Spain Fertility Destination 2021

Posted on April 2, 2021 in ,

Spain Fertility Destination 2021

We live in a globalised world where practically everything is within our reach, regardless of the county where it is manufactured. Medical Tourism is no exception to this fact, and the global figures are significant. More and more people are travelling to other countries to undergo medical treatment for different reasons. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that there are 50 million couples worldwide who are not able to conceive, hence the need to travel for treatment. Reproductive tourism, specifically, is when a female or a couple travels to another country to undergo assisted reproduction treatment. The main reason which motivates people to travel abroad is that they can benefit from legislation that is more permissive in some countries, and also excellent healthcare. On occasion, travelling abroad may also be attractive due to financial reasons. The idea of being able to combine fertility treatment and tourism in a country and city that are nice to visit is very appealing. 

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Why Spain?

Spain has one of the most open and progressive legislations when it comes to assisted reproduction in Europe. In addition, it’s one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. The total income from tourism reached 154,487 million euros in 2019, which translated to 12.4% of our GDP. When it comes to reproductive tourism, most of our patients come to us from France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. This is mainly due to the fact that legislation in those countries is more restrictive. 

Why Malaga?

Malaga is one of the most important cities in Andalusia. It is the economic engine of our autonomous community and also offers excellent transport connections. Malaga Airport, officially named Malaga-Pablo Picasso Airport, is the fourth busiest airport in all of Spain. In 2019 it handled 19,856,299 passengers (16,851,281 on international flights), a figure which positions Malaga as the major port of entry for tourists who are visiting not only Costa del Sol but also the rest of Andalusia. These numbers represent approximately 85% of all international air traffic in Andalusia, where Malaga is the only airport to offer such a wide range of destinations.

Since 2007, the high-speed AVE train has offered daily connections between Malaga and other important cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Seville. The climate in Malaga and its wide range of tourism activities make this city a top destination for fertility treatment. The Mediterranean Sea borders the entire coastline, and inland Malaga is a paradise waiting to be discovered. Mixing treatment, a pleasant climate, tourism and culture on the same trip is perfect. There are several clinics dedicated to offering fertility treatment, so patients are able to choose the clinic that best suits them based on their needs and desires. 

Who is reproductive tourism intended for?

Understandably, it is intended for women and couples with fertility issues. Women who wish to become single mothers and same-sex female couples also form part of the target market for reproductive tourism in Europe, mainly for legal reasons.  In some surrounding countries, very important assisted reproduction techniques are prohibited, such as egg donation, or there are restrictions regarding this and other types of treatment. 

Legal obstacles in other countries are the main reason why people travel to Spain for fertility treatment. For example, Germany prohibits fertility treatment using donor gametes; the United Kingdom allows fertility treatment using donor gametes, but donations are known rather than anonymous like in Spain; Italy imposes restrictions regarding the use of Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis, etc.

What are the main legal developments in assisted reproduction in Spain?

Assisted reproduction legal regulations in Spain are broad, permissive and progressive. Practically all types of treatment are allowed, with the exception of gender selection, only allowed if there are medical reasons, and surrogacy, which is absolutely prohibited in our country.  Access to fertility treatment is a possibility for all women and couples regardless of their sexual orientation or marital status. It is important that same-sex female couples, at least those living in Spain, are married when treatment is carried out so that they don’t encounter any problems when registering their future baby’s birth with the Spanish Civil Registry office. There is no age limit for receiving fertility treatment. However, the general recommendation of the Spanish Fertility Society, which almost all clinics in Spain adhere to, is to refrain from carrying out treatment on women who are 50 or older due to the serious risks, both for mom and baby, associated with a pregnancy at this age. 

Gamete donation in Spain is always anonymous: the recipient doesn’t know and cannot choose who will donate their eggs to her. Likewise, the donor doesn’t know and cannot choose who will receive her eggs. Donation is altruistic, though economic compensation to cover expenses and inconveniences caused by the treatment, trips to the clinic, absences at work, etc., is allowed. Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis can be carried out in the majority of cases involving severe genetic conditions, thus making it possible for parents to have a healthy child who is free from the hereditary, genetic conditions the parents suffer from or are carriers of. Freezing the embryos that are remaining following assisted reproduction treatment is permitted, and the frozen embryos can be stored in an authorised embryo bank indefinitely.

