Pregnancy and the summer: healthy living and taking care of oneself

Verano-y-embarazo-cuidados-y-hábitos-saludablesPregnancy is a natural and healthy part of a woman’s life and should be accompanied by a regular daily routine and healthy living. During the summer, however, particular attention should be paid to things such as high temperatures, diet and intense sunshine and it’s advisable to follow a few simple steps in order to be able enjoy this time of the year to the full when pregnant.

“The most important things are to remain hydrated, avoid intense sunshine, wear loose, soft clothing and take healthy dips in the sea or swimming pool”, explains the director of the Obstetrics Department at Instituto Bernabeu in Alicante. During the summer, drinking plenty of water and keeping out of the sun during the hottest hours of the day is advisable at any age and irrespective of a person’s health. Continue Reading »

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Fertility research: one of a kind treatment for one of a kind patients

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Research in the field of assisted reproduction provides us with more and more answers to situations which previously had none. It gives us solutions, options and new ways of overcoming the many difficulties which arise in reproduction.  What’s more, progress in science also helps diagnosis and treatment to be increasingly specific, personalised and individual. In fact, we might even say that the aim is to reach a point where one of a kind treatments are designed for one of a kind patients. Continue Reading »

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Low ovarian reserve, a challenge with optimistic future in Instituto Bernabeu

The social changes in recent years have been highly beneficial to achieving rights and equalities, although it has also led to a significant increase in maternal age. But nature does not understand social change and the biological clock keeps ticking as usual. There are several consequences of this delay on female fertility and it depends on each woman, but it is a reality that as women age, the ovarian reserve diminishes and the egg quality lowers. Continue Reading »

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Embryo implantation, the ultimate test

implantationIt’s the miracle of life: fertilization and human reproduction. A meticulous and perfect process that allows two cells to come together and create another that will develop until transforming into a new being. Continue Reading »

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Womens health in the world: situation and challenges

instituto bernabeu1Chance is a deciding factor in our lives. Where we are born, our society and available resources determine our access to the coverage of basic needs such as health care and education. Specifically, limited access to health services or gynecological health affects millions of women and girls all over the world differently depending on where they live. Continue Reading »

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Egg Donation, solidarity and life

eggdonationSolidarity can be carried out in very different areas of life and society: supporting initiatives of NGOs or associations, or dedicating some of our time to community service in our neighbourhood or town or simply carrying out daily routines to improve the lives of those around us. It is basically making a gesture or devoting some of our time to make a little effort towards others. Continue Reading »

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Ethics and good practice: Let the truth be told

medico_paciente1Assisted Human Reproduction is undoubtedly an area with ethical and moral implications. There are common issues that arise with the generation of new embryos when a couple undergoes ART and with transfers of previously frozen embryos. Some of the most frequent issues are: embryo manipulation and genetic diagnosis; the use of donor gametes and the possible coexistence of their legal children with the biological ones in the future; the option of discarding embryos by parents for no other purpose when they don’t wish to donate them to other couples with reproductive problems or for research purposes; the age of women accessing ART, along with a long list of legal, ethical and moral issues pertinent to each assisted reproduction centre. Continue Reading »

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Genetic incompatibility between the couple, does it exist?

Sep 29 2014 Published by under Fertility, Genetics, News

01It is estimated that about 20% of reproductive problems are genetic or chromosomal type. That is why today genetic testing is an essential part of the fertility study in couples who come to our clinic looking for descendants.

For the diagnosis of fertility problems there is a set of genetic studies very useful in the assistance of couples with reproductive desire. Tests such as the karyotype in both partners, microdeletion of the Y chromosome in the male or the molecular study of fragile X syndrome in women are usually required tests to determine a possible genetic basis of fertility problems in couples. Continue Reading »

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What are follicles? Number, growth and other characteristics

What are ovarian follicles?

To start with, let’s state what follicles are not. Follicles are not oocytes (eggs). Many patients confuse these terms, believing that follicle equals oocyte.

The female gamete is the egg, and the male gamete is the sperm. These are the cells involved in embryos obtained after fertilization. Continue Reading »

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Can we avoid the Genetic Ammiocentesis?

01 Genetic Amniocentesis is a prenatal diagnostic technique aimed at obtaining fetal karyotype. The karyotype is the number of chromosomes that are endowed with all people. Normal people we have 46 chromosomes distributed in 23 pairs (22 pairs of chromosomes called autosomes and 1 pair of sex chromosomes, XX or XY, which determine the sex of the fetus). Down syndrome or trisomy 21 is the most common chromosomal abnormality in new born infants; in this case, the individual has 47 chromosomes, and the alteration is that there are 3 21 chromosomes rather than two. Continue Reading »

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