What is In Vitro Fertilisation

In Vitro Fertilisation is one of the most performed and well-known Assisted Reproduction treatments, and it is also the one with the best success rates.

In this article, the experts in Assisted Reproduction at IVFforYOU will explain the process that must be carried out to perform IVF, when it is recommended, how much it costs in Spain and what the Spanish legal specifications are for carrying it out.

When is In Vitro Fertilisation recommended?

There are several scenarios in which IVF is recommended, either with a partner or alone.

In the case of having a partner, the most common situation is when one of them has difficulties in obtaining a pregnancy naturally, which may be the result of infertility, endometriosis, low ovarian reserve, tubal obstruction, problems with the male partner’s sperm, among others. IVF is also recommended for heterosexual couples, women who wish to become pregnant on their own and lesbian couples who have undergone unsuccessful Artificial Insemination. In these last two cases or if there is a male factor of infertility, donor sperm will have to be used. In the case of female factor infertility, IVF can be carried out with donor eggs (egg donation).

Although the success rate of IVF is one of the highest in comparison to other Assisted Reproduction treatments, at IVFforYOU it reaches 72.1% per IVF cycle with own eggs.

How is In Vitro Fertilisation performed?

In Vitro Fertilisation consists of joining the patient’s eggs with the sperm of the partner or a donor in a laboratory.

Fertilisation in a laboratory makes it possible to obtain more embryos of good quality and to select the one with the best morphology, among other selection criteria, to be transferred. This is achieved mainly through ovarian stimulation, which aims to obtain the maximum number of mature ovarian follicles. In this way, the more eggs obtained, the more selection alternatives will be available.

Once fertilisation has been carried out, the highest quality embryo is transferred to the mother’s uterus.

The In Vitro Fertilisation process step by step

At the first medical visit, the specialists will evaluate you and your partner (if you have one) and request different tests, as appropriate. From there, a treatment plan is established, coordinating various points such as, for example, your menstrual cycle, the need to use donor sperm (if required), and so on.

At this stage it is very common to undergo all kinds of medical tests, such as genetic tests, infectious disease analysis, semen assessments (if the sperm of the partner will be used for the cycle), etc.

Information of interest on IVF as established by the law on Assisted Human Reproduction in Spain

The law on Assisted Human Reproduction in Spain establishes a series of personal and process conditions for In Vitro Fertilisation that must be fulfilled by patients and reproduction centres.

On the one hand, and in order to determine whether or not a treatment can be carried out, it is established that a technique can only be performed if there is a reasonable chance of obtaining a pregnancy and if the patient is in a suitable physical and mental condition. This is why the first medical examination is so important, as it will determine whether IVF is viable or not, depending on each case.

On the other hand, and in relation to surplus embryos that have not been transferred, Spanish law mentions that they can be conserved by a bank authorised for this purpose. Subsequently, they can be used by the patients themselves, donated to the bank or used for research. There is also the possibility of requesting their destruction, but to do so, a series of requirements must be met.

How much does IVF cost in Spain?

The prices of these treatments may vary depending on the Assisted Reproduction centres you go to. However, the overall price is between €2,500 and €5,000, varying in some cases, depending on the recommendations of the medical team and the tests you have to undergo.

The price may also vary if a sperm bank is required to carry out the fertilisation.

At IVFforYOU the price of in vitro fertilisation is €2,600 and includes:

– Ovarian puncture

– Outpatient hospitalisation

– Andrology and IVF laboratories

– Embryo culture and analysis

– Embryo transfer

– Pregnancy test

Frequently Asked Questions about In Vitro Fertilisation

If you are looking for an Assisted Reproduction centre in Barcelona to carry out your In Vitro Fertilisation, we invite you to contact us, the first visit with our experts is free of charge!

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