The beginning of Assisted Reproduction

In 1973, the team Monashen achieved the first pregnancy through vitro fertilization techniques, although the pregnancy only lasted a few weeks. The first IVF birth of the first test tube baby, Louis Brown, was not until June 25 1978 in the UK, managed by Dr. G. P. Steptoe and Robert Edwards. In Spain, the first IVF birth was July 12 1984 in Barcelona.

In the 80s, the focus was on implementing more effective ovarian stimulation, developing cryopreservation techniques of embryos, and performing the first few cycles of gamete donation. Intracytoplasmic sperm microinjection techniques (ICSI) and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), developed to solve major problems such as severe male fertility factors or genetic diseases, did not appear until the 90s.

Assisted Reproduction up to date

Now, using the techniques of assisted reproduction which we now have, we can solve most fertility problems: severe male factors, anovulation, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, infertility of unknown origin, advanced maternal age, hereditary genetic alterations, fertility preservation.

Ovarian stimulation protocols are much shorter, gentle and effective. Oocyte retrieval and embryo transfer processes are simple and not traumatic for patients. Conventional IVF, ICSI and PGD techniques are routine in laboratories. Thanks to advances in genetic diagnosis of embryos we can offer a complete karyotype of the embryo before it is transferred to the womb and discard embryos affected by almost any inherited disease. Laboratory equiptment has greatly improved and the cultivation of embryos too, keeping them in observation until day 5 or 6 of their development. With the onset of vitrification, cryopreservation of embryos and female gametes provides similar success rates in fresh cycles.

Looking ahead to Assisted Reproduction

As fertility professionals we have to adapt to the new profiles of patients who come to our centers for us to solve their problems in a personalized way, because we have a dynamic society where traditional family patterns are changing and motherhood is being delayed considerably.

Women without a male partner or partner of the same sex, problems of low ovarian response, recurrent abortions or implantation failures, require specific protocols to provide the highest success rates for getting pregnant. New techniques are being perfectioned to give better selection, increased sperm quality (MACS), non-invasive techniques to select the optimal embryos (metabolomics, time-lapse), PGD embryo in advanced stages (day 5-6).

Assisted Reproduction Clinics in Spain

At IMED Hospitals you can find VITA Clinics, specialized centers for reproductive medicine. VITA provides resources, knowledge and experience with all the scientific rigor required to to resolve infertility problems, with the safety of a hospital environment.

VITA offers the possibility of finance the payment to maximize chances for success, without compromising the high quality and individualized care that you’ll receive to end with your infertility situation. Also, VITA has launched a promotion until 30th November which gives you access to all fertility treatments with a 20% discount. For example, you can get an In vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, with fresh egg donation, in Spain for only 4.400 € (3.500 GBP).

Ask here for this promotion.