Cross-border Reproductive Care on the Rise

June 29th, 2010

As I’ve discussed here before, although demand for assisted reproductive services is on the rise, Intended Parents in other countries continue to face legal constraints that restrict their access to these family-building options. One of my team’s goals is to help provide Intended Parents around the world with the same opportunities, cost savings and exceptional level of service available to those needing assisted reproduction in the U.S. To that end, this week we’re at the 26th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) in Rome, Italy (exhibiting at Hall F, Booth C7).

In the UK, it is illegal to compensate donors for donating their eggs and lack of anonymity is often a major deterrent for potential donors. Surrogacy laws also forbid advertising for surrogates or to be a surrogate. The result is a shortage of egg donors and surrogates, compounding the frustration and heartache facing those with fertility challenges.

With its progressive reproductive laws and a favorable climate for recruiting and compensating egg donors and gestational surrogates, the U.S. provides international Intended Parents with family-building options that are often unavailable in their native countries. As a result, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of international Intended Parents coming to the U.S. seeking fertility treatments using third-party reproductive techniques. In fact, ConceiveAbilities has seen a 30% increase in patients from abroad in the past year. Across the boardinternational surrogacy is on the rise.

You can find a more on this trend in our press release. I look forward to reporting here on industry news from the ESHRE conference in the next few days.