Hi I am writing this review as I guess like everyone reading this now you are thinking about going through IVF or egg donation abroad, like us we read every single review going to make sure we picked the right clinic for us.
Our brief history: We are from England, Age: both 40, 4 IVF attempts + 2 frozen
When we start this whole process we were very nervous about making the right choices and to make sure we were doing the right thing, we were impressed with the reviews online with GYNEM so we made our first visit to Prague to take a look at the clinic and was really happy with the service provided, we were picked up at the airport and taken to our hotel and picked up in the morning.
Martina is really kind!!!
The clinic by far was the most modern cleanest and helpful we have been too including the UK!!!
Our tip would be to stay in hotel in centre of Prague 1 and get a taxi to clinic as there isn't a lot to do in that area where the clinic is situated.
When we talked to the doctor we pretty much made our decision to go through egg donation with GYNEM straight away. He was really kind and helpful and told us all the information we needed.
The cost of IVF & egg donation is a 1/3 off what it is in the UK but all the tests & help wouldn't suggest this in fact I was so impressed with the level of service and help I'm surprised they can get away with charging so much for this in the UK!!!
Everything is anonymous & designed to make the procedures as stress free as possible for both of us.
To find a donor it only took two weeks to find a suitable match example; hair & eye colour weight &height specifications hobbies and education level of suited donor.
The morning of donation everything is organised like clockwork and hassle free and after 3/5 days when you go back in for implantation the staff couldn’t look after you any better.
We got to see the embryos when they were putting in and once done unlike the UK you get to rest for up to 45 mins after to let things settle.
I would certainly build in a holiday with your stay to chill out and take your mind off any thing you worried about also Prague is a lovely city with lots to offer great shops, restaurants & lots of history.
I am glad to say after our egg donation in Prague we flew back the day after and did a pregnancy test after two weeks which we were happy to find was positive and after a additional 2 weeks we had our first scan at 6 weeks and all was fine, both my husband and I are over the moon and looking forward to the rest of our life's. Hope this helps put your mind at rest.
IVF Egg DonationMay 2014
After more than 4 years of trying to fall pregnant, with 6 failed IUI's and 6 failed IVF's, we decided to attempt an IVF using donor eggs. From the very beginning the staff were extremely professional and attentive to our needs, concerns and questions. Dr Mrazek was very reassuring during our Skype consultation and within the month we were given a choice between 5 donors. The medication arrived in the post and we began or preparation. Of course I was very nervous that everything was progressing normally and so sent many emails to Martina who related to me on a very personal level and provided me with all of the information and reassurance that I needed. Her response was quick and immediate considering we were often communicating outside regular office hours. Once in Prague we were able to relax and thoroughly enjoy everything that is beautiful about the city. Unfortunately our protocol was delayed and I had to extend my stay by 5 days but we managed to make transfer with 2 top quality Day 5 blastocysts and have frozen 4 blastocysts. This is a stark improvement on anything we have managed using our own eggs. We are astounded by the results and are so grateful to our donor for providing such a selfless act of kindness. We must now endure the dreaded 2 week wait however we would highly recommend the services of Gynem Clinic to anyone in a similar situation. We feel as though we have been treated with the greatest professionalism and regard.
Olena and Dave, UK
IVF Egg DonationMay 2014
Would like to say a big thank you to all the staff of Gynem Fertility Clinic and Medical Travel for all their help and support in making our dream come true.
Everything from the very start, like supplying us with a list of hotels near the clinc, arranging for us to be picked up at the airport and taken to our hotel, which was so nice and a pleasurable experience as this was our first time in Prague and we would have been unsure how to get from the airport to our hotel.
As IVF is such an amazing and emotional experience it was so gratifying that all the staff at the clinic were so friendly and approachable throughout the whole process. We built up a good relationship with them on our first visit which made things a lot easier to come back for the second step of the treatment. They appear to really care for you and for your own personal success.
The Gynem fascility is very impressive. It is a new and modern building giving the impression of a scientific and professional environment. It is easy to get there as the public transport in the city is very good. One ticket will allow you to travel on all three of the main forms of public transport, the Metro, trams and busses. From the Kobylisy Metro station a number 162 or 169 bus will take you there. The bus stop is only a few 100 meters from the clinic.
We were told to enjoy our “ holiday “ while we were there and were given a list of all the historic and famous places to visit. Prague will make you speechless !!!
We would recommend anyone thinking of IVF treatment to consider going there where they will find a very warm welcome and treatment at a really affordable price.
