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Is Iran a good destination for doing IVF?

Yes, Iran is known as one of the most advanced countries in the world in the field of infertility treatment. Centers such as Royan Infertility Center and Shiraz Infertility Treatment Center and Ibn Sina Infertility Treatment Center offer high-quality IVF facilities and modern technologies with up-to-date and advanced equipment. Furthermore, the existence of top research institutes in this field shows Iran’s commitment to improving its services in helping infertile couples. Moreover, IVF in Iran is in great demand from all over the world and most of the international couples who come to Iran for IVF are successful in bearing children.

Why choose Iranian Surgery?

Iranian Surgery is the oldest and largest company in the field of providing medical tourism and cosmetic surgery services. Also, we have the highest record of providing IVF services in Iran for infertile couples from other countries.

We offer the highest quality infertility treatment in cooperation with the best fertility treatment centers of Iran.

In addition, Iranian Surgery offers the services you need during your travel, such as airport transfer, hotel reservation, coordination with the doctor and medical interpreter, etc., so that you can focus on your treatment with peace of mind.

You can benefit from the following advantages by choosing Iranian Surgery:

  1. A long history and a lot of experience in the field of providing medical tourism services 
  2. Cooperation with the best infertility treatment centers in Iran
  3. Providing the highest quality IVF services
  4. Providing the services you need during your travel
  5. Affordable prices

Is IVF legal in Iran?

IVF, a common treatment for infertility, is a legal practice in Iran and has been done since 1991. Iran is one of the pioneers in the field of fertility treatment with IVF in the region, and numerous centers throughout the country also offer IVF services.

How much does IVF cost in Iran?

The cost of IVF in Iran is very affordable compared to the other countries. Furthermore, Iran is in the top ranks of the region in terms of progress in infertility treatment with IVF, high success rates and a long history.

It is not possible to determine an exact amount for the cost of IVF in Iran, since the cost depends on various factors, such as:

  • Your city of choice for undergoing infertility treatment
  • Doctor
  • Cost of the required medication
  • Selected clinic
  • Hotel and ticket fees

However, in general, the cost of IVF in Iran is in the price range of 1500$ to 2500$. This price is very affordable compared to the cost of IVF in other developed countries such as America and Europe, which can be up to 16000$ or more.

Are the results of IVF in Iran guaranteed?

No infertility treatment, including IVF, guarantees pregnancy. The success of IVF depends on several factors, including:

  • Egg quality
  • Sperm quality
  • Ease of embryo transfer
  • Mother’s age
  • Physical condition
  • Uterus condition

However, Iran is one of the leading countries in the field of infertility treatment with IVF. The success rate of IVF in Iran is equal to the world’s rate and in some cases, even higher.

There are several reasons for the high success rate of IVF in Iran:


  • The presence of expert and skilled professionals who have high knowledge and experience in the field of IVF
  • Using modern and up-to-date equipment
  • The high number of research that has been done on IVF
  • Performing a high number of IVF procedures per year, which has increased the experience and expertise of Iranian doctors

Do I have to get a visa to do IVF in Iran?

Yes, while citizens from most countries need a visa for traveling to Iran, travelers from some countries can visit without a visa. The Iranian Surgery client consultation team can advise you on that accordingly.

What documents do I need for doing IVF in Iran?

The intended parents need to provide their identification documents, available recent test reports and their medical history. Everything else will be taken care of by the Iranian Surgery team.

Dr. Pegah Keramati

. Obstetricians and Gynecologists . Fellowship in infertility and IVF, hysteroscopy, and laparoscopy. . Member of The Iranian Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists . Member of Shiraz Gynecology...

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Dr. Mojgan Sayadi

Dr. Mozhgan Sayadi, an obstetrics and gynecology specialist, has achieved an impeccable reputation with more than 18 years of experience in the field of...
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Dr. Jaleh Zolghadri

Dr. Jaleh Zolghadri is a specialist reproductive medicine and Infertility, IVF and recurrent pregnancy loss since 1992 Professional Work Experience 1- Specialist Reproductive Medicine and...

