At the Fertility Institute, we are on hand to answer any questions or doubts you may have.

What is fertility?

Fertility is defined as the ability to conceive children.

What is infertility or sterility?

Infertility and sterility are considered synonyms in medical terminology and are defined as not being able to conceive after a year of unprotected sex.

What are the causes of infertility or sterility?

There can be several causes for infertility and sterility, although some are more frequent than others. Many social, medical and environmental factors experienced by both men and women can affect a couple’s ability to conceive. Diagnosed health issues such as obesity or anorexia are recognised contributors to infertility, while medical treatments such as chemotherapy may also result in sterility. Smoking, stress and substance abuse have also been proven to affect chances of falling pregnant.

Although the aforementioned determinants apply to both sexes, an insufficient sperm count or a low sperm mobility are among the leading causes of infertility among men, while ovulation, fewer ovarian reserves and older age are the genesis for sterility in women.

How many couples are affected by infertility?

An estimated 16% of couples within the age bracket of reproductivity are affected, although this number does increase when applied to women over the age of 40.

Are many couples able to find a solution to infertility?

Absolutely. Owed to advanced techniques and specialised personnel, the Instituto de Fertilidad has a 48.6% success rate in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatments when using provided oocytes. Compared to the Sociedad Española de Fertilidad’s 38.3% success rate, we’re proud to offer unrivalled fertility care.

Can the age of a woman affect fertility?

Female fertility rates decline beyond the age of 35, while only exceptional cases of falling pregnant unassisted by treatment can be found in once 45 years of age has been surpassed. Between the ages of 25 and 30 are when fertility rates are at their highest.

At what point should I consider a fertility clinic?

Couples under the age of 35 who have had unprotected sex for over a year and not conceived should consider speaking to a medical professional at a fertility clinic, while those having unprotected sex over the age of 35 should give thought to speaking with a medical professional at a fertility clinic after six months.

Is there an egg donation programme which exists?

The Instituto de Fertilidad runs its own egg donation programme, while you can rest assured we seek the correct donor for each recipient in order to maximise such compatibility.

Should I be worried about the donation which I could receive?

Both sperm and egg donors must pass rigorous tests and meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for donation, in accordance with the Spanish Assisted Reproduction Act. A number of health screenings, tests and medical checks are carried out, in addition to hereditary and psychological analysis.

Can I choose my sperm or egg donor?

Under Spanish legislation, it is prohibited to choose a donor due to privacy laws. However, the donor’s characteristics can be disclosed in order to guarantee the quality of contribution.

Can I be a mother without a partner?

Yes. At the Instituto de Fertilidad, we’re proud to be of assistance to whatever relationship status or circumstance you may have. Spanish legislation ensures all sperm donors are thoroughly tested and meet all necessary requirements.

Is it possible that I could fall pregnant with more than one child?

In recent years, there has been a general tendency to limit the number of embryos transferred to a recipient. Scientific advances mean modern laboratorial methods are increasingly accurate in not only realising pregnancy, but also in limiting gestation to just one child. In accordance with current Spanish law, transfers of pre-embryos are limited to just three and only authorised in cases of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and other related treatments. Upon receiving specialist advice, the numbers of embryos transferred is a decision taken by the patient.

If I decide to use a fertility clinic, when can I start my treatment?

Once any medical issues are diagnosed and further testing has been done to better understand a patient’s condition, bespoke treatment can begin when best suited to you. Treatments vary in time taken to prepare and perform.

Is there a waiting list to start treatment?

We do not have a waiting list and once the appointment is arranged to speak with a member of our medical team, we can start to consider which treatment is best suited to a patient’s needs and begin the process at a time which suits you best.

Is the need for psychological support frequent and do you offer this service?

Psychological support is essential to any pregnancy and it is common for anyone undergoing fertility treatment to find themselves depressed, stressed or anxious. Our team at Instituto de Fertilidad includes highly-qualified psychologists which offer bespoke psychological support prior, during and succeeding treatment.

How often should I have sexual intercourse when trying to fall pregnant?

Sex without using contraception is advised every two to three days, while maintaining such activity is encouraged during the fertile period of the menstrual cycle.

How do I know when I’m most at fertile point?

The most fertile period of a women’s menstrual cycle is at the point of ovulation or just before. This can be calculated by subtracting 14 days from the average number of days in a menstrual cycle.

Why should I get in touch with a fertility clinic?

Fertility clinics have specialised gynaecologists and highly-qualified medical staff focused primarily on assisted human reproduction treatments. Diagnosing sterility can be a comprehensive process and therefore requires specific tests which are administered solely at such clinics.

What is a fertility clinic?

Fertility clinics are health centres which specialise in assisted human reproduction treatments. Such medical practices offer advanced technology and paritcular tests which are not usually found at gynaecological clinics.

Any further questions?

In case we’ve been unable to answer your question, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re on hand to address any questions, queries or requests for information which you may have.

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We look forward to hearing from you.