Update 8/2014 - Ultrasound scan of baby
IVF Egg DonationApril 2014
The clinic is not far from Dresden, just 2 hours to drive by car. After an extremely expensive, not fair and traumatising treatment done in Germany in august 2012 with the best quoted Professor at that time, I found the clinic in Prague and I was impressed from the very first phone call, about the professional approach and no waiting or wasting time and money. The Clinic is way better, clean and modern than any other clinic I ever seen in Germany and in England. The personal is very friendly but the most important is the experienced and kind doctor Mrazek. His work is accurate, he takes all the time you need to make you feel comfortable and to make the very stressing time of an IVF treatment as smooth as possible. During the treatment I have seen always the same doctor, he was always available for me, including Sundays and an International representative who speaks German and English was also always at my disposal. Also the embryologist, explains very clear what happens, how everything works, and knew how to keep me positive during the long days of waiting for the Embryo-labour-results. A big help was also to receive all the medicaments direct from the clinic. Another important positive factor for me it was that all the medicaments are provided from the clinic, price is minimum 3 times cheaper than in Germany. In this clinic you feel as a Patient that the people really care about you and not just about your money.
IVF Egg DonationFebruary 2014
We were very satisfied with the treatment we got at the Clinique. The personal were extremely friendly and everything was handled in a professional manner, where we felt both welcome and also well informed about everything. The physical surroundings in the Clinique are of a very high standard.
IVF Egg DonationJanuary 2014
I was nervous about undergoing fertility treatment in another country. From the initial enquiry I received prompt feedback to all questions and had a Skype consultation with the doctor which was really helpful. We were matched up quickly to a suitable donor & received all medication in the post. Any questions I had were responded to by the representative, Martina, in a timely manner. Anything she didn't know & needed medical input she took away and got the right answers. When the time came to go to Prague we were picked up at the airport & taken to our hotel which was great being in a strange city! Martina collected us at the hotel the next day to go to the clinic. Very impressed with the facility itself - brand new & pristine! This was another worry before we got there but we were reassured once we saw it. We met with Dr Mrazek at the clinic & he was extremely nice. We also met the embryologist who gave us an overview of the blood test results they had taken from my husband. All the staff speak good English so there wasn't a communication issue. We returned home & Martina kept me up-to-speed with how the fertilisation process was going & we had 2 good blastocysts for transfer & 2 to freeze which we were delighted with! The transfer took place 5 days later & I flew home the next day. It was a difficult decision to make to proceed with an egg donor due to failed ivf cycles with my own eggs but I wanted to have a child & felt this was the best opportunity for us. I am currently in the 2 week wait & feel confident & hopeful that it will work. I would recommend anyone in a similar situation to do this, the service was excellent & the staff efficient & knowledgeable. Thank you to all involved in the program.
UPDATE 9/2014 Jack, was born on 23rd September
IVF Egg DonationDecember 2013
Just wanted to let you know I had a baby girl on 2nd December weighing 9.8 pounds. She is beautiful. The whole process was good. It worked! I'd had two failed IVF in England, so I am very happy. Thank you for everything.
IVF Egg DonationDecember 2013
Dr. Mrazek and his team are friendly and knowledgeable without being condescending. Always there when you need them, with helpful answers and advise, ready to go the extra mile. I loved when Dr. Rieger, the embryologist, gave me regular updates on my embryos during a pre-Christmas weekend.Facilities are modern, comfortable and clean. All in all very positive experience
The Kims from Korea
IVF Egg DonationDecember 2013
I can honestly say that working with Medical Travel has been an amazing experience.
We were hesitant and constantly worried about whether we were making the right decision but Jana was so patient to answer all our questions and reassure us through the whole process. Finally everything just fell so perfectly into place. Once we arrived the doctors and nurses were so kind and supportive. We are so thankful that we chose to go with them.
For what it is worth we are also so thankful that we were able to spend the time in the beautiful city of Prague as well. We enjoyed looking around and shopping in between appointments. We are so thankful for the experience. It can be a really difficult choice to travel for medical treatment and it’s hard to be completely sure if everything will be ok, but we don’t regret using Medical Travel at all and completely give all our thanks to all the team.
IVF Egg DonationNovember 2013
From before we contacted Medical Travel we did some research on the web. We would go for the egg donation programme, and it was important for us to have a donor of Caucasian / Nordic appearance. It is due to law not legal with egg donation where we from. We found Czech Republic and Prague as a nice place to go, with nice people, and descent prices. I had been to Prague several times and knew the country. Medical Travel was chosen due to a full programme package with pickup and nice facilities with experienced doctor.
We have really a good experience from using Medical Travel as IVF donation programme. We were contacted by telephone only minutes after filling in the contact scheme, and we were set up for a Skype consultation with the doctor when it suited us.
