At Zora Health, you are our top priority. Our panel of experts will guide you through every step of the fertility treatment journey, helping you make informed decisions about your options, expected outcomes, and costs. Our Ireland clinic offers families the same options as our other clinics around the world.
Egg freezing, also known as mature oocyte cryopreservation, is a method used to save women’s ability to get pregnant in the future.
In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a procedure used to help with fertility, prevent genetic problems and assist with the conception of a child
Spread out the cost of treatment over 12, 24, and 36 months to avoid large upfront payments and reduce financial burden.
Having egg freezing and IVF in Ireland is a good decision. Some clinics have received the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission International (JCI) while other clinics are licensed to provide domestic surrogacy for medical reasons. You can also choose a clinic that allows you to pay for your fertility journey in monthly instalments to make it easier on your budget.
If you are hesitant due to possible fertility treatment failure, some clinics can avail you of fixed payment plans that are good for up to three cycles in case the first two do not result in a successful pregnancy. Some even have their own foundations to give financial aid to those unable to afford fertility treatments while others have partnerships with trusted sperm banks to ensure you get high-quality donor sperm should you need it.
Ireland has become a favourite destination for medical tourists, especially those from the United Kingdom and the United States because of its high quality of health services and compassionate care. Its government strongly backs research and development in the medical field. Another advantage that keeps drawing medical tourists to Ireland is that its population is English-speaking so there are no language barriers to keep in mind. Popular Irish medical tourism treatments have to do with orthopaedics, oncology, and fertility services.
Additionally, the country belongs at the forefront of surgeries that are minimally invasive and robotically assisted. The leading medical institutions are St. James's Hospital, University Hospital Galway, and Cork University Hospital. Other major facilities are also in Dublin, Galway, and Cork. The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) and the Irish Health Services Executive (HSE) are the regulatory boards in charge of monitoring adherence to medical standards. Several countries, including European nations and the United States, are not required to secure a medical visa.
Dublin is the heart of Ireland's literary renown, medieval structures, and pubs that serve Guinness beer. The Cliffs of Moher is a must-see with its meadows and waters. Nature lovers would also relish making a stop at the biosphere reserve which is Killarney National Park. For a medieval and gothic taste of old Ireland, you have to see the Rock of Cashel. It is a castle, tower, and cathedral rolled into one. You can watch dolphins swimming at Dingle. Young medical tourists will like the lively vibe of Galway since it is filled with university students enjoying their lives. Treat yourself to an Irish breakfast consisting of pork rashers and sausages, black pudding with pork blood and fat mixed with cereal, a white pudding without pork blood, toast, baked beans, and tea.
Its friendly people make Ireland a safe country. It helps to remember the following reminders though: When driving, remember to always drive on the left side of every road. Know the road rules for safety because Irish lanes are usually narrow. You can bring your children inside pubs but only until 9 pm. Be aware that Ireland and Northern Ireland are two separate countries with their own governments and currencies. Lastly, avoid talking about politics.
To get around Ireland, it is recommended that you get a Transport for Ireland (TFI) card. Through the card, you can easily travel by bus, Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail, Luas tram, taxis, and bikes. Many tourist spots in the Southwest of County Cork and County Donegal are inaccessible by public transportation so be prepared to drive if you want to visit these places.
According to an article, some patients have filed cases in courts regarding embryos and surrogacy due to the lack of IVF legislation. The article further cites that Irish society is now moving from conservatism to liberalisation so legislation must keep up with this social attitude change. Another article cited Ireland's high housing costs as one of the reasons why many Irish are postponing parenthood. The country has now started to warm up to the idea of fertility treatments since September 2023, with the availability of fertility treatment funding for Irish citizens, although eligibility requirements are very strict.
Ireland is an English-speaking country. You will also note Irish Gaelic road signs. Irish is spoken in the western part but they also know how to speak English.
Although the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill was approved in 2017, assisted human reproduction treatments in Ireland were not funded by the public healthcare system before 2023. Many people have accessed fertility treatments in private clinics instead. Fortunately, these clinics are highly skilled in IVF, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), artificial insemination or intrauterine insemination (IUI), sperm donation for individuals and couples, egg freezing, frozen embryo transfer, reciprocal IVF, ovulation induction, and surgical sperm retrieval.
In September 2023, Ireland's public healthcare system, the Health Service Executive, announced the coverage of assisted human reproduction treatments, including IVF. Furthermore, citizens can get tax relief for IVF treatment costs. The Drugs Payment Scheme covers the costs of drugs used for treatments. Free IVF is available for those with female fertility issues up to 42 years old and men up to 59 years old. Parts of the eligibility requirements are for women to have a BMI of 18.5 to 35 and a GP referral.
