Instituto FIVIR is fertility clinic located in the capital of Valencia, very close to the El Saler shopping centre.
This is a private clinic located on the ground floor of a building that has a total of 350 m 2, among which are distributed the reception, waiting rooms, consultations, operating room and laboratories, among other rooms.
FIVIR has a team of 10 professionals who perform about 150 cycles of assisted reproduction treatments per year. In addition, they also receive foreign patients in English, French and Italian.
FIVIR was founded in 2010 by Dr. Marita Espejo Catena and her two sisters Esther and Ana who are part of the management of the company.
Previously, FIVIR was located in the town of Alzira and in the Aguas Vivas Hospital of Carcaixent.
After almost a decade in the world of assisted reproduction, in 2018, the clinic opened its doors in the city of Valencia with new facilities adapted to carry out all fertility treatments.
Dr. Marita Espejo continues to be the medical director of FIVIR, along with Dr. Yamileth Motato, director of the laboratory.
Finally, they have also the FIVIR Institute Foundation since 2010 with the aim of promoting initiatives to raise awareness in society.
As we have said, FIVIR has new facilities in Valencia that were inaugurated in 2018.
Below, you will find a list of all the areas of the clinic, with the resources and technology available to carry out assisted reproduction treatments.
Building and front
FIVIR is located on the ground floor of a corner block of buildings. In the front are the main entrance door and 3 large windows of the office and consultation area.
This entrance is adapted for people with reduced mobility, as there are no steps and the whole floor is at ground level. The doors of the entire clinic are large enough for wheelchairs to enter and there is also a bathroom for disabled persons.
The sidewalks of the street where FIVIR is located are wide, with several trees and green area around, which makes it a pleasant walk. There are also wooden benches along the sidewalk and bike lane.
As it is a recently built area in Valencia it is very easy to park nearby.
Reception and waiting room
The FIVIR reception is at the entrance, where there is a white counter decorated with modern lamps. There are three people here: Vicente, Marina and Inma. In addition to Spanish, Inma also speaks English and French, and is the person in charge of international patients.
On the right of the reception, separated by a wooden panel, is the main waiting room. Here are two sofas, four Nordic chairs and a vintage-style console. The tones of the walls and floor are light grey and sand, and there is also a wallpaper that brings tranquillity and well-being to the room.
For entertainment, this waiting room has a television and magazines, although the waiting time for the appointment is usually minimal. All patients are also offered water, coffee, tea, juices and biscuits.
In the corridor leading into the clinic, there is another smaller, more private waiting room with a large sofa close to the wall. This small room is also decorated with earth-colored wallpaper and a wooden panel that separates it from the corridor.
Finally, along the corridor leading to the doctors’ offices, there are two small squares embedded in the wall where patients can also sit.
FIVIR has two medical consultations with examination room and gynaecological table.
The ultrasound machine they have is the General Electric Voluson and, in addition, they have a screen so that the woman can see the ultrasound.
Both rooms have a bathroom and a sink.
FIVIR employs two gynaecologists and one part-time gynaecologist. They perform weekend guards in case it is necessary to do some medical procedure such as puncture or embryo transfer.
Dr. Marita Espejo treats her patients in Spanish, Valencian or English. However, the international patient care manager, Inma, is also often present in foreign patient consultations.
Entrance to the operating room area is restricted by a fingerprint system. In this area you will find the dressing room to enter the operating room or laboratory, the entrance to the recovery rooms and the entrance to the operating room which is double.
Passing through the first door of the operating room is a sink and a small room for the waste and dirty material treatment. Once the first door is closed, the second can be opened to enter the operating room.
FIVIR operating room is large and fully equipped with operating table, instrument tables, a monitor, General Electric Voluson ultrasound, Fabius Plus anesthesia delivery system, defibrillator and emergency trolley.
The operating room is directly connected to the IVF laboratory through a door and a small window through which the samples are passed. There is also a small window that communicates with the waste room so that the waste can be treated correctly. In addition, both the corners of the wall and the floor skirtings are rounded and the walls are coated with epoxy paper to prevent dirt from accumulating. All this makes the operating room a totally clean and sterile room.
In addition to the usual procedures in assisted reproduction, this operating room is adapted to perform major outpatient surgery, such as diagnostic and therapeutic hysteroscopies, urological surgeries, gynecological biopsies, cervical dilations, etc..
The staff present in all these interventions are the gynaecologist, anaesthetist, nurse and assistant.
FIVIR has two physically separate laboratories: the andrology laboratory and the IVF laboratory. Both laboratories are side by side separated by a door.
These are discussed below:
This is a small room where seminograms, capacitation of sperm cells, sperm selection and other tests related to male sperm are performed. It is also the space where the administrative work of the laboratory is carried out.
Physically, the andrology laboratory is adjacent to the IVF laboratory, but with a separate entry. Next to this entrance is the semen collection room.
As for the material and equipment present in this laboratory, one can find a laminar flow hood, an inverted microscope, a centrifuge, a refrigerator and a freezer.
As we have said, the IVF laboratory is connected to the operating room. There are no windows, the light is very dim and the average temperature is about 20-24 º C.
Here an embryologist works and the material and equipment she has are the following: two laminar flow hoods of two positions each and heated surface, four binocular loupes, an inverted microscope, six heated blocks, an anti-vibratory table, a microinjector, four incubators, an EmbryoScope Plus and six automatic pipettes.
As in the operating room, the corners of the wall and floor skirtings are rounded and the walls are coated with epoxy paper for easy cleaning.
In one corner of the laboratory, there is an isolated glazed room where the liquid nitrogen tanks where the cryopreserved embryos, eggs and semen are stored. There is a different tank for each type of biological sample.
