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      I currrently live in thh UK, and to cut a long story short I have PCOS and have been on various treatments, been operated on, tested, restested and now told that I need to go for IVF for any real chance of getting pregnant.

      Issue: IVF & ICSI is available in the UK. Privately it can cost approximately 5,000 (Rs 6.5 lakhs) for one course - with no guarantees of success. So you can see clearly very expensive. We probably couldn't afford more than one course in a year and that would be a push.

      Alternative: I know that IVF treatment is available in Pakistan (Islamabad) and i have heard it can cost approximately Rs 2.5 Lahks for each time. Clearly at this price I could get two treatments done in Pakistan for the price of one in the UK.

      Question: However I do not know how to go about looking into this any further. Where in Islamabad can you get excellent IVF treatment done, especially for someone who does not permamently reside in the country? Has anyone else had IVF treatments in Pakistan, or has anyone considered this.

      We've been married for nearly 4 years and have been trying almost since then.

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      In Karachi there is Baqai Medical Centre (pioneers of IVF in pakistan) and I they have the branch in Islamabad too, not sure if they are still offering IVF in Islamabd, though they are in Karachi.. The address is:

      Baqai Medical Centre, 20-D. G-8, Markaz Islamabad
      Phone: 2851357, 2851566
      The treatment for one cycle is
      Rs. 3 lakh per cycle. Yes, its cheaper and many people have had success, though no one I know though.

      Some more in islamabd
      Reproductive Research Laboratory and IVF Centre
      21-E, Fazle-e-Haq Road
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      (Opp. Federal Government Services Hospital)
      Islamabad
      Pakistan
      Tel: + 92 51 2872368 and 2873835
      Email: saadrana[MENTION=99923]apollo[/MENTION].net.pk
      http://www.immunometrics.co.uk/en_case-p…
      2- Hameed Latif Hospital 14 Abu-Bakar Block, New Garden Town. Lahore - Pakistan Tel : +92-42-5837014, 5837019, 5862718, 5862623 Fax : +92-42-5831433 Email : info@hlhinfertility.com
      3-anybody can contact for any info regarding cost or procedure for ivf/icsi at muhammaderfan@hotmail.com
      4-There is one excellent one with very good results. it is ICSI clinic at saudi park towers, Blue area islamabad. The doctor is Dr Naseem ashraf who also runs an infertility clinic at Bangladesh, Kuwait and karachi.

      There are IVF tretmenats avaiable in Lahore and Karachi as well if you are intrested.

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      Hameed Latif hospital has an IVF centre in Lahore. You could get an appointment with Dr. Rashid Latif. One cycle costs around 2.5 lakh rupees and 3/3.5 if you want sex-selection.
      There are plenty of satisfied people but no guarantees.
      It is not the fall that kills you. it's the sudden stop at the end.

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      Thanks Eastern 11. I will enquire into the available treatments in Islamabad, family near Pindi so it will a good excuse to visit them too. Do you know if the Baqai Medical Centre in Islamabad have a website? We would be very interested in the ICSI treatment as I understand the success rates are much higher.

      Do you know of anyone who may have travelled to Pakistan for this treatment? How long would you say you need to be out there for? The Health Service in the UK is very good but expensive and my concern is regarding ofllow on treatment, checking up etc if I had to stay in Pakistan after the initial treatment.

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      Quote Originally Posted by mickeymouse View Post
      Hameed Latif hospital has an IVF centre in Lahore. You could get an appointment with Dr. Rashid Latif. One cycle costs around 2.5 lakh rupees and 3/3.5 if you want sex-selection.
      There are plenty of satisfied people but no guarantees.
      Sex selection, seriously?

      Hope it goes well OP.. Btw an alternative to Pakistan might be Eastern Europe, not sure about costs but must be a lot less than the UK and of course just a (comparatively) short distance away..

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      ^ Demand to ho gi naa...ppl have the desire to select a gender and they have the $$.
      The grass ain't always greener on the other side, it's green where you water it.

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      As far as i understand it, Eastern Europe is still lacking an effective medical set-up, you could consider countries in the Middle East (they have first-rate care, not sure about the money though).

      [MENTION=83047]deeba[/MENTION] and sara- sex-selection is just a mild way to put it, most of these couples want sons, mostly because they've had too many daughters already. but it does move either way though.
      It is not the fall that kills you. it's the sudden stop at the end.

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      No, I don't think Baqai has a website for Islamabad only. But you can call the Islamambad number and find out more. I don't know if anyone travleed to pakistan for this treatment especailly but I know of someone who was trying to have a baby though IVF while living in Pakistan. They give you a series of shots for each cycle before the treatment so yes, you may have to stay at least a month. If work is a concern for you or esp. your husband, find out if they would feeze sperm and you can stay on for multiple cycles unless God forbid the first cycle doesn't work. Once you conceive you don't have to stay with the same doctor till you deliver, even in the US you go to your regular Ob-GYN for delivery. So yes, once you conceive you can come back and have the baby in the UK if you so desire.

