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The latest advances and professional information, proven and reliable on fertility and assisted reproduction, gynaecology, genetics, embryology, endocrinology and urology, written by the medical professionals of Instituto Bernabeu.

Antiphospholipid Syndrome: What is it? How does it affect pregnancy?

Antibodies are proteins produced by the immune system of our organism to combat possible infections of viral or bacterial origin. In some diseases, the immune system produces antibodies that, erroneously, attack the tissues of our own body. The result of this attack is the appearance of what are known as autoimmune diseases. […]

2018-06-12T09:06:25+00:0015 de June de 2018|0 Comments

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 make it happen in the laboratory have been undergoing development for many years. […]

2018-06-06T09:08:08+00:008 de June de 2018|0 Comments

How long should I wait before beginning a new course of treatment following unsuccessful IVF?

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment is not always successful. The reasons for this can include the cycle being cancelled during the stimulation phase or during the fertilisation and embryo development processes in the laboratory; or embryo implantation failing to take place following transfer and a negative pregnancy test result. […]

2018-05-30T12:09:02+00:001 de June de 2018|0 Comments

I’m not getting pregnant. Why not? What can I do about it?

If you have been trying to get pregnant for a year or more without success, it’s time to search for an expert’s advice. […]

2018-06-04T09:57:30+00:0025 de May de 2018|0 Comments

10 things you should know if you want to freeze your eggs

1 . Does it hurt?
Egg Retrieval is painless. It is carried out by means of a simple vaginal procedure, and the patient is lightly sedated.
2. What’s the right age for preserving my eggs?
Whilst there is no minimum nor maximum age, it is advisable to undergo the procedure before 35 years of age in order to obtain a sufficient number of good quality eggs because, from 35 years of age onwards, there tends to be a decrease in both their quantity and quality. […]

2018-05-15T09:58:43+00:0018 de May de 2018|0 Comments

Can we have a healthy child if we have hepatitis?

Hepatitis is severe or chronic inflammation of the liver.
There are several possible causes including infections (viral, bacterial or parasitic).
The most common cause is a viral infection and, within these, hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV) viruses are of particular relevance. It is possible to get infected as a result of contact in blood and contaminated objects (unsterilised surgical material, syringes or needles), due to sexual transmission through mucous membranes and so-called vertical transmission (transmission from mother to child, particularly during childbirth). The chances of this type of transmission are the same in both vaginal and caesarean births. […]

2018-05-10T09:21:56+00:0010 de May de 2018|0 Comments

Tobacco and semen quality

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nowadays between 10 and 15% of couples have fertility issues and between 30 and 35% of the reasons for infertility can be found in the male partner. Therefore, improving semen quality is one of the main concerns amongst couples with reproduction issues. […]

2018-05-03T17:24:58+00:004 de May de 2018|0 Comments

i-Port: bidding farewell to injections during ovarian stimulation

At Instituto Bernabeu, we are bidding farewell to ovarian stimulation injections during courses of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment. The clinic is launching an innovative device called i-Port Advance™ for self-administration of drugs using a system that is already used by diabetics and which is being put to gynaecological use. By using this device, Instituto Bernabeu is revolutionising the future of assisted reproduction and making administration of injectable drugs easier. In short, it takes the stress out of having to have one, or sometimes more than one, daily injection. […]

2018-04-24T12:46:08+00:0027 de April de 2018|0 Comments

Haemophilia, fertility and pregnancy

Haemophilia is a genetic and congenital disorder that affects coagulation. Blood does not coagulate properly and, as a result, people with haemophilia have haemorrhage or bleeding episodes of varying severity and in different areas that can arise spontaneously or following trauma.
There are three types of hereditary haemophilia: […]

2018-04-17T09:04:45+00:0017 de April de 2018|0 Comments

Mumps and male infertility

Parotitis, more commonly known as “mumps”, is a contagious viral disease that affects one or both parotid glands (major salivary glands) situated behind the ascending rami of the mandible. It is caused by the mumps virus and typically affects children and teenagers, although it may also cause infections in sensitive adults. In general, the disease produces lifetime immunity, and it may be prevented by the administration of the combined MMR vaccine. Mumps may affect other glands in the body, the central nervous system and the testicles. The most frequent complications are meningitis and testicular inflammation which may lead to infertility. This inflammation of the testicle is also known as mumps orchitis. It is not very frequent, affecting 1 per million inhabitants per year among the general population. […]

2018-04-05T09:14:33+00:006 de April de 2018|0 Comments
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