Clara Clasen


Fer­ti­lity tre­at­ment in Spain

Facts and fi­gures about fer­ti­lity cen­ters in Spain

Spain is as­so­ciated by most with va­ca­tion and sun. However, the country does not only at­tract va­ca­tio­ners — Spain has, among other things, the most com­pre­hen­sive re­pro­duc­tive me­di­cine offer in Eu­rope.

Ac­cording to the Eu­ro­pean So­ciety of Human Re­pro­duc­tion and Em­bryo­logy (ESHRE), just over 120,000 IVF tre­at­ment cy­cles took place in Spain in 2015 [1].

This makes Spain the clear leader in Eu­rope, fol­lowed by Russia (110,000 cy­cles), Ger­many (97,000 cy­cles), and France (94,000 cy­cles) [1]. There are more than 180 fer­ti­lity cen­ters throughout Spain, and the number is in­cre­a­sing [2]. Among them, the ma­jo­rity of cli­nics are of me­dium to large size with ap­pro­xi­mately 200 — 1,000 cy­cles per­formed per year [3]. Most of the tre­at­ments are ICSI pro­ce­dures — about 10 times as many as IVF pro­ce­dures [3].


What are the re­a­sons for fer­ti­lity tre­at­ment in Spain?

Ac­cording to a 2015 study, around 25% of Ger­mans who opt for in­fer­ti­lity tre­at­ment ab­road choose Spain as their de­sti­na­tion. But what makes the country so po­pular?
The study re­sults sug­gest that Spain is par­ti­cu­larly in de­mand as a de­sti­na­tion be­cause the country of­fers the most tre­at­ment op­tions due to its li­beral le­gis­la­tion. In ad­di­tion to he­te­ro­se­xual cou­ples, Spain is espe­cially po­pular with les­bian cou­ples and sin­gles. Among other things, Spain also of­fers shared mo­ther­hood (so-called ROPA me­thod) for les­bian cou­ples, or for ex­ample, the la­test me­thods in the field of pre­im­plan­ta­tion ge­netic dia­gnosis (PGD/PID).

The right fer­ti­lity center

What are im­portant cri­teria when choo­sing a fer­ti­lity centre?

In order to ful­fill your de­sire to have a child, you should choose a fer­ti­lity clinic that meets your re­qui­re­ments and where you feel com­for­table. When choo­sing a clinic, there are a number of aspects to con­sider in order to en­sure that the the­rapy goes as smoothly as pos­sible. The suc­cess of a the­rapy de­pends on va­rious fac­tors. Both the ex­pe­ri­ence and qua­li­fi­ca­tions of the me­dical team and the tech­no­lo­gical status of the la­bo­ra­tory equip­ment (for ex­ample, whe­ther the clinic has a clean room la­bo­ra­tory) can have an im­pact on the suc­cess rate.

In ad­di­tion to the suc­cess rate, there are other is­sues that can be de­cisive in the selec­tion pro­cess. Good coun­sel­ling on the choice of the­rapy, as well as per­sonal care and the avai­la­bi­lity of the doctor can help you to get rid of worries and un­ans­wered ques­tions. In order to go through with the pro­cess of ful­fil­ling your child wish with con­fi­dence, the ex­pe­ri­ences of pre­vious pa­ti­ents can also give an in­di­ca­tion of the qua­lity or short­co­mings of a prac­tice.

Ano­ther aspect are the costs. To avoid sur­prises, fer­ti­lity cen­tres that main­tain a high de­gree of price trans­pa­rency are re­com­mended. In the case of tre­at­ments with donor sperm, you should also make sure that there is a coope­ra­tion with an ex­pe­ri­enced sperm bank, as they often offer a larger selec­tion of donor pro­files and have many years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the field of sperm do­na­tion.

When selec­ting our partner cli­nics, we al­ways make sure that both he­te­ro­se­xual and ho­mo­se­xual cou­ples or sin­gles are treated.
Are you ha­ving a hard time choo­sing a fer­ti­lity centre or do you have ques­tions about dif­fe­rent the­ra­pies and tre­at­ment me­thods? Our friendly team will be happy to help you in a free con­sul­ta­tion ap­point­ment.


1. Künst­liche Be­fruch­tung: Acht Mil­lionen Babys in 40 Jahren. Phar­ma­zeu­ti­sche Zei­tung  (2018) ‑–07/kuenstliche-befruchtung-acht-millionen-babys-in-40-jahren/
2. Com­pa­ra­tive Ana­lysis of Me­di­cally As­sisted Re­pro­duc­tion in the EU: Re­gu­la­tio­nand Tech­no­lo­gies. ESHRE (2008) —
3. Human Re­pro­duc­tion. Sup­ple­men­tary Data (2016)4. Fer­ti­lity Re­port Eu­rope. Eu­ro­pean Market Land­s­cape (2015)


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