We then agreed to go further with this. Blood tests and pre-examination were done home by GP and gynaecologists. The donor was found very quickly. The menstrual cycle had to become synchronized, so she got some medics for this by the GP. Then the medicines for preparation of uterus came by post, and she started to take these as prescribed. Due to small bleedings there was done some adjustment in dose.
She had a check-up by gynaecologist short time before we went to Prague. It took some time before we knew when to arrive Prague, so ordering tickets was not so easy, and was done just few days before we needed to be there. Fortunately we got tickets, but travelling such a long distance, and in winter time may become problematic. We were picked up by mini-bus at the airport and driven to the hotel in city-centre. Morning after we were picked up at the hotel and taken to the clinic, about 20 min from centre.
The clinic is perfectly new, modern, looks great and seems to be very nice equipped.
Semen collection was done and information was given. Egg was retrieved from donor and for now we had to wait 6 days until blastocysts were ready. It was 6 days with waiting and medication. But there were time for looking around in Prague as well. After waiting we went back for insertion of blastocysts, this was quite quickly done, and then we went straight back to the airport to go home.
Pros +: Nice country, people and clinic. Good contact with client representative, good English written and spoken. Positive pregnancy test after first trial.
To improve: - Egg donor should after our opinion been younger (under age 30). (Did she have children from before?) -Medication sent without any information, no files or instructions. (Previously when we tried IVF we got a nice file with a lot of information). We got no info about semen collection. Fortunately we knew about this from before.
Conclusion: We will with good feelings recommend this clinic for other couples in Europe. If the pregnancy doesn’t last, we will for sure go back to the same clinic.
IVF Egg DonationAugust 2013
As far as feedback about Medical Travel Czech Republic, our overall experience was good. We loved Prague. It was such a beautiful place and very enjoyable to visit. I would recommend to anyone traveling to Prague to research the transportation system. It was very easy and convenient once we got it figured out. It was great having someone to greet us at the airport and take us to our hotel on our first visit. After a long trip no one wants to worry about how to get to the hotel. It was also very helpful having you accompany us to our first visit to the clinic. It is so amazing that the opportunity exists to afford treatment in your country when it is too expensive in the United States. I would recommend the clinic provide a better way to communicate and I would recommend anything that would increase the support of these women when traveling. Thank you for caring enough to get my feedback. We did appreciate your services.
IVF Egg DonationJuly 2013
May I take this oportunity to thank you for all your assistance, everyone at the clinic was absolutely wonderful and so caring. The nurses at the clinic were so nice, there was a blonde haired lady on the ward itself she was absolutely wonderful, she made me feel relaxed the clinic itself was so clean and high specification, faultless. Our doctor was so kind he really took the time to speak to us and explained things. In fact I can not fault the care that was given. I would be very happy to recommend your service to other couples.
IVF Egg DonationJune 2013
Overall we had a good experience with the IVF process. I'm almost 7 months pregnant,even with a bumpy road behind so far so good. Prague lived up to the reputation and we will be forever connected to this beautiful city
IVF Egg DonationMay 2013
Fertility treatments are not cheap and you can find huge difference between centres. We have decided Medical Travel and we couldn't be happier. Very helpful & professional staff. Richard always answer your emails within the same day and help you with arranging everything, very very helpful and very warm, which as you all know helps on this tough fertility road.
IVF Egg DonationNovember 2012
First of all, we felt that the correspondence was excellent. We were able to contact you by phone or email whenever we wanted and always received prompt or immediate answers to our questions.
On arrival in Prague, our stay was made stress free because of help with all travel arrangements and accommodation if we did so require. We were picked up personally by one of the team by car from our hotel and were driven to the hospital on both stays in Prague. Once there, Martin waited with us and made sure everything ran smoothly, which was a great help, as well as speeding up the process considerably.
There were a couple of hiccups, which were dealt with quickly and efficiently. As a result, I am pregnant with twins and am very happy at the outcome! I felt that the treatment that I got in Prague was far superior to the treatment I received in the UK for IVF and the nurses were efficient, friendly and helpful. When I told the doctor that I had "bendy tubes", he did not hesitate to offer to put the embryos back inside me himself eventhough he had a very busy schedule in the hospital! He was positive, encouraging and extremely re-assuring, which made all the difference to my treatment. This particular clinic has won the Guiness Book Of Records for the most babies born through IVF for about the last 10 years running!
Prague is beautiful and my husband and 6 year old son loved our little "holiday" there. I would thoroughly recommend anyone to have treatment here! Good Luck!