In GIREXX we are at your disposal, to make your dream come true : To create a family!
For more than 25 years Dr. Angel Rocas, gynaecologist specialised in fertility troubles, has been by the side of women and lesbian couples who wish to have children. Director of the clinics Girexx, he managed to surround himself with the best specialists to create a dynamic and professional team.
To welcome our patients with care, to listen to their needs, to advise them during their treatment, is part of our expertise and allows us to be close to our patients. Our coordinators are a real link between you and the medical team. They will support you to make you feel confident and optimistic.
Our donors are rigorously selected, is foreseen by the Spanish Bioethical laws. To offer you a maximum of information about your donor, we give you a detailed report on him, including his blood group, his physical characteristics and his age.
MODERNITY & COMFORT
Our Director wanted to create two modern clinics, that inspire confidence and safety. Two friendly, agreeable and confortable areas to welcome you.
Our laboratories are equipped with embryoscopes and microscopes ICSI and IMSI, to offer you the best technologies. Our Biologists are regularly trained to keep up with the latest technological breakthroughs in the field of assisted reproduction. They’re working in an ideal environment, to guarantee you professionalism and quality treatments.
Here we are, to make your wish come true! Let our specialists guide you and choose :
BARCELONA OR GIRONA?
Two cities full of charms are waiting for you: The Exuberant Barcelona or the Discreet Girona? We’re pleased to welcome you in the city of your choice. Girexx offers you the same services in both sites.
WITH YOUR PARTNER OR ALONE?
For more than 7 years, women have trusted our professionalism. Single our in couple, we’re by your side to help you become a mother.
WITH OR WITHOUT TREATMENT?
Most of our patients coming for sperm donation, do not have fertility problems. Therefore, if it’s possible, we allow our patients to do an AID on natural cycle and without ovarian stimulation.
TODAY OR TOMORROW?
A FAMILY ? YES BUT ONLY IN A FEW YEARS? Preserve your oocytes and wait for the suitable moment to complete your project.
The Girexx team is delighted to be by the side of women and to offer them
the best technical and human support.
Do it your Way, Do it Girexx !
Nuevas familias creadas a través de Técnicas de Reproducción Asistida
En nuestro país, el matrimonio homosexual está permitido desde el año 2005, realizándose una modificación legislativa que permitía a los matrimonios de dos mujeres estar reconocidas como progenitoras de su hijo, nacido gracias a Técnicas de Reproducción Asistida (TRA).
En este caso, cuando se plantea la maternidad, una de las opciones es la maternidad compartida o método ROPA (recepción de óvulos de la pareja).
Básicamente consiste en un tratamiento de fecundación in vitro en el que una de las mujeres aporta los óvulos y tras su fecundación con semen de banco, los embriones obtenidos son transferidos al útero de la otra mujer.
Ambas mujeres participan activamente en la maternidad: una será madre biológica, aportando los óvulos y manteniendo el vínculo genético y la otra será madre gestante y dará a luz.
Generalmente la pareja ya ha tomado la decisión sobre qué papel tendrá cada una de las mujeres, pero es importante realizar un estudio previo a ambas para poder optimizar los resultados incrementando las posibilidades de éxito de la técnica. Si hay diferencia de edad, casi siempre se recomienda que la mujer más joven aporte los óvulos ya que la fertilidad disminuye progresivamente conforme aumenta la edad aunque hay que descartar otros factores causantes de esterilidad o que contraindiquen el embarazo.
El proceso es sencillo y se sincroniza el ciclo en ambas mediante tratamientos hormonales y controles ecográficos. La madre biológica se somete a un proceso de estimulación ovárica que dura aproximadamente 10-12 días y posteriormente se realiza una punción ovárica para extraer los óvulos bajo sedación anestésica, de forma que no siente ninguna molestia. El tratamiento hormonal de la madre receptora es sencillo y consiste en la preparación del útero donde se transferirán los embriones que se han generado en el laboratorio de FIV mediante semen de banco.
El número de mujeres homosexuales que deciden tener un hijo dentro de la pareja está creciendo y esta técnica se está extendiendo porque permite a ambas participar activamente en el proceso reproductivo y porque, si se realiza un estudio previo y un tratamiento adecuado, los resultados son excelentes. En Reprofiv, en el 100% de los método ROPA que hemos realizado hasta ahora se ha conseguido embarazo y el nacimiento de bebés sanos en todos los casos, siendo al final este nuestro objetivo.
