The concept of hospitality is so deeply rooted in ancient Greek culture that it took the form of a code of conduct. “Xenia” is the term used to describe the virtue of showing generosity or courtesy to strangers in any condition, and creating a genial relationship between host and guest. Hospitality in ancient Greece wasn’t simply graciousness directed at the people under one’s roof, but also a token of social acceptance and integration into the world around them. This code of hospitality infuses a lot of Greek life, including its healthcare approaches.

Once a vast empire led by Alexander the Great, the Greek reign spread all the way to the border of India. Few countries have seen their history be as influential on a global level as the history of Greece. The culture produced by the ancient Greek civilization touched every neighbor it came in contact with. Greek history is integral to the history of Western civilization, where democratic politics was first conceived. It is also where the Rosetta Stone was discovered, which enabled us to translate and understand ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, and it is believed that the Book of Revelations in the Bible was written about experiences on the island of Patmos in Greece. University degrees are dedicated to the pantheon of Gods and stories in the Greek history books. This rich cultural heritage infuses the Greek daily life, and is a fantastic route of exploration, study or distraction to immerse yourself in around the time of IVF therapy.

Greece continues to offer great value for money holidays for the many visitors who are looking to enjoy the destination’s culture, gastronomy, beaches and excellent weather.

Greece has a multitude of clinics to cater for nearly everyone’s needs and wants. If you’re thinking about going to Greece for your IVF treatment, browse and contact the best Greek clinics via Fertilitypedia. And if you’re still hesitating, we’ve chosen some of the best clinics that Greece has to offer.

Greek Clinics

Free Skype appointments or mobile phone availability 24/7

Newlife IVF have a dedicated focus on personal communication and aim to get to know everyone individually. Each of their team speak English fluently, and most have been trained and have worked in the UK and other European countries. They offer extra services, such as: longer office visits; personal email correspondence; free skype appointments; and mobile phone availability 24/7.

Newlife publish their results online here.

As well as adhering to the strict guidelines laid down by the Greek government, Newlife has also been awarded an ISO accreditation. Newlife works according to the scientific guidelines of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).

Newlife is based in Thessaloniki, Greece, an excellent holiday destination enchanting visitors with its beauty and rich cultural heritage. It is a modern city combining a vivid nightlife, shopping, fine dining and cultural events and is only a short distance from the magnificent beaches of Chalkidiki.

‘ What sets this clinic apart in our experience is the level of personal care you receive as a patient. Our situation and clinical history was reviewed and we trusted every decision made for our care by the team. We consulted with Dr. Dovas and Chrysa, who were truly considerate and professional. They were pragmatic in their approach and explained everything clearly. They inspire confidence and make you feel comfortable and reassured that the best is being done for you, using the latest technologies and the most knowledgeable team of people.

We can’t thank Chrysa, Dr. Dovas and the whole team enough. They did the best for us and would not hesitate recommending the clinic! They are truly changing people’s lives.’ Testimonial, anonymous, Ireland.

Newlife offers IVF, donor sperm, ICSI, testicular sperm biopsy, IUI, preimplantation genetic testing, egg freezing, blatocyst transfer, sperm freezing, assisted hatching, embryo freezing, ovulation induction, and ovarian cyst aspiration.

Highest success rates globally

Embryolab in Thessaloniki is at the cutting-edge of IVF treatment worldwide. Their team is composed of professionals from 11 different disciplines and specializations, and they achieve one of the highest success rates globally.

Dr Nikos Christoforidis has been the Medical Director of Embryolab since the beginning of the unit’s operation, specializing in infertility analysis and assisted reproductive technology. Embryolab has strict quality controls and a daily application of certified quality assurance processes in every department. Their state-of-the-art premises and high-tech laboratory equipment is on par with the best fertility units in Europe, Canada, Australia and the U.S.A.

Embryolab belongs to one of the few pioneering IVF Centres in Europe equipped with the Embryoscope system, and is one of the few IVF Centres in Greece to use modern incubator technology for embryo development. It is also one of the first units worldwide to implement successfully the vitrification of embryos and oocytes, advancing its knowledge in the broader spectrum of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and cryopreserved sperm, oocyte and embryos.

Embryolab is the first unit in Greece to incorporate, in all its processes, a traceability system called Matcher, faithfully applying the step-by-step detailed briefing of the couple, both in medical diagnostic tests, as well as in the proposed treatment reports.

Embryolab constantly improves its methods by training its human resources in Greece and abroad and through constant research in our laboratory at the Embryolab Academy. Their lab research findings are regularly published in international medical periodicals and presented at major international medical conferences.

‘We thank you all so much from the bottom of our hearts and can’t put into words how happy you guys have made us… the whole experience from start to finish has been fantastic.’ Testimonial from Kelly, UK.

Services available at Embryolab are IUI, ICSI, IVF, IVM, assisted hatching, and IMSI.

Peaceful location, long tradition and the most recent modern medical equipment

Based in Heraklion, Crete, Greece, the Crete Fertility Centre is pioneered by Dr. Fraidakis. They have assisted in the birth of over 5000 children in the past 24 years. It is the only independent modern ART centre in Greece away from the stresses of busy cities, like Athens and Thessaloniki.

Its peaceful location permits the provision of sensitive attention for each couple’s individual needs and specific medical circumstances in their quest for parenthood.

Medical and laboratory equipment are the most modern currently available, while standards of hygiene, health and safety are exemplary, in full compliance with the highest and strictest levels in Europe, having been confirmed by the ISO Certification procedure.

The CFC is located close to the seafront on one of the biggest and most beautiful islands in the whole of the Mediterranean: Crete. Couples travelling to this familiar holiday destination find that the tranquil setting on this beautiful island lessens the anxiety and tension of fertility treatment, surrounding you in world-class sunsets and beaches, allowing you to relax into your therapy.

“After 9 months, I am delighted to announce that my little baby girl called “___” was born yesterday on the 8/8/2016, at 8pm and 8 seconds! What a magic number is 8! Thank you again for making our dream come true! Big kisses from Switzerland.” Testimonial, anonymous, Switzerland.

The Crete Fertility Centre offer IVF, IUI, ICSI and PGD therapies, along with egg and embryo donation.

Affordable and successful treatment, thousands of happy couples

The Mediterranean Fertility Institute & Genetic Services (IVFGreece) is locally owned and directed. They are totally committed to offering affordable and successful treatment to all patients. The team is more than happy to welcome anyone with infertility problems who wishes to receive the suitable treatment at IVFGreece in Chania.

They ensure that you will benefit from the highest level of treatment, with their state of the art equipment and extensive experience in handling fertility problems.

The Mediterranean Fertility Institute & Genetic Services opened its doors in May 1994. Since its inception, IVFGreece has become the leader in Reproductive Medicine and Assisted Reproductive Technologies on the Island of Crete. IVFGreece has assisted thousands of couples from across the country and around the world. Their historic and current achievements of pregnancy, and pioneering use of new technologies and approaches make them a great choice for your IVF therapy.

‘We can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done for us .When we came to you in December, it was such a low point for us it was the combination of months of disappointment and frustration. But your kindness, your expertise, and your professionalism brought hope and optimism back to us, and ultimately it made possible the pregnancy we weren’t sure was possible. Words are not enough!’ Testimonial, Anonymous patient of Dr. Giakoumakis and staff.

The Mediterranean Fertility Institute offers treatments for male and female infertility, egg and sperm donations, oocyte donation, IMSI, ICSI, and IVF treatment cycles.

Extensive egg and sperm donation, international donors and recipients

Pedieos IVF Center is one of the oldest Centers offering IVF and egg donation (ovum donation) treatment in Europe. Presently their egg donation (ovum donation) results show a consistent success rate of over 60%.

This center performed the first successful IVF treatment in 1987, and the first ICSI baby in 1992. The ICSI success makes the Pedieos center probably the second in the world that adopted ICSI technology successfully.

Today Pedieos operates extensive ovum (egg) and sperm donation programs with international donors and recipients. The great variety of the donors is possible thanks to the operation of many colleges and universities in Cyprus with students from northern and southern Europe, Asia and Africa. Pedieos’ recipients are also international: European-especially UK, Italy, Malta and Northern Europe. Many recipients also from the Middle East and elsewhere.

Pedieos IVF Center is fully accredited as a Day-care Clinic with the Government of Cyprus and at the same time is fully licensed as a European Union Cell and Tissue Directive member.

The waiting period is no longer than three months.

‘Dear Dr. Trokoudes & the team, I am excited to share with you great news – I am pregnant! I lack words to express my huge gratitude to the wonderful team for your warmness and support, high professionalism and extreme patience. I felt the humanity of the personal, and it helped me to calm down, and I am sure that your warm attitude contributed to the success of the process. Thank you ever so much for your efforts. You do great job making families happy! I&R’ Testimonial, anonymous.

Pedieos offer treatments of IVF, ICSI, stimulated cycles, blatocyst culture, IVM, PGD/PGS, endometrial scratch, intralipid infusion and implantation, sperm analysis, IUI, and treatment of Azoospermia.

Practical information for IVF in Greece

  • Currency: Euro
  • Cost of own egg IVF: typically 3000-3500 Euros
  • Cost of Egg donation / Embryo donation / Sperm donation: typically 5000-6000 Euros
  • International airports: Athens, Corfu, Heraklion, Kefalonia, Rhodes, Thessaloniki, Zakynthos
  • Visa: EU visitors, US, Canadian, Australian and Japanese visitors do not currently require a visa
  • Fertilitypedia recommends choosing the autumn, winter or spring for IVF treatment in Greece, as the summers tend to get busy and more expensive.

Laws & Legislation

Greece is one of the most liberal and patient-friendly European countries when it comes to IVF-related legislation.

For same-sex couples, Greece has a legislative technicality that the couple cannot undergo therapy. However, if a notarial deed is signed, an individual from the couple can enter into therapy as a single person. This deed can be signed in the country once the documentation for treatment has been initiated, and usually costs around 40-70 Euros.

  • Types of IVF treatments allowed in Greece:
    • IVF with own eggs (ICS, PICSI).
    • Egg & sperm donation.
    • Single women can undergo IVF treatment
    • The maximum age accepted for a woman to undergo IVF is 50 years old
  • An egg or sperm donor is allowed a maximum of 10 offspring.
  • A woman can undergo IVF treatment up to the age of 50.
  • Donation of eggs and sperm is anonymous.
  • Greek embryo transfer laws state that:
    • Women under 35 years of age using their own eggs can have one or two embryos transferred.
    • Women between 35 and 40 years of age using their own eggs can have up to two embryos transferred within the first or second cycle of treatment. For the third cycle onwards, up to three embryos can be transferred each time.
    • Women aged 40 and using their own eggs can have up to three embryos transferred.
    • Women over the age of 40 and using their own eggs can have up to four embryos transferred.
    • In cases of women using donor eggs, they may have two embryos transferred.

We hope this overview of what Greece has to offer as a destination for your therapy covers what you are looking for.

Fertilitypedia is here to guide you to the best information, contacts, and destinations for your needs. The above clinics can be contacted through Fertilitypedia using the “Find Your Clinic” service. Using this service, you can refine your searches based on location and available treatments and find the right clinic for you.

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