The method used for freezing embryos and eggs is vitrification. As for the method of biopsying embryos to make PGD, they use a laser from external personnel who come to the clinic when a biopsy needs to be performed.
FIVIR has two recovery rooms located directly in front of the operating room. Here, patients who have undergone surgery, such as follicular puncture, can recover with complete peace of mind.
Both rooms have an articulated bed, an armchair for the companion, a wardrobe, a small table with magazines and a telephone that communicates with the reception, and a private bathroom. One of the rooms is a little larger and also has a television.
Once patients are in the recovery room, they are offered water, coffee, tea, juices and biscuits.
Semen collection room
This room is located at the end of the clinic corridor and next to the andrology laboratory.
It has audiovisual resources. There is a television with different movies that the patient can select.
The room also has an armchair and a sink.
This is where the blood tests are done. For this, there is a stool and an armrest.
The other resources found in this room are a sink, a fridge, a storage area and a computer.
Once the blood samples are obtained, FIVIR sends them to an external laboratory for analysis.
The first visit made by patients at the FIVIR Institute is free of charge. This is an informative visit of about 30 minutes and the people attending are a gynaecologist and a nurse.
Basically, this visit consists of an anamnesis, an ultrasound scan and diagnostic and therapeutic guidance. The specialist is also in charge of reviewing all the tests provided by the patients, if this is the case.
FIVIR does not have a specific schedule to attend first visits. This is arranged with patients at their convenience during clinic hours: from 9.30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. Monday to Friday.
As for international patients or those living outside Valencia, this first view can be made by videoconference. In the case of English or French-speaking patients, the international patient care manager is present with the gynaecologist.
After this visit, the doctor indicates to the patients if it is necessary to carry out or to repeat some diagnostic test or, in case of being everything correct, already the guidelines can be given to begin with the suitable treatment.
If you still don't know which assisted reproduction treatment is right for you and you want to find out more, you can read about each of them in the following article: What Are Infertility Treatments? – Definition, Types & Costs.
In addition to all the treatments indicated in the previous section, FIVIR has the necessary technology to perform the following complementary techniques in order to increase the chances of success of the treatments:
- Embryoscope Culture
- Assisted hatching
- Sperm selection using MACS
- Double chain fragmentation test on spermatozoa with Fertile® chip
- Sperm FISH
- Genetic compatibility test
Eggs and sperm donors
FIVIR also take care of women who want to become egg donors. To do so, these women must undergo a psychological interview, medical tests and meet the requirements established in Law 14/2006 on Assisted Human Reproduction Techniques in Spain.
Treatment to donate eggs consists of ovarian stimulation and follicular puncture. These procedures are performed in the same clinic, but donors are scheduled at different times than patients to prevent them from crossing each other. There is therefore a separation in timetable.
On the other hand, FIVIR does not serve men who wish to donate semen, so donor semen samples are acquired from an external bank.
To treat severe cases of infertility, the intervention of a gynecologist may not be enough and the involvement of other medical professionals may be required. Therefore, FIVIR also offers its patients the following specialties:
- Psychological Cabinet
These medical specialists are external professionals who come to the clinic when they have to visit a patient.
In addition, once a week the entire FIVIR medical team meets for a clinical session of the ongoing cases.
In general, the FIVIR Institute has good reviews on the Internet. On their Facebook page, some of their patients have expressed how grateful they are, although the comments are a bit old. If you are a FIVIR patient and you are interested in telling us about your experience, whether it has been positive or negative, you can do so in the comments section.
Location of the clinic
FIVIR is located in Valencia, exactly in the street d'Antonio Ferrandis at the corner with the street Blas Gámez Ortiz.
This is the southern area of Valencia, some 3 kilometers from the centre. The City of Arts and Sciences, the Saler shopping centre and the La Fe Hospital of Valencia are very close by.
How to get there?
To reach FIVIR by car, it is advisable to follow the avenues that border the riverbed until you reach the roundabout of the l'Assut de l'Or bridge (between the Science Museum and the Ágora building) and take the exit at Carrer d'Antonio Ferrandis.
You can also get there by the South Boulevard (Avenida de las Tres Cruces), pass in front of the Hospital La Fe and continue until the street d'Antonio Ferrandis. As we have said, it is very easy to park in the area and there is no need to look for a car park.
As far as public transport, the EMT bus lines with the closest stop to FIVIR are line 14 (Forn d'Alcedo - Pinedo) and line 99 (Estació del Cabanyal - Palau de Congressos), although lines 35 and 95 also arrive.
Finally, FIVIR has the services of a taxi that on request picks up patients who need it from any point, whether it is in the same city, airport or other towns.
The FIVIR Institute's patient care telephone number is +34961 105 454 and its e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
The international telephone number is +34 647 749 873 and the e-mail address is email@example.com
The clinic hours are from Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 20:00 and on weekends only cases requiring ovarian puncture or embryo transfer are attended to on these days.
FIVIR Institute is a good fertility clinic for all those who live in or around Valencia. Being on the outskirts of the city, it is very easy to get to the clinic from any point and park a few meters away.
The facilities are totally new and modern. Its design, mix of colors and furniture create a calm and comfortable environment, necessary for all patients who need to undergo such stressful treatments.
In addition, laboratories and operating rooms are equipped with all the necessary technology to ensure optimal procedures and maximum sterility conditions.
If you have any doubts when choosing a fertility clinic, we can give you more recommendations and advice like the ones you will find in this article: Things to Consider to Choose the Right Fertility Clinic for You
Healthcare Operating Authorization
Health Center approved by the Spanish Ministry of Health - License number (CNN): 1046000819