Music enhances In Vitro Fertilisation

Institut Marquès has developed a world pioneering innovation project to improve fertilisation by incorporating music in all embryos incubators.

Couples from Britain and another 16 countries have become parents using this innovation in the field of Assisted Reproduction. Read press release. Read press articles.

Through this system, in our laboratories the embryos are exposed 24 hours a day to micro vibrations from three musical styles, pop, heavy metal and classical.

We have implemented it because, according to the study presented at the Annual Meeting of the ESHRE 2013, we know that the eggs cultivated with music improve their fertilisation rate around 5%. This is because the micro vibrations stir the culture media in which the egg swims, produce a more homogeneous distribution of the nutrients it needs and scatter the toxic products avoiding their accumulation. Read more.

This represents another step forward in our efforts to reproduce the natural conditions of temperature, darkness, CO2 levels and now also movement that the embryos would have if they were in the womb. In natural conditions, oocytes and embryos travel through the fallopian tubes into the uterus with continuous peristaltic movements that are used to move them but also to surround them with the nutrients they need. However, in the conventional incubators embryos remain static in the culture media, and as a result of this, the toxic products they release -free radicals or ammonium- are stored in the medium itself. Now, thanks to the innovation programme developed by our R&D department, we can imitate these natural movements of the uterus providing to embryos micro vibrations from the music. Read more.

The use of music in our incubators, along with other factors of excellence in Reproductive Medicine, allows us to advance in the continuous improvement of our success rates that are already among the highest in the world.

Discover the concert of the Sharon Corr and the spanish singer Alex Ubago in our IVF laboratory.

Watch the video on fertilisation and music

Consult some articles that the press has published

Find out how the project was born