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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.

Egg donor DNA storage bank

Thanks to the donor DNA storage bank at Instituto Bernabeu, patients who need to make use of donated gametes for their fertility treatment may, at any time, make a request (further to egg donor consent) for necessary genetics studies to be carried out with a view to preventing and adequately treating any conditions that may affect their children […]

2017-11-15T12:28:55+00:0017 de November de 2017|0 Comments

What you should (or should not) eat in order to give birth to a healthy child

We are what we eat. This classic of all classics is particularly important from the time when we try to get pregnant and for the 9 months that a pregnancy lasts because the quality of our diet and whether or not we include or exclude certain nutrients from our diet is key to ensuring that the organism develops correctly.
WHAT YOU SHOULD EAT:
Everything our child needs it gets from our blood and our blood is nourished by what we eat. This period of a woman’s life does not combine well with diets aimed at losing weight: you need to go back to eating the carbohydrates that give you energy. This includes both the brown cereals that will help you to combat constipation thanks to the fibre they contain and the white ones that will help you to absorb iron and calcium. […]

2017-11-10T10:41:18+00:0010 de November de 2017|0 Comments

Genetic Incompatibility between the couple, does this exist?

It is thought that about 20% of the reproductive problems are genetic or chromosomal. That is why the genetic testing is now an essential part of the fertility study carried out on couples who come to our centre for help to have children. […]

2017-11-02T10:19:58+00:003 de November de 2017|0 Comments

How do genetics and epigenetics affect the embryo?

What are genetics and epigenetics?
Genetics and epigenetics are two, closely-related branches of biology. The former is much more well known and consists of studying how hereditary characteristics are passed on from generation to generation. DNA is the molecule in which genetic information is stored in a 4-letter code:  A, C, G and T. The combination of letters is not a matter of chance. On the contrary, they combine in a precise manner because, in living things, the 4 letters make up the code for generating the instructions (genes) for synthesising all proteins.  This DNA is in the nucleus of the cells linked to the histones around which DNA wraps itself, as if it were a spool of thread. […]

2017-10-27T11:32:14+00:0027 de October de 2017|0 Comments

Can the immune system have an impact on implantation failure and recurrent pregnancy loss?

The immune system plays a very important role in the health of human beings, acting as a defence barrier against harmful organisms or substances.
Immunology is a very complex area when trying to get pregnant or as a pregnancy progresses and it involves an elevated number of cell types and molecules that need to work in a coordinated and balanced manner. […]

2017-10-11T09:25:32+00:0020 de October de 2017|0 Comments

If you’re thinking about becoming a mother using donated eggs, here are eight questions and answers for you

As is only to be expected, women have a number of doubts when they first take the important decision to become a mother using an egg donated by another women. The first reaction is one of shock when a woman finds out that she will need to rely on egg donation. Once they have had time to come to terms with the situation, many women take it on board naturally and accept the option that will allow them to give birth to their child. For others, however, the process takes longer and it needs to be thought through before it can be accepted or, in some cases, rejected.
Women go through what is known as genetic mourning during the process when they become aware of the fact that the baby will not have their genes. According to the experts at Instituto Bernabeu, accepting this situation from the outset is the best way forward if patients are to avoid turning the doubts and questions that come up along the way into a concern or even an obsession for the future mother. […]

2017-10-11T14:43:31+00:0013 de October de 2017|0 Comments

CCS (Comprehensive Chromosome Screening) and unexplained sterility

Any couple that turns to a fertility clinic undergoes a number of tests in order to diagnose the fertility issue that is making natural conception impossible. It is estimated that, at the end of the process, 1 in 4 couples are provided with no apparent reason for the reproduction issue. In these couples, no significant findings came up in the diagnostic tests carried out both on the male and the female partner.
Circumstances such as these generate a great deal of uneasiness and doubts in couples because, with no known reason for their infertility, they feel as if they were in no man’s land. […]

2017-10-04T13:53:00+00:006 de October de 2017|0 Comments

What impact do toxic substances have on fertility?

A wide variety of toxic substances have a damaging effect on fertility.
On the one hand, we have the toxic substances over which we have a direct control in terms of use (tobacco, alcohol, etc.) and, on the other, the toxic substances that we cannot, as individuals, control (environmental factors).
Toxic habits
With reference to the toxic substances that we can control, one of the most well-known and studied of them all, and that is known to clearly have an impact on human reproduction, is tobacco. There are over 4,000 substances in tobacco that are considered toxic. These include cadmium, nicotine and polycyclic hydrocarbons. […]

2017-09-27T11:17:42+00:0029 de September de 2017|0 Comments

Several courses of unsuccessful fertility treatment. When has the time come to give up?

Whilst the success rates of assisted reproduction treatment are increasingly higher, in a small number of cases, couples who have undergone several courses of in vitro fertilisation without having achieved a viable pregnancy decide to give up treatment for good.
One of the main reasons why couples do not have children is because they give up on treatment too soon. For couples who keep on trying, the chances of having a child are high. […]

2017-09-20T09:33:06+00:0022 de September de 2017|0 Comments

The ethical issues faced in assisted reproduction clinics

Although Spanish law led the way in regulating the practice of assisted reproduction and made significant progress in comparison with legislation in neighbouring countries, and even though Spain is, furthermore, a leader in the field both in terms of the quality of some of its clinics and health specialists, as well as in terms of the excellent results obtained, it […]

2017-09-15T13:24:24+00:0015 de September de 2017|0 Comments
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