Recently a new trend has been observed among the middle aged Australian women. These women in their late 40s and 50s who wanted to have babies are now traveling to European countries Greece and Spain to get pregnant. These have to pay affordable price around $7600 for the donated egg and an in-vitro fertilisation procedure which is just one third of the total cost for a similar treatment in Australia. Another reason behind this practice in ban on receiving anonymously donated eggs in Australia.
Australian IVF is very expansive and also very conservative. The lower cost and easy availability is pulling ladies more towards European countries.
An expert Dr Ong speaks about this changing trend, “We do not encourage the use of overseas donors as they do not satisfy legislative requirements and the most important thing is the unavailability of identifying information of the donor.”