New Poll Results for American Women and IVF Treatment

Most American Women Agree with Jennifer Aniston:

83% Surveyed Support a Single Woman Using IVF
to Conceive a Child
Women feel strongly about their ability to conceive
New York, NY – August 16, 2010 – A recent survey of American women aged 25-45 that gauged attitudes toward In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) found that 83% of these women support a single woman using IVF to conceive if she is emotionally and financially able to care for the child. 
The survey of 1,936 American women was conducted in June 2010 by Barbados Fertility Centre and Ipsos Reid. Barbados Fertility Centre is a destination for a growing number of American women and couples who want to undergo fertility treatment for half the cost of what they would pay in the US without compromising success rates.

“We have seen a sharp increase in patients and inquiries from all backgrounds in the United States, including heterosexual and gay single women and couples, so we wanted to better understand how American women view IVF,” said Dr. Juliet Skinner, Medical Director of Barbados Fertility Centre, located in Barbados, in the Southern Caribbean. “Not only did we find overwhelming support for IVF for single women, but we learned that most women considering IVF are willing to travel to receive it if there is a cost-effective alternative that provides exceptional care.”

Key Survey Findings:
  • Over one quarter of American women aged 25-45 (28%) who are planning to have a child are concerned about their ability to conceive.**
  • Most surveyed (57%) were unwilling to travel outside of the US for any kind of medical procedure. However, fully 74% of women aged 25-45 who would consider IVF would be willing to travel outside of the US for the procedure if there was a significantly lower cost and higher pregnancy success rate.
  • 57% of women who plan to have a child, or are currently unsure, are likely to consider IVF.

Added Dr. Skinner, “the ability to have a child, whether in a couple or alone, is something women feel very strongly about and want to have as many options as possible available to them. This includes freezing their eggs, IVF treatment and travelling for more affordable, effective treatments.”

The high cost of IVF treatment in the US, particularly in California and New York where costs are the highest, has created greater demand among American patients for services at Barbados Fertility Centre. The average cost of IVF in the US is $14,000 USD for one treatment cycle alone. In contrast, Americans travelling to Barbados pay an average of $5,750 USD, which is less than half the cost of receiving treatment at home. Even with the travel and medication costs factored in, the entire cost of the procedure is still significantly lower due to the rising costs of healthcare services in the US.
**Calculated based on 50% of American women aged 25-45 who are planning to have a child in the future, among which 56% are either very or somewhat concerned about their ability to conceive (50% x 56% = 28%)
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About Barbados Fertility Centre
Since 2002, Barbados Fertility Centre has been helping infertile couples from around the world achieve their dream of having a child. The Centre offers an attractive, affordable alternative for fertility treatment that has proven to be both effective and enjoyable for patients. As experts in the field of in In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intra-Cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and related fertility treatments, the clinic is internationally acclaimed for its extraordinary results achieved through innovative methods and advanced protocols in a highly-personalized, relaxed environment. 
Depending on maternal age, the IVF success rate at Barbados Fertility Centre is 54%, compared with the US national average of 42%*. Using blastocyst, Barbados Fertility Centre is achieving a 71% success rate for women under 38. The high success rate is attributed to both rigorous clinical and laboratory standards, as well as the level of relaxation patients experience while visiting Barbados. The Centre is accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI), the US health international accreditation body that ensures operating and safety procedures are comparable or exceed US standards.
For more information, visit us at www.barbadosfertility.com.
* Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). For women under 35 years old, a 71% clinical pregnancy rate was achieved in 2009 with blastocyst culture. For more information: www.barbadosfertility.com/success-rates.html.  Average cost source: Medical Tourism Association.
About the Joint Commission International Accreditation (JCI)
Barbados Fertility Centre is a Joint Commission International (JCI) Accredited site, given the gold seal of approval by the US health accreditation body that assures high quality operating procedures and safety standards. JCI Accredited hospitals and clinics must have the same or exceed standards compared to the US in clinical outcomes, infection rates, mortality rates and cleanliness.
About the Survey
A total of 1,936 adult American women aged 25-45 years were surveyed by Ipsos Public Affairs between June 7th and 14th, 2010. Interviewing was conducted via an online survey utilizing the Ipsos iSay pre-recruited panel in the US. A representative sampling matrix according to age, region and household income was utilized to ensure a representative sample of the target audience was achieved. An oversample in New York and California was used to ensure a more robust base size for sub-group analysis. Weighting was then employed as needed to balance demographics and ensure that the sample’s composition reflects that of the target population. A survey with an unweighted probability sample of this size and a 100% response rate would have an estimated margin of error of +/-2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
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I found this story pretty interesting!  
I totally agree with the survey findings.  I wouldn’t even think to travel outside of the U.S. unless there was a significant cost-savings.  And I gotta say, I’m incredibly intrigued by this!  After reading through the website provided, I would totally hop on a plane to go to an exotic destination and do IVF there!  Not gonna lie, since I read about it, I’ve been dreaming of the possibilities!  If one day I say that Kyle and I are going on vacation and we’ll be gone for three weeks, you might want to suspect IVF because in my mind, we wouldn’t tell anyone what we were going to do there besides relax. ;0)

What are your thoughts on this news story?  Would you travel out of the US to pursue IVF?

