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In Vitro Fertilization (IVF / ICSI)

The in vitro treatment is a method of assisted reproduction that consists of inseminating eggs in laboratory. First the patient goes through a hormonal stimulation so that she produces more eggs in one cycle. She is monitored precisely through ultrasounds and regular blood tests in order to see how the body reacts to stimulation.

When the eggs have reached full maturity, they are collected. This operation is performed under light sedation and takes about 20 minutes. At the same time, the semen sample is requested. Then our Biologists proceed with the fertilization of the eggs in the laboratory. For the fertilization itself, there are several techniques:

Beyond the in vitro fertilization (IVF) in which eggs and sperm are placed together for several hours in an incubator and merge naturally together, there is also the ICSI technique: with the use of a microscope, the Biologist injects a single sperm directly into the egg. The next day, we are able to determine how many eggs were correctly fertilized and their resulting number of embryos. Those embryos are then kept under observation from 3 to 5 days in the laboratory before they are returned to the mother’s uterus.

This transfer is not painful, and no special action is required. After a short rest of about 15 minutes, the patient can leave the clinic and live as normal. Non-transferred and additional embryos can be vitrified.

Egg donation

 

When a so-desired pregnancy is impossible due to a poor quality of the eggs, oocytes donation is a serious prospect, whether you are married or single. There can be several reasons for the poor quality of oocytes: age, past chemotherapy, and others. Then ovodonation can be of a substantial help.

 

Donation is under anonymity in Spain, that is to say that patients will not know the identity of the donor, and donors will not know anything about the patients.

 

Egg donors are young women between 18 and 30 years old. They are assigned to the patients according to their blood group compatibility and their external physical similarity. Here is how the treatment goes. In parallel with the stimulation of the donor, the receptor is asked to follow a preparation to receive the embryos.

 

When the donor’s oocytes are mature and picked up, we proceed to their fertilization with a semen sample taken from the patient, or a bank of semen from the clinic.

 

The resulting embryos are then kept under observation in the laboratory for 3-5 days, and then transferred to the uterus of the patient.

 

The transfer itself is not painful, and there are no special measures required. After a short rest of about 15 minutes, patients can leave the hospital and live as normal. Non-transferred embryos will be vitrified.

 

Then you will be given a precise date for the pregnancy test, which is generally effective 12 days after the transfer. This test must be a blood test, as we are looking for the HCG hormone to determine pregnancy.

Sperm bank

 
When a so-desired pregnancy does not happen due to an insufficient sperm quality, using sperm from a donor is a reliable solution. Our clinic collaborates with various sperm banks where samples may be required even in an emergency case. All samples are vitrified.

 

Sperm donation in Spain is completely anonymous, that is to say that patients will never know the identity of the donor, and the latter will know nothing of the patients. The assignation of a donor depends on the compatibility of his blood group with the patients’, and his physical resemblance.

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)


This technique offers the possibility to check if the embryos are genetically normal.

 

When embryos have reached the stage of development of 6- 8 cells, usually on day 3 of their culture, 1 cell is picked up. This cell biopsy usually does not affect the quality of the embryo, as it goes back to its normal development.

 

24-48 hours after the biopsy, the result is the genetic status of the embryo. When the embryo has normal chromosomes, it is then transferred into the uterus of the mother.

Embryo donation


Patients who have completed their family project, and still dispose of vitrified embryos in the clinic must choose what to do of them. Donating them to the clinic, for adoption by other patients, is a possibility among others that are available.

 

Embryo donation consists of providing vitrified embryos to other couples. The assignation of embryos is always based on blood compatibility and physical resemblance.