SPANISH LEGISLATION ON ASSISTED REPRODUCTION
Assisted reproductive technology includes all the techniques that enable a pregnancy in cases in which it is not possible by natural means.
There are many different techniques that can be applied depending on the specific problems of each patient or couple. But in some countries, legislation doesn’t allow every technique to be employed. In Spain, the assisted reproduction law is considered highly complete and permissive compared to other countries.
Current Spanish Legislation allows reproduction treatments that are prohibited in many other countries, for example:
- The Spanish legislation allows for single women and lesbian couples to perform assisted reproductive techniques. For this reason, many women go to Spain when they decide they want to be mothers. ROPA method (Reception of Oocytes from Partner) is allowed in Spain, so one member of the couple provides the eggs and formed embryos, which are then transferred to the other woman. This way, both women intervene in the birth of their child.
- Another common technique in Spain is egg andsperm donation. In Spain gamete donation is permitted and completely anonymous. This means there are no problems related to the donations and the people who resort to egg and sperm donation in a private clinic can start their treatment immediately, without having to wait.
- Donor confidentiality. The Spanish legislation contemplates the absolute anonymity of gamete donors and that means that the recipient, the donor, nor the future child will ever know the identity of the other parties.
- Preimplantation diagnosis. In addition to basic techniques (artificial insemination, conventional in vitro fertilization, and ICSI(intracytoplasmic sperm injection), other techniques such as the Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) are allowed. PGD allows the embryo to be genetically analyzed in order to rule out genetic diseases. Once the embryos are analyzed, only those without any alteration are transferred.
- Postmortem fertilization. Sperm or embryos that remain frozen can be used by the widow or widower depending on their personal circumstances.
- Sex selectionis permitted for medical reasons such as cases of genetic illnesses linked to sex chromosomes.
This way, any woman over 18 years old can use Assisted Reproduction Techniques independently of her marital status and her sexual orientation. More importantly, reproduction techniques can be used not only to treat fertility problems, but also for reproductive life planning, for example choosing single parenting, postponing motherhood with the patient’s own gametes by means of oocyte cryopreservation techniques, and so on.
Because of such a complete and permissive assisted reproduction law, highly qualified professionals, good success rates, reasonable prices (between 600 and 6,000 euros, depending on the treatment), and also Mediterranean climate Spain is considered to be the perfect destination for the so-called reproductive or fertility tourism. It is one of the most desirable vacation destinations and it welcomes international patients from across the globe. Actually, Spain is a European leader in fertility torusim: 40% of European couples who perform assisted reproductive techniques outside their country choose Spain as their destination.
CHOOSING ASSISTED REPRODUCTION CLINIC IN SPAIN
Traveling for fertility treatments is now very common, but international patients usually have questions about travel logistics, costs, and practicality. HEALTHY SPAIN work with the best clinics in all parts of Spain and we can answer all your questions about fertility tourism and help you better decide what is the best choice for you.
HEALTHY SPAIN team is experienced in assisting patients with travel logistics in order to foster as stress-free an experience as possible. Consequently, patients receive top-quality fertility care from Spanish fertility specialists, combined with a relaxing vacation experience in sunny Spain.
THE NUMBER OF VISITS AND TIME NEEDED IN SPAIN
During the first free consultation by skype, the doctor will go over the tests, tell which additional tests you have to do, will propose the treatment, and will give you detailed information about the whole process. Then you will plan when and with what medication you will begin. The doctor will look at dates and calculate the day you need to come and number of days you will need to stay. The number of visits and time needed in Spain depends on the treatment. If we have to do the tests in Madrid the entire process will take longer. If you have doctors where you live and they can prescribe medication and perform ultrasound scans, you really only need to come for the insemination or in vitro fertilization, which will take about 7-9 days.
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