Background

Leuven University is part of the League of European Research Universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Leiden, Karolinska, Geneva. Leuven University Hospital is one of Europe's largest and best teaching hospitals.

Mission

The Leuven University Fertility Center (LUFC) aims to be a top European Institute in Reproductive Medicine in terms of quality and quantity, and to have a leading role in multidisciplinary, holistic, patient oriented and evidence based care for patients with fertility problems. Furthermore, the LUFC aims to be a Center of Excellence for Research and Training.

Values

We recognize that human fertility and infertility is closely connected with self respect, quality of stable relationships, sexual function, social perception, personal and cultural values, religion, and spirituality. We take these aspects into account in our daily patient management. The Center therefore offers all patients emotional support by all members of the team, a meeting with psychologists specialized in fertility counselling, stress management,  relaxation therapy,...

ISO 9001:2000 and quality control

The Leuven University Fertility Center aims to continuously improve the quality of patient care and research. The LUFC is the first Center for Reproductive Medicine in the Benelux that received the ISO 9001-2000 Certificate for High Quality Care  for patients with fertility problems. The LUFC is also the first Center for Reproductive Medicine in Europe that has applied for recognition as a Training Center for Subspecialization in Reproductive Medicine by EBCOG (European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynecology) and ESHRE (European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology).

Furthermore, the Center has a fully established Laboratory for Spermatology and Assisted Reproduction with and an internal and external Quality Control program that meets the requirements from ESHRE. The Andrology program has been accredited by the European Academy of Andrology. Patient satisfaction is measured at regular intervals.

International recognition

The Leuven University Fertility Center is a pioneer in various issues. The first IVF baby in Belgium was born in 1984. The LUFC and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology are world famous for their clinical and research programs in endometriosis, including laparoscopic surgery of advanced endometriosis involving bowel and ureters. The LUFC has reached very high pregnancy rates since 1999: about 30% implantation rate per embryo and 35-40 % clinical pregnancy rate per embryotransfer, while transferring 1-2 embryos only. Finally, the LUFC has an internationally acclaimed center for research related to stress and infertility.