Tuesday, March 23, 2010

How do you feel about Turkey?

That was the question I posed to Greg today over lunch.
"The country or the bird?" he said.
"The country," I responded, knowing full well that he'd pick roast beef or ham over turkey any day of the week.
"I love it. Why?" he said, giving me one of those I-know-you-are-up-to-something-looks. I should explain here that dear husband has been to Turkey more times than I can count and even though he had a nasty bout of what is commonly known in the military as the Turkish Trots during his last visit (the doc had to make a house call to treat him) he holds no grudge. He loves Turkish food, Turkish architecture and apparently, before he met me of course, Turkish women, who he credits with teaching him the Texas two-step. Don't ask.
"Read this," I said, as I pushed the newest edition of Conceive magazine under his nose. I had picked it up at Dr. V's office, though sometimes I get mad when I read it because it seems to focus a lot on pregnancy and all the things that come after conception rather than what comes before, or maybe it's just me. Either way, it was better than reading Parenthood, which is the only other option in Dr. V's office other than a well-worn copy of Essence that I have already read twice. And, by the way, Essence, you could use a few good copy editors.
The story that caught my eye was about medical tourism, specifically for fertility treatments and it highlights a clinic in Istanbul that apparently offers a package of IVF with ICSI, 17 nights at a four-star hotel, medications, airport transfers, transportation to and from all appointments and concierge services for $5,800. Thank you, sweet Jesus, where do I sign up?
According to Conceive, the doctor at this clinic splits his time between Yale, where he is a professor and director of reproductive and endocrinology and infertility at the Yale University School of Medicine, and Anadolu Hospital in Istanbul where he runs another fertility center. The center reports success rates of 64 percent for women under the age of 35 in non-donor IVF cycles.
And, did I mention that the article says the hospital recently opened a wing that features efficiency apartments for couples undergoing treatment?
I'm no stranger to the idea of seeking treatment outside of the US. We met with an Italian RE when we first started this journey because we were living in Italy. But because of restrictive laws there and some other reasons that I won't go into here, we decided to travel back to the states for treatment. And, at one point, I consulted with a German doctor who probably would have had some good results if we had chosen to cycle with him, but logistically it would have been a nightmare with travel and lodging so we stayed put. One of my dear friends cycled in the Czech Republic and was happy with her doctors and the level of care she received, though it ended with a chemical pregnancy. So, for us, the idea of going to Turkey for another round of IVF doesn't seem to far fetched and for the cost, we could almost do two cycles there compared to what we would pay for one here.
I've been doing a little web investigating and it all looks great. So, who knows? If this frozen cycle doesn't work out, we might take a little vacation to Turkey.


  1. Wow, that is an AMAZING deal!!! Thanks for posting, going to pass this info on to a friend who is planning to try IVF soon!

  2. Vacation and IVF in one, I hadn't heard of that until this months ICLW. There was another blog I came across where she did her first IVF cycle in another country because they don't offer the procedure where she lives. I haven't done any research, but it does sound like a great plan!

  3. Krista- As you know, I have thought about this a bit too. I think it's a great idea. Hopefully, neither of us will need it. But, let me know as you continue to explore...

  4. Wow.. insane.. that's 4 cycles to my one here. Too bad Dh's sperm will be frozen here. Thank you for the information!