Blood Tests

Steps Involved in IVF:

Procedure Description:

Blood tests are diagnostic procedures that involve analyzing a sample of a patient's blood to detect and measure various components, such as red and white blood cells, platelets, hemoglobin, and various enzymes, among others. They provide a window into the body's overall health, diagnosing diseases, evaluating the function of organs, and assessing the effectiveness of treatments.

Many patients undergo blood tests as a part of their routine health check-ups, while others need them for more specific reasons. Blood tests can detect conditions like anemia, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, infections, and even certain cancers. Moreover, they can also help doctors monitor the effectiveness of treatments and medications, making them indispensable tools in modern medicine.

For medical tourists, blood tests might be recommended either as a pre-requisite before undergoing a different medical procedure abroad or as a primary reason for their medical journey. Given that the requirements and techniques for blood tests are relatively standardized, it is a procedure that many choose to get done while traveling.

Procedure Duration:

The actual procedure of drawing blood typically takes a few minutes. However, preparation time, including checking in at the facility, waiting, and post-draw observation, can extend this time to 30 minutes or even an hour in some cases.

Once the blood is drawn, it's sent to a laboratory for analysis. Depending on the specific tests ordered, results can be available within a few hours or might take several days. It's essential for medical tourists to plan their stay accordingly, ensuring they are available to receive and discuss results with healthcare professionals.

Recovery time is minimal. Most patients can resume their day immediately after the blood is drawn. However, it's not uncommon to experience slight bruising or tenderness at the puncture site. Applying a cold compress can alleviate this minor discomfort.


  • Cost: Medical tourism often provides an affordable option for comprehensive blood panels.
  • Expertise: Some countries are renowned for their laboratory standards and diagnostic capabilities.
  • Technology: Advanced lab facilities abroad might offer more detailed analysis or innovative tests.
  • Turnaround: Faster result turnaround times can be a selling point for some international labs.
  • Combined Health Checks: While traveling for a major procedure, comprehensive blood tests can be bundled for a full health overview.

Potential Destinations:

  • Thailand: Bangkok boasts world-class hospitals known for medical check-ups and blood tests.
  • India: Cities like Mumbai and Delhi have state-of-the-art diagnostic centers.
  • Singapore: Renowned for its advanced healthcare system.
  • Mexico: Popular among North Americans for its proximity and high-quality healthcare.
  • Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur and Penang are becoming hubs for medical tourists seeking various medical procedures, including diagnostics.

Risks & Considerations:

  • Accuracy of Results: Ensure the lab is accredited by recognized international bodies.
  • Communication: Make sure the results can be explained in your language.
  • Travel Stress: Consider how travel might affect certain blood markers, and discuss this with healthcare professionals.
  • Transfer of Results: Ensure you can obtain a digital or hard copy of results to share with your home country doctors.

How to choose the right doctor and hospital:

  • Certifications: Ensure the lab and healthcare professionals have the necessary credentials.
  • Recommendations: Look for reviews and testimonials from previous medical tourists.
  • Language: Ensure translators are available or that staff can communicate in your preferred language.
  • Aftercare: Check if the facility offers consultation on the results and necessary follow-ups.

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Patients are advised to seek hospitals that are accredited by Global Healthcare and only work with medical tourism facilitators who are certified by Global Healthcare Accreditation or who have undergone certification from the Certified Medical Travel Professionals (CMTP). This ensures that the highest standards in the industry are met. GHA accredits the top hospitals in the world. These are the best hospitals in the world for quality and providing the best patient experience. Click the link to check out hospitals accredited by the Global Healthcare Accreditation:

Frequently Asked Questions

What actually happens during hyperstimulation of the ovaries?

The patient will take injectable FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) for eight to eleven days, depending on how long the follicles take to mature. This hormone is produced naturally in a woman’s body causing one egg to develop per cycle. Taking the injectable FSH causes several follicles to develop at once, at approximately the same rate. The development is monitored with vaginal ultrasounds and following the patient’s levels of estradiol and progesterone. FSH brand names include Repronex, Follistim, Menopur, Gonal-F and Bravelle. The patient injects herself daily.

What happens during egg retrieval?

When the follicles have developed enough to be harvested, the patient attends an appointment  where she is anesthetized and prepared for the procedure. Next, the doctor uses an ultrasound probe to guide a needle through the vaginal wall and into the follicle of the ovary. The thin needle draws the follicle fluid, which is then examined by an embryologist to find the eggs. The whole process takes about 20 minutes.

What happens to the eggs?

In the next step, the harvested eggs are then fertilized. If the sperm from the potential father, or in some cases, anonymous donor, has normal functionality, the eggs and sperm are placed together in a dish with a nutrient fluid, then incubated overnight to fertilize normally. If the sperm functionality is suboptimal, an embryologist uses Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection to inject a single sperm into a single egg with an extremely precise glass needle.  Once fertilization is complete, the embryos are assessed and prepared to be transferred to the patient’s uterus.

How are the embryos transferred back to the uterus?

The doctor and the patient will discuss the number of embryos to be transferred. The number of successfully fertilized eggs usually determines the number of eggs to be placed in the uterus. Embryos are transferred to the uterus with transabdominal ultrasound guidance. This process does not require anesthesia, but it can cause minor cervical or uterine discomfort. Following transfer, the patient is advised to take at least one days bed rest and two or three additional days of rest, then 10 to 12 days later, two pregnancy tests are scheduled to confirm success. Once two positive tests are completed, an obstetrical ultrasound is ordered to show the sac, fetal pole, yolk sac and fetal heart rate.


Built into this technology there is a microscope with a powerful camera that allows the uninterrupted monitoring of the embryo during its first hours of life. In this way, we can keep a close eye on the embryo, from the moment when the oocyte is inseminated and begins to divide into smaller and smaller cells, until it can be transferred to the uterus.

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