Traveling for Treatment
We want to make your treatment and travel to our Chicago or St. Louis locations as easy and stress free as possible. Traveling for fertility treatment takes planning and often comes with lots of questions. Know that no question is too little or insignificant. If you want an answer ask the question! In addition to the support of our New Patient Coordinator (for U.S. residents) and our International Patient Services Team (for patients living abroad), we partner with a number of individuals, companies, and organizations that compliment what we do and provide help and guidance along the way. We are here to support you along your journey!
Chinese patients – learn more here.
International patients attending the London Fertility Show – learn more here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who do I communicate with before, during and after my treatment?
You will interact with a number of individuals from our team for various reasons.
OUR ADMINISTRATION TEAM MEMBERS WILL:
- Enroll you as a new patient of Vios: including needed paperwork, transfer of medical records, and initial consultation appointment.
- Answer questions on the background and specifics of our practice (doctors, locations, hours, etc); processes for becoming a patient, typical steps new patients take, and basic questions regarding the need for and scheduling of fertility treatments and procedures.
- Help you coordinate travel and accommodations to/from and within Chicago, giving recommendations on sites to see and places to dine while you are in town.
Coordinate scheduling of additional appointments for monitoring or tests as needed internally with Vios or with facilities in your home country.
OUR PHYSICIANS AND CLINICAL TEAM WILL:
- Meet with you to understand your goals, review your medical history, and determine a treatment plan.
- Prescribe and perform tests and procedures throughout your treatment plan while ensuring you understand the reason for and steps taken during each.
- Instruct you on how (injectable or orally) and when to take medications at what dosage throughout your cycle.
- Review results of each test/procedure and discuss needed next steps.
OUR FINANCIAL TEAM MEMBERS WILL:
- Provide clarity on the cost of the tests and procedures needed for your treatment plan.
- Discuss the different available Vios Promise packages and payment term options.
- Help you navigate various payment and financing options.
- Help you secure the best possible pricing for services outside of your clinical fees (i.e. donors, surrogates, medications, etc).
Where does my cycle take place?
Patients can choose to start their cycle in their home state/country with monitoring at a local facility or travel to one of our locations for their entire cycle. If you are starting the cycle in your home state/country, we will work closely with your doctor to ensure you get the correct medications and understand proper dosage and timing. Blood and ultrasound monitoring done by your local doctor will need to be promptly sent (same day) to our team for review and to ensure proper timing of travel for retrieval and/or transfer depending on your specific treatment plan.
What requirements must I follow to travel with medication and syringes?
International Patients: Most countries and airports have similar policies when screening passengers traveling with medication and syringes. It is important that you research your home countries specific requirements prior to your travel dates. Upon arrival in the United States, you will be required to go through customs and follow The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirements.
Going Through TSA Screening:
- Notify TSA agents that you have medically necessary prescriptions and supplies in your carry-on.
- Bring a doctor’s note explaining the need for the medications and usage, and a description of supplemental equipment and devices, such as syringes, sharp boxes, etc. and include all prescriptions with the letter.
- Separate medication and supplies from the rest of your belongings in your carry-on bag as they will have to go through screening separately. Clearly labeling medication and supplies can help to expedite the screening process.
- Leave medications and syringes in their original packaging. You are allowed to bring an unlimited number of unused and used syringes with you through security. Make sure used syringes are in an approved “sharps” disposal container which protects TSA agents from accidentally being stuck by a syringe when screening luggage.
What safety precautions should I take when traveling to Chicago or St. Louis?
With any travel to an unknown location it is important to be aware of your surroundings and research the location of your stay before making arrangements. Keep belongings with you or in a secure place at all times and avoid flaunting money or other valuables.
Chicago has great public (Metra, CTA, Blue Line) and private (Uber, Lyft) transportation options. After dark, we recommend taking private transportation to and from your destinations for its convenience of front door drop off and to avoid the stress of getting lost in an unfamiliar place.
St. Louis is considerably smaller than Chicago and private (Uber, Lyft) transportation can get you around the city easily and inexpensively.
Our Patient Coordinators can assist you in planning your travel to our locations in addition to exploring all that each city has to offer during your downtime.
What do I need to do to safely return home with my surrogacy baby?
To ensure the safety of your family it is important to understand the specific requirements for your state/country. We partner with reputable surrogacy agencies and legal groups who understand the intricacies and are familiar with the requirements for all 50 U.S. States and countries around the world. With their guidance, we can help you successfully return home.
After the birth of your child via surrogate you must establish your child’s citizenship, guarantee your parental rights, and acquire needed travel documents so that you may all return home safety. In the United States, where surrogacy contracts are legally enforced, a simple DNA test and notarized legal documentation allows you to leave the U.S. with your child.
The process for your child to enter your home country will vary. If you are from
a country that strictly prohibits all surrogacy agreements, we advise you to consider alternative options to build your family as local embassies will not grant citizenship to your child.
Most countries will consider the “best interest” of the child and have a process for you to obtain needed documentation to return home with your child safely. The process required can vary greatly from one country to another and even within different embassies in the same country. The below gives a general outline of the steps that need to be taken.
- Register your child as a citizen of your country by proving your citizenship and the child’s genetic relationship to you.
- Show the legal mother has waived
her parental rights, granted you permission to leave the U.S. and recognizes you as the sole legal parent.
- Apply for a passport for your child to travel home.
- Establish your parental rights and the rights of your spouse as parents once you have returned home through an adoption or similar process which establishes your rights and removes the rights of the surrogate mother. If you are part of a same-sex couple in a country where same-sex adoption is not legal you will have to establish custody rights for your spouse in other legal documents.