Clara Clasen


Fer­ti­lity tre­at­ment in Po­land

Facts and fi­gures about fer­ti­lity cen­ters in Po­land

Fer­ti­lity tre­at­ments in Po­land are often si­gni­fi­cantly che­aper than in neigh­bo­ring Eu­ro­pean coun­tries. At the same time, many cen­ters offer a qua­lity stan­dard that is on par with the rest of the EU, which can be seen, for ex­ample, in the average pregnancy rates [2].

This is partly due to the fact that child­less cou­ples in Po­land re­ceive ex­ten­sive sup­port from the state. In July 2013, the Po­lish Mi­nistry of He­alth in­itiated a pro­gram whereby up to 100% of the cost of a ma­ximum of 4 IVF cy­cles in child­less Po­lish cou­ples is co­vered [3]. This has fur­ther con­tri­buted to the de­ve­lo­p­ment of re­pro­duc­tive me­di­cine in the country.

Pre­do­mi­nantly small fer­ti­lity cen­ters with re­a­son­able prices

Today, Po­land has more than 40 fer­ti­lity cen­ters, and the number is in­cre­a­sing [1]. The cen­ters per­form about 20,000 cy­cles per year [4], which shows, among other things, that the ma­jo­rity are smaller fer­ti­lity cen­ters. Thus, over a third (35%) of cen­ters per­form less than 100 cy­cles an­nu­ally, and ano­ther good third (35%) per­form bet­ween 200 — 500 cy­cles. Large cen­ters with over 1,000 cy­cles per year make up only 3% of the clinic land­s­cape. Po­lish phy­si­cians rely al­most ex­clu­si­vely on the ICSI me­thod: for every 25 ICSI tre­at­ments, there is only one IVF tre­at­ment [5].

The right fer­ti­lity center

Fin­ding the right fer­ti­lity center in Po­land

As men­tioned at the be­gin­ning, Po­lish fer­ti­lity cen­ters offer a long history of re­pro­duc­tive me­di­cine, cou­pled with often af­ford­able prices. However, there are some hurdles when choo­sing a clinic. For ex­ample, there is no ob­li­ga­tion to pu­blish suc­cess rates in Po­land — some fer­ti­lity cen­ters the­re­fore pro­vide them vol­un­ta­rily. Fur­ther­more, many of the cli­nics are pri­vate cli­nics, which is why they so­me­times differ si­gni­fi­cantly in terms of ser­vices, equip­ment (e.g. whe­ther they have their own la­bo­ra­tory) and prices.


1. Kraw­czak, A., Pa­tient mo­ni­to­ring in Po­lish as­sisted re­pro­duc­tive tech­no­logy cen­tres (2016). Re­pro­duc­tive Bio­me­di­cine & So­ciety On­line, Vo­lume 3, De­cember 2016, Pages 77–89.
2. Com­pa­ra­tive Ana­lysis of Me­di­cally As­sisted Re­pro­duc­tion in the EU: Re­gu­la­tion and Tech­no­lo­gies. ESHRE (2008).
3. Eu­ro­pean Po­licy Audit on Fer­ti­lity. ESHRE (2018).
4. Eu­ro­pean IVF Mo­ni­to­ring: Po­land (2012)
5. Human Re­pro­duc­tion. Sup­ple­men­tary Data (2016)


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