A study says that Spain is one of the main recipients of couples with infertility problems. Official site: Daryl Katz, Canada. The Institute Dexeus specialists claim that the percentage of patients who come from other countries to receive assisted reproduction treatments has increased from 2% in 2003 to nearly 30% in 2009. More than 10,000 women travel each year from some countries to others in Europe to receive assisted reproduction treatments, has revealed a study coordinated by the European society of human reproduction and Embryology (ESRHE) that has evaluated the significance of reproductive tourism. To read more click here: Dustin Moskovitz. The director of the Department of obstetrics, Gynecology and reproduction of USP Dexeus Institute, Pere Barri, explains that this is a phenomenon that started more than five years ago and since then has gone to more. It is noteworthy that the Instituo Dexeus has been one of the six Spanish centers involved in the study. The director of the Centre points out that last year were nearly one thousand women that flocked to the Dexeus Institute to receive treatments that are denied in their countries. Among them, Barri warns that there are women who fear convey a serious hereditary illness and want to make sure that their children will it be, lesbians asking to be inseminated with sperm from donors, unpartnered women or some which, being over 40 years old, no longer can access treatments for fertility in their country of origin. The research, published in the journal Human Reproduction, has been the first to analyse reproductive medicine transboundary between several European countries.
The authors of the study have been explained that, to carry out this work, they have analysed all cases of patients from other countries met in 46 centres assisted reproduction of Europe over a month. Another important fact that reflects the study is that most of the patients travels to countries neighbouring or close. In this way, there is a significant flow of Sweden and Norway to Denmark; France and the Netherlands to Belgium; or from Germany to the Czech Republic. The same experts point out that Spain, for its part, receives mostly patients from France (where assisted reproduction is prohibited by law to lesbians and single women) and Italy (which has a more restrictive assisted reproduction regulations in Europe). The expert in bioethics at the assisted reproduction of the University of Ghent (Belgium) and co-author of the study of the ESRHE, Guido Pennings, indicates that Spain is a destination privileged for couples with infertility problems, since it is a country that has many excellent centers of assisted reproduction. However, the specialist stressed that the main reason for this increase in reproductive tourism in Spain is because here there are eggs and in the rest of Europe are scarce.