What is infertility?
Infertility is the inability to achieve pregnancy after a year of normal sexual relationship without the use of any contraceptive method. Today, infertility has become a major medical and social problem. According to epidemiological studies, infertility affects 15% of the world's population, in fact, one in six couples worldwide experience infertility problems during their reproductive lifetime.
What are the causes?
Infertility is a couple's problem. Male infertility is the factor in 35% of the cases, female infertility in 35% of the cases and unknown origin in 30% . Therefore, it has been considered that male and female factors are equally involved in half of infertility cases. Specifically, the age of couples can be considered the main cause of the increase in sterility in developed countries.
Assisted reproduction treatments
The current assisted reproductive techniques (ARTs), such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), have been effective treatment options, offering infertile couples the opportunity to start families. The development of assisted reproduction treatments has been a great advance, providing solutions to fertility problems, but it is necessary to approach this period with calm and patience since the 33% of the couples fail to achieve pregnancy. In-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments necessarily involve five stages: ovulation induction, extraction of mature oocytes, sperm selection, fertilization and embryo transfer.
We work to reduce the number of couples undergoing assisted reproductive treatments that fail to achieve pregnancy. We have developed a more precise human sperm selection methodology able to select spermatozoa with the greatest fertilizing capacity, which increases the effectiveness of the assistant reproductive treatments without significantly increasing the overall cost of the treatment.