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IVF in Iran Day-to-Day

Day 1

The Iranian Surgery team will welcome you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Then, you will have your first visit and sonography with your gynecologist, and medication is prescribed.

Day 2

Blood tests and sperm analysis. The woman starts taking ovarian stimulation drugs.

Day 3

Sightseeing tour


Day 6-9

Sonography and updating your prescription accordingly.

Day 14

The egg retrieval procedure and getting a sperm sample from the man, then performing IVF/ICSI in the laboratory. The couple may rest at the hotel afterward.


  1. Fresh: Transfer healthy embryos directly to the uterus after egg retrieval (3-5 days later).
  2. Frozen: Freeze embryos for later transfer if the uterus needs more preparation. You can return home, wait for a menstrual cycle, then come back for transfer (between cycle days 14-17). Frozen embryos are thawed and 1-2 are transferred.

IVF In Iran Everything You Need to Know

What Is IVF?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a type of assisted reproductive technology (ART) in which sperm and an egg are fertilized outside of the human body. IVF is a procedure that involves retrieving eggs from the ovaries and manually combining them with sperm in a laboratory for fertilization. A few days after fertilization, the fertilized egg (embryo) is placed inside the uterus. Pregnancy occurs when the embryo implants itself into the uterine wall.

IVF Process: Step by Step

IVF can be divided into the following stages:

. Birth control pills or estrogen

Before starting IVF in Iran, your healthcare provider may prescribe birth control pills or estrogen. It is used to prevent the development of ovarian cysts and control the timing of your menstrual cycle. This allows your doctor to control your treatment and maximize the number of mature eggs during the egg retrieval process. Some people are prescribed combined birth control pills (estrogen and progestin), while others are given only estrogen.

. Ovarian stimulation

During each natural cycle in a healthy person of reproductive age, a group of eggs begins to mature each month. Normally, only one egg is mature enough to ovulate. The remaining immature eggs in that group disintegrate.

During an IVF cycle, you use injectable hormonal drugs to encourage the entire group of eggs from that cycle to mature simultaneously and completely. This means that instead of having just one egg (like in a natural cycle), you may have many eggs. The type, dose, and frequency of medications prescribed will be tailored to you as an individual based on your medical history, age, AMH (anti-mullerian hormone) level, and your response to ovarian stimulation in previous IVF cycles.

Other steps in the ovarian stimulation process are:

. Monitoring: Your ovaries’ response to the medications is monitored by ultrasounds and blood hormone levels. Monitoring can be done daily or every few days during two weeks. Most stimulations last between 8 and 14 days. At monitoring appointments, doctors use ultrasound to examine your uterus and ovaries. The eggs themselves are too small to be seen by ultrasound. However, your doctor will measure the size and number of developing ovarian follicles. Follicles are small sacs inside your ovaries that should each contain an egg. The size of each follicle indicates the maturity of the egg it contains. Most follicles larger than 14 millimeters (mm) contain a mature egg. The eggs contained within follicles less than 14 mm are most likely immature and will not be fertilized.

. Trigger shot: When your eggs are ready for final maturation (determined by ultrasound and your hormone levels), a “trigger shot” is given to finalize the maturation of your eggs in preparation for egg retrieval. You will be instructed to administer the trigger shot exactly 36 hours before the scheduled egg retrieval time.

. Egg retrieval

. Your doctor will use ultrasound to guide a thin needle through your vagina into each of your ovaries. The needle is attached to a suction device that is used to pull your eggs out of each follicle.

. Your eggs are placed in a dish containing a special solution. Then the dish is placed in an incubator (controlled environment).

. Medication and mild sedation are used to reduce discomfort during this procedure.

. Egg retrieval takes place 36 hours after your last hormone injection, the “trigger shot.”

. Fertilization

The afternoon after the egg retrieval procedure, the embryologist tries to fertilize all the mature eggs using intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). This means that sperm are injected into each mature egg. Immature eggs cannot be used for ICSI. Immature eggs are placed in a dish with sperm and nutrients. Immature eggs rarely complete their maturation process in the dish. If an immature egg matures, the sperm in the dish can then try to fertilize the egg.

On average, 70% of mature eggs are fertilized. For example, if 10 mature eggs are retrieved, about 7 will be fertilized. If successful, the fertilized egg will become an embryo.

If there are too many eggs or you don’t want all of them to be fertilized, some eggs may be frozen before fertilization for future use.

. Embryo development

Over the next five to six days, the growth of your embryos will be closely monitored.

Your embryo must overcome significant obstacles to become a suitable embryo for transfer to the uterus. On average, 50% of fertilized embryos progress to the blastocyst stage. his is the most suitable stage for transfer to your uterus. For example, if seven eggs are fertilized, three or four of them may develop into the blastocyst stage. The remaining 50% usually do not progress and are discarded.

All embryos suitable for transfer are frozen on day 5 or 6 of conception to be used for future embryo transfer.

. Embryo transfer

There are two types of embryo transfers: fresh embryo transfer and frozen embryo transfer. Your doctor can discuss using fresh or frozen embryos with you and decide what is best based on your unique situation. Both frozen and fresh embryo transfers follow the same transfer process. The main difference is in the name.

A fresh embryo transfer means that your embryo is placed in your uterus between 3 and 7 days after the egg retrieval procedure. This embryo is not frozen and is fresh.

A frozen embryo transfer means that frozen embryos (from a previous IVF cycle or donor eggs) are thawed and placed into your uterus. This method is more common for logistical reasons and because it is more likely to result in live births. Frozen embryo transfers can occur years after egg retrieval and fertilization.

As part of the first step in frozen embryo transfer, you will take oral, injectable, vaginal, or transdermal hormones to prepare your uterus to accept the embryo. It is usually 14 to 21 days of oral medication followed by six days of injections. Typically, you will have two or three appointments during this time to check the readiness of your uterus with an ultrasound and measure your hormone levels with a blood test. Once your uterus is ready, you will schedule the embryo transfer procedure.

If you are using fresh embryos, the process is similar, except that embryo transfer takes place within three to five days of retrieval.

Embryo transfer is a simple procedure that does not require anesthesia. It is similar to a pelvic exam or Pap smear. A speculum is placed within the vagina, and a thin catheter is inserted into the uterus through the cervix. A syringe attached to the other end of the catheter contains one or more embryos. Embryos are injected into the uterus through the catheter. The procedure usually takes less than 10 minutes.

. Pregnancy

Pregnancy occurs when the embryo implants itself into the lining of your uterus. Your doctor will use a blood test to determine if you are pregnant approximately 9 to 14 days after the embryo transfer.

If donor eggs are used, the same steps are followed. The egg donor completes ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval. After fertilization, the embryo is transferred to a person who intends to carry the pregnancy (with or without various fertility drugs).

There are many factors to take into consideration before starting IVF treatment in Iran. To get the best understanding of the IVF process and what to expect, it is essential to consult with the best IVF specialists in Iran at the top fertility clinics.

How Long Does IVF Take?

IVF is a complex process with many steps. On average, you can expect the process to last four to six weeks. This includes the time before egg retrieval, when the person is taking fertility drugs, until the pregnancy test is performed.

Who Is a Good Candidate for IVF?

People choose IVF for many reasons, including infertility problems or when one partner has a health condition. Some people try IVF after other fertility methods have failed or if they are at an advanced maternal age.  IVF is also a reproductive option for same-sex couples or people who want to have children without a partner.

IVF is an option if you or your partner has:

. Endometriosis.

. Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes.

. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or other ovarian conditions.

. Low sperm count or other sperm impairments.