      ICSI treatments are used if there is a male infertility issue as well eg low sperm count. If your family has no such issues then you can go simply for just the IVF as ICSI costs are separate anyway.

      The ICSI procedure fertilizes 50% to 80% of eggs. (Interestingly, just because a sperm is injected into an egg, it does not guarantee fertilization will happen.) Even if fertilization takes place, the embryo may stop growing.

      However, once fertilization happens, the success rate for a couple using ICSI with IVF is the same as a couple doing regular IVF treatment.



      India also has very good IVF services but teh thing is you will have to spring on accomodation costs and food if you go to India unless you have someone who lives there and nothing beats family.
      Quote Originally Posted by Raju&Sim View Post
      Thanks Eastern 11. I will enquire into the available treatments in Islamabad, family near Pindi so it will a good excuse to visit them too. Do you know if the Baqai Medical Centre in Islamabad have a website? We would be very interested in the ICSI treatment as I understand the success rates are much higher.

      Do you know of anyone who may have travelled to Pakistan for this treatment? How long would you say you need to be out there for? The Health Service in the UK is very good but expensive and my concern is regarding ofllow on treatment, checking up etc if I had to stay in Pakistan after the initial treatment.

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      Definitely go somewhere reputable and trustworthy. It sounds obvious, I know, but i've read articles on children conceived in India via IVF, only for the parents to find out they are not genetically related to them when they go to apply for passports for the kids, which requires blood tests to prove the kids are biologically theirs, to bring them back to their home countries. The government refused visas to one set of twins in one case and once the parents realized the kids were not theirs, abandoned the kids. In the second case, the girl was related, the boy was not, so the couple are stranded in India trying to sort out his passport somehow so they can come back to Canada.

      Of course these are extreme examples but just something to be aware of... I would honestly opt for IVF in the UK if you can manage it.

      Otherwise make sure you look into citizenship requirements for when you do return to the UK.

      Both articles were on CNN.com.
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      http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/br...en/bornabroad/

      All in all if someone is British your child should be fine. But keep in mind, its much more difficult in Pakistan to get the nationality sorted post birth try to do it pre birth and if possible deliver your baby in the UK... if your going to live here. It makes your life easier, as you will have a midwife, checks up , checking the baby etc

      My cousins wife who is from pakistan had IVF done in Pakistan and it did not work. I dont know how many times she tried , she was there for atleats 6 months ( her parents etc are there) i think she may have tried twice before trying a hospital in london ... which also failed. Mind you i disliked the hospital she went to as my cousin and her have alot of medical issues and they did not address them as they should.

      But! my aunty had no kids for 10 years, tried IVF from every major place , tried herbal , non herbal, anything you name it she did. She went to a hospital in Harley street and following their IVF programme she MasAllah has one beautiful daughter .. it may have been later in life but Alhumdullilah my aunty and uncle are deserving parents and their daughter is gorgeous! ( my aunty had the IVF and went to regular appointments took bed rest and hormones, changed her diet my mum and aunties cooked for her daily fresh vegetables and fruits etc) she had her baby via caesarean as it was recommended.

      We are trying to get my cousin to go to Harley st, but currently they have lost hope and are crushed as last time she was pregnant , but was bleeding and then miscarried.

      Please remain strong, and keep faith in Allah aswell. x

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      NHS refused to give IVF to a friend unless she lost so much weight, which she struggled to do, after selling everything she had she went private, yesterday at 6 1/2 months pregnant she went into premature labour , could not get a bed at a local hospital, had to be taken to some village out in the woods that had a bed available, delivered twins boys, both mother and babies all doing well. She tried everything under the sun, until resorting to IVF, don't lose hope, have faith in Allah, if its meant to be, it will happen against all odds, my prayers are with you.

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      somegroovychick, that sounds like a nightmare!! The idea is only to have the treatment out there and once successful come back to the UK asap after a bit of rest in Pakistan. Would not give birth there with the immigrations issues associated. But you are quite right about the practices in these hospitals to guarantee there would be no mixing of the specimens etc.

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      Hi SoniaA, where in Pakistan did your cousins wife have the IVF? i know it's not guaranteed wherever it is done but i would like to know more about how it works across there, times, procedures etc. 6 months sounds like so long. Did her husband also stay with her for this long during this time?

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      when my best friend had her IVF, it took a couple of tries and then a few months of monitoring to make sure everything took hold and there were no complications. in her case, she concieved triplets initially but lost two early on. at one point she was having twice weekly ultrasounds to monitor the babies, so the 6 month timeline actually sounds pretty accurate. at the very least prepare for a 3 month stay.
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      Have you tried going through NHS? They do offer IVF on NHS, your bmi needs to be in the normal range to be offered it though I think...and they try all other means of treatment before going down this route.

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