Frequently Questions

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Who can be an oocyte or sperm donor?

Oocyte donors are healthy young women who would selflessly like to help other women to become mothers. Most of them are professionals with a high I.Q. Others are university students.

Requirements are, to be between the ages of 18 and 35, hold a negative family record of genetically transmitted illnesses, normal karyotype, negative screening of genetic illnesses, negative comprehensive study of sexually transmitted illnesses (HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis), normal reproduction system, mentally and physically healthy, medical history of fertility or adequate response to ovary stimulation treatment, and normal body mass.

Semen donors are young healthy males who donate their semen voluntarily in order for it to be used by couples who are undergoing assisted reproduction treatment.

Requirements are, to be between the ages of 18 and 35, psychophysically healthy, not to have any personal or hereditary illnesses which could be passed onto descendants, like diabetes or epilepsy, not to be infected or carry any hepatitis B antigens, hepatitis C antibodies, anti-AIDS ½ antibodies or syphilis, not to be a carrier of any kind of infections, posses a 4.5 times over the normal level of semen quality, and to have semen that can survive the freezing and defrosting process, as well as normal karyotype.

Is donation anonymous?

Yes. Spanish Law states that the donor’s identity must be kept in the strictest confidentiality.

Can donors know the identity of any children born through their donation?

No. Law states that donation is an anonymous action, and therefore, donors have no right to know the identity of any children born through their donation. In the same way, donors can not be identified by children born through the same process.

How can I become a donor?

In the case of oocyte donors, after getting in touch with our centre, an interview will take place in order to establish whether or not the above mentioned requirements are met. If the interview goes well then a gynaecology test and a medical examination will be performed. At the same time, a blood test will be carried out. Once the results are known, and a positive outcome is established, treatment will commence after the first day of menstruation.

For semen donors, after contacting us, a first interview will take place. If all requirements are met, then a first semen sample can be taken. Subsequently, a second semen sample is taken to cross check the results with the first one. If all results are in order then a freezing and defrosting test of the second sample will be carried out. If these tests go according to requirements, a third semen sample is taken along with a blood test. The third semen sample will be kept frozen in our semen storage bank. It will also be kept in quarantine for the stated time until all results and studies are received. After this process, the donor can come to our centre on a weekly basis.

Do donors receive any kind of monetary compensation?

Donation is an altruistic act; nevertheless we compensate any transport fees paid to come to our centre, any wages missed due to a day off work, etc. At our centre, the compensation is €900.00 that is paid once the donation process is complete

Is there a limit to donations?

According to Spanish Law, a person who has donated can only do so until a maximum of six children have successfully been born.

Is Oocytes donation a painful process?

No. For the majority of young donors who have done it, the experience has been a positive one; they feel very satisfied and proud repeating the process.

Can oocyte donation affect my ovarian reserve?

No, in each cycle hundreds of oocytes are lost naturally. These oocytes can not be used. Our treatment collects these oocytes which otherwise have been lost. In many cases, the fact that a complete gynaecological examination has been performed beforehand means that we can advise you on any future fertility issues.

When is a donor rejected?

When semen quality, once tested, does not permit freezing or when after being frozen, it doesn’t survive as per our standards.

When periodic blood tests reveal any type of abnormality.


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