Iran’s Avicenna Fertility Clinic has established an embryo bank to ensure the safety of embryo donation and accelerate the process to help infertile Iranian couples.
Embryo donation is an advanced infertility treatment method, defined as the giving of embryos remaining after one couple’s in vitro fertilization (IVF) to another person or couple for implantation
Dr. Farhad Yaghmaee, the head of the donation centre of the clinic, described the establishment of the bank as a “substantial progress” in the treatment of infertility in Iran.
At present, there are 3 to 5 million infertile couples in the country and the figure is increasing by 15% each year.
“The greatest benefit of this bank is that we can ensure safety of the donation process and prevent commercialization of this medical service,” Yaghmaee told the Persian-language news agency Sina Press.
Avicenna clinic is affiliated to the Avicenna Research Institute, which was established in 2003 by the Academic Centre for Education, Culture and Research (ACECR) in collaboration with the medical centre of the UKSH University in the northern German city of Luebeck.
ACERCR is a public non-governmental higher education institution established in 1980, which is involved in innovative research and development projects in different fields of science and technology.
Ovulation induction, IVF, intrauterine insemination (IUI), and finally surrogacy are other advanced infertility treatment methods currently performed in Iran.
Most infertile couples can conceive with simple infertility treatments like medications or lifestyle changes; however others may require more advanced technologies.
One of the five leading causes of divorce in Iran is infertility of one of the spouses, according to official reports.