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Ovoclinic Marbella

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Last Update: 12/14/2020

Description

Ovoclinic Marbella, formerly known as FIV Marbella, is a private fertility clinic located in the center of Marbella, Spain, with a total of 1,054m2.

Its founder and director is embryologist Enrique Criado Scholz, its medical director is Dr. Daniel Sosa and in total, they form a team of 89 professionals among doctors, laboratory staff, nurses, coordinators, etc.

Ovoclinic Marbella has the capacity to perform about 1,200 cycles of assisted reproduction per year and 50% of its patients are foreigners. For this reason, the clinic has an international department and is able to attend patients in English, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Arabic.

If you need information on how to get to the Ovoclinic Marbella clinic, either by public or private transport, you can access this link.

History

Ovoclinic Marbella was inaugurated in 2012 and currently has four centers in different Spanish cities and one in Italy: Marbella, Malaga, Barcelona, Madrid and Milan. Another center will also be opened in Ceuta soon.
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On the other hand, ovoclinic Marbella created the first donor egg bank in Europe, called Ovobank, so they are specialized in fertility treatments with gamete donors such as egg donation.

In terms of awards which Ovoclinic Marbella received during the last years, the following are the most important ones:

  • Andalusia Excellence Award 2018, medical category
  • National Medicine Award 2018, assisted reproduction category
  • National Medicine Award 2019, assisted reproduction category
  • A Tu Salud 2019 Award, reproductive medicine and fertility category

Facilities

Ovoclinic Marbella was renovated in 2018, so all its facilities are very new and modern, adapted to all the needs that fertility patients may have.

In the following section, you’ll find a list of all the areas of the clinic, with the resources and technology available to carry out fertility treatments.

Building and facade

Ovoclinic Marbella occupies the first floor of an 8-story corner building located very close to the sea.

The entire façade is designed with large windows through which natural light enters the consultation and waiting room areas, although they have curtains covering them at all times for greater privacy.

The entrance door is also made of glass and opens automatically, thus adapted for people with reduced mobility.

Generally speaking, this is a very busy area, although you can easily park in an esplanade right on the side of the clinic.

Reception and waiting rooms

The reception of Ovoclinic Marbella is at the entrance and has two white counters in a modern style, one on the right and one on the left.

A total of 5 people work here and attend in different languages: Spanish, English, French and Italian.

Following the reception, there are 5 individual waiting rooms: four are small and one larger is the family room.

Each has a Nespresso coffee or tea machine, as well as magazines and newspapers for entertainment. One of the waiting rooms also has a television.

Apart from this, Ovoclinic Marbella has a specific waiting room for gamete donors. This one is bigger than the previous ones, as it is common, and has two sofas, six chairs, a table with magazines and a water dispenser.

Consultation rooms

The consultation area is located on the left side of the clinic, following the long corridor past the reception.

Ovoclinic Marbella has 5 medical consultations and 3 of them are with an examination room. It is located in a separate room inside the practice and is equipped with a gynecological table, the GE Healthcare ultrasound machine, and a hand washbasin.

A total of 4 gynecologists work at Ovoclinic Marbella who speak Spanish, English, French and Italian. The Italian-speaking gynecologist is a native.

All of them are on duty on weekends and holidays, both to perform the follicular puncture or embryo transfer when it is more convenient, and to perform ultrasound controls during the stimulation.

Operating Room

The IVF surgery room in Ovoclinic Marbella is 24.522 and is directly communicated with the IVF laboratory.

Before entering, there is the surgical area, which is a corridor where there are a sink and different access doors to other rooms, such as the laboratory or the recovery room. All these doors are automatic.

The operating room is large and fully equipped with everything needed to perform follicular puncture procedures, embryo transfer and major outpatient surgery: operating table, instrument tables, a monitor, an ultrasound machine, anesthesia administration system, defibrillator and crash cart.

In addition, this operating room has all the necessary measures to ensure maximum sterility conditions, such as the epoxy paper on the walls, and rounded corners and floor bases to prevent dirt from accumulating.

The staff that is present at the interventions are the gynecologist, the anesthesiologist, the nurse, the assistant, and the embryologist if necessary.

