In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF). What are the potential complications?

In vitro fertilisation is the most common form of reproductive medicine and, since the issues which need to be solved are often complex, it is not always possible to get the desired result.
Over the last few decades, the risks associated with in vitro fertilisation (FIV) have gone down considerably. […]

How long should I wait following unsuccessful assisted reproduction treatment?

We are often asked this question at our clinic because, following an unsuccessful attempt at in vitro fertilisation there is always the hope of another go. The recommendation has always traditionally been to leave a space of 3 months between each ovarian stimulation, which can be stressful for patients whose age is against them.
Research has been carried out with the aim of determining whether or not a wait is necessary. The studies compare a wait of one month with a wait of three months and the results obtained are the same.
It is for this reason that we do not recommend putting off a new attempt for more than one month in patients who need to carry out treatment as soon as possible. […]

The importance of the Fallopian tubes in fertility

The Fallopian tubes are two, very thin elongated structures measuring around 12 centimetres in length which connect the peritoneal cavity to the uterus. In this external abdominal part, they are in very close contact with the ovaries.
The Fallopian tubes play a vital role or function in human reproduction: in the first instance, they are responsible for suctioning the egg from the ovary each month and later for waiting 24-72 hours for fertilisation. Should this not happen, the egg is simply absorbed. If it is fertilised, the Fallopian tube allows the fertilised egg to travel to the uterus thanks to contractions and to the hair cells lining it. The fertilised egg (or zygote) remains in the Fallopian tube for around 48-72 hours on its journey to the uterus where it will eventually implant the embryo. […]

Endometritis: What is it? How can it be detected? How can it be cured?

 Endometritis is inflammation of the endometrium. That is, inflammation of the internal lining of the uterus cavity where embryo implantation takes place.
 Severe endometritis is an uncommon gynaecological emergency which is generally iatrogenic following placenta retention after birth or pregnancy loss. Patients in this situation have a number of symptoms which are typical of an infection. For example, fever, purulent discharge, general discomfort and so on.  If it is not treated, then the situation can lead to a generalised infection. […]

Empty follicle syndrome

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) techniques aim to generate multiple follicles (ovarian stimulation) from which to obtain eggs which will later be fertilised. The ovarian stimulation process culminates with the use of a drug which induces the final stage of egg maturation. The most commonly used one is human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This final step is essential in order to obtain eggs during ovarian puncture and it also indicates when the procedure should be carried out. The origin of empty follicle syndrome (EFS) is not fully understood and, when it occurs, no eggs are obtained following meticulous ovarian puncture, despite adequate follicle growth following ovarian stimulation and normal hormone results. […]

Embryo transfer in natural cycles

In an in vitro fertilization, embryo transfer takes place in the same cycle in which the ovaries are stimulated and the embryos are generated. However, on many occasions, this is not ideal. The development of several follicles in the ovaries, upon receipt of various stimulus from different follicles, can deconstruct the endometrium and disrupt its implantation capacity. […]

Safety in the in vitro fertilisation (IVF) laboratory so that errors are avoided

A recent news item generated alarm regarding safety procedures in in vitro fertilisation (IVF) laboratories. On this occasion, a hospital in Utrecht is currently investigating 26 potential cases of confusion as a result of insemination with semen samples from different patients. We say that making mistakes is only natural, but when we are working with gametes and embryos, the error rate must be zero.
This recent news instils fear in patients since they are not familiar with the safety measures present in IVF laboratories. This fear can generate a lack of confidence in the clinic and its staff.  If we take into account that assisted reproduction treatment generates stress, news of this kind increases fears even more and generates even greater stress. […]

You can avoid passing hereditary diseases on to your children by taking the GCT (Genetic Compatibility Test)

Our Genetic Compatibility Test (GCT) based on next-generation DNA sequencing analyses over 600 diseases.
For a person with an hereditary disease, eliminating the chance of passing that disease on to their children becomes a desire as well as the very best gift they could give them. Sometimes, parents don’t even know they are carriers of a disease. A person with an hereditary disease will pass it on to his or her children. Sufferers carry a heavy weight upon their shoulders because they are aware that they will pass on health issues to their children and that this will have a negative impact on their quality of life or lead to premature death. In most cases, we are carriers of one recessive disease or another, but our health is not affected by it. However, there is the possibility that we might pass that disease on to our children. […]

Personalised counselling unit. Don’t let your doubts hold you back. We’re there to make you feel at ease

Behind our on-line consultation system, there is a team of trained personnel. The team is ready to help users and make them see that the concerns amongst people who are looking for an answer to their doubts or worries, are also our concerns. Instituto Bernabeu has a Personalised Counselling Unit. Its team of experts has been trained to clear up the doubts which people understandably have when they are thinking about beginning treatment, when they wish to compare opinions, when they are looking for help regarding how much treatment will cost or when they have gynaecological-related doubts about assisted reproduction.  […]

Will my frozen embryos survive?

Cryopreservation, or embryo freezing, is an essential part of courses of assisted reproduction treatment since it means that embryos can be preserved in order to be used at a later date and without the passing of time having a negative impact on their viability.
Embryos obtained as a result of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) may be thawed for a number of reasons: […]