More accessible information needed for cross-border fertility treatment
MedWire News: Individuals considering cross-border reproductive care rely mostly on their own research for information about available services and practical arrangements, says a UK researcher.
Eric Blyth (University of Huddersfield) believes the finding highlights an essential need for accessible, accurate, and reliable information on “best practice” and “cutting edge” procedures, as well as success rates and costs.
Blyth undertook an online survey of Australian and Canadian fertility patients to assess their experiences regarding reasons for travel, services used, and countries visited during cross-border fertility care. In all, 95 useable responses were returned, including 28 from individuals who had already travelled abroad.
For 75 percent of those patients who had received treatment abroad already (with the USA and Mexico the most popular destinations), the availability of donor sperm and/or oocytes was the main reason for doing so.
Over 80 percent of prospective cross-border patients cited the Internet and other media as their main sources of information. Among those who had already travelled abroad, only three of the 11 couples who were not offered counseling, and none of the three who declined it, believed it would be useful.
Blyth concludes that increased engagement by clinics in patients’ home countries, and the promotion of patient feedback should be considered as a possible future ways to access information on cross-border fertility care.
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By Sarah Guy