IVF-ICSI with donor sperm

If you do not live in Spain...

You only need to visit to Ginemed once.

The pre-treatment tests can be sent by email, fax or brought to the free initial information consultation.

We evaluate your results and programme the treatment for the date of your choice.

The treatment controls can be done in your home country.

Treatment stages

Fase de programación

At Ginemed, we adapt perfectly to your needs:

  • As soon as possible. We will start the ovarian stimulation with your next menstrual cycle
  • On a specific date for the embryo transfer. This gives you time to organise your trip, reserve hotels and plan your days off work, etc.
Fase de estimulación ovárica y controles
Ovarian stimulation and controls

The stimulation begins on the 2nd or 3rd day of your menstrual cycle. There a number of different protocols (long and short) but the aim of all of these is to stimulate the production of mature eggs. This stimulation usually lasts 10 days, during which 3 ultrasounds are required. When the optimum follicle size has been achieved, we move on to the final maturation and the egg retrieval takes place between 35 and 38 hours later.

Fase de punción de óvulos y muestra de semen
Egg retrieval and semen sample

Egg retrieval is carried out vaginally. A sedation is used. The aspirated liquid is processed immediately by our laboratory in order to obtain the eggs. This same day the concentration and capacitation of the donated semen sample is processed by our laboratory in order to select the best quality spermatozoids.

Fase de laboratorio: fecundación y cultivo

Fertilisation is normally done using intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), which consists of introducing a spermatozoid into the egg using a micro needle. Following the fertilisation of the eggs, the embryos remain in the laboratory for a few days until the embryologist determines the best moment for the transfer. In some cases, to improve results, special laboratory techniques can be used.

Fase de transferencia embrionaria
Embryo transfer

This consists of placing the embryo into the uterus through a thin catheter introduced into the cervix. It is not painful and is normally carried out 2-6 days following the egg retrieval; usually on the third day. Spanish legislation allows up to three embryos to be transferred.

Fase de tratamiento postransferencia
Post-transfer treatment

Following the embryo transfer, we recommend that you rest for the remainder of the transfer day and only carry out relaxed activities the following day; later you can return to normal life. There are no problems with transport, including travelling by plane. We recommend avoiding strenuous activities and competitive sports for two weeks after the transfer. Normally, we prescribe a treatment of vaginal progesterone, beginning the day of the egg donation. We also recommend taking folic acid.

Fase de confirmación de embarazo
Confirmation of pregnancy

12 days after the embryo transfer, a blood analysis (B-HCG) is carried out to confirm the pregnancy. Do not suspend the medication without instruction from your gynaecologist regardless of the results.

Fase de ecografia

15 days after the B-HCG analysis, an ultrasound scan must be carried out to confirm the gestation (single or multiple) and to confirm the presence of a fetal heartbeat.

Gráfico de fases de FIV-ICSI con semen de donante

Sperm donors

Sperm donation is a voluntary, anonymous and altruistic act and therefore Spanish law does not allow the recipient to provide or choose their own donor.

We are only able to provide general information about the donor (and never reveal their identity).

All donors must be of legal age and have passed a series of tests to rule out: immunological, genetic and hereditary illnesses, and infectious and transmissible diseases.

The responsibility for selecting the donor lies with the medical team, who are duty bound to find the donor who best meets the characteristics for each individual case.

Neither the woman, nor her partner (if she has one) can refute parentage of any child born.

In Spain, The maximum number of children born from each donor is six.

Embryo vitrification

Any viable pre-embryos, which have not been transferred, must be vitrified (Act 14/2006).

Vitrification consists of freezing the pre-embryos instantaneously; this prevents the formation of ice crystals and, as a result, the risk of damage to the cellular structures of the embryos when they are thawed practically disappears.

Thanks to the advanced vitrification techniques that Ginemed uses, the survival of the pre-embryos during the thawing, following vitrification, is practically 100%.

We are obtaining practically identical pregnancy rates in vitrified cycles as we are in cycles using fresh embryos.

Vitrificación de embriones


At Ginemed, we have pregnancy rates of around 50% in IVF-ICSI treatments, these are pregnancies confirmed by a fetal heartbeat via ultrasound control.

Results depend greatly on the age of the woman and other relevant factors that might have indicated this as the treatment of choice.

See our results

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