Each year, more and more couples, including British and Australian, travel abroad for fertility treatments. One of the most popular destinations for undergoing in vitro fertilization is Spain. It is not just the price which is quite attractive, but also the current legislation in some European countries like Spain and Greece which allows for anonymous donation. Hence, ironically, the country of ‘origin’ for a great number of British and Australian children happens to be Spain.

Spain is the most advanced country when it comes to various fertility treatments and the latest assisted reproductive technologies. There are more than 200 centers in Spain specializing in reproduction; 38 public and 169 private. Some clinics witnessed some 3,000 egg donations in 2012.

Anonymity egg donation in Spain, which is regulated by the state, allows many women to conceive without the fear that the donor will meet one day. But in addition, the possibility of contact between patient-donor is much less likely to undergo IVF treatment in abroad. Moreover, every donor has to undergo thorough clinical tests before being admitted to the donation process, making fertility treatments requiring egg or sperm donation more secure.

Most importantly of the anonymity of egg or sperm donors is that waiting lists are virtually non-existent, ensuring a quick commencement of the treatment. Many couples become discouraged and desperate when they get to know that an egg donation can take from 18 months to two years of time. This was the case with the Dowson couple who had no choice but to undergo a fertility treatment in Spain given the long waiting lists in the UK due to the existing shortage of egg donors.  Time is a crucial factor in matters of fertility, so that a long waiting time could possibly diminish the prospects of conceiving.

The kind of patients who choose a fertility treatment abroad varies from region to region, however, recently the tendency started leaning towards women above their desired reproductive age. Samantha Brick is one of such women, who finally managed to become pregnant at the age of 40, and give birth to her son after several failed IVF attempts undertaken in the UK.

Conclusively, the sunny Mediterranean country known for its spectacular beaches has become one of the most favorable locations for so-called fertility tourism. The existing technologies to treat infertility are the most advanced in Spain, whereas the amount of donors is never short. Not surprisingly that we see more and more ‘Spanish children’ and happy parents in many places across Europe. Finally, the current legislation in matters of egg and sperm donations is more favorable in Spain than in other European countries.