Having traveled extensively to explore fertility clinics in Europe, today, our journey leads us to Barcelona. I’m excited to share my experiences arriving in Barcelona from the lenses as if preparing for an egg retrieval. Join me as we explore accommodation options, treatment costs, arrival details, and essential safety tips. Vamos! Let’s dive in!
Who am I? My name is Vanessa Emily, and I have visited fertility clinics in 6 different countries across Europe to learn more about fertility preservation abroad. I have also traveled to over 38 different countries worldwide.
I’m passionate about sharing this information because in order to make fertility treatments more affordable for me I traveled abroad for egg freezing and eventually IVF.
I firmly believe that with the right research, you’ll find that excellent healthcare is available in Europe and across the globe within the area of specialty you seek. As a North American, I recognize that many countries welcome us visa-free…unpopular opinion alert coming up…allowing us to access healthcare that is equally good…or even better…than what we receive at home, often for significantly less money.
And I will of course share some of the ins and outs of the procedure costs according to the clinic that I visited and more information on how to contact them if you are interested in learning more from Reproclinic.
For the record, I have never been to Barcelona. But never having been to Barcelona allowed me to approach arriving in the city as someone who would be traveling to the fertility clinic for egg or embryo freezing. I’ll explore how easy it will be to navigate, how to get into the city, and provide suggestions for accommodation when visiting some fertility clinics. I’ll also share where the fertility clinic staff recommends patients stay when they come to Barcelona.
Spain boasts some of the most popular clinics in Europe for people coming to Europe for fertility treatments. It was easy to see why considering the ranked quality of healthcare available in Spain overall but the clinic itself, stand alone was very modern and beautiful compared to some of the monitoring clinic facilities I have been to in the US.
Arriving in Barcelona
Arriving at Barcelona’s El Pratt Airport, there are several transport options to get you into the city. Of course, taxis offer convenience if you have lots of luggage. The Aerobus, at just 6 Euros is a bus that has several stops to take you into the city before finally stopping at Placa de Catalunya. It is possible to connect to the bus and metro from all of the Aerobus stops. It only took about 30 minutes on the Aerobus because it does not have as many stops as the municipal bus. Since I arrived with only a backpack, I chose to walk 15 minutes from Placa de Catalunya, the Aerobus’s final stop, to my hotel in the El Born district. There are also municipal buses that leave from the airport that go into town that are even more economical than the Aerobus, but remember in addition to the frequent stops they are also less convenient if you are arriving with big suitcases. The municipal buses literally have less room for luggage, and those who work at the airport take the municipal buses instead of the Aerobus.
My hotel in El Born was just a 30-minute walk from the clinic that I visited, Reproclinic. Reproclinic is located in the Sant Antoni neighborhood.
Staying Safe: A Friendly Reminder
This meant that I would have to walk through a neighborhood called El Raval. All the Youtubers in their videos told me to exercise caution in this neighborhood, particularly at night. So in order to get to the morning appointment at the clinic, I did walk through the El Raval neighborhood in order to get to Sant Antoni. It was perfectly fine to walk through there during the day. A word of caution about walking through El Raval at night, however: it has been reported that muggings (I consider muggings to be a little more confrontational than pickpocketing) happen within that neighborhood from time to time.
But honestly, pickpocketing isn’t limited to just the El Raval neighborhood. Men are advised to carry their wallets in a pocket on the inside of their jackets or in the front of their pants, and I saw many women carrying purses directly in front of their person. I did carry a backpack at times, but in the backpack, I carried things that I could say “goodbye” to like bottled water, a scarf, and a hat.
The patient care coordinator at the clinic also mentioned that pickpocketing can also occur in the metro. (Which really wasn’t a shock…just like anywhere else in the world.) Use caution and be vigilant. Remember that a distraction of some sort is a pickpocket’s best ally.
Strategic Stays and Insider Tips from Those Who Work at the Clinic
The patient care coordinator, Isabela recommended either of the neighborhoods L’Hospitalet de Llobregat or Badalona for more affordable lodging options that were also less touristy. This may be important to you in the event that you are preparing for a longer stay. For me, having a great market and accessible public transport was much more important than being in the touristy neighborhoods or staying right on top of the city’s touristy sites.
Unveiling the Cost Rundown on Egg Freezing at Reproclinic in Barcelona
Egg freezing at Reproclinic in 2024 entails a fee of 2500 Euros, which includes a 5-year storage plan. Additionally, expect medication expenses to range between 1300 and 1500 Euros. You can plan to arrive before your cycle starts in order to do the full stimulation cycle in Spain if you have time or you can get the medicines at home and start the medication before arriving before the retrieval. Speak with your clinic to form the best plan for you and your availability.
Notes on shipping oocytes
Regardless of your chosen clinic, I highly recommend inquiring about shipping oocytes and understanding the process involved. Isabel mentioned the possibility of shipping oocytes and their collaboration with approved cryo shippers. However, it’s wise to confirm if there might be any state-specific regulations affecting the receipt of cryo shipments from abroad. Different states have varying rules in this regard.
When would you travel to Spain for egg freezing?
As I visited in early December, the days were quite warm getting up into the high 50’s and 60’s. I dressed in layers, and it was important to have on an undershirt or camisole and a scarf or a hat at night, particularly if down by the water. Barcelona has a few holiday markets that pop up along the water and more traditional markets that pop up in front of the cathedrals that make getting out at night really fun. It’s a little bit of a Spanish tradition to go for a walk between the hours of 7-9 and you will see families going for a walk in these markets at night. It’s definitely fun to see but take that scarf and or hat!
I see why many women come to Spain for their egg-freezing needs. Cost combined with a potential holiday afterward in Barcelona, Costa Brava, or elsewhere in Spain (a bus to Madrid is only 40 Euro from the bus station) makes Spain a very attractive destination for those seeking more affordable egg-freezing options than at home.
Disclaimer: Personal experiences may diverge. Always consult with the clinic and conduct thorough research before embarking on your journey.
If you’re thinking about egg freezing and wondering how it’ll fit into your life, grab my free egg freezing 101 guide. It’s like a roadmap to help you prepare for egg freezing and decide if going overseas for the procedure is the right move for you.
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