This section is written in partnership with UR Vistahermosa experts from Spain.

Assisted reproduction cycles grow in Spain due to unprecedented increase in infertility

Infertility currently affects one in five couples; next year, it will do so in one in four, according to the Spanish Fertility Society. Approximately 10% of births that occur every year in Spain are possible thanks to assisted reproduction, either due to infertility or subfertility, that is, when gestations are achieved after more than a year of attempts.

Age is a determining factor when conceiving a child. A woman is born with a number of oocytes that she uses up during her life and has no ability to regenerate them. In males, spermatogenesis is maintained; a man generates new sperm every 90 to 120 days, but the quality of semen also declines with age, especially from the age of 45.

If a woman wants to be a mother at a later age, the vitrification of oocytes is recommended. This increases her chances of being a mother in the future, as from age 40, the chances of achieving pregnancy decrease. Assisted reproductive techniques have evolved immensely, making multiple pregnancy less common. Approximately 73% of our patients in 2018 received only one embryo per transfer and only two twin pregnancies occurred. In our Reproduction Unit in the HLA El Ángel Hospital, we conduct a detailed study of each case, which allows us to apply the technique that is best suited to each particular circumstance.

Since its opening in 2011, the Reproduction Unit at the HLA El Ángel Hospital has treated nearly 2,500 patients. In 2018, 84% of couples under the age of 35, 69.14% between the ages of 35 to 39, and 39,39% over 40 achieved pregnancy following in vitro fertilization. 77.77% of patients who had in vitro fertilization with donor oocytes achieved pregnancy.

In the Women’s Unit of the HLA El Ángel Hospital, we offer comprehensive advice to women, from the moment they start contemplating the idea of being a mother to the end of the process with the birth of the child, providing both psychological and emotional care.

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This article has been published in Creando Familias magazine by UR Vistahermosa clinic from Spain.

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Dr. José Félix García España
Medical Director of UR El Ángel

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