IVF in Israel
Sharon from the Hadassah Medical Center shares information on IVF treatments in Israel:
Medical tourism is no longer something exotic that other people do; it has so many advantages such as top quality medical treatment at affordable prices that it is difficult to ignore the economic benefits. However, it is very possible that you can receive not only comparable standard medical treatment to what you receive at home but even superior medical treatment for a price far below what you would have to pay at home. And so this is the case with IVF treatment in Israel.
Israel is acknowledged as one of the world leaders in IVF treatment if not the world leader. This is due to a number of factors including a government endorsed program whereby any woman under the age of 45, irrespective of religion, marital status, or sexual preference is fully subsidized by the state for the birth of up to two children and it does not matter how many procedures it requires for this to occur. As a result of this, Israel has developed an inordinate amount of expertise in IVF procedures – expertise that is available for anyone willing to pay the price. And the price is very reasonable in comparison to other first-world countries such as the US; between 25-25% of the cost of a comparable procedure in the US.
Now that you are aware of these facts and you wish to avail yourself of IVF services in Israel, you have to prepare yourself – physically and emotionally.
As a first step, you must read as much as you can about different types of procedures and do as much research as possible as to which hospitals offer the best IVF services. In Israel, you will have little need to worry about any language barriers as virtually all medical staff speak good English and there are numerous other languages spoken at mother tongue standard such as Russian, Spanish, French; in fact, almost any language you speak. There are numerous medical tourism companies that can connect you with a hospital that best suits your requirements. The Internet is an excellent source for self-empowerment – use it to learn about the different hospitals and what they have to offer.
Physically, the better you are prepared the better. If you are a smoker or drinker – stop. You must give your body as good a chance as possible of fulfilling your dreams. The doctors in Israel are excellent – as good as you can find; however, you have to help them. Try to get physically fit and lose excess weight. The benefits of exercise are so comprehensive that it would be foolish to ignore them.
Emotionally, IVF treatment is a huge strain as it not only involves something very dear to your heart but it will also involve receiving hormones that can play havoc with you physically and emotionally on top of what you are already going through. No doubt you will travel with your own support system and you will definitely receive compassion and empathy from the Israeli medical staff who view their work as being a messenger from a higher power rather than just a vocation.
Israel is a holy land to the three major monotheistic religions of the world. It is a country steeped in history and miracles. Your miracle may also be achievable in Israel with the best IVF treatment available.