Laboratories

Ovoclinic Marbella has 3 physically separate laboratories: andrology, embryology, and a scientific laboratory. The latter two are divided by a glass wall and communicate through a window.

A total of 5 embryologists and 2 laboratory technicians work here, who are on duty on weekends.

Below, we will discuss each of them:

Andrology Laboratory

This laboratory has the necessary equipment and material to process the seminal samples: two laminar flow hoods, two-phase contrast microscopes, a working incubator, a centrifuge and a computer.

The procedures that are performed are the following:

  • Semen Analysis
  • Sperm capacitation for artificial insemination
  • Sperm selection with MACS
  • Fragmentation test with Fertile® chip
  • Sperm selection with hyaluronic acid (SpermSlow™ PICSI)
  • Sperm freezing

This laboratory is also adapted to treat infectious sperm samples. However, all HIV-positive patients in Andalusia are referred to the Virgen de las Nieves Hospital in Granada for fertility treatment.

IVF Laboratory

The doors of the IVF laboratory are automatic and access is restricted from the surgical site.

Here we find all the technology and materials necessary for the correct handling of biological samples: two laminar flow hoods with heated surfaces, four binocular magnifiers, two inverted microscopes, heated blocks, a microinjector with an anti-vibration table, a time-lapse incubator (Miri-TL), and five individual incubators (Planer). The latter is low in oxygen and is used for long blastocyst cultures.

An interesting fact is that the whole laboratory is glassed, so patients can see from the clinic corridor how the embryologists work.

Another piece of equipment present in the IVF laboratory at Ovoclinic Marbella is a laser with which embryo biopsies or assisted hatching are performed.

There are also 6 oocyte and embryo cryopreservation banks, which are frozen using the vitrification method.

The walls of the laboratory, like those of the operating room, are covered with epoxy paper to facilitate cleaning, there are no right angles on the walls or floor so that dirt does not accumulate and the ventilation system has positive pressure. All this is indispensable to guarantee the maximum conditions of sterility.

Finally, the computerized security and traceability systems for biological samples used at Ovoclinic Marbella are the VRepro and the Ovotracker.

Scientific laboratory

It is right next to the IVF laboratory and equipped with the following equipment: a laminar flow hood with two binocular magnifiers, a microinjector with anti-vibration table, two Planer incubators and two cryopreservation benches.

Procedures with eggs and embryos are performed here for research purposes.

Recovery room

Ovoclinic Marbella has a large recovery room with 5 articulated beds separated by panels and a computer table where the nurse is located.

This room is located within the surgical area, that is, in the clean area next to the operating room and the IVF laboratory.

Inside the room, there is a common toilet with individual lockers for patients to leave their things. However, as this is a sterile area, there is no additional seat for the accompanying person.

Ovoclinic Marbella offers its patients the service of breakfast or lunch after each intervention.

Sperm collection rooms

FOvoclinic Marbella has two rooms for obtaining semen samples.

Each is equipped with the following amenities: armchair, sink, paper dispenser, television, magazines and adjustable lighting.

These rooms also have a button so that the patient can call in once he or she is finished and the staff comes to collect the sample.

Nursing room

Ovoclinic Marbella has a small room to do the blood draws for the patients.

The resources found here are a stretcher with armrests, a sink, a refrigerator, a storage area and a table.

Once the blood samples are obtained, Ovoclinic Marbella sends them to an external laboratory for analysis.

First visit

Ovoclinic Marbella offers all its patients a free first visit that lasts approximately one hour.

This first visit is informative and is carried out by several professionals: the patient care staff, the gynecologist and the assigned coordinator.

  • The gynecologist checks if there are previous reports or analyses provided by the patients, gives an orientation and indicates what the next steps would be.
  • The coordinator then shows all the facilities to the patients by giving them a tour of the clinic and, if necessary, gives a quote for the treatment.
  • The patient care staff provides all necessary documentation and gives the next appointments.

It should be noted that each patient at Ovoclinic Marbella is assigned a coordinator who accompanies them to each appointment. If they have any questions, patients can contact their coordinator who will help them through the process. In addition, patient care at Ovoclinic Marbella is 24 hours.

