Legal conditions

  • Single woman are entitled to undergo a treatment
  • Age restrictions are not determined by law, but a so-called “unwritten agreement”. It is thought to be around the age of 50
  • More than 3 eggs may be fertilised per cycle and can be transmitted.


In Spain, the selection of the sex of the child is allowed only for certain reasons, if it is thought that a genetic disease linked to the sex can be prevented. In the well known 1988 case, the “judgment of Mataró”, the court denied the right of a mother of four sons to be able to be able to select a daughter as the next child. This was one of the few court cases in which the Law no. 35/1988 on medically assisted reproductive techniques was applied. This law, about which still a broad social consensus exists even today, was then regarded as a novelty worldwide.

Sperm/egg donation

  • Donation is anonymous
  • No more than 6 children can be conceived from a single donor.
  • Surplus embryos must be released from the outset for adoption.
  • Donors voluntary, not compensated.
  • Donors have a very high standard to meet- only 5% who apply to be a donor are successful.


For IVF treatment, the average price is about 4000, – EUR – plus additional costs for medicine

Treatment with egg donation costs between 8,000 to 10,000, – EUR.

Success rate (statistics for 2012)

  • IVF / ICSI: 38%
  • Egg donation 54%

Spanish assisted reproduction commissions

Spain has a “National Commission for assisted human reproduction”, whose task is to draw up reports to evaluate research projects and improve techniques. In Catalonia there is also a “Commission for techniques for assisted human reproduction” that existed before its national counterpart. This Commission has published a large number of reports on complex issues such as embryo research, oocyte donation, and storing of eggs and sperm.