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Artificial insemination

We explain the treatments and tests involved in this ambulatory assisted reproductive technique, which is often used by women without fertility problems.

What can we see in ultrasound scans: follicles or oocytes?

What can we see in ultrasound scans: follicles or oocytes?

Mistaking ovarian follicles for oocytes is one of the most common errors made by patients. During ovarian stimulation, whether this is for regulating ovulation for insemination or for in vitro fertilisation, patients are administered different types of medicines depending on each […]

Artificial insemination: what is it and when does it need to be used?

Artificial insemination: what is it and when does it need to be used?

Artificial insemination (AI) consists of depositing semen inside the female genitals. A woman’s partner’s semen can be used if he does not have any serious male fertility issues but, nowadays, inseminations are mainly carried out […]

AIDS. Assisted reproduction is the best option

AIDS. Assisted reproduction is the best option

The risk of contracting HIV during unprotected sexual intercourse is estimated to be between 0.5 and 1%. For serodiscordant couples (one partner is a carrier), trying for a child naturally can entail an elevated risk […]

Is there hope for me following fertilisation failure after ICSI?

Is there hope for me following fertilisation failure after ICSI?

In vitro fertilisation treatment (IVF) techniques consist of fertilising oocytes with spermatozoa in a laboratory. They are held under conditions that are similar to their natural environment and, a few days later, the best embryo is selected and […]

Seminal lavage: what is it and what is it used for?

Seminal lavage: what is it and what is it used for?

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C (HCV) and hepatitis B (HBV) are viruses that are transmitted through blood and body fluids as well as through vertical transmission (from the mother to the foetus).  As a result, couples […]

The advantages of comprehensive chromosome screening (PGS/PGT-A/CCS) in women of an advanced maternal age

The advantages of comprehensive chromosome screening (PGS/PGT-A/CCS) in women of an advanced maternal age

Women currently seek guidance on reproduction at a much older age than they did some years ago. As a result, amongst the women who undergo fertility treatment, there is a significant group of women of […]

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

The term polycystic ovary syndrome is used to define an ultrasound diagnosis characterised by the presence of 12 or more follicles in each ovary (between 2 and 9 mm in diameter) and/or an incremented ovary […]

Seminal lavage in males with HIV

Seminal lavage in males with HIV

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus and, during its most advanced stage of infection, it leads to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Whilst there is currently no cure for HIV/AIDS, antiretroviral treatments do exist that stop the symptoms […]

Oocyte quality

Oocyte quality

Oocyte quality is one of the most important of the factors that have an impact on fertility in women. Optimum oocyte quality generally gives rise to embryos with an increased ability to implant in the uterus.

Sperm capacitation

Sperm capacitation

The spermatozoa in ejaculate need to have gone through a process known as sperm capacitation in order to obtain the ability to fertilise. This happens naturally in the female reproductive system and techniques in order to […]

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