In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) in Lithuania
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- Experienced doctors
- Our clinic works with highly professional and educated specialists. They have 10-15 years of experience in the field of reproductive medicine and infertility treatment. Our doctors are members of various prestigious medical societies both Lithuanian and international. Find more information about our specialists here.
- Higher pregnancy probability
- During IVF the doctor implants 3 embryos to the uterus, which significantly increases the chances of conception. Most other clinics in Europe implant up to 2 embryos.
Moreover, our laboratory implements the latest Time Lapse methodology, which improves the selection of embryos by 20%. Time Lapse technology helps selecting the strongest embryos that are most likely to result in pregnancy.
- Modern clinic
- One of the biggest fertility clinics in the Baltic region which performs the most fertility procedures in the area. With over 15 years of experience, the clinic has already helped a number of couples to conceive. More than 1200 children were born thanks to the experience and expertise of the people working at the clinic.
- One of the biggest medical centres in the Baltics
- Our clinic is one of the biggest medical centres in the Baltic region. We work with patients from various countries, among which Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, etc.
Despite the size of the clinic we provide our patients with personal care and assistance. The majority of big public hospitals due to high volume of patients do not have enough resources and medical personnel to pay personal attention to each patient. Whereas we are fully focused on providing exceptional care and undivided attention for our patients.
- Half the price
- All inclusive price, which is twice lower than in Western European clinics.
Our clinic works with medical professionals of highest education and experience level and uses the same materials as the clinics in Western Europe. More often than not, the quality of our clinic‘s facilities exceed the ones in Western European clinics.
The price difference is only due to considerably lower average salaries and taxes - which is the main reason for medical travel everywhere around the world.
- 24/7 personal assistance
- During your entire stay in Lithuania you will receive personal care as well as transport to and from the clinic, hotel, and airport. You will not have to worry about a thing. You will be assisted from the moment of plane landing in Vilnius or Kaunas airport till your departure.
- Flexible date-wise
- Our clinic is flexible date-wise and can usually arrange your treatment on the dates convenient for you.
- All English speaking staff
- Everyone in our clinic speaks English, including customer service desk, nurses, assistants and doctors.
- We speak in 8 languages
- Our clinic is the only clinic in Europe that offers customer service in 8 languages, among which English, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, German, Spanish, Russian, and Lithuanian.
- Direct flights
- 2-3 hour regular flights operate from all main airports in the UK & Ireland. Lithuania is closer than you thought. You can find the list of direct flights here. Please note that airlines constantly add new flights and new destinations, therefore feel free to contact us if you need help choosing the flight that suits you best.
- Ethics & responsibility
- Our clinic operates strictly under international standards.
- Credibility of country
- Lithuania has been a part of the EU and NATO since 2004. Lithuania has one of the fastest growing economies in the whole region and the second fastest internet speed in the world. Lithuanian medical schools have trained many medical professionals who are highly appreciated and employed by many foreign hospitals, among which hospitals in the UK.
Infertility is serious problem affecting approximately 10% to 15% of couples all over the globe. For a long time medicine had limited opportunities to help the people in need. However, in 1977 Robert Edwards, English scientist carried out treatment that turned everything upside down. In 2010 Edwards was awarded the Nobel Prize for the development of human in vitro fertilization – the method that gives hope to millions of people. If you are facing infertility it is very important to know that you are not alone and that there is a way to overcome it.
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is infertility treatment method in which the egg cells (female reproductive cells) are fertilized with the sperm cells (male reproductive cells) in a laboratory dish (in vitro literally means in glass). Fertilized eggs split and become embryos which are placed into the woman’s womb. One or more embryos are transferred and it is hoped that they will attach to the wall of the womb and continue developing.
How is IVF performed?
IVF involves a combination of procedures and medication therapy. There are several steps of the IVF procedure.
1. Ovulation induction. In this step a woman is given medication (hormonal therapy) that stimulates ovaries to make more than one mature egg cell. Normally, ovaries produce one mature egg per month. Having many egg cells increase the chance of successful fertilization. Hormonal therapy lasts approximately 8 to 10 days and is given as a daily injection.
2. Monitoring ovulation induction. A doctor will check how the hormonal therapy is working. Usually, two vaginal ultrasound tests (on the 6th and the 11th day of ovary stimulation) and blood tests are necessary. The doctor will see if the egg cells are mature, according to the size of the follicles (a vesicle that contains the egg) on the ultrasound and blood estrogen level. When the egg cells are matured, the injection of hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is administered in order to induce the ovulation.
3. Egg retrieval. Approximately in 34 to 36 hours after the hCG injection the doctor takes out the egg cells. The woman is usually sedated and does not feel anything. A special needle is inserted through the back wall of the vagina, up to the ovaries under the ultrasound control. Usually 8 to 15 eggs are withdrawn but the number varies from patient to patient.
4. Simultaneously with egg retrieval, the male partner is asked for a fresh sample of sperm. The sperm is processed in order to select the highest quality sperm cells.
5. Fertilization. The egg cells are transported to the laboratory and mixed with the sperm cells in a laboratory dish. The laboratory dish is checked after 16-20 hours. Generally, approximately a half of eggs become fertilized. However, in cases when the sperm cells are not able to inseminate the eggs, a procedure called intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is performed. Fertilized eggs develop and become embryos.
6. Embryo transfer. About 2 to 5 days after egg retrieval one or more strongest embryos are placed into the woman’s womb. A doctor gently inserts a thin flexible tube through the vagina and cervix into the womb and injects a small amount of fluid containing embryos. It is hoped that they will implant (attach to the wall of the womb) within 6 to 10 days. A hormone called progesterone may be administered (as vaginal gel, suppositories or muscle injection) in order to improve chances of implantation. Additionally, in some cases blastocyst transfer may be recommended. In this method, 5 to 6 days old embryos called blastocysts are transferred into the womb. Moreover, assisted hatching that refers to thinning the outer layer of the embryo in order to facilitate implantation may be performed.
7. Pregnancy test. Approximately 14 days after IVF urine or blood pregnancy test is performed. If the procedure is successful, ultrasound scan is scheduled on the 3rd or the 4th week after the embryo transfer.
Are there any risks?
As with any medical treatment, there are some possible complications related to IVF method including reactions to the hormonal therapy and risks associated with pregnancy. First of all, a mild reaction to hormonal therapy may develop. It usually manifests in hot flushes, headaches and irritability. Moreover, in rare cases a reaction called the ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome (OHSS) may develop. OHSS causes stomach ache, nausea and vomiting which is potentially dangerous. Furthermore, possible risks related to pregnancy include multiple births (20-25% of birth after IVF), ectopic pregnancy (2-5%), miscarriage (the same risk as in natural conception), birth defects (not absolute certainty) and preterm birth (twice as likely as in natural conception).