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Specialists hope that at the end of the month, at least four more couples will give birth to children. It is estimated that six more babies will be born in May.
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A year after the first IVF baby was born in Costa Rica
almost 30 treated couples have become parents

Published Thursday, April 22, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Lucia was born a year ago. She was the first baby born after being fertilized via in -vitro technology in Costa Rica.

Evelyn Molina, Lucía's mother, said she felt blessed. "Thanks to many people, today, our dream dream come true," said Molina
According to Social Security, of the couples who were treated, 29 became parents, of which two had twins.

Specialists hope that at the end of the month, at least four more couples will give birth to children. It is estimated that six more babies will be born in May.

In the High Complexity Reproductive Medicine Unit, in-vitro procedures are carried out, for free, to people who have their Social Security membership. During this year, 84 women achieved a successful pregnancy with the use of in-vitro fertilization.

In addition, other fertilization techniques have been carried out in the Unit, where 294 couples underwent ovarian stimulation treatment, a process to perform assisted reproduction, 163 couples underwent ovule extraction treatment, and 88 underwent embryo transfer.

In June, specialists will begin developing a procedure to transfer donated eggs from one woman to another. Currently, there are 50 couples who are candidates for the procedure.

Social Security is accepting donations of eggs or sperm for the project. Donors must be between 18 and 35 years old. People interested in donating can obtain more information by calling the line (506) 2547-1400 of the High Complexity Reproductive Medicine Unit.

The in-vitro technique was implemented in Social Security after years of complaints by Costa Rican couples for not providing that medical treatment.
On Dec. 2019, in a joint resolution issued by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, officials terminated the cases of complaints against the government for lacking development or access to in-vitro fertilization.
According to the resolution, the court considered that the government complied with the reparation measures ordered in the judgment of Nov. 28, 2012, and Nov. 29, 2016.
Complaints filed at that time by the Artavia-Murillo family, the Gomez-Murillo family and others affected, they cited the lack of access in the country to the in-vitro fertilization process.
The court, based in San Pedro, San José Province, positively assessed the regulations issued by the government, in which it has allowed regulating and providing access to fertilization at both the private and public sectors.
In July 2019, a delegation of the Inter-American Court visited the High Complexity Reproductive Medicine Unit located at the Women's Hospital, which verified actions taken to include the availability of in-vitro fertilization in Social Security.
For readers interested in more information about that resolution, the text of both decisions can be reached on the Inter-American Court web.

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