The ova and sperm donation in Spain

Written by: Dr. Simón Marina
Published: | Updated: 22/05/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

The donation processes of ovules and semen are increasingly established in Spanish society, and many people decide to submit to these practices allowing the advancement of assisted reproduction techniques in the country. That is why Spain has become a reference for patients around the world.  

The profile of people who come to a semen bank are, mostly, men with semen and with a very low or no sperm count, and single women or with a female partner. In the case of egg donations, women with poor or no oocyte quality attend. It is also usual to go to these banks to avoid hereditary diseases.

It should be noted that the donation of ovules is much more complex than that of semen since the process is more expensive. At the CEFER Reproduction Institute, egg donation requires attending the center more than 20 times because the donor is given the medication to ensure proper administration of the same, and any donation means undergoing a small intervention with deep sedation.

Spain, a solidary country and a world reference

The Spanish society is generally supportive, a fact that is demonstrated thanks to the great success of the program of the National Transplant Organization (ONT), model of reference worldwide. However, we see that over the years it is more difficult to obtain donors, perhaps related to the fact that economic compensation is scarce in relation to the standard of living required in the country.. What is certain is that at present we study more the candidates who want to be donors , and if before we accepted 20% now we only have 13% of the interested parties. Even so, we could relate the economic crisis with the increase of 20% of donations that we have perceived before its appearance.

Spain is undoubtedly a country of reference throughout Europe in assisted reproduction methods , both for the number of cases treated and the quality of care offered. For example, we were the second worldwide to offer a solution of semen washes in patients with HIV or hepatitis C to avoid infection to the couple or the child.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Simón Marina
Fertility Specialty

It is a national and international eminence specialty. He is the founder of the Spanish Association of Andrology, the organizer of the first sperm bank in Spain and the first egg bank. His career and studies in different countries, such as Germany and the United States, have made him an absolute reference, awarded for his scientific achievements on multiple occasions.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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