ROPA Method Vida Fertility

ROPA method is a reproductive solution for same-sex couples where both partners actively participate in the fertility treatment to get pregnant.

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ROPA Method or Shared Motherhood

The ROPA method is a treatment aimed at same-sex couples who wish to take both an active part in their fertility treatment.

Each mother will play an important role in the treatment.

One of them will undergo an ovarian stimulation to donate her eggs; this mother will be the biological mother. And the other mother will be the one who will carry the child. Once her partner’s eggs have been fertilised with anonymous donor sperm, the best embryo will be transferred to her uterus for its implantation and future pregnancy.

To achieve the best results, your fertility specialist will need to advise and support you in choosing the treatment best suited to your case, based on a personal assessment of each patient and a proper diagnosis.

Who is ROPA Method for?

The ROPA method is recommended for lesbian couples. One of women must have a good ovarian reserve to be the “donor” patient, and the other woman must have an adequate uterus for embryo implantation.

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ROPA Method: Sperm donor selection

Another important aspect of this treatment is the anonymity of the donors.

In Spain, the Assisted Reproduction Law guarantees that the identity of the men or women who decide to donate their gametes so that our patients can have their baby will remain anonymous.

The donor for each couple will be selected by our medical team on the basis of their fertility potential (sperm quality) and the phenotypic characteristics of the patients.

ROPA Method Process

Donor/Recipient Selection

This is one of the most important moments for women who want to undergo a ROPA Method treatment. At Vida Fertility, we always do our best to respect your wishes. We will manage your expectations with sincerity and empathy. Our interest is to achieve pregnancy as soon as possible.

This decision will be made durring the first consultation (online or at the clinic). The Docteur will study both your medical histories, assess your case and establish a personalised treatment plan. Your personal assistant will then send/give you all the documents you need to make your decision and start your treatment from home.

Synchronisation of the two moms

In order to offer a treatment with a fresh embryo transfer, both cycles need to be synchronised. Thus, both mothers (donor and recipient) will need to take the contraceptive pill for a little while to control and synchronise their cycles.

Double preparation

In the next period, the patients will start their treatment in parallel. The genetic mother will undergo an ovarian stimulation in order to obtain a good number of oocytes, and the mother who will carry the baby will begin her endometrial preparation to be ready for the embryo implantation. This step usually lasts between 10 to 15 days.

Egg retrieval

The mother who will donate her eggs to conceive their baby must undergo an ovarian puncture or egg retrieval at the en of the ovarian stimulation. This is a quick and simple procedure (about 20 minutes), performed under light sedation. During the puncture, we aspirate all the liquid from the follicles and recover the oocytes. The puncture is performed vaginally and does not require hospitalisation. The recovery is rapid.

Fertilisation and embryo development

The mature oocytes obtained during the puncture are fertilised in the laboratory (with donor sperm) to generate embryos. As a general rule, fertilisation is performed using the ICSI technique of sperm microinjection to increase the fertilisation rate. The embryos obtained are kept under observation in the laboratory incubators until they reach the blastocyst stage (day 5 or 6 of embryonic development).

Embryo transfer

The embryo transfer is a simple procedure where the selected day-5 embryo is placed in the patient’s uterus, without the need for any type of anesthesia. The embryo selection follows very strict quality criteria in order to achieve an ongoing pregnancy.

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ROPA Method in Spain

Spain is one of the only European countries to allow the ROPA method to be carried out between women’s couples. There are many advantages to carrying out the ROPA method in Spain, including no waiting list, the access to innovative assisted reproduction techniques and protocols, and the anonymity of the sperm donors. It’s also important to note that IVF treatments in Spain are much affordable than in countries like the UK, the US or Canada.

Techniques & Tehnologies used with ROPA Methode

The latest scientific advances along with cutting-edge technologies and a team of top-notch professionals provide the security you need as a patient to get pregnant and to give life to your baby.

Preimplantational Genetic Test (PGT-A)

Preimplantational Genetic Test (PGT-A)

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Genetic Compatibility Test (GCT)

ERA test

Endometrial Receptivity Test (ERA)

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Embryo development with Time-Lapse Technology

How much does the ROPA Method cost?

The cost of the ROPA method or Shared Motherhood differs depending on the patients’ needs and medical history. At our Vida Fertility clinics, each couple is different, meaning that the treatment and techniques must be specifically designed for each patient.This is why, if you consider undergoing the ROPA method at our fertility clinics (Madrid or Alicante), we encourage you to arrange an initial appointment with our team of fertility experts. You will get a detailed diagnosis and a tailor-made cost estimation for your treatment.

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Testimonials of Shared Motherhood through ROPA Method

Starting a fertility treatment is a long and intense journey, full of emotions. Our patients share their moving experiences with the ROPA method and how they are now mums thanks to the Shared Motherhood protocol.

Chloe's mom

It is incredible how from absolute resignation, these doctors lifted my spirits. They got me pregnant and gave me my Life back. They live up to their name.

Oliver's mom

I had to find a solution to my motherhood if I wanted to pursue my career and not settle for just any partner. I made the right choice.

Lucas' mom

I felt from the first moment I was listened to, understood and, above all, I felt that my treatment was finally going in the right direction.


Hello dear Mrs Ortega,
you and the whole team of Vida fertility make us so happy. Finally a relief that we can be helped! Many thanks to you and all the others for the great care and exceptional quality work. This high quality means a lot to us. We hope that in 2024 we can take a healthy baby full of love into our arms.❤️


Thanks to Dr. Kathi’s support and by following all her advice, the best moment of the treatment came: I got pregnant.


I didn’t know if I would ever be able to get pregnant and now I’m in my 5th month of pregnancy.


It hasn’t been easy an easy journey. But after two attempts, I’m happy to say that, in two months’ time, I’ll be meeting my little girl.

Lucy and Helen

Being able to experience this shared motherhood has been a gift for the two of us.
THANK YOU to this great team for everything!

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We highly recommend Vida Fertility to anyone who has already given up hope and wants to give it one last try.