More and more couples are struggling to conceive with around 15% of seeking fertility treatments. This in part is due to couples putting their career before starting a family, increased problems with men’s sperm count as well environmental factors and diet and lifestyle choices.
At the same time, assisted reproduction techniques have very quickly improved and many families have been able to achieve their dream of becoming parents thanks to fertility treatments. Institut Marquès is an innovator in Assisted Reproduction with centres in Barcelona, London, Ireland (Dublin and Clane) and Milan. Leaders in innovation with an excellence-based medical care, Institute Marquès treats patients from more than 50 countries.
Dr Marisa López-Teijón, Director of Institut Marquès, says: “Our challenge and our passion is to keep improving every day to help people with fertility problems more effectively. We are enthusiastically involved in each personal story and we will not be completely satisfied until all treatments are completed with a positive outcome”.
Specialists in difficult fertility cases
Institut Marquès offers all available assisted reproduction treatments, the best techniques and the most up-to-date technology. English patients can choose to have their treatment at one of their centres in Barcelona or Clane (Ireland). In the case of an egg donation, the sperm sample can be collected in London; this way only the woman will be required to travel on the day of the embryo transfer. The centre offers a range of services and treatments and their success rates reach 89% per cycle for IVF treatments with egg donation.
Institut Marquès specialises in difficult cases where patients who have previously undergone several cycles without success. Institut Marquès carry out studies of male sterility and in Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) and continue to improve the protocols to increase the chances for patients. They also have their own sperm bank and a broad donation programme of oocytes and embryos.
Treatments with known donors and anonymous donors
Institut Marquès offers the patients the possibility of undergoing gamete donation treatments with a known donor. The centre in Clane offers this service without any waiting lists. Patients who prefer an anonymous donation can also do the treatment at Clane, Barcelona or Milan. In the case of an anonymous donation, they can offer all the phenotypes, so that the matching process is carried out respecting as much as possible the physical features of the receptors.
1,000 babies and counting with Embryo Adoption
The centre, with more than 95 years of history has just celebrated the birth of their one thousandth baby due to its international Embryo Adoption Programme. It is an English girl. Her mother underwent an embryo adoption cycle at Institut Marquès in Barcelona after several failed assisted reproduction treatments in other centres.
The Spanish clinic is the one that has obtained the most births in the world thanks to the adoption of embryos coming from families who have previously completed an assisted reproduction cycle and do not want to have more children. Embryo Adoption can be carried out in Barcelona and in Clane.
Innovation, high quality and transparency
Institut Marquès innovates every day to offer top quality care and to respond to the new needs and concerns of patients.
The centre in Barcelona has developed the Embryomobile, a pioneer application in the world that allows parents to follow up online and in real time (from home or any other location) the evolution of their embryos during the days they are developing in the EmbryoScope. This is an example of transparency and quality that patients greatly appreciate.
Music at the beginning of life
Institut Marquès is developing an important line of research about the effects of music at the beginning of life. There are several studies about the influence of music on embryonic and foetal development.
In all their laboratories the embryos are exposed 24/7 to musical micro-vibrations in the incubators because it turned out that music increased the rate of in vitro fertilisation by 5%.
Other studies by Institut Marquès have revealed that the foetus is able to hear from week 16 (when it measures 11 cm), only if the sound reaches it from the mother’s vagina. To carry out this clinical trial, they created a special device (Babypod) that can emit music or voice from the interior of the vagina. The foetus responds to the sound with mouth and tongue movements.
Babypod is the only device that allows the mother to communicate with her unborn baby. Its use during pregnancy has important medical applications, such as discarding foetal deafness or facilitating ultrasound scans, because by stimulating the movement of the baby, the foetal structures are more clearly shown on the screen.
With their years of experience treating patients from around the world, Institut Marquès look forward to welcoming you to one of their centres and helping your start your family.