UK women seek infertility treatment abroad because of shortage of donor gametes at home, survey finds

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 29 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6874
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Most women who travel from the United Kingdom to other countries for infertility treatment do so because of the long wait and shortage of donor gametes at home, show the results of a survey of “fertility tourists” from the UK.

Of 51 women interviewed for the ongoing research project, more than 70% needed donor treatment, most of them with donor eggs or embryos but some with donated sperm, the principal investigator, Lorraine Culley, told a conference in London.

Professor Culley, director of the Mary Seacole research centre at De Montfort University in Leicester, outlined the still unpublished findings of the transnational reproduction project at a conference on cross border reproductive care …

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