The ROPA method is an excellent option for lesbian couples since both mothers are biologically involved in the pregnancy. “Reception of Oocytes from the Partner” also known as ROPA or “double maternity” is based on fertilising the eggs of one of the mothers and transferring the embryo to the uterus of the other mother, where the pregnancy will take place.
It is based on in vitro fertilization (IVF): the woman’s eggs are removed and then incubated in the laboratory with donor sperm or sperm is injected directly into the egg. When the appropriate growth of the embryo is observed, it is implanted in the uterus. The difference with normal IVF is that it is not the same woman who receives the embryo, but her partner.
The ROPA method requires that both women undergo hormone therapy, one to obtain the eggs and the other to prepare the endometrium of the uterus for the implantation of the embryo.
In the following diagram we show the procedure schedule of the ROPA method that we offer in Lesmaternity MHC Barcelona: