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Greece as an IVF destination

IVF abroad Patient's Guide - Greece

Greece, world–renowned for picturesque beaches, beautiful islands, ancient archaeological sites and great food, is at the same time one of the most competitive destinations for IVF treatment. One reason for that is surely the perfect combination of innovative medical services and reasonable rates, the other is its patient–friendly and liberal IVF law. In fact, Greece passed its reproductive health legislation in 2005 and nowadays it offers over 50 IVF clinics, with a variety of therapies to suit different types of patients. Most clinics are located in Greece biggest cities: Athens and Thessaloniki.

Greece is also attracting international IVF patients with its highly trained and experienced medical professionals and state–of–the–art technological equipment. Many clinics can boast ISO quality certification and most of them report their results to ESHRE (European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology). The latter may not only serve as evidence of performed procedures and their high average success rate, but it also gives an assurance of Greek clinics’ reliability and experience in IVF treatments.

Reasons to go to Greece for IVF

  • Affordable egg donation costs (when compared to the respective costs in other countries)
  • Favourable legislation allowing most IVF methods
  • Experienced fertility specialists as well as high quality clinics and labs
  • Very good egg donor availability
  • No waiting lists
  • Attractive tourist destination for combining treatment with holidays

IVF in Greece at a glance

IVF treatment options in Greece

  • maximum age accepted for a woman to undergo IVF is 50 years old
  • IVF treatment for single women is allowed
  • IVF treatment for lesbian couples is allowed (assuming one partner states that she is single)
  • the access to genetic testing options, such as PGT–A and PGD
  • egg donation is anonymous
  • social freezing of eggs/sperm and embryo freezing are allowed
  • the permitted number of embryos to transfer varies with age
  • sex selection of embryos is permitted only for medical reasons
  • surrogacy arrangements are allowed

As mentioned before, Greece’s tolerant legal framework for IVF services is one of the main reasons why international patients choose to undergo their fertility treatment there. All of the procedures are available to women under 50 y.o. and some clinics accept a bit older patients as well. Single mothers are accepted, as well as women in lesbian relationships. However, in case of the latter, a notary statement is needed, on the basis of which the patient going through the treatment is treated as a single woman.

The Greek law allows for the transfer of more than one embryo – it all depends on the age of the woman who is going to bear the pregnancy. Patients under the age of 35 are allowed to transfer two embryos (or up to three embryos for the third cycle onwards) and patients over 40 can have three embryos transferred. Social freezing of eggs and sperm is permitted and embryo freezing is also an option. Embryos, eggs and sperm can be stored for up to ten years. Pre – implanation genetic testing (such as PGT – A and PGD) is available and important as it helps to detect potential chromosomal abnormalities or genetic disorders in embryos. Sex selection of embryos is permitted only for medical reasons and there is also an option of surrogacy – in case of patients with medical documentation proving them incapable of having children of their own.


IVF treatment in Greece
Maximum patient age (woman)50
(Some clinics may accept older patients
- up to 52 - based on individual circumstances)
IVF treatments for single womenAllowed
IVF treatments for lesbian couplesonly if they are treated as a single woman and they need a notary statement
Maximum number of embryos to transfer IVF with donor eggs2
Maximum number of embryos to transfer IVF with own eggsAge–dependent: 2 if under the age of 35, 3 if over the age of 40 (or over the age of 35 if two transfers failed previously)
Anonymous egg donorsYes
Non anonymous egg donorsNo
Egg donor availabilityVery good
Egg donor age18-35

IVF treatment costs in Greece1,2

IVF costs in Greece1,2
Treatment optionPrice range
IVF with own eggs program€3,200 - €6,200
IVF with donor eggs program€5,000 - €8,000
Medical consultation - visit / online (with doctor)€100 - €200
Donor sperm€800 - €1,500
Frozen embryo transfer (all embryos)€1,200 - €2,000

IVF success rates in Greece

IVF own eggs success rates in Greece3 (pregnancy per embryo transfer)

IVF with own eggs success rates in Greece3
Woman age<3435-39≥40
IVF with own eggs in Greece
43.4%32.6%15.8%
ESHRE average in Europe29.0%24.2%12.9%

IVF donor eggs success rates in Greece3 (pregnancy per embryo transfer)

IVF with donor eggs success rates in Greece3
IVF with donor eggs in Greece51.5%
ESHRE average in Europe
50.3%

Assisted Reproduction Law and Clinics in Greece – information for Patients

Assisted Reproduction Law and Clinics in Greece – information for Patients
ResourceAvailable online?Language
ART Legislation in countryYes / Link>>>Greek
List of certified IVF Centers by independent national
body
Yes / Link>>>Greek / English
Success rates published as per IVF center by
independent national body
No-
National success rates published for country by
independent national body
No-

Institution and / or contact person for IVF patients in Greece

We asked Greek Ministry of Health and Greek National Authority of Assisted Reproduction for information several times via email and phone. However, up to the publication date of this Guide we had not received any answer.

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