Spain – the leader in assisted reproduction treatment

Since 1978, the year that Louise Brown was born, the first in vitro fertilisation (IVF) baby, reproductive medicine has evolved by leaps and bounds. At present, Spain is the leading European country for the number of fertility treatments performed according to data from the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). This rise in numbers is no coincidence: it is due to the fact that reproductive medicine is carried out at the highest level in our country.

The quality of assisted reproduction treatment in Spain, ongoing research, highly qualified staff and one of the most progressive legislation in Europe all mean that Spain and Malaga are the best places to make your dream of creating a family come true. 

Author: Dr. Juan José Sanchez Rosas

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Spain Fertility Destination 2021

Posted on March 9, 2021 in ,

It seems that Spain is not only a dream country for many people to live in but also the most popular fertility destination for IVF patients in Europe. And it is not surprising when you think of the reasons for the latter: exceptionally high levels of medical standards combined with liberal reproductive legislation and a wide range of fertility treatment procedures, including the most advanced ones.

Whenever you analyse your prospects for IVF treatment abroad, you simply have to take Spain into consideration. Still unconvinced? Let us show you in details how IVF treatment reality looks like in this beautiful Mediterranean country.

Patients from all over the world come to Spain to undergo their IVF treatment.

Spain is famous for reliability and high quality of IVF treatment standards: acclaimed IVF clinics, experienced fertility specialists, impressive range of medical services and the availability of egg and sperm donors. What is more, Spanish IVF laws and regulations are among the most relaxed and patient-friendly ones in the world.

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  • Woman age limit: 50 years old (some clinics may accept older patients based on individual circumstances)
  • IVF treatments for single women: Allowed
  • A maximum number of embryos to transfer for IVF with own eggs:
    3 embryos 
  • IVF with own eggs costs range in Spain: €4,100 – €7,100
  • Egg recipient age limit: 50 years old
  • Egg donation IVF for single women: Allowed
  • A maximum number of embryos to transfer for IVF with donor eggs:
    3 embryos
  • Egg donor availability: a large pool of egg donors of various ethnicity​
  • Egg donor anonymity: anonymous donors only
  • IVF with own eggs costs range in Spain: €5,900 – €11,000
  • ROPA – Reception of Oocytes from Partner (also called ‘reciprocal IVF’)
  • Recipients: married same-sex female couples who both want to participate in the reproductive process
  • Woman age limit: 50 years old
  • A maximum number of embryos to transfer for ROPA: 3 embryos
  • Sperm donor availability: very good
  • Sperm donor anonymity: anonymous
  • ROPA method costs range in Spain: €5,500 – €8,500

Spanish experts' voice

Why patients choose Spain for IVF or egg donation?

Silvia Ruiz
International Patients Coordinator, iGin

From what countries (and why from these) patients most often come for IVF treatment?

Silvia Ruiz
International Patients Coordinator, iGin

Which Spanish cities are the most popular among fertility patients and why?

Dr. Iñigo Davalillo
Gynecologist and Assisted Reproduction Expert, iGin

Fertility market in Spain.

Dr. Raul Olivares
Medical Director, Barcelona IVF

Quality of treatment in Spain. How is it monitored? What are the requirements?

Dr. Raul Olivares
Medical Director, Barcelona IVF

Fertility Customer Care in Spain - What distinguishes it from other countries?

Saul Mizrahi
Patient Care Coordinator, Clinica Tambre

How is fertility treatment regulated by Spanish law?

Dr. Esther Velilla
CEO, Reproclinic

Availability - For whom is IVF treatment available in Spain?

Dr Àlex García-Faura
Assisted Reproduction Specialist, Institut Marques

How does the law regulate IVF treatment with own eggs in Spain?

Dr. Alejandra Aguilar Crespo
Gynecologist, Equipo Juana Crespo

What is the Spanish legislation in detail on IVF with donor eggs?

Dr. Juan Jose Sanchez Rosas
Gynaecologist Specialising in Reproductive Medicine, URE Centro Gutenberg

What is the legislation in Spain regarding sperm donation?

