11 Oct 5 Reasons Why We Chose Reprofit
Why did we choose Reprofit for our fertility treatment? In short: quality and price. But it came out top for other reasons too. Here’s why we feel it was the best decision we ever made.
1. Affordable treatment cost.
Reprofit charges under 2,000 euros for an IVF cycle, which is pretty remarkable. But low prices still mean high-quality treatment. As we found out, it’s the same equipment, techniques and medical expertise as UK clinics. (Better expertise, actually.) Salaries are lower in the Czech Republic: one reason why treatment costs are less.
We eventually decided on donor eggs. The price at Reprofit was at least 30% cheaper than most UK clinics we looked at, even factoring in flights and accommodation costs. The treatment price included many items that were an additional cost in the UK, e.g. ICSI and extended embryo cultivation. For extras not part of the Reprofit package price, these were still very reasonable. For example, embryo freezing was 300 euros for one year at Reprofit. At a well-known London clinic (we won’t mention names!) we were quoted almost £1,000.
2. Amazing standard of care.
After our experience at clinics in Nottingham and London, we were desperate for a more caring and personal service. We did lots of research and saw that Reprofit was getting consistently good reviews on the fertility forums. We look back today with real gratitude at the way we were cared for by Reprofit. We weren’t rushed. They listened to us. And they directed us towards donor eggs sensitively and compassionately. Our treatment plan was spot-on. We were offered an amazing donor. We honestly couldn’t fault the service we received.
3. Great success rates.
Obviously we wanted to find a clinic with good success rates. Reprofit’s were excellent – and certainly higher than the UK clinics we considered. We focused on clinical pregnancy rates and the cumulative success rates for donor-egg treatment. The latter reassured us that our chances of success after more than one cycle went up quite a bit. As it happened, we needed a couple of follow-on FETs to succeed with our second daughter, Coral. So three cycles – one fresh and two frozen – gave us our two gorgeous girls! The key thing was that the results at Reprofit were clearly explained and consistent. There were no wild claims, just honest and solid figures that we actually believed.
4. Incredible donors.
Once we decided on the donor-egg route, treatment abroad was our only option. Donor supply in the UK was pretty poor n 2013, and it still is. At Reprofit, it was a totally different story. We were offered an excellent match and a proven donor. She produced a good number of top-quality eggs. There was no egg sharing, as sometimes happens in the UK (a questionable practice in our opinion). All the eggs from our donor were ours. Those eggs developed into seven amazing embryos, which led to the births of Ida and Coral.
Altruistic donation is far more common in the Czech Republic than in the UK, and there are other reasons for the excellent choice of donors at Reprofit. We felt comfortable and in good hands, since Reprofit is the most established clinic for donor eggs in the Czech Republic. The online reviews from other donor-egg patients were uniformly good. That really put us at ease.
5. It’s a holiday!
If there’s one thing we’ve learnt from our personal struggle with infertility, it’s that stress is bad. Very bad. So going abroad and spending a week relaxing while having our treatment helped. We were definitely less anxious. No mad dashes on motorways and trains to the clinic, as we did in the UK. The Reprofit experience meant we took it easy. We’re convinced it made a difference. On our two successful cycles, we even extended our stay in Brno by four days after our embryo transfer (implantation time). Did that help? Who knows, but we were certainly relaxed and happy. Leaving our stresses at home and having a ‘treatment holiday’ made sense to us.
In summary, choosing Reprofit for our fertility treatment was the right decision for us. Sure, the treatment worked – twice. But the whole experience was a supremely positive one. We now take our children to Brno whenever we can, and it’s comforting to know that we will always have a bond with this beautiful town and the wonderful Reprofit clinic. Five years later, we still count our lucky stars.