We have decided to embark upon an embryo banking cycle with a clinic in Athens. There were many reasons for this decision:
- The results haven’t been brilliant with the approaches we’ve taken here in the UK.
- Our UK clinic wanted to repeat the procedure in the exact same way as last time, only this time, the NHS wouldn’t be picking up the bill and we’d have to pay £8000 for the privilege.
- Two cycles in Athens cost half that quoted for one cycle in the UK.
- The staff team have been highly responsive, supportive and positive.
- They have EXCELLENT reviews.
- I like the sound of a gentler cycle with NO INJECTIONS! (Hallelujah!!)
- We like Greece.
- We like city breaks.
- Bad times are always better in the sun.
- Our love of Feta cheese, olives and Tzatziki is bordering on obsessive.
Oh, and a week after my second failed IVF cycle, my mum told me she’d bumped into a family friend who got pregnant with twins in Athens after four failed IVF cycles in the UK. Yes, I was that easily convinced.
It feels very different to the previous cycles we’ve done as, this time, it won’t all be done and dusted in a matter of weeks so it’s slightly less pressurised. I’d like to say it’s a lot less stressful as well but booking last minute flights and accommodation, finding a way of transporting refrigerated medicine that needs to Athens and organising doggy day- (and night) care for a needy pug definitely had its moments. Still, I’d rather de-stress on a balmy spring evening in Greece than I would sheltering from the relentless rain of Storm Jorge.