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Why IVF in Vietnam?

tudu_hospitalThe Facts About Tu Du Hospital

It is the leading specialized clinic for obstetrics, gynecology and family planning for Vietnam. In 1996, Tu Du was chosen to be the place for “reproductive health” development. Since being rewarded the Labor Hero title in 1985, Tu Du’s great efforts to apply the world’s leading medical technology have surprised its overseas partners and won the people’s trust. Since 1997, Tu Du Hospital has had a sperm bank and carried out in-vitro fertilization with a success rate equal to other countries in the region with advanced health services.

In April 1999 when the second phase of the test-tube program took place, Tu Du Hospital carried out 350 in vitro fertilization, 30%-35% of which were successful. Tu Du Hospital also performed intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) to help infertile couples. Fertilization occurred in 65% of injected eggs, and the success rate of in vitro fertilization is 55%. For the past few years, more than 40 babies have been born through this method. That triumph helped Tu Du Hospital to get the Kovalevskaya prize in 1998. Vietnam’s first successful IVF cycle was started in 1997 and the first three IVF babies were born on April 30, 1998.

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According to Thanh Nien newspaper, an established English paper, Tu Du’s Artificial Reproductive Technology Deputy Director Vuong Thi Ngoc Lan said IVF in Vietnam has made great advancements since the country was involved in 1997. The doctor said Vietnam is leading the ASEAN region in IVF technologies.

Foreign clients have approached ART in Vietnam before 1999, but the program has become well known in the expatriate community and abroad. Annually since 2002, almost nine percent or 100 ART clients at Tu Du Hospital have been.

Tu Du Hospital conduct approximately 1,000 IVF cycles a year and each cycle is approximately $3,000 which covers pre and post IVF care. From testing the woman’s hormones to ovulation stimulation medications to the final pregnancy testing if the couple should opt to stay in Vietnam to wait for results.

Review: Affordable IVF at Tu Du Hospital, Is it Recommended?

I visited Tu Du Hospital at Cong Quynh Street, D1 and made a few observations about the facility, medical staff, and the patients that come to Tu Du.

First, this is a Vietnamese hospital as opposed to an international hospital. For those that have not lived or traveled abroad, a local hospital is catered to locals so certain informal standards are applied at the facility which are not found at an international hospital. Tu Du Hospital may boast the best IVF facility with the latest technology, but walking through the front doors did not instill any confidence or security that this is a first class Infertility Clinic. The waiting room was filled with Vietnamese couples staring blankly at naked walls, while only two triage nurses were on-hand to assist with the paperwork. In a tropical country such as Vietnam, where the temperature reaches over 100 degree F, there was no air conditioning to keep the patients comfortable. Patients were slowly called up to the counter to complete the paperwork. Being a local hospital, the literature, the staff, and the patients are all in Vietnamese. If you come here, you have to bring a translator who can communicate and translate the signs and forms.

Second, the examination rooms are less than pristine with dark lighting, giving me the sense that it may not be the most sterile. The waiting room was filled with low lights and the examination room was wide open the entire time I waited to see the doctor. The building was old and exam rooms could use a facelift.

The fertility doctor that I spoke to was rude and unhelpful. He demanded that I pay a consultation fee before he talked to me, which was fair enough as his time is valuable and I’m not his patient. However, his dismissive behavior was unnecessary as my flight to Saigon was more 10 times more than the consultation fee and was not even a concern.

While I didn’t mind paying the fee, I explained to the doctor that I only need a few minutes of his time to clarify some legal issues regarding IVF treatment in Vietnam. His uninterest and disdain was palpable. Of the last three years that I have met and talked to REs and nurses in infertility clinics, I have never encountered such indifference and rudeness. In fact, when I was at the counter to talk to the nurse, some people were coming up to the counter to listen in to my conversation. The nurse did and said nothing except to ask me what was my infertility problem. No way was I discussing anything with her in front of five strangers who happened to be curious.

In general, my previous encounter with Tu Du Hospital has been via email with the Infertility Director, Dr. Tuyet, and she has been very forthcoming with the information. IVF in Vietnam is approximately $2,000 – $3,000 which includes the ovulation stimulation medication and monitoring. Dr. Tuyet was not at the hospital when I visited and any inquiries must be made via email. She has responded to numerous emails from me regarding IVF at Tu Du and I was expecting my experience to be more friendly than what had happened.

They perform all infertility treatment, HOWEVER, unless it is the traditional IVF or IUI, any other type of procedure such as donor egg/sperm, are only reserved for locals. Foreigners are prohibited. Surrogacy is allowed for locals, but not foreigners. Gender selection is NOT allowed in Vietnam.

Tu Du Hospital does do IVF, they are only one of a handful of hospitals that are licensed to do IVF in Vietnam. If you are prepared to handle the stress of working with the Vietnamese and put up with the less than stellar treatment by the nurses and doctors, then Vietnam is the right option for you. Be prepared mentally and do not expect it to be a Western facility.

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