The new assisted reproduction unit of the Ginemed health group in Barcelona offers its patients the possibility of attending in vitro fertilization live thanks to a glass laboratory that connects its microscopes to a monitor that can be seen from a waiting room contiguous.
“The fact of having a laboratory with glass for patients who are undergoing an assisted reproduction process is a way of transmitting a message of transparency and of sharing and making the process more transversal, they can see what it is like from an embryological point of view from the first cell”, says Dr. Teresa Draper, head of this unit installed at the CUMBRE Hospital in the Catalan capital, in statements to Efe.
Witnessing this moment, Draper points out, is “very gratifying” for patients, since, he adds, “the fact of accessing this world, which was previously hidden from them, is very good and relaxing”, it gives them “more security, more peace of mind.”
This glass laboratory service is already offered to Ginemed Seville, which was the reference center, as well as in the other units of the health group in Spain and in Lisbon.
“A simile could even be made with what has happened to restaurants in recent years, when they decided to open their kitchens to the public, launching a message of good practice, cleanliness, hygiene and nothing to hide, on the contrary, a lot to share, it is a very good message, very positive”, emphasizes the doctor.
The first thing that is done in this fertilization process is obtaining the oocytes of the future mother in the operating room, which are transferred to the laboratory and kept in culture, explains Jordi Guardiola, head of the Ginemed Barcelona laboratory.
In parallel, the seminal sample of the couple is required, it is analyzed to determine its quality, it is processed, and at the end of the same day the insemination is carried out.
“The next day, the laboratory analyzes the oocytes, examines them to look for signs of fertilization and see if it is correct or not, and the generated embryos are kept for a week; they are monitored to check their quality, and direct contact is maintained with patients because they are involved and know how the process is going”, Guardiola remarks.
Finally, the best quality embryos are selected and transferred, and if there are embryos of sufficient quality, they are frozen and kept in liquid nitrogen cans in case they are needed in the future.
“Couples arrive and are surprised to see that the entire laboratory is visible, everything is glass, and that they can see the work of the embryologists and even witness fertilization,” says Dr. Ignasi Segura, head of the Reproduction Unit.
Segura recalls that the most common cause of reproductive problems today is the older age of those who want to get pregnant.
Ginemed is a health group specialized in assisted reproduction with more than thirty years of experience in fertility, especially in the study of men and highly complex cases.
According to the data provided by this group, 69% of the patients who have passed through its reproduction units achieve pregnancy in the first transfer, regardless of age or type of treatment.