IVF Marbella has 10 patient care coordinators who speak the following languages: Spanish, English, French, Italian, German and Dutch.

Foreign patients have the possibility to make the first visit by Skype or telephone.

On the other hand, Ovoclinic Marbella also has the option of a first gynecological visit. This costs 120 euros and includes a semen analysis and ultrasound.

What treatments do they perform?

The treatments that can be carried out at Ovoclinic Marbella are specified below:

Embryo Adoption
Embryo cryopreservation
Fertility preservation
Frozen Embryo Transfer
In Vitro Fertilization / ICSI
IUI with Donor Sperm
IUI with Partner's Sperm
IVF with Donor Egg & Donor Sperm
IVF with Donor Eggs
IVF with Donor Sperm
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
Reciprocal IVF
Sperm freezing

If you're still unsure which fertility treatment is right for you and would like to know more about it, we suggest you read on here: Fertility Treatment Overview.

The treatment costs may vary significantly depending on the tests or techniques included or not, such as the seminogram, medication, fertility testing, medical visits, prolonged culture or embryo vitrification.

This Tool helps you to find out the exact costs of the different fertility clinics (what's included and what's not) and provides you with lots of useful tips for your first appointment.

Complementary techniques

In addition to all the treatments indicated in the previous section, Ovoclinic Marbella also offers its patients other complementary techniques.

The blastocyst culture, for example, has the advantage of better selecting the embryos with the greatest potential for implantation and thus increasing the probability of pregnancy. It is especially indicated for couples with implantation failures or miscarriages.

Additionally, Ovoclinic Marbella has an incubator with Time-Lapse technology, so that all the embryonic growth is recorded in a video that the embryologist can evaluate later to choose the best embryo. This video is given to the patients to keep as a souvenir.

Men suffering from azoospermia, on the other hand, can undergo sperm recovery techniques such as testicular biopsy or epididymis aspiration.

Other complementary techniques performed at Ovoclinic Marbella are Assisted Hatching, Sperm DNA Fragmentation, Genetic Compatibility Test, etc.

Egg and sperm donors

By having the Ovobank egg bank, Ovoclinic Marbella serves many women who want to become egg donors.

They come to the same clinic to perform the process of ovarian stimulation and follicular puncture but are called at different times from the patients. For this purpose, there is a temporary separation between donors and recipients.

Egg donors are also assigned a coordinator and 24-hour telephone attention in case they have questions about medication or any problems.

Only 30% of the women who are candidates for egg donors end up donating as Ovoclinic Marbella follows very strict criteria for selecting donors.

On the other hand, Ovobank has developed a very interesting tool for patients who undergo egg donation. This tool is Ovomatch, a mathematical algorithm that allows facial recognition to assign donors with high similarity to the recipient in a totally objective way. To do this, the receiver has to enter her physical data in the application and make a 'selfie'.

It should be noted that Ovomatch guarantees the anonymity of the egg donors at all times, as established by Law 14/2006 on Assisted Human Reproduction Techniques.

As for sperm donors, they also have the possibility of donating at Ovoclinic Marbella, where they pass all the necessary medical and psychological tests.

Other services

Ovoclinic Marbella patients also have at their disposal other medical specialties that can be of great help in order to achieve success in fertility treatments. They are listed below:

Psychological support
Ovoclinic Marbella has a psychologist on staff who helps her patients to keep a healthy and positive mentality towards the treatment.
Acupuncture service
these sessions of traditional Chinese medicine are offered before and after the embryo transfer.
Nutritionist
nutrition and maintaining an adequate BMI are indispensable factors in achieving a pregnancy.

In addition, Ovoclinic Marbella has a medical committee to deal with cases of high complexity such as recurrent miscarriages, endometriosis, cancer patients, etc.

Success rates

The Spanish Fertility Society is in charge of compiling the results of all the Spanish assisted reproduction clinics every year and making a statistical analysis. In fact, the SEF is the only scientific and independent organization of the clinics that collects and publishes these data in an objective manner.

Although our analysis of this clinic was carried out in 14th December, 2020, we have to indicate that the last report published by the SEF shows the success rates obtained in the year 2018 (National Activity Register 2018-SEF Register).

