IVF Abroad - Patient's Guide

All you need to know about fertility treatment abroad, costs, the efficacy of IVF procedures and – the most important – legislation regulating medically assisted reproduction in 8 European countries. Download 55 pages PDF guide now!

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Latvia as an IVF destination

IVF abroad Patient's Guide - Latvia

Latvia is another Eastern European country that does not rank high in fertility patients’ awareness. But, to the surprise of many, it is surely one of the most reliable and quality IVF treatment providers in Europe nowadays. The strongest arguments for choosing Latvia as one’s IVF destination are its clear and predictable regulatory environment, remarkably high standards of treatment and – last but not least – competitive costs.

Latvia is a very popular IVF destination for patients from Scandinavia who highly value (rather uncommon in other countries) services of personal patient coordinators and translators. Besides, the medical staff in all Latvian fertility clinics is generally fluent in English and Russian what enables international communication. The clinics can boast a wide range of advanced IVF procedures that significantly support the success rates. Most patients travelling to Latvia are attracted by legally imposed egg and embryo donation anonymity as well as no upper age limit for either women or men.

It is also worth mentioning that Latvia belongs to both the European Union and the Schengen area. Its capital, Riga, is the place where most Latvian IVF clinics are located. Riga is easily reached by many means of transport, among which budget airlines are the most popular. There are direct flights to Riga provided by airports in most European capitals, as well as from Russia, Israel or Turkey.

IVF in Latvia at a glance

IVF treatment options in Latvia

IVF treatments carried out in Latvian fertility clinics conform to the recommendations of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). One of the most desired aspects of the assisted reproduction law in Latvia is surely the lack of upper age limit for both women and their partners. The decision is made by each clinic individually and some of the units offer reproductive assistance over the age of 50.

However, one liberal aspect of the law does not necessarily translate into another – in Latvia only single women and heterosexual couples are allowed for IVF treatment. The medical impregnation is carried out upon the request of a couple or a woman on the basis of a written application submitted to the medical treatment institution. However there are clinics who treat lesbian couples – assuming one partner states that she is single.

Egg donation in Latvia is anonymous which means that the recipients are not allowed to know the identity of a donor or meet them in person. However, the intended parents may obtain some non–identifying information about the donor such as their genetic and phenotypic data. Although there is no legal indication, the approved guidelines recommend a single embryo transfer for all patients with a good prognosis. Similarly, the guidelines do not recommend the transfer of three or more embryos. Sex selection is possible for medical reasons only – when e.g. there is a risk of a sex-related genetic disease being transferred to the baby.

IVF treatment in Latvia
Maximum patient age (woman)No limi
Not specified by legislation, decided by each clinic individually
IVF treatments for single womenAllowed
IVF treatments for lesbian couplesOnly if they are treated as a single woman
Maximum number of embryos to transfer IVF with donor eggsNot specified by legislation. However, there are approved guidelines which do not recommend embryo transfer of 3 or more.
Maximum number of embryos to transfer IVF with own eggs
Anonymous egg donorsYes
Non anonymous egg donorsNo
Egg donor availabilityAverage
Egg donor age18-35

IVF treatment costs in Latvia 1,2

IVF costs in Latvia1,2
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)€60 - €110
Donor sperm€350 - €600
Frozen embryo transfer (all embryos)€900 - €1,200

IVF success rates in Latvia

IVF own eggs success rates in Latvia 3

IVF with own eggs success rates in Latvia3
Woman age<3435-39≥40
IVF with own eggs in Latvia
ESHRE average in Europe29.0%24.2%12.9%

IVF donor eggs success rates in Latvia 3

IVF with donor eggs success rates in Latvia3
IVF with donor eggs in Latvia50.9%
ESHRE average in Europe

Assisted Reproduction Law and Clinics in Latvia – information for Patients

Assisted Reproduction Law and Clinics in Latvia – information for Patients
ResourceAvailable online?Language
ART Legislation in countryYes / Link>>>Latvian / English
List of certified IVF Centers by independent national
Yes / Link>>>Latvian
Success rates published as per IVF center by
independent national body
National success rates published for country by
independent national body
Yes / Link>>>Latvian

Institution and / or contact person for IVF patients in Latvia

The Contact point/information is provided by National Health Service (NHS).

Website: http://www.vmnvd.gov.lv/en/cross–border–healthcare–contact–point
Tel: +371 67045005 (Working hours: Monday – Thursday from 8.30 AM until 17.00 PM, but on Fridays from 8.30 AM until 15.00 PM);
e–mail: nvd@vmnvd.gov.lv

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