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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Ukraine as an IVF destination

IVF abroad Patient's Guide - Ukraine

Ukraine, similarly to the Czech Republic and Poland, is still associated more with the Eastern Bloc rather than with advanced reproductive medicine and modern medical equipment. Not many international patients realise that IVF method was used there for the first time already in 1990. Since then the Ukrainian fertility clinics (most of which are located in the country’s capital – Kiev) has been offering full range of fertility testing and assisted conception services.

Nowadays Ukraine might be regarded as one of the most attractive European destinations for fertility patients. There are two major factors for that: significantly lower treatment costs (easily affordable for the so–called “middle income” patients) and no legal limit on the age of women accessing IVF procedures . This, topped with friendly English–speaking medical staff and both variety and anonymity of treatment, is surely enough to include Ukraine in one’s own searches of a perfect country for IVF abroad. However, there is still one main disadvantage that needs to be taken into account – namely, the Ukrainian unsure political situation. Over five years after the Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Ukrainian politics and economy are still far from stabilising. Additionally, as Ukraine is not a member of the European Union, patients would not benefit from the legal protection available to EU clinics.

The Ukrainian cities most willingly chosen by IVF patients are Kiev and Lviv.

IVF in Ukraine at a glance

IVF treatment options in Ukraine

Ukraine seems tempting to foreign fertility patients due to its lack of legal limit in regards to women’s and men’s age. However, it is generally known that female patients should not have contraindications to pregnancy in accordance with the order of the Ukrainian Ministry of Health (which in practice means the access to treatment up to the age of 52).

Both married couples and single women are allowed to undergo IVF treatments. Unfortunately, none of IVF procedures are accessible to same–sex couples. In Ukraine, egg and sperm donation is allowed and anonymous. According to the order of the Ukrainian Ministry of Health, it is recommended to transfer no more than 1–2 embryos to the uterine cavity. However, in case of projected reduced likelihood of implantation, it is possible to transfer 3 embryos (with a clinical justification as well as with a patient’s consent). Egg donation in Ukraine is allowed and there is very good availability of caucasian egg donors. Procedures such as ISCI, PGD and PGS are available and sex selection is possible only for medical reasons. The biggest novelty in the Ukrainian fertility law (as compared to other European IVF destinations) is the allowance of surrogacy. Nonetheless, the Ministry of Health does not release any data on surrogacy, so it’s difficult to estimate how popular the practice actually is.

IVF treatment in Ukraine
Maximum patient age (woman)No limit
not specified by legislation, decided by each clinic individually
IVF treatments for single womenAllowed
IVF treatments for lesbian couplesNot allowed
Maximum number of embryos to transfer IVF with donor eggs2
Maximum number of embryos to transfer IVF with own eggs3
if there are medical indications and the patient gives consent
Anonymous egg donorsYes
Non anonymous egg donorsNo
Egg donor availabilityVery good
Egg donor age18-35

IVF treatment costs in Ukraine 1,2

IVF costs in Ukraine1,2
Treatment optionPrice range
IVF with own eggs program€2,200 - €5,200
IVF with donor eggs program€4,000 - €7,000
Medical consultation - visit / online (with doctor)€70 - €150
Donor sperm€200 - €500
Frozen embryo transfer (all embryos)€1,000 - €1,600

IVF success rates in Ukraine

IVF own eggs success rates in Ukraine 3 (pregnancy per embryo transfer)

IVF with own eggs success rates in Ukraine3
Woman age<3435-39≥40
IVF with own eggs in Ukraine
ESHRE average in Europe29.0%24.2%12.9%

IVF donor eggs success rates in Ukraine 3 (pregnancy per embryo transfer)

IVF with donor eggs success rates in Ukraine3
IVF with donor eggs in Ukraine56.2%
ESHRE average in Europe

Assisted Reproduction Law and Clinics in Ukraine – information for Patients

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

Institution and / or contact person for IVF patients in Ukraine

On the basis of information received from the Ukrainian Association of Reproductive Medicine (UARM), we know that patients searching for IVF information can contact Irina Babenchuk and Natalia Silina at uarm.kiev@gmail.com, tel. +380958538135

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