Frequently Asked Questions About IVF
In vitro fertilisation is fertilisation outside the body. During IVF, sperm and eggs are brought together in a specialised laboratory to create an embryo. As part of the IVF process, drugs are used to stimulate the ovaries to prepare eggs for fertilisation.
These eggs are then collected usually under a general anaesthetic and combined with sperm to allow the eggs to be fertilised. The eggs that are fertilised successfully are grown and monitored in the lab for 2-6 days before the best one, two or in exceptional cases three embryos are transferred back into the womb to grow into a baby.
The basic law of in vitro fertilisation in North Cyprus is “Regulation on Reproductive Treatment Methods” outlined under law 57/2014, legislation 381 – 2016. In addition, the “Reproductive Treatment Centres Regulation” under legislation 32/1998 describes the operation standards and procedures for fertility treatment in IVF clinics.
North Cyprus is one of the most liberal destinations in terms of available IVF treatment options. It has one of the highest maximum age limits for a female patient, 58 years old with the approval of the ethics committee, and IVF treatment is allowed for both single women and lesbian couples.
Egg/sperm/embryo donation is anonymous and there is no limit on oocytes to be fertilised in IVF cycles with own eggs. In IVF cycles with donor eggs, the preferred number of good quality eggs is 10 for every cycle.
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis, (both PGS and PGD) i.e. sex selection are also included in fertility treatment choices in NCY.
The success of IVF depends on several factors, including clinical expertise, laboratory quality, diagnosis, health, diet and age of the female partner. Our recommended specialists will review chances of success individually and advise on specific measures to improve your chances of having a baby. Health NCY recommendations average an 83% pregnancy rate (as of 31 December 2020).
North Cyprus is a more economical option than other popular European destinations. The average cost of egg donation treatment in North Cyprus ranges from €4,500 to €6,000 while single IVF cycle with own eggs will require a spend from €2,700 to €5,700.
IVF treatment in North Cyprus is regulated by the national governing Ministry of Health body. In order to operate and perform IVF procedures, a clinic needs a licence issued by the ministerial Coordination Committee. The licensed clinics are subject to compliance inspections every year. Doctors carrying out IVF treatment and responsible for eggs and embryo transfers have to possess adequate certificates and licenses. All our independently monitored by Health NCY.
In some IVF/ICSI cycles, several embryos are produced. Whilst three of them are transferred to the women’s uterus, remaining good quality embryos can be frozen for the future use. Embryo freezing is a well-developed technique today that allows women to have another chance of pregnancy. Embryo freezing is cheaper than the regular cycle because no medication is used and no anaesthesia is required. Embryos can be frozen for several years and used in the future if the couple desires another child or if the first cycle is unsuccessful.
Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a hormone that supports the normal development of an egg in a woman’s ovary and stimulates the release of the egg during ovulation. HCG is used to cause ovulation and to treat infertility in women, and to increase sperm count in men.
ICSI is a sophisticated form of IVF where individual sperm are selected for injection directly into the egg to improve the chances of fertilisation and creating an embryo. ICSI is used in cases where there are problems with sperm quality or quantity.
In some cases, IVF or ICSI is the only option. In others it is one of many options. Health NCY recommended specialists will be able to advise you on the best course of treatment depending on your individual circumstances, including diagnosis, age and length of time you’ve been trying to conceive.