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Egg Donation in Spain

brief information regarding donor eggs IVF in Spain
€ 4,500-11,000 Egg donation cost range in Spain
  • Egg donation cycles per year1
    13,522
  • Average egg donation success rates2
    54.6%
  • Egg donation
    Anonymous
  • Donor availability
    Caucasian, Latino, African / Black, Arab, Indian
IVF and Egg Donation in Spain - availability and limits
Maximum patient - woman age50
some clinics may accept older patients based on individual circumstances
IVF treatments for single womenAllowed
IVF treatments for female same sex couplesAllowed
ROPA method available (Reception of Oocytes from Partner)
Gender selectionAllowed only if there are medical reasons
Not allowed for family balancing reasons
Maximum number of embryos to transfer
IVF with donor eggs
3
Maximum number of embryos to transfer
IVF with own eggs
3
Egg donation – anonymityAnonymous
Egg donor availabilityVery good
Egg donor age18-35
Maximum number of children born from the same egg donor6
Sperm donor - maximum age50
Maximum number of children born from the same sperm donor6
Top IVF clinics in SpainCheck IVF clinics in Spain >>>
Sources: Legislation and reimbursement of ART and IUI treatments in Europe >>> | IVF Aroad Patients Guide, WhereIVF.com >>>

Why IVF in Spain?

Spain is the most popular IVF destination for international IVF patients nowadays – in fact, it has been ever since it passed its reproductive legislation in 2006. When it comes to fertility treatments, Spain offers safe, reliable and exceptionally high levels of medical standards. Liberal legislation allows for a wide range of fertility treatment procedures, regardless of marital status and sexual orientation. Egg donation is also very popular, with very short or instant waiting time reported by clinics.

Reasons to go to Spain for IVF or Egg Donation

IVF clinics in Spain

When you’re considering IVF with own eggs or egg donation in Spain, there are a number of good clinics to choose from. Spanish IVF clinics boast a well-deserved reputation for results and high standards of care. They are often staffed with multilingual personnel and as a general rule have no problem assisting foreign patients. English is widely spoken, alongside other European languages, such as French, German, and Italian. Patients report very accommodating attitudes from doctors and other medical staff.

As Spain is part of the Schengen zone, visa-free travel is available for most Europeans, making treatment there as accessible as possible for patients from all over Europe, including those from the UK, Germany, France and Italy. Additionally, Spanish IVF clinics are usually and regularly chosen by international patients from the United States, Canada and Australia.

The most popular cities for IVF patients from abroad in Spain are Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante, and Valencia. If you do an online search using phrases such as “IVF in Madrid”, “IVF in Barcelona”, “IVF in Alicante”, “IVF in Valencia”, “egg donation in Spain” or “egg donation Madrid” you will find many IVF clinics that treat patients in these areas.

Clinics in Spain are required to report their results to the European IVF Monitoring Consortium (EIM), as well as the SEF – Spanish Fertility Society. The results are then compiled into an annual report published by the European Society of Human Reproduction, ESHRE – and SEF – the Spanish Fertility Society.

Patients who are inquiring about IVF in Spain are also interested in IVF in Greece and IVF in the Czech Republic mainly because of the treatment costs which can be significantly lower than in Spain.

Fertility treatments in Spain

Spain offers one of the most liberal legislations concerning IVF treatment – not only in Europe, but also in the whole of the IVF world. Single women, married heterosexual and female homosexual couples can equally qualify for assisted reproduction. The country is also impressive in terms of available treatment options. If you’re looking for the latest advances and techniques in IVF, you’ll probably find them in Spain.

There is a maximum legal limit as to how old a patient can be – 50 years in most cases. However, if there is such a need, some clinics may hold a case conference regarding older patients (up to 52) based on individual circumstances. Conversely, there is no legal limit on the male partner’s age. Unlike other countries with stricter age policies, treatment options are the same for each patient.

In Spain, egg donation as well as sperm and embryo donations are permitted. All donation treatments are strictly anonymous, with donor and patient identities being strictly guarded by the clinic. Social freezing of eggs is permitted, as is embryo freezing. There is no limit as to how long frozen oocytes or embryos may be stored.

