Institut Marquès is an international fertility reference centre with clinics in four European countries (Spain, Italy, Ireland and UK). Since the beginning, Institut Marquès has been offering innovative solutions in the Gynaecology, Obstetrics and Assisted Reproduction space, and as a result, it has become an award-winning international reference in its sector.
Focusing on special hardship cases of patients with fertility issues (those who have previously undergone several cycles without success), the centre treats patients from over 50 countries and offers a broad portfolio of services.
Institut Marquès has the added value of being a leader in both the study of male sterility and in Pre-Implantation Genetic Testing (PGT).
Moreover, they have developed an important investigation line about the benefits of music at the beginning of life and for foetal stimulation.
Gamete donation at Institut Marquès – Spain
Institut Marquès has its own sperm bank and a broad donation programme of oocytes and embryos, suitable for all races and physical traits.
Donors are selected according to the phenotypical characteristics and blood group that most closely match those of the couple. They need to be physically and mentally healthy with no history of hereditary diseases in their families. After an interview in which both the medical and family history are studied in detail, donors undergo a thorough medical examination, including blood analyses, pelvic ultrasound scans and vaginal cultures, karyotype testing, and tests to exclude both infectious diseases and the most common genetic mutations causing cystic fibrosis in European populations.
Patients will be given some characteristics of the donor. However, according to Spanish legislation, her identity can never be disclosed. The Spanish Law states that donation is anonymous and that the donors do not have the right to know the identity of any child born as a result of their donation. Nor can the child ever discover the donor’s identity. In Spain donation is altruistic, however financial compensation covering transport, simple medical care and absence from work is allowed.
Gamete donation at Institut Marquès Ireland
Undergoing gamete donation with identifiable donors is possible at Institut Marquès Ireland. In the near future, the Irish Parliament is expected to approve several points of the law on assisted reproduction involving the donation of gametes. One of the outcomes will be the prohibition of using sperm or eggs from anonymous donors in Ireland. Adapting to the upcoming legal regulations in Ireland, Institut Marquès offers several alternatives for those patients that need a donor in Artificial Insemination or an In-Vitro-Fertilisation, depending on whether they want to use anonymous or identifiable donors for their treatment.
The Forest of Embryos: A Tree for Every Child Born
Since 2002, Institut Marquès has been carrying out studies that link environmental toxins to infertility and to the results of fertility treatments. After assessing the impact of pollution in health and fertility, Institut Marquès has decided to play its part to fight against this worrying trend, to the extent possible. This is why the centre launched the Forest of Embryos, a Corporate Social Responsibility project in collaboration with the environmental organisation “L’Escurçó” in Tarragona, in order to plant a tree for each child born thanks to its Assisted Reproduction treatments.