Do we have to be married?
Yes, marriage is an essential requirement of Spain’s Assisted Reproduction Law. This law is responsible for regulating the anonymity of donors. In this case, an exception is made because this anonymity is considered moot, as the eggs are shared, not donated.
Legally, who will the biological mother be?
Both. The reciprocal IVF method allows dual or shared maternity.
Which one will the baby resemble?
The baby may share similarities with the pregnant mother, but essentially the baby will receive the genes of the egg and sperm donors. The pregnancy is the start of the baby’s life, when he/she receives the first sensory inputs. In this phase, the pregnant mother influences the baby’s mental health.
Can we choose the donor?
No, because a semen donation is totally anonymous and confidential. Though we do assure a phenotypic and immunological match between the two.
Can we use semen from an acquaintance?
No, because the Assisted Reproduction Law specifies that donations must be anonymous and confidential.
What is the best age to undergo the treatment?
For the woman who donates the eggs, it’s better if she is younger than 38 (at which age the eggs lose much of their quality). The woman receiving the embryos should be younger than 45.