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Pushing the boundaries of hope: Ukraine surrogacy


20th Aug 2019 Health Conditions

Pushing the boundaries of hope: Ukraine surrogacy

Ukraine surrogacy shows families struggling with infertility that what feels like the impossible could be within reach 

Across the world, scientists and physicians have put in decades of work to create hope for families that may otherwise have none. From the first child born via IVF in England, 1978, to new practices revolving around the science of genetics and cryogenics, infertility has pushed innovation in a myriad of ways. This is particularly true in Ukraine. In a country where economic advance is regularly stifled by historic conflict stretching into modernity, Ukraine finds a fountain of promise in providing families with surrogacy options. 

Ukraine surrogacy has been a burgeoning market since the advent and placement of family favourable laws in the early 2000’s. Creating jobs and pushing the envelope of innovation, the country has been able to approach the far-reaching crisis in novel and exciting ways. The industry itself brings much needed income into the country via tourism  but it’s the science that really turns heads. 

“While many people choose Ukraine for their surrogacy needs for things like total cost, ease of travel, and favourable legislation; Ukraine also offers some incredible healthcare practices that you’re not able to get in other places.” Says a spokesperson for ilaya, a multinational health technology company that specialises in reproductive medicine. 

“We were founded in Ukraine by some of the best and brightest physicians and scientists coming together to not only reach, but set new goals for the industry.” Ilaya not only offers their clients affordable gestational surrogacy, but is also capable of tending to the entire process “in-house”, thanks to favourable laws and innovative practice. 

Ilaya, and companies with similar goals in mind, are able to thrive in the Ukraine. But what sets Ukraine surrogacy apart from other family fertility clinics across the globe? It’s the science. 

PGD, Cryogenics, and Ukraine Surrogacy 

Partly thanks to the pressure from a faltering economy, Ukraine has put stock into innovative industries, like medical science. Passing creative and novel legislation that allows them to thrive in an ethical and well structured environment, has helped ensure fertility treatments are a top priority. Over fifty million couples worldwide suffer from infertility. As not all of these cases require a surrogate, surrogacy is but a drop in a very large ocean of fertility issues that must be addressed.

Perhaps because of their friendly and enticing surrogacy laws, Ukraine is excelling in a number of other fertility science related fields. Such as stem-cell research, cryogenics, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), and even IVF practices. While many countries continue to have outdated and restrictive laws concerning the practice of surrogacy - Ukraine thwarts these ties by associating itself with friendly and accessible programs, that offer both clinicians and patients to reap the benefits of experience and exploration. 

With changes in society, like women choosing to have children later in life, and a greater acceptance of non-traditional familial structures, the field of fertility has grown massively in the last four decades. Over 8 million babies have been born via IVF since that first child 41 years ago. Thousands of these babies have not only been born via IVF, but also born via Ukraine surrogacy. 

Ilaya tells us that between the years of 2012-2018, they have performed almost 3,000 cycles of IVF. They also said that of those cycles, 62.4% of them resulted in pregnancy after the first attempt, which crushes national averages in other major countries.. Not to mention a 75.8% pregnancy rate following the second cycle of IVF, in the instance that the first effort didn’t take. 

To add on to the impressive success of their IVF treatments, ilaya is also capable of storing their own patient materials, such as eggs or sperm. Ukraine law allows for the practice and study of cryogenics as well as genetics. The success rates with their frozen embryos are also fairly staggering, at 98% surviving cryogenics suitably enough to be implanted. Which may all come down to the fact that the country itself promotes scientific advancement and ethical treatment of patients, surrogates, and physicians alike.

Ukraine Surrogacy: A Hope for the Future

With laws stating that unlimited IVF attempts may be taken, providing there is no medical reason barring them, no maternal age limit, as well as protections for surrogates and treatment of biomaterials - Ukraine creates an ideal habitat for fertility minded medicine, and a genuine chance for couples that historically had none. 

Another massive bonus for many couples seeking surrogacy in Ukraine is that while their surrogacy agreements are required by law, the government provides little to no framework for these agreements. Which allows intended parents, surrogates and agencies free negotiation and the ability to create the ideal contract for all parties involved. 

Commercial surrogacy is also lawfully available- making the process more enticing for many women. However, despite being paid for their efforts, surrogates must be subject to, and pass, a number of tests; providing full confidence that they are both physically and mentally up to the task of being a surrogate. In effect, providing a decent income for women who are interested and fit for the position, as well as reducing wait times for hopeful couples. 

Agencies and clinics are given strict guidelines about the process and execution of the specific procedures and programs that may be carried out when performing surrogate arrangements. Legal framework requires that clinicians be certified and has strict laws regarding the compliance of all medical professionals. 

Because of these laws and practices, Ukraine offers intended parents a unique opportunity to participate in a program that not only caters to their interests, but the interests of all parties involved. With these improvements in laws and medical procedures, success rates are rising and costs are diminishing- giving everyone a better hope for the future.

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