Why IVF with sperm donor instead of IUI (Intrauterin Inseminations)?
After a certain age, the chances of pregnancy are higher with IVF with sperm donor than with IUI.
How is the stimulation protocol selected?
The main criteria used to select the stimulation protocol are patient’s age, the morphology of the ovaries, ovarian reserve tests, body weight, response to stimulation in previous cycles -if any- and our own experience.
At our Center we consider of paramount importance the selection of the medication regimen most suitable for each patient. Standard treatment criteria are avoided. Each patient has her unique characteristics that should be taken into consideration when selecting the stimulation protocol.
The usual stimulation protocol involves the administration of a GnRH agonist by nasal spray and daily subcutaneous injections of gonadotropins.
When does the second appointment take place?
After 8 to 10 days of treatment, blood tests and vaginal ultrasound are performed to monitor the diameter of the follicles in the ovary. These tests will continue to be performed until the day of the egg retrieval.
How is the oocyte retrieval procedure performed?
After the patient is put under sedation, oocyte retrieval is performed with vaginal ultrasound guidance. The entire procedure usually takes 15 minutes. After the retrieval, the patient remains at the Postoperative Surveillance Unit for approximately one hour. After that, the patient can then be discharged. Therefore, oocyte retrieval is an ambulatory procedure. Best rest is recommended for up to 24 hours.
How is the embryo transfer performed?
Two or five days after oocyte retrieval, 1, 2 or 3 embryos are transferred to the uterus. The actual number of embryos to be transferred is going to depend on embryo quality and patient’s age. A full day avoiding strenous physical activity is adviced. The following day the patient is ready to travel. Read more.
How long do we have to stay in Barcelona?
Seven to ten days, depending on your response to the stimulation.