. Problems with your uterus.

. Uterine fibroids.

. Unexplained infertility.

. Risk of passing on a genetic disease or disorder.

. Are using an egg donor or a gestational surrogate.

What Is the Success Rate of IVF?

While pregnancy rates for IVF are relatively high, not all pregnancies result in live births. However, this depends on many variables, including the woman’s age, reason for infertility, the duration of infertility, the type of egg or sperm used, etc. Success varies according to the age of the woman:

. For women under 35, the percentage of live births per egg retrieval is 54.5%.

. For women aged 35 to 37, the live birth rate per egg retrieval is 41.1%.

. For women aged 38 to 40, the live birth rate per egg retrieval is 26.7%.

. For women aged 41 to 42, the live birth rate per egg retrieval is 13.8%.

. For women age 43 and older, the live birth rate per egg retrieval is 4.2%.

Are There Any IVF Success Stories?

My experience with egg donation and IVF in Iran

As a 45-year-old woman struggling with infertility, I was feeling pretty anxious and unsure about my situation. I couldn’t conceive naturally using my own eggs. After searching online, I found out that using donor eggs could increase my chances of success with IVF. I contacted several medical tourism platforms but ultimately chose to work with Iranian Surgery. I should say that I was really impressed by the compassionate and thorough explanations of the Iranian Surgery team about the treatment process. They made me feel comfortable and confident that we were on the right path.

How to Prepare for IVF

Before starting IVF treatment, you need a complete medical examination and fertility tests. Your partner will also be examined and tested. Some of the preparations you will go through are:

. IVF consultation (meet with your doctor to discuss the details of the IVF process).

. A uterine exam, up-to-date Pap test and mammogram (if you are over 40 years old).

. A semen analysis.

. Screening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other infectious diseases.

. Ovarian reserve testing, and blood and urine tests.

. Instructions on how to administer fertility medications.

. Genetic carrier screening.

. Sign consent forms.

. Evaluation of the uterine cavity (hysteroscopy or saline-infused sonography (SIS)).

Your doctor will ask you to start taking folic acid supplements at least three months before the embryo transfer.

What to Do After IVF Embryo Transfer?

Here are some things that you’ll want to do after your embryo transfer.

. Take a Rest

After the embryo transfer, it is important to rest and relax as much as possible. Avoid any vigorous physical activity and take time off from work if possible. This helps reduce stress levels and gives the embryo the best chance for implantation.

. Stay Hydrated

Drinking water and other liquids after embryo transfer is essential. This helps keep the body hydrated and supports blood flow to the uterus, which is crucial for successful implantation.

. Eat a Healthy Diet

A healthy balanced diet is important for successful embryo implantation. Be sure to eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Avoid processed foods, alcohol, and caffeine, as these substances can interfere with the implantation of the embryo.

. Follow the Medication Schedule

It is very important to follow your medication schedule after embryo transfer. Your fertility doctor will prescribe medications to help support the embryo, and it is important to take them as directed. This may include drugs to prevent embryo rejection or to stimulate hormone production.

. Attend Follow-Up Appointments

It is very important to attend all follow-up appointments after embryo transfer. Your IVF doctor will monitor the progress of your pregnancy and make sure everything is going well.

Things Not to Do After an Embryo Transfer

. Avoid Hot Baths and Saunas

Avoid hot baths and saunas after embryo transfer, as high temperatures can be harmful to embryo implantation. High temperatures increase blood flow to other parts of the body, which can reduce blood flow to the uterus.

. Avoid Sexual Intercourse

Avoid sex for at least two weeks after embryo transfer. This is to prevent any physical trauma to the uterus that could interfere with the implantation of the embryo.

. Avoid vigorous physical activity:

Avoid strenuous activities such as running, aerobics, Hill climbing, jogging, etc. Instead, you can do moderate physical activities like walking, cooking, driving, etc. You can also go to work, but only if your work does not involve heavy lifting.

