Why South Africa is a top fertility destination

When people hear or think about South Africa, they usually conjure up Hemingwayesque images of a sun-drenched land where majestic big game roams through unspoiled and breathtaking scenery.

They’re spot on, of course. But that is just a small part of what the country has to offer. For an increasing amount of people, South Africa is fast becoming more than just a destination where their sun-and-safari dreams will come true. These days, many people are also travelling here from all over the world in an attempt to fulfill an ultimate personal dream and desire: Parenthood.

Over the last few years, South Africa has emerged as one of the foremost fertility treatment destinations in the world, with outstanding clinics and the latest technology allowing for state-of-the-art treatment. In addition, South Africa offers a large database of first class eggs donors from all races and ethnicities. Unlike other foreign egg donor programs, future parents are able to view full information about prospective donors including family history, education history, medical information etc as well as photos of the donor as a child.

That all sounds fair enough, but why should European nationals take on the expense and time to travel halfway across the world for treatment that they could undergo much closer to home?

Why? Because not only is the treatment reasonable priced, but it is also highly successful. South African fertility clinics are rated among the best in the world. But the main motivating factor is access to the large database of donors – there is no waiting list! The wait for a donor is only as long as it takes to choose a donor that meets all your requirements. Within three months of choosing a donor, future parents could be back home, with a baby on the way.
The favourable exchange rate also enables many patients who travel to South Africa from Europe and elsewhere for fertility treatment to combine the trip with a vacation. Such medical tourism, sometimes also called ‘IVF/Egg safaris’, is becoming increasingly popular in South Africa as more patients and their partners decide to go on that dream safari while here for their IVF treatment.

The clear legislation and ethics surrounding egg donation are additional factors that set South Africa apart as a favourite fertility destination, ensuring that not only are the rights of the future parents and their prospective children taken care of, but the well-being and safety of the donor always remains paramount.

Current legislation allows egg donors in South Africa to remain anonymous. Local donors are healthy young female volunteers between the ages of 21 and 34 years of age. Although they do receive reimbursement for their donation, it essentially only covers incidentals they may have incurred while participating in the donor programme, such travelling to and from the clinic. The amount has been carefully regulated to ensure that donors donate for altruistic reasons only.. The egg donors in South Africa are therefore not motivated by money, but are really doing this as an act of extreme kindness to make a genuine difference in someone else’s life.

Excellent medical care, a wide range of available donors, similar cultures, the same language and time zone plus a very favourable exchange rate make South Africa is an ideal destination to pursue donor egg IVF for the European fertility patient. The opportunity to combine all of this with a fantastic vacation? Just what the doctor ordered.

Contact Details for Nurture Egg Donor Program
Contact Person: Tertia Albertyn
Contact Number Local: 0824418639
Contact Number International: (+27824418639)
Website: www.nurture.co.za
E-mail: info@nurture.co.za

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Tertia Albertyn is the founder of Nurture - South Africa’s longest-running and most successful Egg Donation Program. An accomplished speaker and an award-winning published author, as well as an ex-infertility patient herself, she is highly regarded in South Africa and internationally for the work she does in infertility. Tertia was instrumental in establishing the first FDA-approved frozen donor egg bank in Africa. Tertia has an MBA from the University of Cape Town and lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her husband and three children.