A German sperm bank making lesbian women’s dreams come true
An interview with Dr. Peet, CEO of the BSB (Berliner Samenbank)
Good morning Dr. Peet. I understand you founded one of only a few sperm banks in Germany. Clearly this of some interest to our community..
Please tell me something about your sperm bank`s history
Thank you for the invitation. The Berlin Sperm Bank was founded in 1995. It was the first registered sperm bank in the city and one of few in Germany.
Since then we have helped more than 1000 couples fulfill their dream. We mainly supply berlin- and german fertility centers (shipping in Germany is limited to certified centers!). Increasingly international shipping of “trademark german quality products” (Dr. Peet laughs) has led to positive feedback from other European countries.
Are there any limits as to patient groups that can be treated?
Well, in Germany donor insemination has been legal for about 30 years. Treatment of heterosexual couples is no problem legally. However treatment of lesbians and single women is another “cup of tea”. In all states of the country-except Berlin- treatment of lesbian couples is not accepted by physician`s rules and regulations. So, as you can imagine, we have women come from all over the country.
Treatment of single women is not illegal, however, as there is no donor anonymity and no way to guarantee that the donor (or doctor for that matter) cannot be sued for child support, it is performed rarely. We in Berlin, at our connected treatment facility (Praxis für Fertilität) treat many lesbian couples an do not anymore limit this to married (social partnership) lesbians. As soon as adoption (Stiefkindadoption in german) is in effect the legal status of all parties involved in the process are on the safe side and the donor (and doctor) are “off the hook”!
Tell us something about treatment safety
All donors donate directly at our facility. Only sperm from men personally known to our staff is stored. According to European Legislation (EATB) our certified sperm bank vigorousely tests all donors on a regular basis. Only after a period of 6 months (quarantine!) samples are released for treatment. A general genetic test is performed on every donor.
What is the actual treatment like?
In many cases there is nothing wrong with the woman concerned, she just lacks the heterosexual intercourse, so –of course- there is no sperm.
In these women, all we or the collaborating gynaecologist need to do, is perform an ultrasound on day 11 or 12 phone and us up to make an appointment for the insemination. We recommend stimulation of the ovulation by injection, so we can better pin-point the perfect time. The woman then comes to our center, the sperm is thawed and washed, then inseminated painlessly.
If the woman has some hormonal problem we treat it beforehand. If she has a “tubal problem” we can perform IVF.
How is the donor selected?
Usually the couples have a pretty good idea of what they want. They can choose color of hair, eyes, height, build and characteristics like hobbies/ interests and profession. Further information can be supplied on request. A few just ask us to make the selection.
So what does a couple need to do if they want to be treated?
Usually the lesbian community tends to be very well informed.
Dr. Peet, thank you very much for the pleasant talk!
You´re very welcome. I wish you a successful party in Palma!
Get in touch!
PRAXIS für FERTILITÄT
Kinderwunsch- und EndometrioseZentrum Berlin
Dr. David Peet und Dr. Wibke Wilkening
Friedrichstr. 150 · 10117 Berlin-Mitte
Telefon: +49 (0)30-832 11 90 – 0
Telefax: +49 (0)30-832 11 90 – 19
email@example.com · www.fertilitaet.de
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MALLORCA RESIDENCIA – Finding the right property for you
Finding your perfect home in Mallorca can be a very tricky adventure. Mallorca Residencia’s international team of specialists guide you in every single step.
A family of caring professionals who really “look after” our clients
Real estate transactions are based on trust and long term relationship; therefore, we believe that our best reference is our long list of satisfied customers. Here are some reasons why we think Mallorcaresidencia is suited best for your real estate needs in Mallorca.
We find the right property for you. Not for the seller, not for ourselves
We are one of the few real estate agencies in Mallorca that covers all the properties and estates on the entire island. Our ultimate goal is to find the right property that suits our clients’ expectations and needs.
Best after sales service
Our relationship with our clients does not end with the purchase of a property. We have made it one of our priorities to give a strong after-sales service. We offer long term rental support to our clients as well as property management services. You, as a buyer, have no additional costs for our after sales services.
We understand our international clients’ needs
Mallorcaresidencia team members have lived in many different countries in areas such as Scandinavia, America, Western and Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Therefore, we know the priorities of our international clients very well.
Legal and financial process support with established trust and proven quality
We have the best partners for mortgages and bank financing, lawyers, interior designers, builders, architects, insurance brokers, and maintenance staff in Mallorca. All of which speak fluent English and many of which speak fluent Swedish.
Best quality real estates in Mallorca
We work with a handpicked selection of established and reputable development companies, builders and other real estate agencies in Mallorca.
