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International Patients

Experienced in providing IVF fertility treatment for international patients, IVF New England is Boston's award-winning international fertility center. 

IVF for international patientsScheduling
The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with an IVF New England fertility doctor. (Doctor consults cannot be done over the phone.) We recommend calling at least one month before you plan to travel to the US to ensure appointment availability while you are in town. If you have a spouse or partner they must attend this appointment with you. To schedule a consultation please telephone our Patient Services Department at (781) 674-1587 Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST.

Cost
If you do not have insurance coverage in the US, the cost of this initial consultation is $395. We collect payment over the phone with a credit card when you call to schedule the appointment.

Testing
At the consultation we are likely to do some blood work and also try to schedule any other necessary diagnostic tests while you are in town. Depending on the situation some of your diagnostic tests may be done in your country by your own gynecologist; however some of the blood work will have to be done at IVF New England before you leave.

Medications
The specialty pharmacies that we order fertility medications from cannot ship medication internationally and the medication you need may not be available in your country. Therefore, it is highly recommended you have us order your medications while you are in the US. You can then bring the medications home with you and, if necessary, we can provide you with a letter explaining you need to travel with medication.

Medical Records
If you have had any fertility diagnostic testing or treatment in the past you will need to provide a copy of the medical records at least 1 week before your scheduled appointment at IVF New England. These records must be in English so that our physician can accurately review them. We require a pap smear and physical exam within 12 months of doing an IVF cycle. This is something you can do at home with your physician and forward a copy of the records prior to your appointment. If you do not do that we will schedule those exams at IVF New England. If you have these exams performed at home we will need a copy of the actual lab report for the pap smear, not just a letter from your doctor stating it was normal and the physical exam must include your height, weight, and a heart and lung examination.

Returning for Treatment
You will need to return to the US at the time of your suppression check and stay until your embryo transfer. This will be approximately 2 weeks. You cannot fly the same day as your embryo transfer, please schedule your trip home at least one day later.

Pregnancy Care
You will need to select an obstetrician in your home country to provide your pregnancy care. Two weeks after your egg retrieval you will need to schedule an appointment with your obstetrician for a blood test to confirm your hormone levels are rising appropriately. If they are, you will need to schedule an ultrasound with your obstetrician at approximately 7 weeks of pregnancy to confirm a viable pregnancy. You must send IVF New England a copy of this ultrasound report. At the end of your pregnancy you must contact IVF New England to provide us with your pregnancy outcome (live birth, miscarriage, etc).

If you are Using an Egg Donor
There are some slight differences to the IVF process outlined above:
Scheduling. You will start by having a telephone conversation with one of our Donor Egg Coordinators. You will not schedule your in-person consultation at IVF New England until you have selected an egg donor and your egg donor has been screened by IVF New England and approved as an egg donor. To contact one of our Donor Egg Coordinators please call (781) 674-1295 Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST.

Selecting an Egg Donor
Anonymous Egg Donors: If you wish to use an anonymous egg donor our Donor Egg Coordinator will refer you to the local donor egg agencies that we work with. Your anonymous egg donor must live in the United States.

Known Egg Donors
If you wish to use a friend or a family member, such as your sister, cousin, or niece, they will be considered on a case by case basis. If your known egg donor does not live in the US they will need to travel to the US twice. First for their initial screening at IVF New England and consultation with our Donor Egg Team. If they are married their spouse must attend this appointment as well. If she is accepted as an egg donor she will need to come back for treatment at the time she starts her Lupron medication and she will need to stay until her egg retrieval. This is approximately 3 weeks. Your egg donor cannot fly the same day as her egg retrieval; she must schedule her trip home at least one day later.

If you are using a Gestational Carrier
There are some slight differences to the IVF process outlined above:
Scheduling. You will start by having a telephone conversation with one of our Gestational Carrier Coordinators. You will not schedule your in-person consultation at IVF New England until you have selected a gestational carrier and your gestational carrier has been screened by IVF New England and approved as a gestational carrier. To contact one of our Gestational Carrier Coordinators please call (781) 674-1295 Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST.

Selecting a Gestational Carrier
Selecting a Gestational Carrier through an Agency. If you would like to select a gestational carrier through an agency our Gestational Carrier Coordinator will refer you to the local agencies that we work with.

Using a Family Member or Friend as a Gestational Carrier
If you wish to use a family member or friend as your gestational carrier they will be considered on a case by case basis. They must live in the US.

Returning for Treatment
You will need to return to the US at the time you start your Lupron medication and stay until your embryo transfer. This will be approximately 3 weeks. You cannot fly the same day as your embryo transfer, please schedule your trip home at least one day later.