My IVF Pregnancy Journey

Choosing the Best IVF / Fertility Clinic in Seoul

After deciding that we definitely were going to do the IVF treatment in Seoul, South Korea, we started comparing the three fertility clinics that were referred by our friend who lives in Korea. She mentioned that there are three fertility clinics that are famous for IVF treatment in Seoul: Seoul Rachel Fertility Center, CHA Fertility Center, and Maria Fertility Hospital.

Here are some information regarding the three IVF fertility clinics in Seoul, South Korea:

  1. Seoul Rachel Fertility Center (Rachel IVF) in Mapo-gu.
    Seoul Rachel Fertility Center – lobby & waiting area

    Seoul Rachel Fertility Center
    Address: Lotte City Hotel Mapo, 2~3F 109, Mapodaero, Mapo-gu, Seoul
    Website (English): http://www.rachelivf.com/en/index.jsp

  2. CHA Fertility Center in Gangnam.
    CHA Fertility Center Seoul Building

    CHA Fertility Center
    Address: 569, Nonhyeon-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
    Website (English): https://chaimc.chamc.co.kr/en/

  3. Maria Fertility Hospital in Dongdaemun.
    Maria Fertility Hospital
    Maria Fertility Hospital

    Address: 103-11 Sinseol-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul
    Website (English): http://www.mariababy.com/ENG/index.asp

After getting recommended to these three fertility clinics in Seoul, we did our first research on the Internet. We found a bad review on Maria Fertility Clinic and good reviews on Rachel IVF and CHA Hospital. So, we ended up only visiting two clinics in September 2016: Seoul Rachel Fertility Center and CHA Fertility Center.

Seoul Rachel Fertility Center vs CHA Fertility Center:

Seoul Rachel Fertility Center CHA Fertility Center
English Speaking Staff Not so good. We had trouble finding the clinic at the beginning. We went to the 2nd floor, but the fertility clinic was in fact on the 3rd floor. The receptionist on the 2nd floor could not speak English, nor the receptionist on the 3rd floor. I believe there was on International department to help us with translating to English. We were told to come back again within 40 minutes to speak to someone who can speak English. At the end, a doctor who could speak English was the one who explained to us the IVF process. Very good. We went to the International clinic and the lady there helped us go to the other building across the street (Fertility Center) and guided us through the whole doctor’s consultation, did a quick tour within the clinic and showed us around. Our doctor, Dr. Jang, can speak really good English. Her assistant/nurse can also speak English very well. So, we were satisfied.
Condition of Facilities They do not own their own building. They are located on the 2nd and 3rd floor of Lotte City Hotel Mapo. Very clean. No visible English signage. The whole building is for CHA Fertility Center. Not as clean as the Rachel IVF clinic but at least it is easier to find from the outside. They have stickers on the floor to direct you where to go for Pharmacy, Cashier, Injection Room, etc.
Medical Network Rachel IVF has only one location. CHA Fertility Center has 4 locations in Seoul and another one in Los Angeles.

Therefore, based on the above comparison factors, we decided to do the IVF treatment at CHA Fertility Center in Seoul.

24 comments

  1. Hi ! I am from philippines..i would like to ask how much did you pay for the whole ivf procedure? And which cha fertilty location did you visit?

    1. Hi Marion, I paid around $8,000 USD for the whole IVF procedure including ICSI. The cost estimation from CHA Hospital was between 8,000,000 to 10,000,000 South Korean Won.

      I went to the CHA Fertility Center in Gangnam:
      Address: 569, Nonhyeon-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
      Website (English): https://chaimc.chamc.co.kr/en/

      Hope this information helps.

      1. Hello doc;i want to bisit south korea with my partner .my purpose ivf…..pls.help me doc..i know its not. Much expensive….thanks…

  2. Hi. Thanks for posting this. it has been so helpful.

    did you receive an estimate from rachel? do you know if they are cheaper? since I can speak Korean do you think rachel is just as good of a clinic?

