Why do Couples with Infertility Challenges Come to Hawaii?
Hawaii also is known as a state where one of the highest ranked United States fertility treatment and IVF centers is located. The International Fertility Institute of Hawaii, lead by top fertility specialist, Dr. John Frattarelli, and considered the gold standard for using technologies and procedures that are rarely found in other fertility centers. Equipment, such as the EmbryoScope, considered to be state of the art, allows a physician to implant embryos that have been screened for genetic abnormalities (Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis- PGD). This service and others make foreign patients coming to Hawaii for fertility treatment a more common place scenario, in fact, at the time of this article they have helped over three – dozen families from Japan become pregnant in 2013!
In closing, while people around the world continue to have challenges with fertility due to age, negative chances to the environment or other causes, there is an uneven access to information, treatment options and quality of care. Moreover, due to political implications, the availability for treatment options is limited in many countries making couples who wish to optimize their chances to becomes parents seeking assistance in the United States.
Coming soon-How advancements with reproductive medicine technology, including the EmbryoScope, has spurred interest with international patients to come to the United States for treatment.
About the author
Louise Sattler is a Psychologist who specializes in multicultural education and media.
Authors Note: As an advocate for women’s health, I wrote this blog to provide information and bring attention to the matters of infertility on a global level. I was compensated for my expertise.