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Fertty International

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Last Update: 04/14/2020

Description

Fertty International is a fertility clinic located in Barcelona and specialized in offering fertility treatments to foreign patients.

Its founders are Dr. Esther Velilla and Dr. Silvia Fernandez, and the center started its activity in 2018 in modern facilities which occupy 2,000 square meters.

In total, the Fertty International team consists of 10 professionals from different areas, including their medical director, Dr. Maria Arqué, and her lab director, embryologist Mariona Rius. In addition, Fertty International has the ISO quality certificate 9001:2015 and several international recognitions.

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History

Fertty International was born with the intention of offering a service and totally personalized to all their foreign patients who come from countries like France, Italy, Germany, and Russia, among others.

They have all the necessary resources to ensure that the distance is not a problem and for patients to find various facilities during the process:

  • Patient and Medical Assistants in their native language
  • Monitoring in the country of origin
  • Fertility Coaching

Instalations

Fertty International is located in the central district of Barcelona La Dreta de l'Eixample, not far from Plaza de Cataluña and Paseo de Gracia.

The clinic stylishly integrates modern and contemporary facilities with the antique look of the surrounding architecture. The result: new and modern rooms with high ceilings that preserve the old plaster of the building and a large glass dome that floods the interior of the clinic with natural light.

However, the main focus is on the central staircase of the clinic, which connects the entrance and the basement. This staircase is framed by a simple and straight metal railing that leads down around a stylish, modern, and golden lamp that connects the two floors.

Fertty International is distributed in such a way that the two floors are located in a open and passable room, which connects different areas. There, the patient will find comfortable rest and waiting rooms, designed in the corporate colors of the brand: blue and green.

This 3D video invites you on a virtual tour of the clinic, which allows you to get a closer look at the rooms.

Below you'll find all areas of Fertty International with its equipment and technologies available to perform fertility treatments.

Building and sourroundings

Fertty International is at street level, as the clinic is located on the ground floor of a four-floored building from the early 20th century, which has retained the neoclassical style of the neighborhood.

Its premises are spread over 2,000 m2 on this ground floor and in the basement.

The entrance to the clinic is suitable for persons with reduced mobility as there are no steps and everything is at ground level. The doors and corridors are wide enough for wheelchair users, there is an elevator for access to the lower floor and the toilets are also suitable for people with physical disabilities.

As for the surroundings, you can find buildings with modernistic architecture and neoclassical style in the area of Barcelona in which Fertty International has its headquarters.

Reception desk and waiting rooms

The desk of Fertty International is located directly at the entrance area, where there is a reception counter and two seats on the right. Normally, patients are looked after by two staff members who speak Spanish, Catalan, English, French, Italian, German, and Russian.

A little further away from the reception and on the left side, you will find the main waiting room with several sofas and small tables. Magazines and TV sets are available for the patients' entertainment.

There is also a second reception on the ground floor so that patients are seamlessly cared for and accompanied.

The same dynamics are maintained on this floor: open and spacious common rooms, and numerous consulting rooms that give the patient the necessary privacy.

Although Fertty aims at reducing the waiting time, patients are offered coffee or tea in the meantime. There is also a water dispenser in the waiting room.

In addition, the clinic has set up other waiting rooms similar to the one we have described:

  • A waiting room exclusively prepared for donors
  • Additional waiting rooms in the basement, in which a second reception and further consulting rooms are located

Consultation

Fertty International has 6 medical practices, 4 of which have an examination room and a gynecological table. These offices are spread over both floors and all have their own toilets.

The in-house ultrasound device is the latest model from Samsung.

Fertty International employs 6 gynecologists specialized in reproductive medicine. All of them are on duty at weekends in case of a puncture or embryo transfer.

The medical director is Dr. María Arqué and speaks fluent English, French, and Italian.

Surgery room

The sterile area of Fertty International, where the surgery room, recovery rooms, and laboratory are located, is at the end of the ground floor.

Patients arrive at this area via the recovery rooms, where they can change and hand over their personal belongings during the operation.

The spacious operating room is equipped with everything necessary for fertility treatment and major outpatient procedures: Instrument tables, a monitor, a General Electric LOGIQ F8 ultrasound machine, an anesthetic delivery system, a defibrillator, an emergency trolley, and an air purifier. There is also a large screen so that the patient can follow how the embryo is inserted into her uterus.

The communication with the laboratory for in vitro fertilization (IVF) takes place directly through a window. In this way, it is possible to pass on the samples and guarantee that the conditions of the gametes and embryo culture are not affected.