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Sammie, we got an estimate from Rachel but it was a verbal estimation from our first visit there. I do not remember exactly but I do remember that it was cheaper, but not by much. We were actually referred to these top three clinics in Seoul by our Korean friend, so I believe Rachel IVF is as good as the other two. It just happened that when we went for our first visit to CHA and Rachel IVF, we had better experience at CHA than Rachel IVF. Also, the famous fertility/IVF doctor works at CHA Hospital 🙂

      1. I went CHA fertility Center too. But I don’t like the ultrasound technician there. They have only 3 room which the same technician all the time. And they are rude and rough, they not going to speak English with me even though they know some english! Room 1 and 3 insert the ultrasound device carelessly and hard. Make me uncomfortable and cause pain. Room 1 technician will just scold me when I didn’t right possition in Korean! Room 3 technician using ultrasound head, she just rolled and push hard, cause pain and bleeding afterwards! Then my baby miscarriage. I really unhappy with CHA!!

        1. Oh no, so sorry to hear that happened to you. Luckily, I did not experience such rude and rough treatment while I was there.

    1. Not sure. I do not have Korean health insurance. You probably can call the insurance company and get more information if you are covered or not for IUI. Best of luck!

  3. I want to thank you for all this information. I choose Cha because of you. I have the same Dr. Mine is going to be next month, any aditional recommendation?

    1. Hi Ivette, no problem. It is my pleasure to be able to provide information that can help others.
      Dr Chang is great. She is very patient in explaining the procedure. Her English is good, too.
      I hope your IVF cycle will go well 👍. Please keep me updated on your progress.

  4. Dear IVF Mommy, this is an amazing blog that you started. Thank you for starting this. We live in Calgary AB Canada and we just had a failed IVF pregnancy, 10 weeks old Embryo. Do you think there is a difference between success rates between clinics? My 36 year old wife wants to try again because we think in Canada, medical technology is behind. Now I understand there are 1000 variables that could be the cause, but for example, in what ways the US leading in this field? Your input would be much appreciated. It is such an emotional experience.!

    1. Dear Elton,
      First of all, I am sorry for my late response.

      My answers to your questions:

      > Do you think there is a difference between success rates between clinics?
      Yes, each clinic has its own success rate. You can look it up on the ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) website for each individual clinic (this data is only for USA clinics though and only up to 2015 data). More information on the success rate: https://www.cdc.gov/art/artdata/index.html

      The full report on the success rates: ftp://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/Publications/art/ART-2015-Clinic-Report-Full.pdf

      > Now I understand there are 1000 variables that could be the cause, but for example, in what ways the US leading in this field?
      I assume the US is leading this field because I see the best medical technology is either in Europe or America. I did not survey / research a particular clinic but I did look at the average success rate across American states (hence the ART website). I may be wrong …

  5. Hi ivf mommy

    Thank you for your blog ! Its really helpful as I am thinking to start Ivf from Cha hospital.
    I need to know do the cha hopital share detail of process after egg retrival depending on embroyes condition? Like what process they will do Icsi or something else and why they are doing this.
    Did they share picture of your embryos with you ?
    How many embryos they inserted ?
    Did you got success in first time?
    I am thinking to start treatment with them soon so need to know these details .

    Thank you 😊

    1. Hi Aasha,

      Sorry for the late reply. They did not discuss it in detail though they did recommend to do ICSI and we agreed to it. We just trusted our doctor. They did show the picture of the embryos with me during doctor consultation but I never got a copy of a printed picture of the embryos. They inserted two embryos and it was a success the first time. Although, only one embryo survived.
      When are you thinking of starting the treatment?

  6. Hello. How about Cheil General Hospital and Women’s Healthcare Center in Seoul? I googled but could not find any reviews about this Centre. Could you please share with information if you have had experience with the hospital ?

    1. Hi Tomiris, unfortunately I do not have any experience with Cheil General Hospital. I suggest you schedule an appointment with the several clinics / hospitals during one visit (if you are from outside Seoul) so you can compare them. That’s what we did.

  7. CHA fertility Clinic is weird, they are not a hospital. They don’t have proper medical ethic.
    Everytime we have to pay first before we go for doctor consultation or treatment. Not recommend for this clinic!

    1. Yes, that is true. I think that is the way they do it in Korea? I found that a bit weird too in the beginning but I think I understand the reason why. If you are a patient who do not have health insurance, they cannot bill it to the health insurance company. So, they just want to make sure that you are able to pay before getting any kind of treatment there. I think we are just used to the way how American health clinic works?

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