However, the cost of oocyte donation can vary greatly depending on the fertility clinic where it is performed and the services included. In addition, another factor that can generate differences in the price of this fertility treatment is whether the egg donation is exclusive or shared.
Therefore, it is essential that all patients who are going to undergo ovodonation request a personalized quote at the clinic where the fertility treatment is to be performed and know exactly what is included in the price.
Provided below is an index with the 6 points we are going to expand on in this article.
How much does an egg donation cost in Spain?
Currently, the price of in vitro fertilization (IVF) with donor eggs in Spain ranges from 4,000 to 9,000 euros depending on the fertility clinic where it is performed and the tests that are included in the budget.
This reproductive option is recommended for those patients who wish to become mothers and it is not possible to use their own eggs. These situations include women with advanced age, low or no ovarian reserve, functional problems in the ovaries and genetic alterations, among other reasons.
However, ovodonation is a fertility treatment that is difficult for patients to assimilate, since it involves giving up the genetic load.
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If you are interested in the process of ovodonation, you can visit the following article: How is the process of IVF with donor eggs?
What services are included?
As we have already mentioned, the price of IVF with oocyte donation may vary among fertility clinics depending on the services included. Therefore, it is important that patients inform themselves in advance to avoid surprises when it comes to paying for treatment.
Typically, the services that are included in the donor egg IVF budget of most fertility clinics are discussed below:
- Ultrasound controls and follow-up of the recipient throughout the treatment.
- Hormone analysis for the recipient.
- Expenses generated by the egg donor, i.e. costs of medication, puncture and financial compensation.
- Sperm sample processing.
- Fertilization, although there will be differences depending on whether it is performed conventionally or by intracytoplasmic injection (ICSI).
- First embryo transfer.
- Pregnancy test.
However, complementary techniques such as preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), endometrial receptivity test, sperm freezing, embryo culture with Time-Lapse technology, etc. are not usually included in the price of ovodonation. In addition, embryo vitrification and semen analysis may or may not be included in the budget.
What makes egg donation more expensive?
Mainly, the increase in the price of IVF with donor eggs compared to IVF with donor eggs is due to the expenses related to the egg donor herself and the whole process she has to go through. Some of these expenses are as follows:
- Selection of a compatible egg donor.
- Medical and psychological tests of the donor.
- Hormonal medication to produce the development of multiple ovarian follicles.
- Ultrasound and analytical controls during stimulation.
- Donor ovarian puncture.
- Financial compensation for the inconvenience caused during the ovodonation process.
All these phases cost around 3,000 euros, which would be the difference with IVF with the patient's own eggs, which costs approximately 3,500 euros.
Medication for ovarian stimulation
The price of IVF with your own eggs does not include the hormonal medication necessary to stimulate the development of multiple ovarian follicles. The cost of these drugs ranges from 1,000 to 1,500 euros, although it is true that it will depend on the doses required for each woman.
On the contrary, the cost of IVF with ovodonation should include the price of this medication, since it is the fertility clinic itself that provides the drugs for the ovarian stimulation of the donor. Therefore, the egg donor will not have to go and compare the medication on her own, but it is a service included in the recipient's budget.
If you want to learn more about the ovarian stimulation phase, we recommend you to visit the following article: What is ovarian stimulation - Process, medications and symptoms.
Financial compensation for egg donation
The compensation to the egg donor is another aspect that increases the price of egg donation compared to IVF with the donor's own eggs.
The Law on Assisted Reproduction Techniques (Law 14/2006) establishes that egg donation is an altruistic act, for which there is no payment. However, it is true that egg donors receive financial compensation for the inconvenience caused throughout the donation process.
This economic amount is set by the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality taking into account the recommendations of the National Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction. For this, egg donors receive compensation of between 800 and 1,000 euros.
To continue reading more in-depth information on this topic, don't forget to visit the following article: What is the financial compensation for egg donation?
Price according to the type of ovodonation
Although the general price of IVF with oocyte donation is the one we mentioned at the beginning, it is true that it will also depend on the eggs that the patient receives. This means that the recipient has the option of exclusive or shared ovodonation.
The difference between these models of ovodonation and the price of each of them is detailed below.
An IVF treatment with exclusive egg donation is when all the eggs retrieved from a donor are received by the same recipient.
Normally, egg donors usually develop an average of 12-15 eggs, but sometimes this number is lower. For this reason, many Spanish fertility clinics have programs that guarantee a minimum number of eggs for the patient who is going to undergo IVF treatment with oocyte donation.
Exclusive ovodonation costs between 6,500 and 9,000 euros, although the differences between assisted reproduction clinics and the services included must be taken into account. In addition, the price of exclusive egg donation will also vary depending on whether it is performed with fresh or frozen eggs.
Shared egg donation
When you do not want to obtain many embryos or you want to reduce the cost of treatment, some patients choose shared ovodonation. In this case, the eggs extracted from a donor in the ovarian puncture will be distributed among different recipients.
The price of IVF with shared egg donation will vary according to the number of eggs assigned to each patient. Generally, the cost of shared ovodonation is divided into different price ranges:
- 4 Donated eggs
- around 4,000-5,000 euros.
- 6 Donated eggs
- between 4,500 and 6,500 euros.
- 8 Donated eggs
- 6.000-7,500 euros approximately.
Although shared ovodonation means fewer embryos, this does not mean that the possibility of success is diminished. In the end, what we want to achieve is a viable embryo with the capacity to implant in the woman's uterus and to be able to bring a pregnancy to term [frequently asked questions]
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IVF with donor eggs has high success rates compared to other reproductive treatments. If you want more detailed information about the success of this treatment, you can continue reading the following article: Ovodonation success rates: What are the chances of pregnancy?
If you are not sure that the treatment chosen for your case is oocyte donation and you want to know the price of other fertility treatments, we recommend that you continue reading here: What is the price of assisted reproduction treatments?
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