Normally, there is a delay of about 2 years in the publication of these statistics due to the difficulty in data collection and the controls that are carried out. It should be noted that, to collect data from a gestation achieved in December 2017, we must wait until delivery, which will be approximately in September 2018.

It should also be taken into account that directly comparing pregnancy rates between different clinics can lead to misunderstandings because there are many factors that influence the results, such as the cause of sterility or the particular characteristics of each treatment.

Therefore, the SEF data shown below should be taken as a mere guide. In addition, we recommend reading this article for a better interpretation of the statistics.

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IVF/ICSI

Realized cycles

Number of total cycles performed by the clinic in a year.

The SEF does not provide an exact number of annual cycles that each center performs, but rather it does so in the form of ranges as follows: less than 100 annual cycles, between 100 and 500 annual cycles, or more than 500 annual cycles.

From inviTRA we consider that for a better interpretation of the results it would be good that the SEF provides more exact data or smaller ranges for the number of annual cycles.

This is the total number of cycles performed by Ovoclinic Marbella in a year.

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Cycles with fresh embryos: 0 a 99 per year
Cycles with frozen embryos: 0 a 99 per year

Implantation rate per transfer

The probability that an embryo will implant in the woman's uterus after the transfer.

This success rate refers to the probability that a transferred embryo will nest in the woman's uterus. It is calculated as follows: number of gestational sacs observed on ultrasound divided by the number of embryos transferred.

The SEF shows this value in the form of an interval, since it is very complicated to provide an exact percentage due to the variability of factors that we have already discussed.

It should also be taken into account that the more assisted reproduction cycles the clinic performs, the narrower this interval will be and the better the interpretation.

Below, we show the implantation rates per embryo transfer in Ovoclinic Marbella.

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Transfer of fresh embryos
21.9% - 61.4%
Transfer of frozen embryos
22.7% - 59.3%

Pregnancy probability per transfer

Probability that an embryo transfer will lead to a pregnancy, regardless of the number of embryos transferred.

This success rate refers to the probability of pregnancy for each embryo transfer, regardless of the number of embryos transferred and the type of gestation obtained, that is, whether it is a single or multiple gestation.

The SEF divides this success rate according to the woman's age and is also shown in the form of an interval, so it is likely that very large intervals will be found in clinics that perform few cycles.

These are the pregnancy rates per embryo transfer obtained by Ovoclinic Marbella.

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Fresh embryo transfer

Recipient woman's age: under 35 years old
8.5% - 54%
Recipient woman's age: between 35 and 39 years old
0% - 100%
Recipient woman's age: over 40 years old
0% - 86.7%

Frozen embryo transfer

Recipient woman's age
12.4% - 51.3%
Recipient woman's age
6.7% - 60%
Recipient woman's age
13.3% - 100%

Percentage of transferred embryos

Percentage of embryo transfers made with one, two or three embryos

According to Law 14/2006 on Assisted Human Reproduction Techniques, in Spain it is only permitted to transfer a maximum of 3 embryos at each attempt.

Even so, a higher percentage of single-embryo transfers is now considered a quality parameter for clinics, since although transfers of two or three embryos increase the rate of gestation, twin or multiple pregnancies have many risks for the mother and babies and must be avoided at all costs.

The recommendation of inviTRA is to transfer only 1 or 2 embryos whenever possible.

In Ovoclinic Marbella they have the following percentages in terms of number of embryos transferred.

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Fresh embryo transfer

Transfer of 1 embryo (85.7%)
Transfer of 2 embryos (14.3%)
Transfer of 3 embryos (0%)

Frozen embryo transfer

Transfer of 1 embryo (64.9%)
Transfer of 2 embryos (35.1%)
Transfer of 3 embryos (0%)

Type of pregnancy per transfer

Types of pregnancies achieved according to the number of embryos transferred

As we have said, a single gestation is the best result that can be obtained after an assisted reproduction treatment.

In the following graphs, the percentage of each type of gestation obtained in Ovoclinic Marbella is shown according to the number of embryos transferred.

Due to the risks associated with multiple pregnancies (lower birth weight, higher probability of premature birth, etc.), the ideal would be to always obtain a single gestation rate of 100%, regardless of having transferred 1, 2 or 3 embryos.

