Are you seeking IVF in Spain?
Most people from abroad come to Spain for egg donation or embryo donation. There are many fertility clinics in Spain and the vast majority are private. They are located throughout Spain and travel is very easy as many budget airlines fly to these destinations.
Success rates are very good for egg donation and many people are usually very happy with the treatment they receive at Spanish clinics.
Egg Donation Spain
The majority of people from the UK seek egg donation in Spain rather than any other IVF treatment. The egg donation clinics in Spain are set up to accept international patients for this type of treatment. There is clinic staff in place to help with queries and to coordinate treatment. Bigger IVF clinics will have an International department to oversee this aspect. Many staff members will be fluent in English so language is rarely an issue in Spain.
Since egg donation in Spain is anonymous, there are many egg donors and virtually no waiting lists. The donors are screened physically and psychologically. The majority of people who come forward to donate are rejected because of these high standards. Some clinics have frozen donor eggs which means that the synchronisation for egg donation treatment is easier. You can find out more about egg donor welfare abroad here.
The clinics will match you up with an egg or sperm donor. Very little information is available about the donor except for some details of physical characteristics. Sometimes, a match may take longer if there are specific characteristics to fulfill.
You may also like to read – Sperm donation abroad – what you need to know.
Embryo Donation Spain
Many people also come to Spain for embryo donation or ’embryo adoption’. What is embryo donation? This treatment involves using embryos from patients who have completed their family and wish to donate their surplus embryos to others. This, of course, is altruistic and anonymous. Success rates are generally lower than for egg donation because these embryos come from eggs from women of all ages – not just under 35 years. Therefore, the possibility exists that the egg may be from an older woman with a greater chance of having a genetic fault. However, many women feel that this type of ‘adoption’ is more attractive than double donation of donor eggs and donor sperm.
Embryo donation does not usually leave open the option of having a genetic sibling as there are usually fewer embryos available. In addition, there is a possibility of the embryos not thawing well thereby reducing further the number available for transfer.
Most clinics in Spain offer embryo donation as an IVF treatment, although some do not – preferring to use fresh donor eggs and sperm only which offer higher success rates.
There is no law on the length of time that frozen embryos can be stored. Usually, there is a charge for the continual storage of frozen embryos. If the clinic has tried to communicate with the parents of the stored embryos twice with no reply, then the possibility is there for the clinic to donate those embryos without consent.
Egg Donation Costs Spain
Our research has shown that there is quite a variation in the cost of egg donation between fertility clinics in Spain. Initial headline prices may not reveal the full cost of the donor egg treatment. We recommend comparing on a like-for-like basis. We have devised an IVF Cost Calculator which you could use to determine IVF costs at each fertility clinic. It may be quite revealing to see the range of different prices for IVF.
There are certain tests that need to be undertaken before treatment can start and the majority of these tests will be an additional cost. Some particular tests are required depending on your age, for example, a mammogram.
Sperm is usually frozen on the first consultation visit. There will usually be an additional fee for this. Some special techniques may also be used during the treatment, for example, culture to the blastocyst stage. Again this may involve an additional cost. It is confusing to understand what is included and what is not.
Another option that you might consider to try and reduce costs is egg sharing. Not all clinics will offer this. Many will only offer one donor with one recipient. It may work out cheaper but it also may reduce the choice of clinic.
Frozen egg donation is also an option in some clinics. This tends to be slightly cheaper and also makes synchronisation with your cycle very easy and perhaps more convenient as you can book your flights quite confidently.
We would suggest using the IVF Cost Calculator to determine an indication of the potential cost for your treatment.
You may also be interested in IVF costs abroad.
Average Cost of IVF Treatment in Spain 2016
|Treatment||Euros||£GBP||$ US Dollars|
|IVF (own eggs)||4693||3723||5393|
|Egg Donation (exclusive donor)||7000||5553||8050|
|Embryo Monitoring e.g. Embryoscope||350||277.3||402|
|First Consultation (usually deductible)||145||115||166|
Egg Donation Success Rates
Egg Donation success rates are submitted voluntarily to the Spanish Fertility Society (SEF). This is an independent scientific body which independently audits the results. Around 60% of IVF clinics in Spain apparently submit their results to SEF.
As well as the overall success rate for egg donation per embryo transfer procedure, the success rate per embryo transferred is also a good indicator.
Embryo donation success rates tend to be lower than egg donation rates.
You may like to read – Why do donor egg success rates seem higher abroad?
IVF Laws in Spain
Spain has passed many assisted reproductive laws. These laws are then enforced by the regional governments.
- Single women are eligible for treatment.
- There is no law surrounding the maximum age for treatment but the vast majority of clinics will only treat people up to the age of 50 years.
- Egg and sperm donation is anonymous.
- Only six children can be born from the same donor.
- A maximum of three embryos is allowed to be transferred.
- PGD techniques are allowed when there is a medical indication. Sex selection is not allowed unless there are medical reasons.
- Surrogacy is not recognised.
For more information visit the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology – ESHRE – website page covering legislation in Spain.
Read more: Can anyone have IVF treatment abroad?
Safety and Quality in IVF Clinics Spain
Fertility clinics in Spain are inspected by the regional government. They must adhere to specific regulations in order to practise. Many clinics are focussed on quality control and improvement and have additional awards from outside bodies for these aspects. This is very reassuring. There are a number of different types of accreditation for safety and quality but you will see many clinics have ISO accreditation. You can be reassured that regulation is not light.
If you have a complaint about a fertility clinic in Spain it is recommended that you write an e-mail to the clinic director explaining the issue fully. If the clinic does not respond or you are unhappy with the response it is possible to fill in an official complaint form. These forms are available at the clinic itself (this is mandatory). Patients can also contact the clinic’s regional health authority to inform them about the complaint. SEF will be able to guide you with this.
Travelling for IVF in Spain is a well-trodden path, and clinics have a long history of treating people with different types of infertility. It tends to be considered a safe option due to the experience of the IVF clinics. Many people come home very happy and pleased with the care and treatment they receive from Spanish clinics.