The 5 reasons to choose Spain for IVF Treatment: The third will amaze you

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In Assisted Reproduction, an increasing number of Americans/Canadians are opting to go abroad for their fertility treatment, especially to Spain. Treatment quality, Spanish legislation and very attractive prices are the main factors that drive them to seek in vitro fertilization (IVF) options abroad.

Spain stands out as a destination with modern regulations that have fostered innovation and technologies in ART (Assisted Reproductive Treatments). The United States also have advanced clinics, but the costs are significantly higher, leading many to explore alternatives in Europe.

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The lack of public funding for IVF treatments and limited insurance coverage in the United States, coupled with high specialist fees, explain the growing trend of patients traveling to Europe. Spain, in this context, offers more affordable IVF treatments, attracts patients with the guarantee of anonymity of the egg and sperm donors, and its early regulation on that matter has allowed the country to be at the state-of-the-art of the field with a long and high quality clinical experience.

Dr. John Peay, fertility specialist of Vida Fertility Madrid, shares the five main reasons that lead Americans to choose Spain to undergo their fertility treatment.

When to start a fertility treatment?

According to Dr. John Peay, if a couple is under 35 years old and has been trying to conceive for a year without success, it’s time to seek help from a specialist for a fertility check-up on both partners. For those over 35 years old, an appointment at a fertility clinic is advisable after 6 months of unsuccessful attempts.

Once the cause of infertility is identified, either it’s a male or female factor, or both, it becomes easier to determine the most suitable treatment for the couple. The age of the future mother is in that matter essential to consider, as egg quality declines after 35 years.

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Reasons why Americans choose Spain for their fertility treatment

  • Affordability

In the United States, IVF treatment typically costs between $15,000 and $25,000, and it is rarely covered by personal health insurance, requiring patients to pay out of their pocket. In comparison, clinics in Spain tend to offer IVF with donor eggs for between €5,000 and €8,000 (approximately $5,500 and $8,700). Even with flights and accommodation, the difference is considerable, especially for people without health insurance.

  • Success Rates and Quality

After more than 30 years of a very open fertility regulation, Spain has accumulated clinical experience along with highly qualified professionals and state-of-the-art equipment, resulting in high success rates.

Spain is the leading destination in Europe for fertility treatments, attracting patients from all over Europe and beyond. Strict laws ensure rigorous testing on all egg donors and sperm donors to ensure the treatment success and the health of the babies.

  • Accessibility and Inclusivity

Compared to other countries, especially in Europe, regulatory bodies in Spain have facilitated access to treatment for more patients, including single women who wish to become mothers and lesbian couples. In Spain, shared motherhood or, as already mentioned, Egg Donation are allowed; the age limits are more flexible with treatments for women until 50; and BMI over 30 can be accepted.

  • Egg Availability

Spain has an abundance of egg and sperm donors, with more young people choosing to donate than any other countries. This means there is a shorter waiting times to start treatment in Spain compared to the United States.

  • Full Donor Anonymity

Egg and sperm donation in Spain is voluntary, and potential donors undergo rigorous testings before being able to donate. This guarantee of confidentiality is appealing for parents seeking anonymity.

Steps to plan your fertility treatment in Spain

The steps of your fertility treatment in Spain depend on your treatment. We can differentiate the steps for in vitro fertilization into two cases:

  • Frozen embryo transfer from egg donation: This option depends on your medical and fertility situation and has the great advantage that you only need two visits to Spain, each one-day long. Unless you are a candidate for double donation, in which case you only need to come for the embryo transfer.
  • Egg retrieval and subsequent embryo transfer: You can stay in Spain for the entire stimulation and then the embryo transfer (if fresh transfer). Many US/CAN patients choose to stay at least during the entire stimulation because of the medication and ultrasounds prices in their country. You might need to visit Spain twice in case of a frozen embryo transfer, just one day. However, if a fresh transfer is not possible, you have the security of having an embryo for transfer and don’t need to stay long, only for the embryo transfer.

In both cases (own IVF or Egg Donation), the steps of the fertility treatment are as follows:

  1. First online or in-person consultation: We study your case and design the best therapeutic plan.
  2. Ovarian stimulation: Daily administration of hormones through subcutaneous injections to promote follicular growth. This phase usually lasts between 10 and 14 days, during which we monitor your ovarian response via ultrasound. Once the follicles have reached an adequate size, we induce the ovulation with a final injection and schedule the date for your egg retrieval. Your initial plan will already define the date of the puncture, allowing you to organize your trip well in advance. In case of Egg Donation, this step is done by the donor.
  3. Egg Retrieval: A simple and quick procedure (about 15 minutes). We gently aspirate the follicular fluid where the developed eggs are located. It is done through transvaginal ultrasound and does not require hospitalization, so the recovery is quick, and you can resume your normal life, even travel back to your place of origin on the same day. In case of Egg Donation, this step is done by the donor. This would also be the last step of an Egg Freezing Treatment.
  4. Fertilization and embryo development: The obtained eggs are fertilized within the laboratory using ICSI or the technique that our laboratory director decides most appropriate. After 5 to 6 days of development, the embryo can be transferred to the uterus, biopsied for genetic study, or frozen for a transfer at a later time.
  5. Embryo Transfer: The embryo transfer is performed when the embryo has reached the expanded blastocyst stage, thus increasing implantation rates. It is a simple procedure that involves depositing the selected embryo into the patient’s uterus, without the need for anesthesia.
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Why choose Vida Fertility as your assisted reproduction clinic in Spain?

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  • Empathy

At Vida Fertility, we care deeply for our patients and aim to break down the barriers between doctor and patient. Our goal is not just achieving a successful fertility treatment; it is to make the process as stress-free and human as possible.

  • Specialists in Assisted Reproduction

At Vida Fertility, we have internationally trained gynecologists specialized in assisted reproduction, many of whom work almost exclusively with foreign patients. The entire team speaks fluent English, so you can easily express any doubts or concerns you may have.

  • New Techniques and Advanced Technology

Moreover, at Vida Fertility, we have the latest techniques and technologies in the field of fertility, including PGT-A, Time-Lapse, Witness system, egg quality evaluation, regenerative medicine, to name just a few.

  • Convenient Location

Vida Fertility is located in Madrid, the main Spanish city for US visitors, just a 15-minute drive from the airport.

Your goal is our commitment, that’s why at Vida Fertility, we offer blastocyst guarantees, pregnancy guarantees, and collaborate with leading fertility benefits providers in the United States.

Vida Fertility is a premium destination for all types of fertility treatments. Get in touch with one of our specialists to start planning your journey from the United States/Canada.

Tips for planning your fertility treatment in Spain

  • Plan your treatment plan

With the help of our specialists, we will create a clear and detailed treatment plan, so you know what to expect. This may include advice on how to prepare your body for IVF and building a timeline from your initial consultation to the completion of treatment.

  • Ask all the questions you need

Feel free to ask as many questions as you need during your initial IVF consultation. Find out which treatment is suitable for you, how long you may need to stay, and the best times of the year to travel.

  • Vacation and fertility treatment

Consider the destination and combine it with your vacation. We recommend avoiding remote accommodation, and a short break could be emotionally perfect to start your fertility treatment in the best possible shape.

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