IVF Abroad - Patient's Guide

All you need to know about fertility treatment abroad, costs, the efficacy of IVF procedures and – the most important – legislation regulating medically assisted reproduction in 8 European countries. Download 55 pages PDF guide now!

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Spain as an IVF destination

IVF abroad Patient's Guide - Spain

Spain, a holiday paradise and a dreamed country to live in for many people, has become the first option to today’s fertility patients who want to fulfil their dreams of having a child. 

Being a modern and developed European country with the healthcare systems among the very best in the world, it offers safety, reliability and exceptionally high quality of IVF treatment standards. If you’re looking for the latest advances and techniques in IVF, you’ll find them in Spain. Relaxed laws and patient-friendly IVF regulations in Spain? It’s all there for you. 

Egg donors are readily available what means that patients do not have to spend lengthy time on waiting lists. And last but not least, many international airports make it easy to fly in and out of from other countries and the language barrier is not a thing.

When it comes to IVF cost abroad, Spain obviously still ranks among top European IVF destinations. However, thanks to a wide offer of quality clinics and impressive range of medical services, prices of IVF can significantly vary depending on your chosen place of treatment.

The Spanish cities most willingly chosen by IVF patients are Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante and Valencia.

IVF in Spain at a glance

IVF treatment options in Spain

Spain is known for its quite liberal laws concerning Assisted Reproduction Technology. Any woman over 18 years old, who is fully responsible for her decision, can undergo IVF treatment, independently of her marital status and sexual orientation. Because of that, single women, married heterosexual and homosexual couples and registered heterosexual partners can equally qualify for assisted reproduction. There is, on the other hand, the legal limit concerning the maximum age for treatment and it’s 50 years old. However, if your individual circumstances allow, clinics can accept older patients to receive IVF treatment. It fits into the general trend of both Spanish and foreign women getting pregnant later in life.

It is important to mention here that in Spain it is possible to use the technique known as ROPA (Reception of Oocytes from Partner). It enables female same–sex couples to take part in the treatment and to conceive a child. One of them provides oocytes that are inseminated with the sperm of a donor while the other receives the embryos and becomes pregnant. Babies born using a ROPA treatment can be legally registered in Spain as having two mothers.

Egg donation in Spain (as well as sperm and embryo donation) is allowed and, in fact, it constitutes a significant part of the reproductive medicine in Spain. Eggs come only from healthy women between the ages of 18 and 34, who donate freely and without financial compensation. Egg donation is confidential what means that born children and recipients can receive general information about their donors but only provided that donors’ identity is not disclosed.

IVF treatment in Spain
Maximum patient age (woman)50
(Some clinics may accept older patients
- up to 52 - based on individual circumstances)
IVF treatments for single womenAllowed
IVF treatments for lesbian couplesAllowed
Maximum number of embryos to transfer IVF with donor eggs3
Maximum number of embryos to transfer IVF with own eggs3
Anonymous egg donorsYes
Non anonymous egg donorsNo
Egg donor availabilityVery good
Egg donor age18-34

IVF treatment costs in Spain 1,2

IVF costs in Spain1,2
Treatment optionPrice range
IVF with own eggs program€4,100 - €8,200
IVF with donor eggs program€5,900 - €11,000
Medical consultation - visit / online (with doctor)€150 - €250
Donor sperm€400 - €1,500
Frozen embryo transfer (all embryos)€1,300 - €2,200

IVF success rates in Spain

IVF own eggs success rates in Spain 3

IVF with own eggs success rates in Spain3
Woman age<3435-39≥40
IVF with own eggs in Spain
ESHRE average in Europe29.0%24.2%12.9%

IVF donor eggs success rates in Spain 3

IVF with donor eggs success rates in Spain3
IVF with donor eggs in Spain55.6%
ESHRE average in Europe

Assisted Reproduction Law and Clinics in Spain – information for Patients

Assisted Reproduction Law and Clinics in Spain – information for Patients
ResourceAvailable online?Language
ART Legislation in countryYes / Link>>>Spanish
List of certified IVF Centers by independent national
Yes / Link>>>Spanish
Success rates published as per IVF center by
independent national body
Yes / Link>>>English / Spanish
National success rates published for country by
independent national body
Yes / Link>>>Spanish

Institution and / or contact person for IVF patients in Spain

We asked Spanish Ministry of Health for information several times via email and phone. However, up to the publication date of this article we had not received any answer.

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