- The mean age of patients is 38,4 years old, two points higher than 2007
- Endometrial receptivity or ovarian rejuvenation, two lines of research to improve reproductive outcomes.
- Multiple pregnancy rate is reduced significantly.
VALENCIA, 18 NOVEMBER 2016
Low birth rate is an obvious problem of our society. Factors such as seeking for financial stability or the importance of professional development make it increasingly difficult for women to conceive a child and to raise a family, facts which are reflected, for example, in delaying the age for seeking their first pregnancy.
In fact, the mean age of patients who come to IVI to become mothers already exceeds in Spain the 38.4 years of age. Over the last decade, this figure has risen by two points, which points out that late motherhood is a reality to be taken into consideration when adapting reproductive treatments to the current circumstances of patients.
“Many of these women, already close to their forties, will face with fertility problems that they did not suspect and that will make much difficult to achieve the pregnancy. Today we count with a solution to prevent the effects of aging on female fertility, the so called vitrification. This technique allows women to preserve their eggs at the age at which they are cryo preserved so that they can make use of them whenever they decide. When we embarked in this adventure in 1990 there were no such advances, but now they open up a wide range of possibilities to women and couples coming to any of our more than 50 centers spread throughout the Spanish and worldwide geography in order to accomplish their reproductive desire. In addition, our impeccable medical team which works tirelessly to make come true the dream of thousands of women and couples that place their trust in us, has made possible the birth of more than 125.000 babies”, remarks Professor José Remohí, co-president of IVI.
Since the United Nations General Assembly recommended in 1954 to establish the Universal Children’s Day, the priority objectives have been to fight in order to guarantee their rights, especially those related with their own lives, education, family life and health.
“The Universal Children’s Day is a very special day for us, since they are the true raison d`être of our activity. One of the highest priorities in IVI is to guarantee the good health of children who are born thanks to our help, managing that each patient has a healthy new born in his arms when they leave our clinic. Day by day we work to achieve important advances in the field of research, improving embryo diagnostic techniques and shaping new lines focussed on improving the endometrial receptivity or ovarian rejuvenation. Every new study, every additional step in this long path, makes possible a wished positive test that will bring great happiness to those families to which nature deprives of the most precious gift”, adds Prof. Antonio Pellicer, IVI co-president.
On November 20, we commemorate the approval of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, with the firm intention to remember every year that children are the most vulnerable collective of society and needs a greater defense of their rights.
SET: towards a risk-free pregnancy
IVI is one of the centers that has most strongly committed for transferring one single embryo SET.
At present, the number of embryos transferred by cycle in their Spanish clinics is 1.4, with a decreasing trend over the years.
There are two main reasons for this decision: The first one is based on trying to resemble assisted reproduction treatments as much as possible to natural conception, where multiple gestations occur with a frequency of 1 to 2 every 100 births. And the second one, of primary importance when opting for a single embryo transfer, lies in the risks involved in multiple gestations, such as hypertension, gestational diabetes, intrauterine growth retardation or premature delivery.
For this reason, there are more centers joining to this strong commitment to transfer SET, always prioritising the welfare of the patient and her baby throughout the gestation.