Patients from all over the world come to Institut Marquès to undergo their IVF treatment
Spain has one of the most advanced and flexible Assisted Reproduction legislation in Europe. The law approved by the Spanish Parliament in May 2006 allows any woman over 18 years old and in full capacity to act to receive or use Assisted Reproduction Techniques regulated by law, independently of her marital status and her sexual orientation. Therefore, single women, married heterosexual and homosexual couples, and legally registered heterosexual partners qualify for undergoing fertility treatment. Our law provides for reproduction techniques to be used not only to treat fertility issues, but also for reproductive life planning (for example choosing single parenting or postponing motherhood by means of oocyte cryopreservation techniques). Also, unlike other countries in Europe, egg and sperm donation in Spain is anonymous and, therefore, the identity of the donor can never be revealed.
Did you know that before the coronavirus pandemic, millions of people visited Spain every month? And it seems perfectly understandable – it is difficult not to love this beautiful Mediterranean country. Once you get to know its stunning landscapes, culture and unique way of living, you want to go back there again and again. And, as it turns out, not only for holidays.
It is a well-known fact that Spain has become the top European IVF destination. Many international patients choose to have their fertility treatment there because of multiple reasons: safe and reliable healthcare system, a wide range of fertility treatment options, the availability of latest advances and techniques in IVF and a large pool of egg and sperm donors at hand. And last but not least: relaxed and patient-friendly IVF legislation.
Spain is famous for its quite liberal laws concerning Assisted Reproduction Technology. Any woman over 18 years old, who is fully responsible for her decision, can undergo IVF treatment, independently of her marital status and sexual orientation. It means that single women, married heterosexual and homosexual couples and registered heterosexual partners can equally qualify for assisted reproduction. Egg donation (as well as sperm and embryo donation) is allowed and strictly anonymous. The latter means that the Spanish law protects the donor’s identity, so that the donor never knows the child’s personal data and the child never knows who the donor is. However, there is an exception and it is called the ROPA (Reception of Oocytes from Partner) method. It was legally recognised in Spain in 2007 and it is directed mostly at female same-sex couples. ROPA (or ‘shared motherhood’) enables both women from a couple to be actively involved in the conceiving process: one woman provides the oocytes, the other one receives embryos and carries the pregnancy. The availability of the ROPA method has surely become one of the most important advantages for same-sex female couples.
A wide range of available IVF treatments is one ‘pro-Spain’ argument, high-quality IVF clinics are another. Modern and perfectly-equipped, they offer state-of–the- art technology and qualified staff with extensive experience in reproductive medicine. Also, Spanish IVF clinics are required to report their results to the SEF (Spanish Fertility Society). Thanks to that, patients can be sure that the units are closely monitored, safe and reliable.
You have to admit that there are a lot of reasons to very seriously consider Spain in terms of one’s own fertility treatment abroad. To learn more about possible treatment options, IVF prices or success rates, make sure to follow our campaign Spain – Fertility Destination 2021. In the upcoming months, we will try to introduce you all aspects of IVF treatment in Spain and give you the chance to meet some of the country’s leading fertility professionals. Dealing with fertility concerns and planning one’s own IVF treatment abroad may be overwhelming – we understand it perfectly well. Let us take some burden off your shoulders and do not forget to tune into our campaign virtual events!
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