Dr. Anna Voskuilen
Fertility Specialist, Reproclinic

What is the ROPA legislation in Spain?

Dr. Veronique Moens
Assisted Reproduction Specialist, Institut Marques

What is the qualification process for egg donors in Spain?

Carolina Alonso Muriel
Embryologist - Egg Donation Program Coordinator, URE Centro Gutenberg

The donor-recipient matching process (sperm, eggs, embryos) in Spain.

Dr. Laura García de Miguel
Medical Director, Clinica Tambre

What is the availability of egg donors in Spain?

Dr. Nadia Caroppo
Head of the International Medical Team, Equipo Juana Crespo

What effect can COVID-19 have on IVF treatment, embryos, egg donors, pregnancy from a medical perspective?andemic?

Dr. Francisco Anaya Blanes
Director, Gynecologist, UR Vistahermosa

How the IVF treatment is organised in Spanish clinics during the COVID 19 pandemic?

Dr. Hector Izquierdo
Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist, IVF-Spain Alicante

It is possible to make PGS in Spain? What are the indications?

Dr. Raul Olivares
Medical Director, Barcelona IVF

Innovations and New IVF techniques in Spain. How does an immunology test look like?

Dr. Oliver Pack
Fertility Specialist, IVF-Spain Alicante

Innovations and New IVF techniques in Spain. How does an endometrium receptivity test look like?

Dr. Christos Roukoudis
Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist, IVF-Spain Alicante

What is the average cost of an IVF treatment in Spain?

Dr. Clara Colomé
Medical Deputy Director at Eugin Clinic

What are the IVF success rates in Spain?

Dr. Clara Colomé
Medical Deputy Director at Eugin Clinic

Message from ambassadors

Spain Fertility Destination 2021

Dr. Juan José Sanchez Rosas

Gynaecologist specialising in Reproductive Medicine, URE Centro Gutenberg

Spain as a fertility destination

Dr. Esther Velilla​

CEO, Reproclinic Barcelona

Partner Clinics in Spain

Clinica Tambre

Clinica Tambre

Clínica Tambre is a pioneering medical-surgical centre specialised in gynaecology and fertility located in the heart of Madrid. It was founded in 1978 and is a private clinic.

IVF-Spain clinic building

IVF Spain

IVF-Spain is a private fertility clinic located in beautiful Alicante, Spain. It was established in 2009. In 2019, the clinic performed 690 punctions and 1,100 embryo transfers in egg donation cycles

Barcelona IVF

Barcelona IVF

Barcelona IVF clinic is located in the Bonanova neighbourhood of Barcelona in Spain. It was opened in 2010 and is a private clinic. In 2018 it undertook more than 1,500 treatment cycles.

PREGEN - UR Vistahermosa clinic

UR Vistahermosa - PreGen

The fertility clinic PreGen-UR Vistahermosa is located in Alicante in Spain. This is a private clinic and was opened in 1983 and so has been established for a number of years.

Reproclinic

Reproclinic

Reproclinic is a fertility clinic located in central Barcelona in Spain. It is a brand new IVF clinic opened in 2018 and treats international patients only.

Equipo Juana Crespo IVF clinic

Equipo Juana Crespo

Equipo Juana Crespo Clinic medical staff is specialised in solving the most complex fertility cases. Their experience enables them to pinpoint each patient’s unique fertility problem and offer personalized solutions.

Institut Marques in Barcelona Spain

Institut Marquès

Institut Marquès is located in Barcelona, Spain. It was founded as a Gynaecology and Obstetrics clinic in 1941. The first IVF laboratory opened in 1989.

Eugin reception

Eugin

Eugin is the largest assisted reproduction clinic in Europe – it has been built to ensure patients’ optimum well-being and comfort. There are 12 examination rooms, 2 operating rooms and 2 embryo transfer rooms available for patients.

iGin clinic reception

iGin Institute

iGin is a private clinic established in 2013. The clinic facilities benefit from bright, spacious and freshly designed reception and waiting areas, patient recovery rooms, consultation rooms, own laboratory and operating theatre.

Gutenberg IVF staff

URE Centro Gutenberg

The Centro Gutenberg Reproduction Unit (URE Centro Gutenberg) is a fertility centre in Spain and a pioneer in its sector. They have been working in the field of assisted reproduction since 1987, and in 1989 they achieved the first IVF birth in Malaga.

