ROPA Method

The ROPA Method, whose acronym stands for Reception of Oocytes from the Partner, is used in couples of homosexual women where both wish to be part of the experience of motherhood.

The embryo resulting from the fertilization of the egg provided by one of the two women is implanted in the uterus of the other part of the couple, which will carry the management.

We will explain briefly what this method of Assisted Reproduction consists of, although if you have any doubts you can always call us or send us a message, we will be happy to help you!


What is the success rate of the ROPA Pregnancy Method?

An egg cell under 35 years of age has a 60% chance of pregnancy, while if it is between 36-39 years of age it drops to 50-40%. At 40 years of age, the success rate is 35%, at 43 we have a 15% success rate, but at 45 we have less than 5% success.

How does the ROPA fertilization method work?

The ROPA Method is an ideal treatment since it makes it possible for both of you to be the biological mothers of your baby. What seemed impossible until a few years ago, becomes a reality thanks to fivmadrid.

First Visit

To start with the process, you must arrange with our doctor a first consultation in which your medical history will be reviewed. It is important that you provide as much information as you can, although it may be complemented with the necessary analytical tests.

With this information our doctor will determine if you are suitable for this treatment, and after personalizing it, our patient care team will provide you with a quote.

When the doctor gives the go-ahead, let’s get to work! This method is developed in parallel with both mothers.

How does the ROPA Pregnancy Method work?

The first step for both of you is to synchronize your menstrual cycle, usually by taking contraceptives.

After this, the egg donor undergoes a customized ovarian stimulation. This phase usually lasts 12 to 15 days, and is monitored by ultrasound. Once this part of the process is completed, an ovarian puncture is performed to extract the eggs, ready to be fertilized.

This fertilization can be performed, on the one hand, by the traditional IVF method, placing the sperm and the eggs in the same culture dish, simulating the natural process.

It can also be performed by the ICSI fertilization method, where a single sperm is injected into the cytoplasm of the egg. The selection of the most suitable sperm will be done using the IMSI technique, which allows the sperm to be visualized at 20 times magnification. Once selected, fertilization will be prepared in the ZYMOT microfluidic chamber.

To check whether fertilization has been successful, the embryo is monitored by means of a time-lapse that captures images of its first moments of life, allowing the selection of those with the highest probability of implantation. While all this is taking place, the recipient receives hormonal treatment to prepare the uterus for embryo implantation. This phase usually lasts about a month and a half.

When this is completed, the embryos resulting from In Vitro Fertilization will be transferred into her uterus. If there is a risk of implantation failure or in the case of women with repeated miscarriages or women over 40 years of age, PGD (Preimplantational Genetic Diagnosis) is performed to select the embryos with the best chances of gestation. One or two embryos are usually transferred in the blastocyst phase, which is the natural phase prior to implantation.

Once the process is completed, a blood pregnancy test is performed on the recipient woman. If the result of this test is positive, it will be confirmed with an ultrasound scan 15 days later. If everything has gone as expected, it will be the beginning of the most beautiful experience of your lives!

Choose fivmadrid, where the children come from

The ROPA Method fertilization can be the perfect option for you, and this added to our warm and close treatment will make this experience totally unique and unrepeatable. We will support you at all times, solving any doubt or confusion that may arise. In addition to achieving the desired objectives, your comfort is our top priority.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to be a married couple to undergo an IVF treatment with the ROPA method?

Yes, this is required by Spanish legislation.

What is the ROPA method?

It is the sharing of eggs and uterus between two women, to carry a pregnancy to term.

What medical tests should be performed before starting the treatment?

An ultrasound to measure the follicular reserve, hormonal tests and, in the case of the woman who will get pregnant, an ultrasound to analyze the state of the endometrium.

Which of the two women in the couple will get pregnant?

The one from which the oocytes are not retrieved.

Is it possible to choose the sperm donor?

No. Spanish legislation does not allow to choose the donor.

What will happen to the surplus embryos?

They can be cryopreserved for future use by the couple, or be donated to other couples.

How long does the clinical process associated with the ROPA method last?

It has the same duration as an IVF: approximately two weeks, from the start of treatment until the transfer of the embryos.

What are the clinical requirements necessary to undergo the ROPA method?

A woman who has a good follicular reserve and a partner who has a receptive uterine cavity.

How much does the ROPA method cost?

The price depends on the chosen specialized center. At Fivmadrid, the cost is 4795€.

What is the clinical process linked to the ROPA method?

It’s a very simple method. One of the women of the couple undergoes ovarian stimulation in order to deliver her oocytes, while the other woman will carry out the pregnancy inside her own uterus.

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