Do you still know the ROPA technique? ROPA (Reception of Oocytes from PArtner, or Partner Assisted Reproduction) is a treatment in reproductive medicine that allows married same sex female couples to both participate in the important act of creating a family. This treatment allows one of the women in the couple to give her eggs (the genetic material that is passed on to the baby), and the other woman will carry the pregnancy.

In this video, our colleague Maud Lybaert, an assistant of patients of VITA, explains us this treatment.

ROPA Treatment Phases

  1. One of the women of the couple is the one that undergoes ovarian stimulation, similar to conventional In Vitro Fertilization. The goal is the development of multiple follicles to abtain a high numer of oocytes and thus increase the chances of success.
  2. When several follicles have reached the right size and there are a sufficient number of oocytes, the fertility specialist removes mature oocytes by follicular puncture.
  3. These oocytes will be inseminated with sperm from an anonymous donor, by conventional IVF or ICSI.
  4. The resulting embryo is transferred to the uterus of the partner.

It is every day more frequent that female homosexual couples want to start a family and that they can only get through assisted reproductive techniques as ivf. At IMED Hospitals, we offer these women, not only the possibility of using a male donor to get pregnant, but the option of the reception of ovules of one’s partner. With ROPA treatment, it is possible to get a fertilized treatment for same-sex couples.