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Transfer of fresh embryos

Transferring one embryo
Single pregnancy: 50%
Twin pregnancy: 50%
Multiple pregnancy: 0%
Transferring two embryos
Single pregnancy: 66.7%
Twin pregnancy: 33.3%
Multiple pregnancy: 0%

Transfer of frozen embryos

Transferring one embryo
Single pregnancy: 100%
Twin pregnancy: 0%
Multiple pregnancy: 0%
Transferring two embryos
Single pregnancy: 37.5%
Twin pregnancy: 662.5%
Multiple pregnancy: 0%

IVF with egg donation

Realized cycles

Number of total cycles performed by the clinic in a year.

As far as egg donation is concerned, these are the ranges of annual cycles performed by Ovoclinic Marbella.

As we have indicated above, the SEF does not provide the exact number of cycles performed by a center and that makes it difficult to interpret.

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Fresh IVF cycles: 0 a 99 per year
Cycles with frozen embryos: 0 a 99 per year

Implantation rate per transfer

The probability that an embryo will implant in the woman's uterus after the transfer.

The probability of a successful egg donation is usually higher than that of IVF with own eggs.

Taking this into account, these are the implantation rates obtained in Ovoclinic Marbella for IVF with donated eggs.

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Transfer of fresh embryos
35,2% - 92.1%
Transfer of frozen embryos
25.6% - 56.6%

Pregnancy probability per transfer

Probability that an embryo transfer will lead to a pregnancy, regardless of the number of embryos transferred.

In the case of egg donation, the probability of achieving a pregnancy does not depend so much on the age of the recipient woman. Still, the SEF divides this success rate equally into age ranges.

It should also be noted that the current trend is to perform IVF with frozen donor eggs rather than fresh ones.

These are the pregnancy rates by embryo transfer obtained in Ovoclinic Marbella for egg donation.

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Fresh embryo transfer

Recipient woman's age: under 35 years old
0% - 100%
Recipient woman's age: between 35 and 39 years old
100% - 100%
Recipient woman's age: over 40 years old
10% - 90%

Frozen embryo transfer

Recipient woman's age: under 35 years old
0% - 86.7%
Recipient woman's age: between 35 and 39 years old
0% - 82.9%
Recipient woman's age: over 40 years old
25.9% - 65.8%

Percentage of transferred embryos

Percentage of embryo transfers made with one, two or three embryos

Given the high probability of achieving a pregnancy with donated eggs, it is always preferable to transfer a single embryo in this treatment in order to avoid a multiple pregnancy.

In Ovoclinic Marbella the embryos resulting from egg donation are transferred in the following manner.

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Transfer of fresh embryos

Transfer of 1 embryo (100%)
Transfer of 2 embryos (0%)
Transfer of 3 embryos (0%)

Transfer of frozen embryos

Transfer of 1 embryo (0%)
Transfer of 2 embryos (100%)
Transfer of 3 embryos (0%)

Type of pregnancy per transfer

Types of pregnancies achieved according to the number of embryos transferred

Finally, these are the types of pregnancies achieved by Ovoclinic Marbella according to the number of embryos transferred in egg donation IVF.

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Fresh Embryo transfer

Transferring one embryo
Single pregnancy: 100%
Twin pregnancy: 0%
Multiple pregnancy: 0%
Transferring two embryos
Single pregnancy: 0%
Twin pregnancy: 100%
Multiple pregnancy: 0%

Frozen Embryo transfer

Transferring one embryo
Single pregnancy: 100%
Twin pregnancy: 0%
Multiple pregnancy: 0%
Transferring two embryos
Single pregnancy: 50%
Twin pregnancy: 50%
Multiple pregnancy: 0%

Artificial insemination with donor sperm

Pregnancy rate per cycle

Number of pregnancies per cycle according to the woman's age.

To show the pregnancy rate of donor artificial insemination, the SEF divides the results according to the woman's age.

These are the probability intervals of pregnancy achieved by Ovoclinic Marbella for donor artificial insemination.

