- Is it true that sterility has increased in recent years?
Yes, it is true. Many circumstances have contributed to this: the recession, which increases our stress levels, the increase in the average age of first-time mothers, pollution, drugs and alcohol, etc. According to the latest statistics, about 800,000 Spanish couples have sterility problems.
- When it is the right time to start thinking about possible sterility problems?
One year after regular sexual intercourse without protection, if no pregnancy has occurred, is the time to start thinking about visiting a specialist or an Assisted Reproduction Centre.
This period of time should be shorter when the patient is over 35 years’ old.
- When does the woman ovulate?
During a menstrual cycle of 28 days, ovulation or the fertile period occurs towards the fourteenth day. 24 hours after ovulating the basal temperature increases 3 to 5 tenths.
- My partner and I want to become parents but, after consulting the specialist, we have been told that it is not possible with my eggs. The reception of eggs is an expensive technique. What other options do I have?
A first option is to receive oocytes with a common donor. In this case the oocytes are also shared with another woman/couple and this way the costs of the donor’s cycle are shared, thereby reducing the cost.
Another option would be adopting embryos. This consists in transferring vitrified embryos that other couples no longer want for their reproduction purposes and which they have decided to donate.
You must bear in mind that, while with the reception of eggs the fertilising spermatozoids are from your partner, when adopting the embryos both gametes are substituted.
- My gynaecologist has recommended that the reception of eggs for me, because I have very few chances of falling pregnant with my eggs. I would like to try it one last time with my eggs, but I also want to be a mother as soon as possible. What do you recommend I do?
In your case a good option would be to do a tandem, i.e., in vitro fertilization where, at the same time, embryos are obtained with your own oocytes and with donated oocytes.
In the event of obtaining feasible embryos from your own oocytes, these would be transferred first. The embryos from donated oocytes that were evolutionary would be cryo-preserved and could be transferred in another cycle.
If no own embryos are obtained for transferring, the fresh transfer would be done with embryos from donated oocytes.
- How to you choose the Assisted Reproduction Centre?
We advise you to think about your decision, considering the following criteria:
- That it really is a centre specialised in assisted reproduction.
- That is has highly qualified professionals with proven experience who offer a humane, friendly treatment.
- That the laboratory is fitted with the latest technological advances.
- That its human team really get involved, and you can really place your trust in them, knowing that they are going to help you and that they are going to inform you about your real possibilities.
- That it has high success rates in its results.