Why buy a second home in Mallorca?
Unlike other islands, Mallorca really has everything and the island is imbued with history. The southern and eastern parts of Mallorca have some of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in the entire Mediterranean. In the north we have the beautiful Tramuntana mountains.
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Mallorca’s housing market is the most stable in southern Europe and offers an opportunity for everyone.
The modern infrastructure of Mallorca, its fantastic climate, its strategic location with only two hours flying time away from all the major European capital cities, its secure and safe environment, its cosmopolitan atmosphere blended with its culture and unique character makes Mallorca an irresistible destination for first and second home buyers.
The ongoing success of Mallorca’s real estate market is mainly thanks to the fact that the island attracts not only a strong national Spanish market but also an excellent spectrum of international buyers with the British and Germans emerging as the dominant European clients and Scandinavians catching up lately.
Mallorca’s reputation as a quality and luxury destination has impacted the real estate market, particularly in the last ten years, with high demand for sea front locations, historic properties and traditional “finca” style. The island offers excellent medium-long term opportunities as a safe and secure investment.
Mallorcaresidencia’s goal is to present the most suitable real estate options to its clients.
EMBRYOLAB – Fertility choices for lesbian women UNDER THE SUN
Equal rights include the right for lesbian women to have the choice to become mothers, as well as to choose when they want to start their journey to parenthood. Embryolab Fertility Clinic, one of the top clinics in Europe with more than twelve years of serving those who want to become parents, offers a unique solution.
Why Embryolab is the best choice
Embryolab’s uniqueness is based on its dedication and devotion to three main pillars: quality, innovation and transparency. In quality, in addition to ISO certification, Embryolab applies an internal total quality management system to make sure that provides a constant top quality service. Embryolab Academy designed this TQM system and have been teaching it to other clinics worldwide. In innovation, Embryolab possesses and uses the latest generation clinical and laboratory equipment, such as 3D ultrasound scans, Embryoscope, Miri and Minc incubators. Finally in transparency, the focus is on the end result so pricing policy is transparent. Embryolab applies any tools and methods needed for a successful result, such as Embryoscope, blastocyst culture, assisted hatching, IMSI, ICSI etc. without charging extra for each one of these.
The Embryolab Team
Embryolab is one of a very few fertility clinics that works as a team. Every doctor and embryologist, although they handle individual cases, discuss everything at a daily team meeting. In this way, Embryolab have seen that the blending of expertise of every team member results into better decisions and better results for the patient. Every person is different and so as the causes of infertility, so the Embryolab team focuses on each case and offers individual protocols and attention.
What are the fertility options for lesbian women?
The options that Embryolab offers for lesbian women depend of course on their individual needs. The IVF/ICSI program with sperm donation is suitable for women who have been trying to conceive through insemination (IUI) unsuccessfully. Embryolab also offers a comprehensive donation program (both eggs and sperm) for women whose egg reserve does not allow them to become pregnant with their own. Finally, Embryolab runs an egg freezing program for women who want to preserve their fertility. These are usually career oriented women who want to postpone becoming mothers but want to preserve their young fertility levels.
Our IVF/ICSI with sperm donation program
Embryolab collaborates with prestigious and accredited foreign sperm banks. At these banks, sperm donors are selected according to very strict criteria, in terms of fertility, physical health, inherited characteristics and mental health. A health certificate support all samples for the particular donor. At Embryolab, lesbian women can select a sperm sample based on the physical characteristics and blood type of the donor they prefer. In addition, they have the option to store a sample from the same donor for a subsequent pregnancy.
Our Embryo donation program
Embryolab operates an Embryo Donation program. Embryos for this program come from donor oocytes and are fertilized with sperm selected by the recipient from a certified sperm bank. All our donors follow strict medical, genetic and psychological screening so as we can guarantee the safety of delivery of a healthy child. The success rate of our program is one of the highest, reaching 70% clinical pregnancy and 55% birth rate from the first attempt, while almost 90% of the women who enter our program manage to achieve the dream of parenthood after maximum three embryo transfers.
Our Egg Freezing program
The assisted reproduction science is one of the most dynamically progressing fields of modern medicine. One of the most recent and perhaps the most exciting development in IVF is egg freezing. Egg freezing and storage, places contemporary women in control of their own reproductive potential, and releases them from the pressure of time!
Egg freezing while at age of high fertility, enables young women to safe store their eggs and allows them to focus on their carrier while relieved from the stress of declining fertility as they grow older.
