ROPA, IVF for same sex couples in Spain

ROPA (Reception of ovocytes of the partner) is a technique where one of the women of the couple is the one that undergoes ovarian stimulation and puncture foliclar for collecting oocytes, these will be inseminated with donor sperm and the resulting embryo is transferred to the uterus of the partner.

First it is performed a transvaginal oocyte retrieval in woman who will provide the eggs, using hormones to stimulate the ovaries to obtain more than one egg at once. The cycle is monitored using tests and scans until follicles reach the correct number and size. At this point, oocyte maturation is induced and eggs are removed by follicular puncture under sedation.

The semen sample is obtained from an anonymous donor who has undergone a full medical check to ensure the quality of their sperm and rule out any kind of abnormality. Spanish legislation guarantees their anonymity. Once the eggs have been removed from the woman who provided them, they are placed in a culture dish while donor sperm sample is being prepared by andrology laboratory. Insemination of oocytes is performed by ICSI (microinjection of a sperm into each mature egg), a procedure where a sperm is injected directly into each egg.

The day after ICSI procedure we will know how many eggs have been fertilised. These fertilised eggs are observed until they are ready to be transferred to the uterus. On transfer day, embryos showing the best signs of developing are selected and inserted deep inside the uterus of the woman who will receive the embryos. Thus, both women are involved in the pregnancy.

According to the Spanish legislation, “all women over 18 and with full legal capacity may be the recipient or user of the techniques covered in this law regardless of marital status and sexual orientation”. ROPA technique offers lesbian couples, not only the possibility of using a male donor to get pregnant, but the option of the reception of ovules of one’s partner, thus sharing motherhood.

What is included?

  • Medical consultation with a specialist in reproductive medicine (Via phone/Skype or in person)
  • Review of reports related to previous fertility treatments
  • Complete gynecological check-up (including vaginal ultrasound)
  • Formulation of patient’s medical history and personalized medical report
  • Explanation of the assisted reproductive treatment procedure
  • Performance of analytical and ultrasound scans during patient’s treatment
  • Ovulation induction in woman who provided the eggs
  • Transvaginal oocyte retrieval under ultrasound guidance into operating theatre
  • Recovery in a single room after the oocyte retrieval
  • Assistance with problems of andrological and/or embryological nature
  • Bank sperm
  • Sperm sample preparation
  • Intracytoplasmatic Sperm Injection (ICSI) and assisted hatching (if required)
  • Daily checks of embryonic development
  • Extend in vitro culture to day 5 and blastocyst transfer (if required)
  • Endometrial preparation in woman who received the embryos
  • Embryo transfer into patient’s uterine cavity
  • Recovery a separate room after the embryo transfer procedure
  • Gynecologist consultation
  • Biology specialist and anesthesiologist consultation
  • Pharmaceutical materials
  • Multilingual nursing services

Not included

  • Patient medication (according medical prescription)
  • Cryopreservation of the remaining embryos (for one year after the treatment)

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Dr. José Manuel Gómez Santana

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Dr. Eva María Moreno Ruiz

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Dr. Jose Manuel Lozano

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Costa Blanca extends along the eastern coast of Spain and covers the province of Alicante that has the best all year round temperatures for a speedy recovery for treatment abroad. The World Health Organization considers the climate as one of the most favorable in the world for overall health and well-being. This is why engaging in health tourism in this region is of such a great benefit. Especially, for those looking to undertake a fertility treatment Costa Blanca presents an ideal region making it possible to take advantage of the healing properties of the Mediterranean environment due to presence of salt lakes and relatively low humidity. Additionally, the great presence of negative ions in the air of the Costa Blanca region positively affects both mental health and physical comfort.


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