Our Patrons

Our Ambassadors

Dr. Andreas Abraham

MD and PhD. Head of Euginmed International

Sarah Banks

Fertility Coach, author of IVF Positivity Planner

Dr. Jana Bechthold

Fertility Specialist, Clinica Tambre

Dr. Francisco Anaya Blanes

Director, Fertility Specialist, UR Vistahermosa

Dr. Nadia Caroppo

Head of the International Medical Team, Equipo Juana Crespo

Dr. Clara Colomé

MD and Deputy Medical Director at Euginmed Barcelona

Andrew Coutts

Managing Director, International Fertility Company.

Dr. Alejandra Aguilar Crespo

Gynecologist, Equipo Juana Crespo

Dr. Iñigo Davalillo

Gynecologist and Assisted Reproduction Expert, iGin Institute

Eloise Edington​

Founder and Director of Fertility Help Hub.

Dr. Àlex García-Faura

Scientific Director, Institut Marquès

Dr. Laura Garcia de Miguel from Clinica Tambre

Dr. Laura García

Medical Director, Clinica Tambre

Lola Giner

Valencia Medical Destination Manager, VLC Valencia

Dr. Mark Grossmann

IVF-Lab Director, Barcelona IVF

Dr. Héctor Izquierdo

Gynaecologist & Fertility Expert, IVF Spain

Dimitris Kavakas

Founder & owner of Redia Ltd. IVF Travel

Joan Massó

IVF Lab Manager, Institut Marquès

Álvaro Almoyna Mataix

Embryologist, Clinica Tambre

Saul Misrahi

Patient Care Coordinador, Clinica Tambre

Juan Manuel Moreno

Embryologist, UR Vistahermosa

Carolina Alonso Muriel

Embryologist, Egg Donation Program Coordinator, URE Centro Gutenberg

Dr Raul Olivares - Barcelona IVF

Dr. Raul Olivares

Medical Director, Barcelona IVF

Miguel-Ángel Pérez

Brand & Markets Director, VLC Valencia

Dr. Juan Jose Sanchez Rosas

Gynaecologist specialising in Reproductive Medicine, URE Centro Gutenberg

Dr. Christos Roukoudis

Gynaecologist & Fertility Expert, IVF Spain

Silvia Ruiz

International Patients Coordinator, iGin Institute

Andreia Trigo

Multi-awarded nurse consultant, author and TEDx speaker.

Stefano Urbani

CEO, Turismo Medico Italia

Dr. Esther Velilla

CEO, Reproclinic Barcelona

MD Anna Voskuilen

Dr. Anna Voskuilen

Fertility Specialist, Reproclinic Barcelona

Do you think Spain is a good IVF destination for you?

When choosing the best country abroad to undergo your fertility treatment, you always have to analyse all its pros and cons. It is true that in case of Spain, the former significantly outweigh the latter. Let’s face it: being able to combine one’s own fertility treatment with holidays in one of the world’s most desired destinations sounds quite interesting, doesn’t it?

Spain seems like a perfect combination for fertility patients: it offers the latest advances and techniques in IVF together with liberal laws concerning Assisted Reproduction Technology.

Liberal legislation allows for a wide range of fertility treatment procedures, regardless of patients’ marital status and sexual orientation. Spanish IVF clinics are famous for their excellent staff, results and high standards of care. They are mostly located in Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante, Valencia, Malaga and Bilbao. All of these advantages naturally place Spain among the most expensive European destinations. However, prices of IVF can significantly vary depending on your chosen place of treatment.

Spain - Fertility Destination 2021

Spain has become the first option for today’s fertility patients who want to fulfil their dreams of having a child. However, if you are still not sure whether you should undergo your IVF treatment there, we encourage you to follow our campaign: Spain – Fertility Destination 2021.

In the upcoming months, we will present you with all the possible IVF treatment options you can choose from in Spain. We will show you the most acclaimed IVF clinics and talk to some of the finest IVF specialists in Europe. Thanks to our online events, you will have a unique chance to get to know some of them and ask for advice or help in solving your problems.

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