MAP (medically assisted procreation) in Europe – Spain at the forefront

Publié le 13 Jul, 2017

According to the latest report of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) published on 4 July 2017, Spain is the leading European country in terms of MAP with 109,275 insemination cycles in 2014. Russia ranks in second position with 94,985 cycles. 90,434 cycles were recorded in France. The report covers in-vitro fertilisation[1], egg donation and intra-uterine insemination.


Overall, in 2014, 707,171 cycles were recorded in Europe, which led to 146,232 births.


The pregnancy rate following medically assisted procreation ranges from 33 to 35% whereas the number of pregnancies after egg donation  “continues to rise”, amounting to 50%, “with major differences from one country to the next”. The report also notes that the chances of giving birth to a child are greater with donated, vitrified eggs as opposed to vitrified embryos.


Multiple pregnancies have fallen slightly and the transfer rate of a single embryo has increased from 11% in 1997 to 35% in 2014.


Based on ESHRE estimates, approximately 1,500 cycles are required per million inhabitants. According to Dr. Calhaz-Jorge, who is responsible for the report, “only a handful of countries have this requirement”.


[1] In-vitro fertilisation with ICSI involves injecting the egg with 1 spermatozoon. ICSI calls for special egg and sperm preparation.

Le quotidien du médecin, Coline Garré (04/07/2017)

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