All you need to know
before your first appointment
Institut Marquès: Leading reference center in assisted reproduction
In this page you will find information of your interest about technical and practical issues before the first visit.
INFERTILITY AND STERILITY
Even if in colloquial terms infertility and sterility are often used as synonyms, they are different. Sterility is the incapacity to conceive a child. However, infertility is the incapacity to carry the pregnancy long enough to deliver a baby, as it is the case of repeated miscarriages.
When a couple has not been able to conceive after having had unprotected intercourse for a year, they might have infertility problems.
Assisted reproduction can be carried out using different techniques; the most appropriate one will be determined according to the couple’s specific circumstances and problems.
THE IVF PROCESS
THE BIGGEST UTERUS IN THE WORLD
Our IVF laboratory is like a giant uterus: we have replicated the conditions of the uterus in order to improve the embryonic development: same temperature, same light conditions and a nearly totally sterile atmosphere, so that the embryos can “feel at home”.
WE HAVE MADE OUR EMBRYOS DANCE
We have play music because it has been proven that musical vibrations improve the embryo development.
In natural conditions, oocytes and embryos travel through the fallopian tubes into the uterus due to continuous peristaltic movements that move them, surround them with the nutrients they need, and drive them away from their waste metabolites.
These cell movements facilitate the exchange of substances, but embryos in the laboratory remain static in the culture media, and, as a result, the released toxic products -free radicals or ammonium – are stored in the culture medium in which they lie.
That micro vibrations stir the culture media, thus producing a more homogeneous distribution of the nutrients and dispersing toxic products to avoid their accumulation.