Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is there an embryo bank?

Yes, we have a bank of embryos donated by patients who have achieved pregnancy and want to help other people in the same situation.

For how long is it possible to keep my frozen embryos?

Frozen embryos can be used for your entire fertile life.

Are the assisted reproduction treatments very expensive?

Treatments for assisted reproduction are individualised for each patient. Our will be happy to answer any questions and offer a personal quotation.

Do the assisted reproduction treatments have good results?

At TAHE FERTILIDAD we are proud to say that 70% of our patients who have undergone treatment have successfully achieved pregnancy.

Are donors paid to donate their eggs or sperm?

No, but the clinic will compensate donors for their time and travel in accordance with Spanish law.

What techniques are legal under Spanish law?

Spanish legislation permits assisted reproduction by the following techniques:Egg and sperm donation Embryo donationTreatments for single womenEgg and embryo freezingPre-implantation genetic diagnosisEmbryonic reduction in cases of triple pregnancy.

Can I become pregnant if I’ve had the menopause?

Yes. With egg donation it is possible to become pregnant after the menopause.

How many times can I donate my eggs?

There is a limit to the number of children born from each donor. Spanish assisted reproduction laws restrict the number to 6.

Is it possible to know the identity of a donor?

No. Total anonymity is guaranteed. The law decrees that children born from these techniques cannot know the identity of the donor, nor can the donor know the identity of the child.

Can I become pregnant during the donation treatment?

If you follow all our advice you will not become pregnant.

If I donate eggs will it affect my fertility?

No. In a woman natural cycle several follicles are produced, but only one matures and becomes a mature egg. The others are released and lost. All we do is stimulate the ovaries so that these eggs become mature.

Can a serodiscordant couple have children?

Yes, but we must be able to guarantee the health of the child.

Can I have children if I’ve had a tubal ligation?

Yes, using in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

Can I have children if I’ve had a vasectomy?

Yes, with a testicular biopsy we can obtain sperm from the testicles and inseminate the eggs using the ICSI technique.

Can I still become pregnant if my partner is not ejaculating sperm?

Yes. With a testicular biopsy we can obtain sperm and using the ICSI technique we then inseminate the eggs.

Are assisted reproduction treatments unnatural?

No. These treatments do not alter the natural course of pregnancy. The only aid we give is to restore fertility, by assisting the process of unifying the egg and the sperm so they can create an embryo in the same way it would form in the mother uterus.

I don’t have a male partner but I want to become a mother

Spanish law currently permits single women to have children from assisted reproduction treatment donated sperm from an anonymous donor.

What are the most common causes of sterility?

In approximately 40% of cases the problem originates from the woman, and in 40% it comes from the man. In up to 20% of cases the exact cause is unknown. Factors that may be relevant are the age of the woman, problems affecting the inside of the uterus (polyps or myoma), obstructions in the fallopian tubes, and sperm abnormalities. And although it may seem obvious, the frequency of sexual relations is very important.

When do you need to start thinking about treatment?

If in 12 months of practising unprotected sex you have not become pregnant, or if you are more than 36 years old and have been trying for 6 months, the time is right for undertaking a fertility study.

Are there any side effects from the hormones administered to stimulate the ovaries?

The hormones are the same as those the body produces naturally, which means there are no side effects apart from possible water retention or slight discomfort.

Is sterility the same as infertility?

No. Sterility refers to a person who has practised unprotected sex for 1 year and has been unable to conceive. Infertility is used to describe a person who can conceive but where the pregnancy results in miscarriage.