Over the past few years, the fertility treatment in Spain has become a world leader. Fertility clinics in Spain have made great efforts to ensure the best fertility procedures are available and, consequently, have secured excellent results, even with the most complicated cases.
In addition to having comparatively liberal legislation, such as allowing the anonymous donation of both eggs and sperm, Spanish clinics have cutting edge technology as well as highly qualified doctors and embryologists which attract patients from all over the world.
Of specific relevance to lesbian couples wishing to have children is IVF with EGG DONATION. With this procedure, one of the women provides the egg which is fertilised by a sperm donor and the resulting embryo is then inserted into the other woman’s uterus who then proceeds with the pregnancy.
Finally, there is also EGG, SPERM or EMBRYO CRYOPRESERVATION which can be used in different scenarios and involves the freezing of eggs, sperm or embryos for future use. This procedure is available in many fertility clinics in Spain and is an effective way of trying to retain a patient’s future fertility which may be destroyed or substantially impaired when undergoing cancer treatment, for example, or when delaying parenthood.
This is a brief summary of some of the more popular fertility treatments available in Spain. Many people chose Spain for their fertility treatment because of both, the high quality and high success rates of the treatment.
There are many types of fertility treatments, all adapted to each patient’s specific circumstances and requirements. These include:
ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION (AI) which is a relatively straightforward procedure and involves the placing of sperm or a fertilized egg directly into the woman’s uterus.
IN VITRO FERTILISATION (IVF) which is slightly more complex than AI and consists of fertilising the egg outside the woman’s body, in a lab environment and, as the embryo begins to form, placing it in the woman’s uterus.
A further technique which has proven effective is INTRACYTOPLASMIC SPERM INJECTION (ICSI). This involves injecting a single sperm directly into a mature egg. The rate of fertilisation of mature eggs is approximately 70% which compares favourably with the rate for IVF (60 – 70%). The choice of one procedure or the other (IVF or ICSI) depends on each couple’s medical history.
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