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 clinic in Turkey 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.
What makes Turkey attractive in medical tourism focusing on infertility treatment is that cancer patients and those with a low ovarian reverse or family history of premature ovarian failure are still eligible for egg freezing. There is no legal age limit for IVF treatment; however, many clinics will not treat women over 46. Although most locals speak Turkish, those who live in Istanbul and other tourist areas can speak English.
Turkey is rich with several hot springs that are loaded with minerals that have medicinal qualities. The ancient practice of bathing in these Turkish thermo-mineral baths is now a highlight of Turkey's medical tourism industry. Medical travellers are now flocking to the country for hot spring bath cures, hamam or Turkish baths, salt rooms, and thermal cures. Due to this, the Turkish Ministry of Health is hoping to reach the goal of getting 2 million medical tourists for the year 2023.
Additionally, Turkey has garnered a global reputation in the field of hair transplants. It's the leading country that provides Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Direct Hair Implantation (DHE) to people who have problems with hair loss. The cities that cater largely to medical travellers are Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir. Among the most renowned Turkish hospitals are Acıbadem Healthcare Group, Ankara City Hospital, and Medipol Mega University Hospital.
Turkey is home to city square bazaars, kebabs, and white sand beaches. First-time visitors to Antalya can admire the Ottoman architecture in Kaleiçi and relax in the diving resorts along the coastline of the Mediterranean. For more swimming, head to Bodrum and also make sure to visit the ancient Bodrum Castle while you're there. Istanbul can transport you on a nostalgic time travel with the Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman historical influences found everywhere. Lastly, never forget to ride the hot air balloon in Cappadocia.
If you want to escape the crowded tourist peak season, visit from November to March. Turkish cuisine regularly uses pepper, yoghurt, olive oil, mint, paprika, and cumin in most of its dishes. Excited foodies and those who are into a healthy diet program from all over the world eagerly take Turkish cooking classes or private guided food tours to get the best culinary experience. To stay safe in Turkey, watch out for pickpockets and stay away from political gatherings. The Turkish summer is extremely hot at 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) so drink lots of water and always bring UV-protection umbrellas, hats, and clothing.
Buses, including luxury ones, are the most common mode of transportation. There are both high-speed and conventional trains for long travel. For nearby destinations, you can take the dolmus or minibus. Taxis are a good choice when in cities and towns.
Most Turkish women are Muslims and they associate infertility as the "will of God." Islam and Turkish culture have influenced them to seek fertility solutions through religious rituals and offerings, magic, wearing talismans, and visiting shrines. After having a fertility treatment cycle, many women face stress after having an embryo transferred and implanted up to the time they give birth. A study published by Sage Journal in 2019 reported that more than half of Turkish women had difficulty paying for their treatments and some had to give up because they could no longer afford the IVF cost. Their state insurance can help them pay only a small percentage of the IVF cost if they meet the required criteria. They also experience a loss of income when taking time off work during treatment.
Turkish is the language spoken by 80% of the population. Others speak Kurdish, Arabic, Armenian, and Greek. English is spoken widely in tourist areas like Istanbul. Learn some Turkish phrases like merhaba (hello) and teşekkür ederim (thank you).
There are several benefits of doing treatments in Turkish IVF clinics. The treatment prices are affordable at almost 60% less than most European countries, the UK, and the US. It is easy to acquire a visa which is valid for three months. Turkish doctors are well-experienced and use modern equipment and the latest treatment techniques. Fertility clinics are inspected every six months by the Ministry of Health. As a tourist destination, Turkey offers beaches, seaside resorts, historical sites, and delicious Turkish cuisine.
Among the range of reproductive medicine services that IVF clinics have are artificial insemination or intrauterine insemination, ovulation induction or ovarian stimulation, assisted hatching, egg retrieval, embryo transfer, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), PGS and PGD treatment. Those who have a medical history or actual problems with premature ovarian failure, blocked fallopian tubes, diminished ovarian reserve, and low sperm count (for men) are still accommodated until a woman's pregnancy occurs.
You can take your pick among many private fertility clinics. The packages in Turkish IVF clinics commonly include an initial consultation with a fertility specialist, evaluations, diagnostic tests, medicines, the actual IVF process, embryo transfer, and other supplies.
The IVF Turkey Clinic in Istanbul is the first IVF clinic in the country. It was established in 1989 so it has amassed a solid 30 years of experience in IVF treatments. The multilingual specialists, gynaecologists, and embryologists in the IVF clinic are led by Professor Teksen Camlibel, MD. He founded the first IVF clinic in Istanbul at the International Hospital in 1989. As part of Fertility Network UK’s ‘Patient Pledge’, IVF Turkey Clinic adheres to Fertility Network’s patient support guidelines.
In 2005, Dr Teksen Camlibel opened the FulyaJinemed Hospital. It merged with Ota Medical Center, where he serves as Chairman of the Board, in 2013. The merger is now known as Ota & Jinemed Hospital in Istanbul. The hospital has experts in IVF, gynaecology, and obstetrics. According to their website, 80% of patients who seek fertility treatment at Ota & Jinemed achieve pregnancy.
The Medicana International Hospital IVF Centre in Istanbul offers a range of fertility treatments including IVF. A single IVF cycle costs approximately TRY 676,670 (USD 2,500). A team of English-speaking specialists is led by Dr Selman Lacin, an expert in fertility medicine, gynaecology, and obstetrics. He has over 30 years of medical experience in the field. The hospital is Joint Commission International (JCI)-accredited and compliant with the Ministry of Health’s Service Quality Standards. It has also been verified by OVU Fertility Network and awarded the Patient Service Award 2020 by WhatClinic.
The average cost of IVF in Turkey is TRY 120,300 (USD 4,278) although they can also range from TRY 72,200 – 275,000 (USD 2,567 – 9,779). You may require additional treatments such as ICSI, IMSI, PGT-A, PGT-M, PGT-M + A, and Assisted Hatching depending on the woman's age, genetic disease history, and critical male infertility. This would demand an additional GBP 1,000 - 2,000 (USD 1,200 - 2,400).
Egg freezing costs TRY 23,620 – 35,430 (USD 839 – 1,259).
Egg freezing is permitted for cancer patients and those with a low ovarian reverse or family history of premature ovarian failure.
Storage of healthy embryos can be up to 10 years.
A woman who is not yet 35 years old is allowed one embryo transfer for the first two cycles. She is then allowed an additional embryo on Cycle #3.
A woman who is above the age of 35 is permitted to transfer two embryos.
When you choose to have your IVF treatment in Turkey, you can save up to 60% compared to getting it in other European countries, the UK, and the US. Many clinics centred on assisted reproductive technologies have multilingual staff to accommodate international patients. All fertility clinics are inspected every six months by the Ministry of Health and many have received accreditation from the Joint Commission International (JCI). They are also mindful of providing the utmost comfort and support to their patients.
Since you're already there for your infertility treatment, you might as well get other medical tourism services such as Turkish baths, thermal cures, and hair transplantation. Time travel into ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman history in Bodrum and Kaleiçi and shop to your heart's content at the city square bazaars post-IVF treatment.
Let us get to know you better to advise you on the process, costs and regulations. Or any questions that you might have!
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.
Our team will be supporting you throughout your journey.