(Start with "Monday" if you can. If you can't, don't worry. The longest grudge I've ever held is going on 30 years... And please do subscribe to this blog if you feel like it. You'll get a free weekly newsletter with blog info and first and best crack at some dandy offers on the way.) So, what were we talking about? Oh right. Traveling abroad for fertility treatments and procedures. What fun. We're like the US Army: "Join the Infertiles. See the World."
Look, there are a lot of people, from what I've read, who go to foreign countries for fertility treatments. Especially if you live some place where it's illegal to do what you need done or it's just not available.
Places where a third party egg or sperm donor is not allowed, or single women can't get inseminated, or women in their forties are considered too old for IVF, or gay couples have to find someone of the opposite sex to have a sham marriage with. (How many straight people do we know with sham marriages?--Off the top of my head: Three in my family and two on my block. But who am I to judge?...Even though I definitely know I'm right...)
In the U.S. where for better or worse, all of the above are legal, I think the big attraction to other places is in the price tag.
I do believe that other countries do sometimes offer quality treatments for less. So how does it work? Do they give deals? "Buy one IVF round, Get a penis enlargement half-off?" (Maybe I need to rephrase that. It somehow turned into an oxymoron without me knowing it.)
It would give the husbands something more interesting to do during the egg retrieval than reading old copies of "Men's Health" in Hindi in the waiting room. It would also give the wives something to look forward to upon awakening from the anesthesia.
Or can you clip offers from your neighborhood PennySaver? "Hey Barb, want to come with Jim and me to Turkey for some fertility treatments? I have a coupon for one free egg freezing and they're having double coupons this week."
I'm sure there are package deals. Travel agents always love package deals:
If you purchase the deluxe package to Hungary, it includes two first class flight tickets, a month's stay in a luxury hotel, 4 rounds of IUI, 2 Rounds of IVF, a surrogate standing by just in case, and a day pass to Six Flags Over Budapest.
(The ad: "Hey, Mr. and Mrs. Jarvis, you've just finished your insemination. What are you going to do during your two week wait?"... We're going to Six Flags Over Budapest!!")
On the other end of the price scale: The cheapy charlie bare bones package to Spain includes: Two coach seats with a connecting flight in Korea, a month's stay in the Motel Seis, and at the time of your husband's sample-giving, it's strictly BYOC (Bring Your Own Cup).
Listen, I gotta go. I just heard about an even cheaper deal. The details are still sketchy. Something about a fertility clinic in a country that just split into thirds last month. Apparently the fertility clinic is in the bus station...and storage locker #28 is temporarily serving as the lab.
If you haven't read my weekly (Friday) post exclusive to Fertility Authority yet...please have a click at it.... http://fertilityauthority.com/blogger/1013368
I'll talk with ya again tomorrow.