The modern vitrification method overcomes all the drawbacks faced until recently that prohibited successful egg cryopreservation. Today, the preservation of female fertility is an achievable goal, up to 93% of cryopreserved eggs survive after thaw and can be successfully fertilized, and achieving similar pregnancy rates to fresh eggs.
Embryolab has established and offers a very successful egg freezing program for women interested in fertility preservation, since 2008. The success of egg freezing is based on:
The highly skillful lab personnel with excellent knowledge and long experience on egg freezing with the use of the vitrification method.
The use of certified vitrification media and carrier system.
The continuous real time monitoring of all the critical parameters for the storage safety with the use of strict protocols and procedures, to ensure optimum preservation of all valuable eggs.
Embryolab team strives for excellence in clinical care and provision of services. In particular, a thorough co-ordination scheme is laid out for each woman before treatment initiation, so as to facilitate treatment and to minimise stay in Greece. Clinical tests and laboratory investigations can take place home and all legal documents dealt with at the ease of one’s own place. Treatment can be initiated home and clinical information be communicated with the medical team in Greece, so as the woman arrives at the final stage of treatment..
Embryolab is based in the City of Thessaloniki, a Roman city 2500 years of age. Thessaloniki was built by Alexander the great and named after his sister. It sits as a crossroad of civilizations that left their footprints through the ages. Thessaloniki’s Ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine heritage is mixed with the contemporary Greek, Turkish, Slav, Jewish and Armenian culture influences that are still alive in the city.
No more than an hour drive from the city center, one can find the well-known Chalkidiki peninsula, a popular holiday destination with some of the most attractive beaches in Greece. No more than an hour drive from the other side of the city, one can find the astonishing Mount Olympus, the residence of the ancient Greek Gods.
Embryolab offers the opportunity to combine fertility treatment with holidays all year round, with beach resorts in the summer, city holidays in the autumn and spring and mountain holidays in the winter.
ELLA Travel trip to Mendoza, Argentina
We cannot thank enough Tourism Mendoza, Argentina, for inviting us at the 4 days spectacular yearly event of La Vendimia, to discover this amazing region and develop LGBT tourism.
Estamos enormemente agradecidas a Turismo de Mendoza, Argentina, por habernos invitado a la espectacular Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia que se celebra cada año durante 4 días, descubrir esta increíble región y desarrollar el turismo LGBT.
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On our first day we went to discover the Enoteca, one of the heritage buildings of Argentina’s wine industry, whose mission is to promote the consumption of wine in Argentina, spreading its culture and business growth through communication strategies and actions. The installations were amazing (built in 1902!) and had this powerful tough and romantic touch of passionate wine making.
We then were driven to la Bodega “Casa el Enemigo” (House of the Enemy) for a visit of the winery, wine tasting and a delicious lunch in the company of the other international press guests. Alejandro and Adrianna, the owners of the winery, decided to make a wine together, a wine that would represent their deep respect for history and tradition, and we must say we were delighted to find out their goal has been reached beautifully.
After a short rest at the Hotel Aconcagua we enjoyed a event at the Terraza Mirador Ciudad de Mendoza:”Ciclo Música y Vino en las Alturas” that inspired us deeply, followed by a cocktail at the Municipality of Mendoza where we had the pleasure to share some time with Lic. Gabriela Testa, Presidenta del Ente Autárquico Turismo Mendoza.
En nuestro primer día fuimos a descubrir la Enoteca, uno de los edificios patrimoniales de la vitivinicultura argentina, cuya misión es promover el consumo del vino en Argentina, la difusión de su cultura y el crecimiento de la actividad, a través de estrategias y acciones de comunicación. Las instalaciones son maravillosas (¡construidas en 1902!) y tienen la fuerza y el toque romántico de la creación apasionada del vino.
Después nos llevaron a la Bodega “Casa el Enemigo” – un nombre que nos parece perfecto a nosotras, como amantes del vino que somos – para visitar las instalaciones, hacer una cata de vino y deleitarnos con una comida en compañía de otros periodistas internacionales invitados. Alejandro y Adriana, propietarios de la bodega, decidieron crear vino juntos, un vino que representa su profundo respecto por la historia y la tradición. Nosotras creemos que han conseguido alcanzar su objetivo con creces.
Tras un breve Descanso en el Hotel Aconcagua, disfrutamos de un evento en la Terraza Mirador de Ciudad de Mendoza: “Ciclo Música y Vino en las Alturas” que nos inspiró profundamente, seguido de un coctel en la Municipalidad de Mendoza en donde tuvimos el placer de compartir unas horas con la Licenciada Gabriela Testa, Presidenta del Ente Autárquico Turismo Mendoza.
