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Navigating the Infertility Maze Abroad

Lotus Blossom Consulting
By Mindy Berkson, Lotus Blossom Consulting

According to the World Health Organization, there are close to 80 million infertile couples in the world and 1.5 million in Argentina alone. Delayed childbearing is the number one cause of infertility as more and more people put families on hold for their careers, until they find the right person or until they are more financially stable. In fact, by the time a woman reaches the age of 30, over 90 percent of the eggs in her body have been depleted.

Many couples and individuals have started to explore alternative family building options such as IVF, surrogacy and egg freezing. Surrogacy is a particularly complex issue in Argentina as it’s not regulated under law. At the moment, surrogacy is not prohibited in Argentina, but neither is it legally protected. With  more stringent laws encompassing  egg donation and surrogacy, Argentine couples have increasingly started to pursue treatment options abroad.

The most important thing to consider when pursuing alternative child bearing treatments abroad is to build a foundation. An infertility consultant can be especially helpful in building this by helping clients, 1) understand the differing healthcare systems; 2) know about the financial barriers and possible incentives; 3) find non-biased professionals; and 4) develop emotional tolerances for your given situation.

Differing Healthcare Systems It is especially important to understand the differences that exist in healthcare systems. There are ways to work within the system to best minimize financial risks when embarking on treatments abroad. For example, working with licensed insurance agents is the best way to analyze gaps in health care coverage for surrogates. Also, purchasing the appropriate policies for a particular situation is the ideal avenue to mitigate excessive costs and help save significant dollars.

Financial Infertility treatment is expensive. It is imperative to plan and prepare for the end family goal and not just one cycle. For example, how many cycles of IVF are reasonable given a 10% or 20% chance of success before considering the next option which may include engaging an egg donor and increasing the chance of success to 60% or greater?

Non-Biased Professionals Pulling together an unbiased multi-disciplinary team of professionals is another important aspect of accomplishing a treatment cycle abroad. Members of the team should include: a reproductive endocrinologist, embryologist, financial and estate planner, licensed insurance agent, recruiting agency, ideal surrogate, egg donor, sperm donor, attorneys and a mental health professional. A qualified Infertility Consultant should be able to organize this team with unbiased referrals specific to each individual situation.

Pursuing alternative treatment options can be an emotional process and it’s important to set parameters.  For example, how many cycles of IVF can and will you endure before turning to a different treatment option that may yield a higher chance of success?  Balancing hope with caution is essential in maintaining sanity and making non-emotional choices. It is also important to understand what questions to ask specific to your given circumstance. The answers are only as good as the questions you ask.

Mindy Berkson, founder of Lotus Blossom Consulting, has more than a decade of experience in the infertility field.  As one of the first infertility consultancies in the United States, Lotus Blossom Consulting, LLC was founded to arm consumers/patients with information and education to make the best medical choices.  Mindy has guided hundreds of intended parents all around the world through the stressful demands of the infertility process by providing professional and compassionate assistance in dealing with the emotional, physical, and financial barriers involved with third-party reproduction abroad.  For more information, please visit or


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