The ROPA method, also known as Partner Assisted Reproduction, is the reproductive solution for lesbian couples who have the desire to form a family. It is becoming increasingly
popular among same-sex female couples as it gives both the chance to actively participate in the process: one undergoes ovarian stimulation and provides the necessary eggs whereas the other will give birth to a baby.
This method, also known as “Shared Motherhood”, is permitted by law in Spain and consists in fertilizing the egg with donor sperm in the laboratory. The resulting embryo will then be implanted in the uterus of the female partner.
The embryo culture in the laboratory requires constant surveillance and control of multiple parameters; for this reason in vitro fertilization greatly depends on the quality of the laboratory as well as on the applied assisted reproduction techniques.
Spain has one of the most progressive laws on assisted reproduction worldwide. Both sperm and egg donation are legal and anonymous. In addition, Spanish law provides that children born by means of assisted reproduction techniques shall not be able to obtain information regarding the donor - similarly, the donor shall not be able to obtain information, such as the identity of the conceived child.
The ROPA treatment is performed by means of personalized and controlled ovarian stimulation, using next-gen protocols in order to obtain 8 - 12 oocytes.
Pregnancy rates 50 - 70%.*
For whom is it appropriate?
- Women between 30 – 42 years (with normal ovarian reserve).
- Married female couple.
Treatment viability depends on medical diagnosis.
*Pregnancy rates depend on age, ovarian reserve, individual response to treatment and genetics. Displayed data are representative to the studied cases.