Spain, the top European country in assisted reproduction

If your dream is to become parents you should take a look at Spain, since it’s the ideal country to get these treatments done. According to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), Spain is at the forefront of assisted reproduction treatments in Europe.

In 2014, 116,688 IVF procedures and 40,177 artificial inseminations were performed in Spain. This data was gathered by the Spanish Fertility Society (known in Spanish as SEF), which polls 278 fertility clinics throughout Spain and keeps these records in the National Registry. Assisted reproduction techniques are very common in Spain. According to SEF 7.91% of children in Spain that year were born via these techniques.

Why is this? The reason is their high quality of medical care and clearly cut laws. On top of that, the cost is good value for money considering the services that are offered.

The quality of medical care

The success rate in Spain is one of the highest when it comes to reproductive medicine.

Spanish medicine is well known for assisted reproductive techniques and has an excellent reputation for it worldwide. The medical side of assisted reproduction is highly controlled in our country as it is subject to European laws. Every year, clinics must undergo audits and reviews, which are kept at the Ministry of Health. These records are public (you can view them through the SEF or Ministry of Health website).

The topic of multiple births has always been a controversial one but there’s some good news on that front. The percentage of double or multiple births has been steadily declining and, in 2014 in Spain, the rate went down to 20.4% for IVF and 11.5% for artificial insemination.

Clearly cut laws

Many countries have laws that are restrictive or incomplete. The law in Spain in regards to egg donation is different than other countries when it comes to whether or not it’s an anonymous donation. In the UK and France it’s not anonymous and in Italy, the law has changed but it’s still unclear. Understanding this is important since 30% of the procedures performed require some sort of donation.

Spanish laws allow all reproductive treatments available today to be performed in Spain.

Competitive pricing

Due to the complexity of the procedures (labs, incubators, specialists, research and so on) the cost is high. However, in Spain this cost is considered to be of very good value.

This makes Spain renowned worldwide and therefore many patients prefer to come here to get their procedures done. In 2014, 12,240 rounds of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and artificial insemination were performed on people who were residents of other countries.


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What is Natural Cycle In Vitro Fertilization?

For some women, who don’t react well or simply don’t want ovarian stimulation, natural cycle in vitro fertilization may be a good option to become pregnant.


What is Natural Cycle In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)?

In this assisted fertilization technique the extraction of quality oocytes is achieved without the need for hormonal stimulation.

During approximately 15 days, the natural ovulation cycle of the future biological mother is monitored through testing and ultrasound scans.

Follicular and endometrial growth is measured at the clinic in the span of 4 to 5 visits. This testing allows us to determine the ideal time to obtain the egg naturally, without medical stimulation and then the extraction is carried out using the usual IVF techniques.

That is why we say that fertilization is done in the Natural Ovulation Cycle.

The aim of natural cycle in vitro stimulation is to obtain a few high-quality oocytes.


Who is it for?

This technique can be applied to any couple or woman who does not want to undergo ovarian stimulation prior to the extraction of the eggs.

You can also take advantage of it if you have already undergone other assisted fertilization processes without successful multi-follicular growth. Meaning that after hormonal stimulation you have not produced enough follicles to continue the insemination process.


What are the advantages of Natural Cycle IVF?

Natural Selection:

During the process, the best possible egg is chosen, giving priority to quality before quantity.

No risk:

There is no hyperstimulation and no possibility of multiple pregnancies.

No hormones:

Since it does not involve having hormone treatments the side effects are minimal.

Without anaesthesia:

The egg retrieval is very quick, it only takes a couple of minutes and therefore it doesn’t need to be performed under sedation. However, if you prefer sedation, you can talk to your doctor about it. If there are no contraindications then it’s your decision.

Viable in several consecutive Natural Cycles:

There are no contraindications to performing several procedures in a row. However, when the attempts have been unsuccessful 5 or 6 times, the procedure is usually abandoned, as it is unlikely to work in this case.

More economical:

This procedure doesn’t require ovarian stimulation medication; therefore it’s cheaper than when these are needed.

Disadvantages of Natural Cycle IVF

This technique is more natural than ovarian stimulation, which requires hormone therapy.

However, after 5 or 6 unsuccessful treatments, the procedure is usually abandoned because the chances of it working are low.

We can help you decide

We know that this decision is one of the most important you two will make.

We are aware that the help of a specialist can be very useful in deciding which is the best assisted reproduction technique for you.

That is why we like to be by your side when it comes to deciding what steps to take during the journey you are about to embark on.

From our own experience, we know that psychological support from someone who has been through the same thing as you is very important. We have already made this journey and the result is two beautiful daughters who are thriving.

You can count on us!


Are you ready to consider a Natural Cycle IVF technique?