IVF for lesbian couples in Spain

Spanish law accommodates lesbian couples seeking IVF treatment. In addition to regular IVF using donor sperm, some clinics even offer the reciprocal IVF method, known as the ROPA method (Reception of Oocytes from Partner) or “shared motherhood”. Here, one of the women undergoes stimulation and provides the eggs, while the other receives the embryo and carries the pregnancy. Babies born using a ROPA treatment can be legally registered in Spain as having two mothers.

Spanish law regarding assisted reproduction – including IVF – is known to be quite liberal, compared to other European destinations. It does not make a distinction between women in heterosexual marriages, single women and those in same-sex relationships. As such, treatments are universally available without any additional conditions.

Egg donation in Spain

Egg donation (as well as sperm and embryo donation) constitutes a significant part of reproductive medicine in Spain. Eggs come only from healthy women between the ages of 18 and 34, who donate freely and without financial compensation. Due to Spain’s geographic location and ethnic makeup, it’s easy to find a match from most racial backgrounds. The popularity of donation treatments in Spain makes waiting lists almost non-existent – for most patients, a donor can be found almost instantly.

Egg donor information available in Spain

Spain’s anonymity requirements match those in other European countries; that is to say, total anonymity for patients and donors is guaranteed and enforced. Only in exceptional circumstances, such as serious danger to the life or health of the child, or regarding Procedural Criminal Law matters, can the identity of donors be revealed. Clinics are required by law to make a phenotype match between the donor and the patient. This means clinics match donors and patients using traits such as skin, hair and eye colours, height, weight, blood type, and others to perform the match. Some clinics, additionally, employ facial recognition technology in order to perform a closer match.

Egg donor qualifications

Donors in Spain have to be between 18 and 34 years old. They go through a rigorous screening process during which they are examined for diseases and genetic abnormalities and also undergo a psychological interview to ensure they are both mentally and physically healthy.

Donor qualification tests required by law:

  • Blood type and Rhesus
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis
  • Syphilis
  • Cystic fibrosis (CF) mutation
  • Muscular spinal atrophy
  • Panel recessive diseases
  • X-fragile syndrome testing
  • Conventional karyotype.

The genetic history of the donor may also be verified – most of the clinics in Spain include the karyotype test, too.

Aside from medical testing, potential donors are also required to undergo a complete psychological examination. This ensures the donor understands every implication of the donation process. Although they donate their eggs freely and without payment, they are reimbursed for expenses relating to donating (the amount, usually oscillates around €1000).

Each donor can only have six genetic offsprings; once the sixth child is born, the donor’s details are struck from the donor registry.

Embryo donation in Spain

Spanish law allows patients to donate their surplus embryos to adoption programmes. The rules for receiving an embryo donation are similar to those set for egg adoption – phenotype matching also applies here. If you decide to undergo an embryo adoption treatment, you can be sure the child will look like you.

Because the embryos were created during a previous IVF treatment, full medical history is available to the clinic, which means the procedure enjoys a high degree of safety and a relatively high success rate.

IVF cost in Spain

If we compare it with other European countries, Spain is definitely the top-shelf choice for fertility treatments. The cost of a single own egg IVF cycle in Spain ranges from €4,100 to €8,200 while an egg donation cycle in Spain may cost from €5,900 to €11,000.

IVF costs in Spain are higher than the European average, however, many international patients state that the benefits outweigh the costs – the high standard of care, the wide availability of donors, and the high success rate are factors worth to be considered.

Sources: IVF Aroad Patients Guide, WhereIVF.com >>> | Patients Enquiries Reports 2013-2019, Fertility Clinics Abroad Ltd., Edinburgh, August 2019 | Patients Enquiries Report’s 2013-2019, IVF Media Ltd., Dublin, August 2019

As you can see, Spain is the most expensive European destination for egg donation treatments. It also needs to be noted that transparency is not always apparent; some clinics are not the best at highlighting additional costs which may be incurred during treatments. It is important therefore that you ask your clinic what specific costs are included in any quote. Costs could include;

  • the donor’s fee, her medication and screening (if you’re interested in egg donation)
  • egg retrieval
  • sperm collection and sperm preparation
  • ICSI
  • IVF add-ons  (techniques in IVF Lab)
  • transfer of blastocysts
  • vitrification (freezing) and storage of embryos/blastocysts
  • frozen embryo transfer

IVF success rates in Spain

Looking through IVF Spain success rates in google most of the results are drawn directly from the clinic’s own websites. Be aware of what clinics advertise on their websites as often values are very far from national averages showed by independent IVF bodies.

As we mentioned previously, Spanish clinics are required to report their results to the SEF. The IVF success rate data published by SEF is very accurate and published annually in great detail, which makes it possible to not only compare overall results in specific years, but also specific clinics against each other. Check the latest IVF success rates report at SEF website >>>

Spain is one of the few countries which allows patients to check success rates of specific clinics in an independent source. Be mindful, however, that the SEF publishes its data with a year-long delay.

Other sources for IVF treatment statistics include ESHRE – IVF Monitoring (EIM) Consortium. ESHRE is the European authority concerned with collecting and publishing data about fertility treatments in member countries; their reports, however, are published with a large delay. Their reports paints a picture of Spain as a country enjoying a very high treatment success rate, especially when it comes to egg donation programs.

IVF with donor eggs (egg donation) success rates in Spain as compared to other European countries according to ESHRE latest report. 

Egg Donation Success Rates* per woman age in Europe – popular countries
Country / Woman age35-39≥40
Spain53.8
57.4
53.7
Czech Republic44.741.040.2
Greece59.658.954.3
North CyprusNo data / not collected by ESHRE
Ukraine64.366.361.9
Russia46.745.542.8
Portugal43.746.449.2
Poland45.344.240.3
Latvia100.0*16.7*7.7*
UK41.944.041.8
*Pregnancy rates per embryo transfer. Source: ART in Europe, 2016: results generated from European registries by ESHRE >>> | *Only 101 ED cycles were reported for Latvia – not enough data.

It is apparent that the egg donation data published by SEF and ESHRE both corroborate each other to a large degree – according to ESHRE. So there is strong evidence that in the case of egg donation in Spain, success rates are really impressive. 

IVF laws and clinics accreditation in Spain

IVF treatments in Spain are regulated by the National Commission of Assisted Human Reproduction. The body of the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, publishes regulations and inspects clinics in order to maintain a consistently high standard of care throughout the country.

The main piece of legislation dictating the conditions of access to IVF and other fertility treatments is National Law 14/20065, which was described by a 2009 comparative legal study as more flexible and permissive in comparison to other EU countries. In addition to that document, the Royal Decree Law 9/2014 dictates the quality and safety standards for the donation, handling and processing of human tissues and samples – including oocytes, sperm, and embryos, in addition to establishing operating protocols for working with patients. Royal Decree – Law 9/2017, May 26 – Modification of Royal Decree – Law 9/2014, of July 4, which establishes the quality and safety standards for donation, obtaining, evaluation, processing, preservation, storage and distribution of cells and human tissues.

All centres are required to report their activity and clinical results to the Ministry of Health, which in 2019 signed a contract with the Spanish Fertility Society (SEF), in compliance with current regulations, so that the organization and operation of the National Registry Activity (with data from 2016 and 2017) are carried out by the aforementioned scientific society.

IVF in Spain – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Aleksander Wiecki

Aleksander Wiecki

Aleksander is a specialist marketing professional, patient’s experience manager and advocate of transparency and truth of IVF treatment. He has strong expertise and background in the IVF industry including IVF clinics, Genetic Laboratories and IVF patients. Aleksander strongly believes that there is a gap between IVF Patients and IVF clinics. It is this gap where patients may fall for the most common IVF treatment traps. That’s why patients need help and support which they don’t necessary get from IVF clinics. The support which comes from an objective, trustworthy and reliable source. Aleksander is a regular guest at ESHRE annual meetings, the Fertility Show in London, the Fertility Forum, the IMTJ - Medical Travel Summit and Fertility Exhibitions and conferences around the world.
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