In comparison with the general population, there is a greater prevalence of chromosomal abnormalities amongst couples with reproduction issues. An analysis of the 46 chromosomes (23 pairs), DNA structures and highly-organised proteins that contain a living being’s genetic information is known as a karyotype. All that is needed is a simple blood sample so that […]
The application of pharmacogenetics to ovarian stimulation will specially benefit women with low ovarian response.
What is pharmacogenetics?
There are many variables
that can modify the effects of the drugs on each person and, among them, there
are genetic factors. In recent years it became evident that the genetic profile
of patients can explain the differences in response to drugs […]
Use of the intracytoplasmic spermatozoa injection (ICSI) technique began in the 1990s. It has been successfully used to resolve most severe cases of male sterility. Here is some information about when we use the ICSI technique:
When is ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) indicated?
Oligozoospermia and criptozoospermia: a severe decrease in the number of […]
Now what? Why can’t I get pregnant?
These are undoubtedly the first two questions that come to mind after being evaluated for a fertility problem and the doctor tells you that there’s no known cause that explains why you can’t get pregnant.
Nowadays, basic sterility studies are unable to detect the exact cause of over 25% of all cases, which doesn’t mean that it can’t be diagnosed with specific tests or that a case with an unknown cause can’t be properly treated.
According to the WHO, infertility is considered a chronic illness, since it causes emotional reactions that are the same as those seen in patients with other serious chronic pathologies.
Infertility is considered to be a stressful event that causes an “emotional imbalance” and affects a high percentage of patients.
The reactions and emotional states evolve and change […]
Embryo implantation is the process in which the human embryo adheres to the endometrium, where it continues developing. The first step of this process begins with the dialogue between the embryonic and maternal cells.
This is an extremely complex process that is currently only partially known and depends on the embryo quality, uterine receptivity and their […]
One of the options for patients undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) techniques with remaining embryos, meaning high quality embryos that can be cryopreserved for the future, is to donate these embryos to other couples for reproductive purposes. In most cases, these embryos come from couples that have gone through double donation treatments (egg and sperm), […]
What is progesterone? Just a simple look at the word itself gives us an idea of what its functions are. PROGESTERONE: the hormone which facilitates pregnancy. This is a good point from which to start out.
Progesterone plays an essential role in pregnancy and it has many and varied effects. It is a natural substance which is secreted from […]
What is the menopause and at what age do women go through it?
The menopause is defined as the moment
when menstruation comes to a complete stop. Diagnosis is generally clinical and
confirmed when a woman’s periods have ceased for a period of at least one year.
It does sometimes, however, need to be confirmed through a hormone analysis. […]
Cystic fibrosis is a chronic and progressive disease that appears in early childhood and affects many organs in the body, (such as the lungs, intestines, pancreas, liver…). The disease causes thick mucus production, which leads to blockages and infections.