. Avoid certain foods

Research shows that certain foods such as processed foods, and high-fat and high-sugar foods that hinder implantation should be avoided after embryo transfer. In addition, avoid foods that may carry bacteria, such as raw or undercooked fish, meat, and eggs.

. Avoid taking a pregnancy test immediately

No matter how tempting it is, taking a pregnancy test too soon should be at the top of the list of things not to do after embryo transfer. Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a hormone that appears after the embryo attaches to the uterine wall, may appear 12 to 15 days after ovulation.

Risks and Complications of IVF

The risks and complications of IVF in Iran include:

. Multiple births. If more than one embryo is transferred to the uterus, IVF increases the risk of multiple births. A pregnancy with multiple fetuses carries a higher risk of premature birth and low birth weight compared to a pregnancy with a single fetus.

. Premature delivery and low birth weight. Research shows that IVF slightly increases the risk of having a premature or low birth weight baby.

. Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. Using injectable fertility drugs, such as human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), to stimulate ovulation can cause ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, in which your ovaries become swollen and painful.

Symptoms usually last a week and include bloating, mild abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea. However, if you become pregnant, your symptoms may last for several weeks. Rarely, a more severe form of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome may develop, which can cause rapid weight gain and shortness of breath.

. Miscarriage. The miscarriage rate for women who conceive using IVF with fresh embryos is similar to women who conceive naturally—about 15% to 25%—but this rate increases with maternal age.

. Egg-retrieval procedure complications. Using an aspiration needle to collect eggs can cause infection, bleeding, or damage to the bladder, bowel, or blood vessels. There are also risks when using sedatives and general anesthesia.

. Ectopic pregnancy. About 2 to 5 percent of women who use IVF will have an ectopic pregnancy—when the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube. The fertilized egg cannot survive outside the uterus and there is no way to continue the pregnancy.

. Stress. IVF can be financially, physically, and emotionally demanding. The support of counselors, family and friends can help you and your partner through the ups and downs of infertility treatment.

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Patients may receive different treatment plans depending on their situation. In general, the ovarian stimulation drugs and the medication for preparing the uterus for embryo implantation starts on the second day of your cycle. So it’s recommended that you already be present in Iran on the second day of your cycle.
The duration of your stay depends on your treatment plan. Patients are required to stay for at least 2 weeks. On average, it is recommended that clients stay for about 20 days.
Our packages are all inclusive and provide various services such as: accommodation, airport transfer, transportation between your hotel and the clinic/ hospital, medical interpreter, the necessary tests for your treatment, doctor visits, medication, nursing services, freezing your spare embryos for future use, and etc.
If you are interested to learn, the Iranian Surgery medical team will teach you how to self inject your medication. But for your own health, and in order to make sure you receive your hormonal injections on time and with the right dosage, we will send a nurse to your hotel everyday to do it for you.
Yes, the real Iran is different from how it is portrayed in the news. It is very safe for travelers and tourists to come to Iran. The Iranian Surgery team will be there to help you with anything that you might need throughout your stay in Iran. The people of Iran are also very nice and warm towards tourists. The food here is delicious, history is rich and the nature is beautiful. Consumption of alcoholic drinks and carrying firearms is prohibited in Iran. The crime rate in Iran is also very low.
This is due to the exchange rates. An exchange rate is a rate at which one currency will be exchanged for another currency. The difference between the Iranian rial (IRR) and other currencies such as USD or Euros is a bit on the big side because of the current economy of Iran. Therefore medical services in Iran are very cost effective for foreigners. And all the while, the medical services provided will be of a very high quality.
Iran has been performing IVF since 1978 and doing research in the field of infertility since 1991. On a whole level, the quality of the medical services in Iran is very high. We have expert specialists who are very experienced and professional surgeons who are famous on an international level. This has caused Iran to be a popular destination for undergoing surgery and treatment for foreigners from the neighboring countries and other countries all over the world.

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