The laboratory is our nerve center. The space where the complex procedures that will allow you to achieve that desired pregnancy take place.

In order to successfully carry out such specialized work, the IGIN laboratory is equipped with the most advanced technology and operated by a qualified team of embryologists. We invite you to review its areas, utility, equipment and protocols.

 

Embryology laboratory

Here is where the union between the ovum and the spermatozoon takes place. Embryos are created and developed until blastocyst stage (day 5 or 6) so that these can later be transferred to the uterus. This are is placed next to the operating room, where oocyte extractions and embryo transfers are performed.

Our laboratory has three types of incubators (Embryoscope+, Labotec C60 and Ksystem Benchtop), all of them with a monitoring system and continuous control of parameters (temperature, CO2 and O2), alarm system and warning in case of failure. It also has the support of Artificial Intelligence: a leading technology in the world called IDASCore and KIDScore (morphokinetic algorithms for optimal embryo selection). This AI analyzes each of the patient's embryos, relating their development patterns and contrasting them with information collected from millions of embryos from around the world. Thus, it identifies and classifies those that are more likely to implant and evolve, achieving pregnancy.

Regarding security, everything must be controlled in detail:

The embryonic development is monitored 24 hours a day, in addition to being done in individualized cultures. Temperature, humidity, and levels of carbon dioxide and oxygen are controlled to mimic the body's natural conditions.

Horizontal laminar flow cabinets are used to avoid contamination of samples and culture media.

The lighting is warm and adjustable so as not to affect the samples.

The material for culture media and consumables is always CE marked ("Conformité Européenne", complies with the mandatory legislation on essential requirements) and embryotested so that it does not alter the final result.

It has an air handling unit (AHU) system suitable for the level of environmental quality required, an uninterruptible power supply system for critical equipment (which will provide sufficient autonomy in the event of a power failure) and a system uninterrupted supply of medical gases to the teams that require it.

All this control is completed with the requirement to use materials that are non-porous, smooth and free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

 

Andrology laboratory

This is the area where the seminal samples are processed and capacitated. It is located close to the sample collection room in order to process these as soon as possible.

 

Cryopreservation area

It is the space where gametes (ovules and sperm) and the embryos are vitrified and maintained. It is also where the oocytes of patients who have chosen to preserve their fertility are kept. It is equipped with various cryogenic containers, where biological samples are stored at a temperature of -196ºC. One of these banks is enabled solely for the storage of serodiscordant samples. In addition, it has specific cases for transferring gametes and embryos between centres, laboratories or hospitals. These banks of liquid nitrogen allow the samples to be vitrified indefinitely without any negative effect.

In conclusion, the laboratory is the heart of the clinic. A highly specialized and advanced place where cutting-edge techniques and equipment are used and that are constantly supervised and updated to make the dream of achieving a pregnancy come true.