In addition, both the corners of the wall and the skirting boards are rounded and the walls are covered with epoxy paper to prevent the accumulation of dirt. All this makes the surgery room an absolutely clean and sterile room.

Laboratory

In addition to the operating room, Fertty International has a large laboratory, which is divided into 3 different areas:

  • In vitro Fertilization
  • Andrology
  • Cryopreservation

A total of 4 embryologists work here, all of whom speak Spanish, Catalan, English and French. Every embryologist is available on weekends and holidays.

The access doors to this laboratory are automatic and equipped with a security system. Moreover, this room has no windows, the light is very weak and the average temperature is 20-24ºC, which is the necessary conditions for an optimal embryo culture.

The following materials and equipment are available to perform all fertility treatments in the laboratory of Fertty International:

  • Four safety workbenches with heated surface
  • Twenty heating blocks
  • Four binocular loupes
  • Two microinjectors
  • Two anti-vibration tables
  • Two inverted microscopes
  • A standard incubator
  • Four incubators PLANER
  • One incubator K-SYSTEMS with low oxide content
  • Six cryobanks

In order to keep the laboratory completely sterile, stainless steel furniture and rounded floors to prevent the accumulation of dirt and a filter-controlled ventilation system are used.

Fertty International also has the RI WITNESS security system for identifying biological samples. This is an automated system that uses Radio Frequency Identification Chips attached to each sample so that the patient to whom they belong is always known and human error is avoided.

It is also worth mentioning that there is an administrative area outside the laboratory. There, patient records can be created and work can be organized without the need to set up computers in the laboratory.

Recovery rooms

As mentioned above, Fertty International has 4 individual recovery rooms that connect the sterile area with the rest of the clinic.

The furniture in each of these rooms consists of a hospital bed, a small table, and a seat for the companion.

After each intervention, Fertty International offers all patients a breakfast consisting of juice, coffee or tea, and a sandwich or croissant.

Sperm collection room

On the main floor next to the recovery rooms, there is a separate room for taking sperm samples.

The tools available here are a television set with a video catalog and adjustable light that softens the atmosphere.

These rooms also have a comfortable armchair, a sink, and a paper dispenser.

A bell is also provided so that the patient can notify the staff responsible for collecting the sample as soon as this process has been completed.

What to expect at the first appointment

The initial visit of patients at Fertty International is free-of-charge and can be done online or in person.

Prior to this visit, patients are asked to submit their medical records and any tests they may have undergone so that treatment can be adjusted to make the initial visit more efficient.

Generally, the initial appointment is used to carry out blood and catheter tests as well as semen analysis and to freeze the sperm.

Both the consultation before and after the tests to determine the treatment is free. Sometimes the patients are informed about the results of the consultation via video call, because the clinic tries to help foreign patients as much as possible to save them a trip to the clinic for their convenience.

Foreign patient care

The philosophy of Fertty International is to assign to each patient a team of 3 professionals who communicate openly with the patient 365 days a year:

  • Patient assistant: Takes care of advising and monitoring patient needs before or after the initial visit, be it in connection with treatment or travel (flight bookings, hotel reservations, etc.)
  • Medical assistant: Coordinates the entire treatment and is always ready to listen to the patient's needs. The assistant clarifies all questions within 12 hours via e-mail.
  • Doctor: Is responsible for the treatment and is also distinguished by his closeness to the patient. If necessary, patients can talk directly to the doctor in charge.

All 3 professionals speak the patient's native language and are available to assist the patient from beginning to end; i.e. each patient has his or her 3 contact persons at Fertty International, and at no time are they replaced by others.

In addition, all necessary documents are provided in the patient's native language.

It is also noteworthy that Fertty International has a support network of partner organizations in the patients' country of origin.

This allows patients to undergo tests, obtain prescriptions for their medicines and/or carry out cycle monitoring with professionals in their country.

These measures ensure that the patient has to travel to Barcelona as little as possible while receiving high-quality treatment from her country of origin. This ensures that the patient is subjected to as little emotional and economic burden as possible.

This means that patients only have to travel to Fertty International for procedures that require surgery and a laboratory, such as follicle puncture and embryo transfer.

For IVF treatments, this procedure takes between 3-5 days, which means that patients must stay in Barcelona.

Available treatments

Below is a list of all fertility treatments performed at Fertty International.