Couples must be together for at least a year and one partner should have no children from previous relationships. Irish law prohibits IVF for couples of the same sex and single women and also if the eggs or sperm are not the couple's own. The free treatments are a round of IVF, a round of ICSI, and three rounds of IUI.
The highest-rated and most affordable fertility clinic in Ireland, Thérapie Fertility has received the Gold Seal of Approval from the JCI. This Dublin clinic offers monthly payments for its patients. Thérapie Fertility also has a fixed payment treatment plan that covers up to three cycles instead of one round. IVF costs EUR 4,295 (USD 4,630). Oocyte freezing costs EUR 2,295 (USD 2,475) or EUR 1,995 (USD 2,150) for the second cycle. Reciprocal IVF for same-sex female couples who want to conceive costs EUR 5,995 (USD 6,519). Thérapie Fertility works with the European Sperm Bank to provide high-quality donor sperm. Dr John Kennedy leads the clinical team.
The clinical team at Merrion Fertility Clinic in Dublin conducts fertility tests, IVF, PGT, and sperm donation. Other services offered are egg, sperm, and embryo freezing. Merrion Fertility Clinic is licensed to provide domestic surrogacy when there is a medical reason. The surrogate must be a close friend or family member and a resident of Ireland. Legal advice and counselling are available for the surrogate.
The Merrion Fertility Clinic is associated with the National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street. It holds the distinction of being the country's only not-for-profit hospital. It has no shareholders so it is not burdened with dividend and profit requirements. It shares research programs with Trinity College, UCD, and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. The Merrion Fertility Foundation provides financial assistance to those who want to conceive but are unable to afford fertility treatment. The clinic has an average 41.9% pregnancy rate.
Waterstone Clinic has branches in Cork, Dublin, Kildare, Limerick, and Waterford. The private fertility clinic is owned and operated by the Waterstone family. After your initial consultation, you can avail of services that include fertility testing, IVF, PGT, egg and sperm donors, and egg, sperm and embryo freezing. IVF costs EUR 5,000 (USD 5,390) per cycle with the own woman's eggs or EUR 10,950 (USD 11,810) with donor eggs. Oocyte freezing costs EUR 3,000 (USD 3,235) for one cycle, or 5,500 (USD 5,930) for two cycles, plus EUR 25 (USD 27) per month for storage.
The live birth rate for women under 35 is 56%. The clinic is open seven days a week and opens early at 7:30 am for ultrasound scans. It is the first Irish clinic to offer a blastocyst culturing programme of five to six days. The clinical team also offers a single embryo transfer programme to reduce multiple pregnancies.
The cost of IVF in Ireland ranges from EUR 6,000 to 10,000 (USD 6,480 – 10,800).
Most insurance companies do not cover IVF. Those that do only cover a small portion of the cost.
As of 2023, IVF can be publicly funded by a regional fertility hub if: the patients are in a relationship (and have been for at least a year); the intended mother is under 41 (male patients must be under 60); at least one party is an Irish resident; have no living children from the current relationship; and one partner should have no children from previous relationships.
Oocyte freezing in Ireland costs EUR 3,240 – 6,480 (USD 3,500 – 7,000) per cycle (including medications) plus EUR 185 – 550 (USD 200 – 600) per year for storage.
Tax rebates for fertility care treatments may be available for citizens.
Residents may apply for the Drug Payment Scheme to save medication costs.
In September 2003, Ireland started funding fertility treatments for citizens. The government is trying to keep up with the modern social attitudes regarding assisted human reproduction treatments. Ireland's fertility clinics are highly skilled in IVF, ICSI, IUI, donor sperm for individuals and couples, egg freezing, frozen embryo transfer, reciprocal IVF, ovulation induction, and surgical sperm retrieval. Medical tourists choose Ireland because of the ease of communicating with the English-speaking population.
After having your fertility preservation and other fertility medicine procedures, indulge yourself by visiting medieval architectural wonders in Dublin or booking yourself a dolphin tour at Dingle.
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We understand how important it is to find a doctor you are comfortable with. Our team will make appropriate specialist and clinic recommendations accordingly. We will also provide you with a list of questions to ask so that you are fully prepared and maximise your consultation.
Your specialist will review your goals, medical history and perform necessary tests. We will schedule a review and discuss your proposed fertility plan.
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