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Tunuyán is a city in the west of the province of Mendoza, Argentina, located on the western shore of the Tunuyán River, 80 km (50 mi) south from the provincial capital Mendoza. Along with the Tupungato Department and the San Carlos Department it makes up the “Valle de Uco” region, which is famous in the Argentine wine industry for its important and modern vineyards and wineries.
We were amazed by the amazing nature, traditional architecture and historical monuments that make this region an absolute delight for all senses.
After a few hours enjoying the beautiful sights, we discovered a winery that is probably of of the most beautifully designed one has seen so far: Bodega O Fournier, one of the leading wineries in Ribera de Duero.
There we enjoyed a hilarious cooking class in which we both learnt delicious tips to give an Argentinian regional touch to our home cooking, followed by a splendid lunch by the waterside.
We enjoyed the lunch so much, and the company of the other international journalists, that it was hard to go back to the Hotel to get ready for the amazing Parade “Via Blanca de las Reina”, the White Avenue of the Queens.
This is a parade of brightly colored floats which pass through the main avenues in the center of the city. Each float represents a different department of the province and carries each department’s elected queen, accompanied by her entourage. The parade was filled, the public was very enthusiastic and happiness was thriving all around. One must admit that Argentinan women are very beautiful and warm, as much as their culture, but this; we already knew ;).
Pronto por la mañana, después de una corta noche pero reparadora, seguimos con el programa de camino a Tunuyán.
La ciudad de Tunuyán se encuentra a 83 km al sur de la ciudad de Mendoza, y a una altura de 874 msnm. Famoso por su importancia en la producción de Vinos Argentinos, el Departamento de Tunuyán es uno de los tres del Valle de Uco, junto con Tupungato y San Carlos.
La zona se caracteriza por el cultivo de manzanas y viñas.
Nos quedamos impresionadas por la abundante naturaleza, la arquitectura tradicional y monumentos históricos que hacen de esta región una auténtica delicia para todos los sentidos.
Después de unas horas disfrutando de las hermosas vistas, descubrimos una bodega que es, probablemente, de la de los más bonitas en termino de diseño que hemos visto hasta ahora: Bodega O Fournier, una de las punteras dentro de la D.O. Ribera del Duero.
Allí disfrutamos de una clase de cocina hilarante en el que ambas aprendimos deliciosos consejos para dar un toque regional argentino a nuestra cocina casera, seguida de un espléndido almuerzo junto a la orilla del agua.
Nos gusto tanto la comida y la compañia de los otros periodistas internacional, que resultó difícil volver al Hotel para prepararse para la Vía Blanca de las Reinas.
Se trata de un desfile de carros de colores brillantes que pasan a través de las principales avenidas del centro de la ciudad. Cada flotador representa otro departamento de la provincia y lleva reina elegido de cada departamento, acompañada por su séquito.
El desfilé estuvo espectacular, con mucho público, muy entusiasta, y se podía sentir la felicidad de la gente por cada rincón. Hay que decir que las mujeres argentinas son muy atractivas y cálidas, tanto como su cultura; pero esto, ya lo sabíamos 😉
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Saturday was marked by the visit at another wonderful winery, Trivento, specialised in the production of Malbec wines, and in which we also enjoyed a succulent lunch. We really have seen some of the best of Argentina during this stay!
However, the cherry on the cake has been the amazing National Party of La Vendimia in the Greek Theater Frank Romero Day, in which we have enjoyed amazing shows and entertainment!
Songs, dances, lights… an event of massive magnitude!
On next day, we finished this stunning press trip with a visit to the Bodega Nieto Senetiner, that elaborates one of the best Argentinian wines since 1888.
El sábado estuvo marcado por la visita a otra maravillosa bodega, Trivento, especializada en la producción de vinos Malbec, y en donde también disfrutamos de una deliciosa comida. ¡Realmente hemos visto lo mejor de Argentina durante esta estancia!
¡De todas formas, la guinda del pastel fue la increíble Fiesta Nacional de La Vendimia en el Teatro Griego Frank Romero Day, en donde nos hemos divertido con los maravillosos shows y espectáculos!
Canciones, bailes, luces… ¡Un evento a lo grande!
Al siguiente día, pusimos fin a este espectacular press trip con una visita a la Bodega Nieto Senetiner, que elabora algunos de los mejores vinos argentinos desde 1888.
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