Embryo Adoption
Embryo cryopreservation
Fertility preservation
Frozen Embryo Transfer
In Vitro Fertilization / ICSI
IUI with Donor Sperm
IUI with Partner's Sperm
IVF with Donor Egg & Donor Sperm
IVF with Donor Eggs
IVF with Donor Sperm
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
Reciprocal IVF
Sperm freezing

In addition, Fertty International offers the Pregnancy Guaranteed Programme, which applies to both IVF with own eggs and egg donation.

These are reimbursement programs which include 3 complete cycles, embryo cryopreservation, and medication. In addition, all subsequent cycles with cryotransfers are included. However, in order to be included in the program, the woman or couple must meet a number of requirements.

If you're still unsure which fertility treatment is right for you and would like to know more about it, we suggest you read on here: Fertility Treatment Overview.

The treatment costs may vary significantly depending on the tests or techniques included or not, such as the seminogram, medication, fertility testing, medical visits, prolonged culture or embryo vitrification.

This Tool helps you to find out the exact costs of the different fertility clinics (what's included and what's not) and provides you with lots of useful tips for your first appointment.

Complementary techniques

In addition to the previously described treatments, Fertty International offers its patients additional methods to optimize the procedure and increase the success rates:

  • Blastocyst culture
The blastocyst culture is included in the treatment costs, as the clinic aims at the transfer of single blastocysts.
  • Embryo biopsy for PGD
  • Genetic compatibility test for the study of recessive genetic diseases of future parents
  • Testicular biopsy for extracting sperm from the testicles
  • Sperm DNA fragmentation
  • Sperm FISH analysis

Diagnostic tests

Both patients who need to find out the cause of their infertility and women who have already become pregnant can have the following diagnostic tests performed at Fertty International:

  • Female fertility testing
  • Male fertility testing
  • Ultrasound scan
  • Spermiogram
  • EndomeTRIO test including ERA, EMMA, ALICE test
  • Trombophilia testing

Gamete donation

Although Fertty International does not have its own facilities for egg donors, the donors do not come into contact with the patients, as the clinic provides individual waiting rooms. The clinic also offers an additional entrance that has been specially installed for donors.

The clinic provides various guarantee programmes for egg donation:

  • 4 oocytes guaranteed
  • 6 oocytes guaranteed
  • 8 oocytes and 2 blastocysts guaranteed
  • 10 oocytes and 2 blastocysts guaranteed
  • Exclusive donation (max. 20 oocytes) and 3 blastocysts

Depending on the patient, the cause of infertility, and the prognosis, the specialist selects the appropriate egg donation.

However, men at Fertty International are not able to donate sperm, so donor sperm is purchased through external sperm banks.

Other services

For successful fertility treatment, the intervention of other specialists may be necessary in addition to a gynecologist.

For this reason, Fertty International disposes of the following specialist areas in order to offer its patients an even more comprehensive service:

  • Fertility Coaching
  • Psychological counseling
  • Nutrition and health counseling
  • Acupuncture
  • Reproductive Reflexology

All professionals are members of the Support Group both locally and in the patients' countries of origin.

For more complex cases, Fertty International also works hand-in-hand with an andrologist, a geneticist, and a hematologist.

Last but not least, Fertty International organizes a weekly medical committee in which all ongoing cases are discussed, negative pregnancy tests are analyzed, all patients are further monitored, etc.

Success rates

The Sociedad Española de Fertilidad, SEF, (Spanish Fertility Society) is responsible for compiling the results of all Spanish fertility clinics every year and for carrying out a statistical analysis. In fact, the SEF is the only scientific organization independent of clinics that collects and publishes this data in an objective manner.

However, the last report published by the SEF shows the success rates achieved in 2017 (Registro Nacional de Actividad 2017-Registro SEF). Therefore, the rates of Fertty International are not yet available as they started their operations in 2018.

Patient experience

The opinions of patients who have undergone fertility treatment at Fertty are generally very positive.

As can be seen in the following image from Google Business Reviews, all users agree that the Fertty team has excellent professionals and that the treatment received in the clinic has been outstanding.

At another platform whatclinic.com patient are also very content with the treatment received at Fertty International. User Luisa emphasizes the staff's empathy and dedication. The communication is quick and the patients can contact their doctors whenever they need. User Itohan also recommends the clinic to other future parents. The doctors ensure that patients are able to understand each process and the staff is friendly making the stay easy.

