Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Infertility Treatments in Seoul/ IVF in Seoul

Edited on June 15, 2012: This has been a very popular post. A fertility doctor in Korea just found this post and would like to offer her services to the expat community so I am adding it to this post and you can find the original post after. Maria Fertility Hospital is one of the largest IVF center in Korea. We perform more than three thousand IVF a year with high success rate. The international clinic offers infertility lectures in English occasionally and the schedule will be posted in advance. Dr. Hyejun Lee and Yeonhee Ku are in charge of the clinic. The address is 103-11 Shinseol-Dong, Dondaemun-Gu, Seoul Tel 02 2250 5515 website: http://www.mariababy.com/eng/aboutclinic/about1.htm By subway get off at Shinseol-Dong station of Line Number 1 or Line Number 2, and get out at exit number 6(Line No.1)or exit number10(Line No.2). * Free parking avaiable Edited on February 19, 2009 to add: My friend (referenced below) gave birth to a baby boy on September 1, 2009. The IVF worked on the first try. Also, a blog reader who found this post last year just wrote me to say that she is due March 12 after a successful IVF at Cha. So a few positive stories and baby dust for all of you reading this post!

If you are a foreigner in Korea and find yourself needing fertility treatments, I have some good news. Infertility treatments can be scary/frustrating/exhausting/physically and emotionally demanding, even if you are in your home country. In Korea, they don't have anything magic to take away that part of it, but it is extremely affordable compared to places like the US. The financial burden can add even more pressure to an already pressure-filled situation. In Korea, however, one round of IUI is 1,000,000 won and 1 round of IVF is 3,000,000 won. With the exchange rate, right now, you can get 5 IVF's for the price of 1 in the US. Now, I don't wish 5 IVFs on anyone, but it is nice to know that you can afford a lot more chances.

From my friend who is currently doing IVF (think positive thoughts for her):

Cha hospital, they are #1 in the country (remember the country is small.) tricare (for military) has a bus twice a day that takes you there. or you can take the subway, green line to Yeoksam, exit 7, go straight (there is a bus that you can take one stop, never have it is a short walk, so i don't remember the number.) Once you are a client they will give you a free parking pass and you can drive. walk about 10 mins and you will see the hospital on your right, in there is the International Clinic, across the street is the fertility clinic. the lady at the International Clinic's name is Julian Kim and her number is 02-3468-3127 or cell 010-9161-3117. the address is 650-9 Yeoksam, Kangnamgu, seoul 135-081
website: www.chamc.co.kr Julian's email is : jungeuni81@hanmail.net

The doctor speaks ok English, Dr Kim (of course) most of the place can speak enough English to get you around, but you are definitely in Korea when you are there.

I think he told me their success rate was in the 40's for couples in there 30's, something like 42%*

I don't know much about protocol in the US as we never did it there, but i do know that there is no law in Korea about how many eggs you can implant, I think they do about three there, but should know more about that next week.

The cost for iui is about 1 million, and for ivf is about 3 million, however you pay as you go, so you have to carry the money with you each time that is a bit of a pain, unless you use a credit card.


*Back to me: A note on success rates, in the US many clinics advertise a 90+% success rate, but they really push people to donor eggs sooner and there are many factors going into it so you can't really compare rates unless you know everything that goes into coming up with the rates.

I have another friend doing IUI at the same clinic this week as well. I gave her the belly rub for luck. Again, positive thoughts for her as well.

17 comments:

bridgetkendz said...

hi i was just wondering if you were still in korea, me and my husband are stationed at yongsan and were wanting to try ivf while were here and i was wondering if i could pick your brain. ive been googlling for days trying to find current info and yours has been the most helpful. just have so many questions and not sure who to ask...

Mama Seoul said...

Hi Bridget,

I am still here. Email me at mamaseoul at gmail dot com.

Want it so Bad said...

Does your Dr. perform tubal reversals or offer payment plans for IVF?

Mama Seoul said...

I did not do IVF, the post was written by a friend. I don't know about tubal reversal. She had to pay at each appointment. It is not expensive, though.

Heather Feather said...

Hi. I'm a 40 year old American single woman English teacher who is coming to Seoul for a year contract. I have no proven infertility issues other than being old.. ;) but as time is getting very short... I want to be as aggressive as possible to conceive. thanks so much for the information. It makes Seoul sound like a good place to make my dream of conception real. One question. Are there laws prohibiting single women doing IVF or AI? What about sperm donation. Is that part possible there as well?

Thanks so much for your help.

linda said...

Hello thank you for your blog. I'm interested in egg freezing for fertility preservation. Do they offer it there? If so are there any age restrictions/cutoff? I'm 42 but I just need a few more years to find someone in my life.
Thanks
Linda

Mama Seoul said...

Hi Linda,

I did not have the treatments there myself , the blog post is the experience of a friend, so I don't know what services they offer. Both my friend and I have left Korea. The best thing to do is to contact the clinic or contact the Seoul Global Center for help in contacting the clinic.

Robu Iolanda said...

Are there any laws for single women?
Thank you!

Robu Iolanda said...

Are there any laws for single women?
Thank you!

Mama Seoul said...

Hi Robu,

I do not know if there are laws regarding single women. Please come back and leave a comment if you find something out.

Contact the clinics listed above or the Seoul Global Center: http://global.seoul.go.kr

Thomas Choi said...

Make sure you get a doctor who cares about you... Koreans only think about money and recognition. If you are just a number to the doctor which happened to us, they don't have much concern for you and you get processed with any consideration. Our experience at Maria Hospital - De. Hye Jun Lee

Thomas Choi said...

Make sure you get a doctor who cares about you... Koreans only think about money and recognition. If you are just a number to the doctor which happened to us, they don't have much concern for you and you get processed with any consideration. Our experience at Maria Hospital - De. Hye Jun Lee

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