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Pregnancy with the ropa method: what does this technique involve?

Método ROPA en Ovoclinic

Last Tuesday, the influencer Dulceida and her partner announced on Instagram that she’s pregnant, thanks to the ROPA method. An assisted reproduction treatment that allows female couples to share motherhood for which her partner, Alba Paul, provided the egg, and she’ll carry the baby.

But do you know how the ROPA method works? In this post, we explain what it is, how it’s carried out, and its advantages.

WHAT IS THE ROPA METHOD?

In recent years, the ROPA method has become an increasingly popular option for female couples who want to start a family. It’s a procedure in which one of them provides the egg to be fertilised with donor sperm, while the other gestates the embryo in her uterus.

This assisted reproduction technique offers a unique way of sharing the experience of motherhood, promoting equal rights for all family models, and ensuring that both women can play a fundamental role in the conception and development of the baby.

In Spain, non-anonymous donation of gametes is prohibited by Law 14/2006 on Assisted Reproduction, but the ROPA method is included as an exception for egalitarian marriages. It also allows the non-gestational woman to be recognised as the mother without the need for adoption.

WHEN IS THE ROPA METHOD RECOMMENDED?

The ROPA method is particularly recommended for female couples who wish to have a child and experience motherhood with equal rights. For many same-sex couples, having a child together is a shared dream, and this technique offers the possibility of making it a reality.

In this way, both female partners can play an active role and share the process of conception and pregnancy, thereby strengthening their bond as a couple with the future baby from the very beginning. This can prove fundamental to their sense of identity as a family.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF THE ROPA METHOD?

Undoubtedly, the main advantage of the ROPA method is that it allows both partners to participate in the process of conception and pregnancy, creating a unique emotional and genetic bond between the mothers and their future baby. But there are also other advantages to highlight:

  • Active involvement of both women: The ROPA Method allows both the female partners to be actively involved in the process of conceiving and carrying the baby, creating a unique bond between them.
  • Direct genetic connection: By using an egg from one of the female partners in the fertilisation process, the child will have a direct genetic connection to one of its mothers, which can be particularly important for many families, as it strengthens the sense of kinship and belonging.
  • Legal security and recognition of motherhood: The ROPA method offers greater legal security and recognition of motherhood for both women. In Spain, the woman who does not carry the embryo can be legally recognised as the mother of the baby, providing peace of mind and legal security. This allows the couple to concentrate on enjoying their pregnancy and preparing for the arrival of their child, with the certainty that their family is legally protected.

HOW IS THE ROPA METHOD CARRIED OUT?

The ROPA method is a process that involves several stages, including ovarian stimulation, egg retrieval, in vitro fertilisation (IVF), embryo selection, and transfer to the gestational mother’s uterus.

  1. Ovarian stimulation: the partner who provides the eggs, or genetic mother, undergoes treatment to stimulate oocyte production.
  2. Egg retrieval: once the eggs are mature, a simple surgical procedure is performed to retrieve them.
  3. In vitro fertilisation (IVF): the retrieved eggs are fertilised in the laboratory with sperm from an anonymous donor.
  4. Embryo selection: after a few days, the most viable embryo (blastocyst) is selected for transfer to the gestational mother’s uterus.
  5. Transfer to the uterus: the selected embryo is transferred to the gestational mother’s uterus, where it implants and the pregnancy develops.

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