Medical team

Dr. Esther Velilla
Dr. Esther Velilla
Senior Clinical Embryologist
Dr. Silvia Fernández
Dr. Silvia Fernández
Specialist in Embryology & Genetic Counseling
Dr. Maria Arque
Dr. Maria Arque
Specialist in Obstetrics/Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
License: 45753
Dr. Miguel Ángel Checa
Dr. Miguel Ángel Checa
Specialist in Obstetrics/Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
License: 080830513
Dr. Juan José Espinós
Dr. Juan José Espinós
Specialist in Obstetrics/Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
License: 080823651
Dr. Sergio Rovira
Dr. Sergio Rovira
Clinical Embryologist
Arina Rogozina
Arina Rogozina
Patient case coordinator
Hélène Poszler
Hélène Poszler
Patient case coordinator
Dr. Ana Puigvert
Dr. Ana Puigvert
Medical & Anaesthetic Department
Enrique Vela
Enrique Vela
Medical & Anaesthetic Department
Marta Guerri
Marta Guerri
Psychology Department
Atze Mena
Atze Mena
Psychology Department
Silvia Tabar
Silvia Tabar
Biology Department
Alba Serra
Alba Serra
Biology Department
Carla Pérez
Carla Pérez
Biology Department
Nuria Fosas
Nuria Fosas
Biology Department
Mariona Rius Mas
Mariona Rius Mas
Biology Department
Sonia Sanchez
Sonia Sanchez
Nurse Department
Claudia Martinez
Claudia Martinez
Patient and Medical Assistants Department
Veronica Mazzara
Veronica Mazzara
Patient and Medical Assistants Department
Samar López
Samar López
Patient and Medical Assistants Department
Esther Romero
Esther Romero
Patient and Medical Assistants Department
Maria del Mar Gracia
Maria del Mar Gracia
Patient and Medical Assistants Department
Gwenaël Navarro Bonnet
Gwenaël Navarro Bonnet
Patient and Medical Assistants Department
Maite Montagut
Maite Montagut
Patient and Medical Assistants Department
Rosa Tella
Rosa Tella
Accounting Department

Clinic location

Fertty International is located in Calle Ausiàs March N/25 in Barcelona, in the central district of La Dreta de l'Eixample.

It is an area with several places of interest in the city, such as Plaza de Cataluña or Paseo de Gracia, as well as several shops and high-end businesses.

How to find the clinic

Foreign patients traveling to Barcelona by plane will arrive at the Barcelona-El Prat Josep Tarradellas airport, which is about 12 kilometers from Barcelona.

It is an international airport with numerous connections to the main European cities and even outside Europe.

Fertty International's patient assistants are responsible for helping foreign patients to book their travel and hotel accommodation, if necessary.

The clinic also has a shuttle service that takes patients from the airport to the clinic or hotel.

Conclusion

Fertty International is an excellent fertility clinic specializing in fertility treatments for foreign patients.

For this purpose, an international institution has been created to accompany the patient throughout the entire treatment process. In this way, Fertty International aims at the well-being of its patients.

Although it is a very new facility, the entire team of professionals has several years of experience in this sector. Moreover, the treatment of the patient is impeccable, as all opinions and experiences on the Internet show.

In contrast, Fertty International's facilities are modern and innovative and ideal for fertility treatments carried out under maximum sterility.

If you do not know according to which criteria you should choose a fertility clinic, we have additional tips for you, which you can read in the following article: Things to Consider to Choose the Right Fertility Clinic for You. You also may have a look at our fertility report.

Healthcare Operating Authorization

1. Health Center approved by the Spanish Ministry of Health - License number (CNN): 0908012279

2. Registration Code of Health Centres, Services and Establishments of the Department of Health (Government of Catalonia): E08629688

Last Update: 04/14/2020
4 comments / opinions
    1. Avatar de Sarah

      How long does the screening process work for egg donors? Do patients have a say in the selection process?

      • Avatar de Romina Packan

        Hi Sarah,

        Candidates must pass a series of strict physical and psychological tests in order to be accepted into egg donation programs. Also, egg donors are selected on the basis of their phenotype and must present similar immunological characteristics to the intended mother. For more information I recommend you this post: How Can I Become an Egg Donor? – The Process Step by Step.

        Hope this is of use to you,

        Best

    2. Avatar de JayLo

      Hi! I heard a lot of good things about this clinic but would like to hear from someone first hand how their treatment went there. I’m specifically interested in egg donation IVF.

    3. Avatar de MissIVF

      I totally recommend fertty international. I got pregnant at my first IVF cycle. I also liked the clinic atmosphere, it’s modern and clean and the staff is super welcoming.

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