Frequently asked questions | IVF Spain


Frequently asked questions
I’m not Spanish. Do you have staff to help me in my own language?
Yes. Our international patient care team and our medical staff speak Spanish, English, German, French, Dutch, Italian and Russian.
How many times will I have to visit to the clinic?
For a detailed answer to your question, read the “Step-by-step” section.
How about my travel arrangements to IVF-Spain?
Our patient care team will help you arrange your visits to Alicante. We’ll organise free taxi rides from the airport or hotel to the centre. We also have agreements with hotels and apartments close to the clinic. In any case, our assistants will ask for your travel details to better manage your treatment.
Is there a waiting list for the first appointment?
No. We will ask you to let us know on which dates you are available. We are almost certain to be able to accommodate your needs.
What type of tests must I have?
All patients and their partners must have blood tests for HIV, Hepatitis B and C and syphilis performed by a certified Spanish laboratory. The test must be no longer than three months old on the date of the embryo transfer.

As well as these mandatory tests, your doctor will most likely order more tests based on your medical history. All this can be done locally before you come to IVF-Spain, or when you arrive at the clinic.
Is there a maximum body mass index (BMI) for fertility treatment?
Each individual case is different and should be discussed with a doctor. However, at IVF-Spain we recommend a BMI equal to or lower than 30.
What is Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH)?
Anti-Müllerian hormone or AMH is produced naturally by women in the ovarian follicles. It is an important indicator of your ovarian reserve.
Can I bring donor semen?
No. In Spain, gamete donation is anonymous by law. This applies to both semen and oocytes. If you require donor semen, you can fill in a form specifying the donor’s phenotype (physical features) and send us a photograph. Our embryologists is able to find suitable donors for all patients.
Can I pick the treatment dates myself?
Yes. IVF-Spain adapts treatments to individual patients’ needs. In fact we usually schedule you for your first appointment to enable you to return during your treatment window so that the doctor can coordinate your stimulation or the donor stimulation to fit in with your plans.
Is there an age limit for undergoing IVF?
There is no hard and fast limit. Success with in vitro fertilisation (IVF) depends largely on hormone levels and the results of the ultrasound scan, among other factors. That's why the initial appointment is so crucial.
Where can I get my medicines?
You can purchase your medicines at chemists in Alicante, locally where you live or online. Wherever you decide to buy them, the clinic will issue you with the prescriptions and the certificates you need to carry the medication on your flight.
Are there any recommendations to take into account after the embryo transfer?
On the day of the transfer, a nurse or assistant will give you the written medical instructions applicable to your case.

However, as a general rule, you can lead a normal life, taking the following precautions.

- Do not have sexual relations until you have had a pregnancy test.
- Avoid physical exertion.
- Do not have very hot baths, do not have saunas and do not snorkel or scuba dive to possible infection.
What happens to embryos that are not transferred?
It is important to remember that vitrification (ultra rapid cryopreservation) is mandatory when surplus embryos are produced. Once vitrified, they are stored at the clinic until you give express consent to the contrary.
Can I fly home on the day after the transfer?
Yes, flying or travel by car or train after an embryo transfer is fine. Travelling does not have an adverse effect on the embryo transfer or future pregnancy.
How will the clinic support me once I am back at home?
The clinic follows up patients until the twelfth week of pregnancy, giving instructions regarding medication according to the results of the blood tests and ultrasound scans. We are also available to answer any questions you may have during this time. That said, we are always delighted when we receive news about our patients and their new arrivals beyond the first trimester.
What if the result of the pregnancy test is negative?
If the test is negative, you should contact your assistant immediately for instructions regarding medication. Each case is then analysed at the weekly meetings of our medical committee, before deciding on treatment options based on existing protocols. You will be notified of their decision and we will help you to move into the next stage.
Is there a waiting list for donors? Where do they come from?
No, there’s no waiting list for donor treatments. Alicante is an extremely cosmopolitan city, with two large universities and more than 40,000 alumni in Spain and abroad, ERASMUS students, medical students, etc. This means we have donors with a wide range of physical characteristics, which makes it easy for us to find a donor for each patient.
How many donors will I get?
Oocyte donation is anonymous in Spain. The medical committee at the clinic is responsible for selecting ideal candidates. IVF-Spain has a donor bank with more than 500 donors. Generally speaking, between three and five donors may meet your specific requirements.
Are the donors tested?
In compliance with the law, all donors undergo a battery of tests (blood tests, drug tests...) and physical, gynaecological and psychological examinations. In addition, IVF-Spain performs genetic tests on all donors to check whether they are carriers of genetic disorders or mutations.
What kind of information can I obtain about the donors?
Remember that gamete donation is anonymous and legally protected in Spain. IVF-Spain can only tell you the donor’s blood group and age. That’s all. You will be told the donor’s age during the 12th week of pregnancy and the blood group will be revealed after the birth.
How old are the donors?
In Spain, donors are aged between 18 and 35 years. However, most of the donors we use at IVF-Spain are under 30 years of age. This ensures oocytes of the best quality.
How long does an oocyte donation treatment take?
It usually takes between six and eight weeks from the initial visit to the embryo transfer. However, numerous factors can affect the total length of the treatment. Examples of these are patients wanting to have the transfer on specific dates or women who need an endometrial biopsy or Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) that includes an additional treatment cycle, etc.
Do you guarantee a specific number of ova?
No. Unlike other assisted reproduction clinics, IVF-Spain guarantees embryos from days 3 to 5 (blastocytes) depending on the chosen treatment. In other words, we guarantee our patients an embryo transfer. Guaranteeing oocytes, however many there might be, does not guarantee fertilisation. This is very important when starting a fertility treatment.
Is there an age limit for undergoing an oocyte donation treatment?
Yes, the age threshold for the receiving mother is 49 years. However, the final decision is taken by the medical team at IVF-Spain.
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