I really wanted to open this thread to help let people know that the Czech Republic is such a great option if you are looking to travel for IVF using donor eggs or sperm. Located in Europe between Germany, Austria and Poland CZ is easy to get to from Australia with Emirates flying direct to Prague, the capital city, from Dubai. Emirates flies daily to Dubai from most Australian capitals.Most people speak English, especially the younger people. I think some people are scared off as they think no one will speak English and that it might be dangerous, this is not the case at all.We have made two trips to the CZ in 2012 to a state of the art clinic in Zlin. All the staff speak English and their International Patient Coordinator is a nurse who is fluent in English having lived for some time in the US. This clinic is located in a university town and the donors are mostly university students and are caucasian. Each trip to the CZ including donor egg IVF for two adults, spending 10 days in Zlin and a week either side of that for a bit of a European holiday was between $12,000 and $15,000.I can't recommend the country and the clinic enough, we have boy/girl twins as a result of our treatment there. I'm really happy to answer any questions people may have as the Czech Republic is such a great option for DE!
Czech Clinics, places to stay & things to do
(If you would like to add something to this list please PM me!)
General Czech Resources:
Transport (train, bus) around the Czech Republic and to neighbouring countries like Austria and Poland.
Teach Yourself Complete Czech: A great resource for learning the basics of the language. Whilst most people speak basic English it is always nice to have some basic understanding, especially of pronunciation. The link goes to Book Depository but shop around for the best price.
Clinic of Reproductive Medicine Zlin A state of the art, modern clinic with very friendly English speaking staff
Pension Uno B&B Rooms with a kitchenette are great for longer stays. Room 4 and 8 are tried and tested
Hotel Tomasov Hotel located within the same building as the clinic.
Svah Zlin A small ski slope with magic carpet located near the clinic. The website has a live camera so you can see what the snow coverage looks like. It is open when there is snow.
Zlin Zoo A beautiful zoological garden with lots of animals like elephants, rhinos and even an Australian animal section!
Golden Apple Cinema Relax and watch a movie! Most large international releases are in English with Czech subtitles. Check for this on the movie description: Titulky (subtitles in Czech, film spoken in originally recorded language) Dabing (The film is spoken in Czech)
Prague Fertility Centre: No reviews from Australians yet
IVF Cube: No reviews from Australians yet
Gennet: No reviews from Australians yet
Ibis Hotel Old Town A great hotel for short breaks in Prague as it is located within walking distance of the train station, Old Town Square and other popular tourist attractions. Located next to a very large indoor shopping mall with large food court. A basic 3 star hotel that is clean and has English speaking staff. Tried and tested!
Viator Prague: Tour operator in Prague with lots of different types of guided tours and activities. Alternatively you can check out their tours for things to do and guide yourself!
Reprofit Clinic. A large clinic with a good reputation but longer wait times than other clinics which are just as good. Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic.
RESEARCHING DONOR CYCLES IN ZLIN
TREATMENT CYCLE RECEIVED
Crystal4431 (ET - 28 Jan)
Kheeki (ET - ? Jan)
Tiggylig (ET - ? Jan)
IN ZLIN FOR DONOR CYCLE
ENDURING THE 2WW
Alice284 (twins - boy/girl)
Be cautious using websites and agents who say that they will organise your trip, select a clinic, organise accommodation etc because they speak Czech. You can organise all this yourself as people do speak English and you will save yourself the thousands of dollars they charge.