How can I prepare for my treatment?

What do I need to do before giving a semen sample?

We advise that a semen sample be given on the first visit for the sterility study. Sometimes a second sample will be needed on the day of the oocyte punction (IVF/ recipients) or on the day of the insemination (IAC), according to the recommendations of the biologists.

For optimum results, it is better to give the sample after a period of sexual abstinence ranging between 3-5 days. The semen is obtained from masturbation in a room adapted for this purpose and is immediately sent to our laboratory at the clinic where it is analysed. The results will be available after a few days.

It is not recommended to carry out the seminogram after a long period of abstinence as this could give rise to a large number of immotile or dead sperm which may not be realistic.

How can I prepare for my insemination?

On the day of the insemination, you must arrive at the clinic, without the need to be on an empty stomach, 30 minutes before the scheduled time when using a frozen semen sample (either from your partner or from a donor). If you have been asked to provide a fresh semen sample you will have to arrive, with your partner, 2 hours before the time scheduled for the insemination.

The doctor will go over the results that have been obtained during the stimulation cycle, answer any questions you may have and explain how the process works. This is usually a swift and painless technique. Following insemination you will rest for approximately 10 minutes in the doctor’s office and then can travel home that same day by whatever means of transport suits you (car, train, plane, etc.).

How can I prepare for my follicular punction?

The day before the follicular punction you must take an antibiotic to avoid the risk of an infection during the procedure.

On the day of the follicular punction, you must not eat or drink anything for at least six hours prior to the procedure. You must arrive at the clinic 45 minutes before the time of the appointment without wearing make-up, perfume, jewellery… You will meet with the anaesthetist and the doctor before the procedure commences.

The doctor will carry out the follicular punction under an anaesthetic sedation to ensure that it is completely painless. Deep sedation is a procedure where the anaesthetist administers a drug via intravenous injection which will send you to sleep for a short period of time (about 10-20 minutes). Once the follicular punction is completed, you will be informed of the results and of the number of oocytes obtained. We will then proceed with the insemination of the mature oocytes with the semen sample.

After the punction you will remain at Eugin Clinic for approximately 2-3 hours. Once discharged, you must go straight home, or to your hotel, and rest for the remainder of the day. You can eat and drink normally in a progressive fashion.

We advise you to stay for 3 to 4 days in Barcelona between the punction (D+0) and the transfer (D+2-3), to avoid the stress and fatigue of travelling.

How can I prepare for my embryo transfer?

On the day of your transfer you must arrive at the Clinic 30 minutes before the scheduled time.

The transfer is painless and does not require any anaesthesia or sedation.

In the case of a history of difficult intrauterine inseminations or embryo transfers, or if you feel particularly stressed, we will give you a gentle, relaxing massage before the transfer.

The transfer is done using ultrasound control: it is very important that you have your bladder full at the time of the transfer (drink 3-4 glasses of water and do not urinate for 2 or 3 hours before the transfer). This procedure facilitates the transfer and allows better ultrasound visualisation of the technique.

Upon arrival at the clinic, a translator from the coordination team will stay with you in your individual resting room and will help you, in your own language (if necessary), during your stay at the clinic. An embryologist will give you a brief summary of your cycle indicating the number of available embryos and which we propose to transfer. Only the best embryos are selected for transfer. The transfer will take place with a minimum of 1 good quality embryo and, according to current Spanish legislation, a maximum of 3.

We recommend that you stay in Barcelona for 1 to 2 days. Ideally, you should stay the night before and the night after the transfer to avoid the stress and tiredness of travelling.