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Patient's age: under 35 years old
0% - 82.9%
Patient's age: between 35 and 39 years old
0% - 44.8%

Type of gestation by pregnancy

Type of pregnancy obtained after performing an artificial insemination treatment

As for the type of pregnancy obtained after getting a positive result with donor artificial insemination, these are the data obtained by Ovoclinic Marbella according to the woman's age.

It is worth noting the risks that a multiple pregnancy entails for both mother and babies, so the ideal result in any assisted reproduction treatment is a single gestation.

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Women under 35 years

Single pregnancy (50%)
Twin pregnancy (50%)
Multiple pregnancy (0%)

Women between 35-39 years

Single pregnancy (100%)
Twin pregnancy (0%)
Multiple pregnancy (0%)

User experiences

In general, Ovoclinic Marbella has good opinions on the Internet from its patients. In Google Business reviews everyone agrees that they have received excellent treatment from their professionals, with kindness and professionalism.

Some patients have also indicated that they cannot contact the doctor when something has come up.

However, as we have already indicated, Ovoclinic Marbella has a 24-hour telephone service with patient care personnel, who are responsible for handling any queries and acting as a link between the patient and the doctor.

You can also read more opinions and experiences at Ovoclinic Marbella in our comments section.

Medical team

 Enrique Criado Scholz
Enrique Criado Scholz
CEO, Clinical and laboratory director
Embryologist
Daniel Fernando Sosa
Daniel Fernando Sosa
Medical Director
Gynecologist
License no: 290846745
Eduardo
Eduardo
Head of Ovoclinic Barcelona
Javier Ruiz
Javier Ruiz
Medical Director Barcelona
Blanca Paraíso
Blanca Paraíso
Gynecologist
María José
María José
Gynecologist
Sadia Chocrón
Sadia Chocrón
Gynecologist
José María Sánchez
José María Sánchez
Gynecologist
Xavier Julve
Xavier Julve
Gynecologist
Mauricio Gómez
Mauricio Gómez
Gynecologist
Nicole
Nicole
Gynecologist

Location of the clinic

Ovoclinic Marbella is located on Avenida Severo Ochoa N/67, just opposite the Marina La Bajadilla marina.

This is the central area of Marbella, so patients have several restaurants, supermarkets and shops nearby, in addition to the promenade and the beach.

How to get there?

Patients arriving at Ovoclinic Marbella from Malaga can take the A-357 and A-355. You can also take the AP-7 to exit 186, although you have to pay toll fees. The distance from Malaga is about 62 kilometers and, if you come from the airport, about 52 kilometers.

Although it can be a bit complicated in high season, it is possible to find parking in the nearby streets or in an esplanade right next to Ovoclinic Marbella. Parking is free of charge. There is also the Calle Juan de la Cierva parking lot about 200 meters away if necessary.

As far as public transport is concerned, the bus lines with stops near Ovoclinic Marbella are the L-60 (Fuengirola - Marbella (Direct)), the L-76 (Hospital Costa Del Sol - Marbella - Nueva Andalucía), the L-78 (Hospital Costa Del Sol - Marbella - San Pedro) and the M-220 (Fuengirola - Marbella).

Furthermore, in the case of international patients or those who require it, Ovoclinic Marbella has a transportation service that will pick them up at the airport. If requested, the clinic's international department will also help you with accommodation in the center of Marbella or with booking flights.

Conclusion

Ovoclinic Marbella is a good clinic to carry out any fertility treatment, as they have all the technology and personnel necessary to do so.

Its facilities are very comfortable and innovative, from individual waiting rooms to laboratories with glass walls. The staff at Ovoclinic Marbella takes care of every last detail so that patients do not feel alone on this hard road to motherhood.

In addition, Ovoclinic Marbella has a lot of experience in egg donation cycles, as they have their own egg bank and very useful tools to optimize the whole process, as is the case of the Ovomatch application we have mentioned.

If you have any doubts when choosing a fertility clinic, we can give you more recommendations and advice such as those found in the article Things to Consider to Choose the Right Fertility Clinic for You.

Healthcare Operating Authorization

Health Center approved by the Spanish Ministry of Health - License number (CNN): 0129005606

Last Update: 12/14/2020
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