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What is the ROPA method?

It is a reproductive medicine technique intended for homosexual couples made up of two women, where both actively participate in the treatment and pregnancy. One of them provides the oocytes, inseminated with anonymous donor sperm, and the other one receives the embryos. Thus, there is a genetic mother and a gestational mother who share the path towards motherhood.

First appointment: At the first appointment, the reciprocal IVF method is suggested to the female couple as one of the best assisted reproduction methods since, in this case, the gestational mother can play an important role in the embryonic development. Both women undergo a gynaecological evaluation in order to increase the probability of a pregnancy.

What does it entail?

First step

The first step is a controlled ovarian induction through medication of the woman who will be providing her eggs. The objective is to stimulate ovulation to obtain an appropriate number of oocytes for the laboratory work, increasing the possibility of success. All the treatments are personalised and the patient is monitored during the days when she is administered the medication.

Second step

The second step is to extract the oocytes vaginally by means of an ovarian puncture, with the patient sedated. The oocytes are then fertilised in the lab with the male sperm. Between 16 and 18 hours later, the oocytes are checked to see if they have been fertilised and the couple is informed of the results.

Third step

The woman who will receive the embryo must undergo an endometrial preparation for the correct implantation of the embryo. This process entails the administration of a personalised hormone treatment in order to increase the probability of a pregnancy.

Fourth step

Just like in the In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) process, the donor oocytes are fertilised with the anonymous donor sperm sample in the laboratory. On the 5th day, the fertilised oocytes are examined to confirm if they have developed correctly and the intrauterine transfer of the best embryo to the gestational mother is performed.

Fifth step

We will let you know the best date to have a blood pregnancy test, which tends to be 8 days after the transfer. You will be able to lead a normal life during that time, although high-intensity activities are not recommended.

Our success rates

The ROPA method offers higher pregnancy rates than other less complex assisted reproduction treatments, such as artificial insemination (In Vitro Fertilisation rates: positives after first transfer – 65%). Generally speaking, couples who are interested in the reciprocal IVF method are younger and they probably have no infertility problems.


Positives after first transfer

* Statistics for our patients in 2021.

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