Relaxation whilst undergoing treatment
We would never pretend that going through an IVF program would not be stressful. But with a number of recent studies psychologists have established that by reducing a couples stress levels while they undergo fertility treatments, a marked increase of a successful outcome is achieved. With that knowledge what better place in the world to reduce your stress than in the exotic island of Barbados in the Caribbean. Click here for success rates.
In between your appointments, you have constant access to our team of experts by cellular phone but with the freedom of being on holiday. You can enjoy the soothing sound of the lapping Caribbean Sea, go for a long romantic walk along the white sandy beaches and then enjoy the tantalizing tastes of the Caribbean’s cuisine. Barbados is famous for its world class luxury hotels and we have selected some of the best the island has to offer.
Obviously, in order to pursue your treatment in Barbados there are some preliminary steps you need to undertake in cooperation with your local doctor/clinic so that your time spent in Barbados can be kept to a two week timeframe.
Upon arrival in Barbados you are met at the airport and taken by private luxury car to the hotel of your choice where our Patient Liaison Manager will meet with you to ensure that you have settled comfortably. You will be given a programmed cellular phone to enable you to contact us at any time but give you the freedom to enjoy being on holiday. Your appointments schedule will be given to you with collection times for your transportation to and from all appointments. In order to give you a choice of hotels and packages we have selected a number of wonderful hotels and created four levels of accommodation packages in order to make travel arrangements easier for you.
For further information about costs, please see our section about Finance. These holiday packages are additional to your IVF costs.
Arrival in Barbados
The use of the oral contraceptive pill allows us to predict in most cases exactly when you will be required in Barbados. You will find an example of a routine treatment cycle below. Please note this is an example only and every patient’s treatment does vary.
The following medications will be used in your cycle and you will need to let the Coordinator know if you can access them:
1. An oral contraceptive pill
2. Buserelin Nasal Spray OR Lupron injection
3. Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) or human Menopausal Gonadotrophins (hMG) injections.
Your arrival in Barbados will depend on access to the medications and how much of the monitoring can be done in your own country.
Once in Barbados, you will meet with your clinician and nurse and continue treatment.
At any point a counseling session can also be scheduled.
Egg collection will be done following approximately 10-14 days of FSH/hMG injections depending on your response to the medication.
You will be able to return home the day after the embryo transfer.
Listed below are the investigations that are required to have been carried out within the last 12 months. Please ensure Barbados Fertility Center receive copies of these tests prior to commencing your injections to avoid any delay with your treatment.
Preliminary routine investigations
All of the preliminary tests may be done in your own country and we will be pleased to assist you organising everything and even if copies of the test results are unavailable to you we will be able to repeat the investigations on your arrival in Barbados. Below is a general list of tests needed.
Once you are a patient of Barbados Fertility Centre and have spoken with our Consultant, a specific lists of tests required will be allocated to you.
- Oestrogen, Progesterone, Prolactin, TSH and Follicle Stimulating Hormone.
- Hepatitis B and C
- One semen analysis
Any relevant medical information will need to be sent to our confidential fax at Barbados Fertility Centre marked “Attention Anna Hosford, RGN”.
You will have a telephone consultation with one of our Barbados Fertility Centre clinicians.
After reviewing your case on the telephone, you will be sent a consultation report, which will outline a recommended treatment plan along with additional recommended tests.
Once you have received the material, you may wish to have another phone consultation with your clinician or go ahead with booking a treatment cycle. Both of these options can be arranged by your nurse Coordinator.