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Comments

  1. Interesting post for sure. One of my closest friend had gone through 3 IVF before they finally got their baby. It is rough and financially expensive. She’s Indonesian and she could’ve done it here for the fraction of the price tag but I think she decided to do it back in the US because of the safety standards are more up the par compare to here.

  2. I don’t know much about this subject but I am learning.
    It is such a personal thing and seems to me what is right for one couple might not be for another..
    i see there are tough choices to be made, sad days and happy ones.
    Good luck what ever you do

  3. It’s something my husband and I might definitely considered, if the means and time were made available to us. It’s a scary thought that women HAVE to go outside of the richest country in the world for IVF, though!

  4. Very cool study. I personally think it’s great that IVF allows single women and gay couples to conceive. We can all say the “ideal” is a mom and a dad, but I’ve come to believe love and stability and wisdom are what matters the most.

  5. Very interesting post! And I’m all aboard the vacation/medical thing if standards are up to par. Sure, I’ll take a vacation AND a baby. Sign me up!

  6. What an interesting concept and opportunity for couples. Safety is an issue of course, but it’s nice to know there are options available.

  7. To say that I am obsessed would be the understatement of the year!!!! I cant stop looking at that web site and emailing the hubs w/ reasons why we should do this.

  8. If I knew it were safe Id probably do anything I could financially handle. While conceiving my oldest took no time at all, it took 3 years to get pregnant with my youngest. And I was trying to come up with anything I could do to have another child…money unfortunately came into play and I couldnt actually do anything.

  9. Wow, Megan, I honestly don’t know about this one. I haven’t visited the website for more details, but I’d be inclined to consider the possibilities. -Eastlyn

  10. Very interesting for sure. I’m not sure how I feel about going out of the country for IVF….something to think about!

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  11. First..

    LOVE the new blog!!! 🙂

    Second.. that’s why I’m traveling from California to Cyprus for this journey.. It’s thousands less even with flight/hotel/meds/expiated passports etc..

    Yes it’s less stressful to have the IVF at home but for the price I think it’s worth the “shot(s)”.

    The clinics at the Cyprus location are actually more formal then the clinic I went to in L.A. Full scrub in before transfer (even for me! cap, gown, mask, booties, etc)

    It amazes me the difference.

  12. This is a bit long, but I actually HAD IVF at the Barbados Fertility Clinic last summer. I chose them in full confidence, because even though I live in the States now, I grew up in Barbados and my parents still live there, so I am familiar with, and trust, the quality of education and medical services.

    To respond to the person who quoted the 50% statistic, nothing that you do is going to be foolproof, and as you get older the odds of anything occurring naturally are significantly less than one in two. I never thought I’d be using IVF but after three miscarriages it seemed like a good choice.

    I was at BFC for three weeks, and my husband came for 10 days. We only really needed him for about 4 of those, but we wanted to share the relaxed environment. The two years of trying was really stressful on us. Also, after the intensity of the NY clinic
    experience (we started doing the local IVF rounds before I was ambushed and taken home to Barbados by my mum), I felt like the mellowness of island living had lots to do with our success. Other than visit the clinic, I did little other than eat, sleep and drive around the island. At the same time, the staff were totally professional and very supportive, with the same tests and diagnoses we’d gotten in NY. And it was for sure cheaper.

    We were lucky enough to have it work the first time, and can’t say enough good things about the place.

    Good luck you prospective mommies out there.
    Caroline, Mum to a Real Cutie, aged 5 months.”

  13. I would absolutely travel outside the US for IVF.

    We even considered moving. In Massachusetts, they have state-mandated infertility coverage (though I don’t know if it is still in effect, I researched this more than 10 years ago- our IVF’s were in 1997 and 1998). Instead, we moved to a state where my spouse could earn more $$ so we could continue to afford treatment.

    I am obviously pro-IVF. And hey, if you can get a gorgeous vacation out of the deal too, why not?

  14. I would most certainly try it! I always feel so guilty when I know of someone that wants to be a Mom so bad and it just doesn’t seem to work for them. I have been so blessed. I am going to start saying a prayer for you every day that you will be able to find the money and whatever else you need to have a child.

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