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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.

What are the causes of recurrent pregnancy loss?

Spontaneous abortion is defined as an unexpected pregnancy loss before the foetus is viable. In other words, before week 22 of pregnancy and under 500g in weight. The frequency rate of spontaneous abortion is estimated to be between 15 and 20% amongst the general population and it is the most common of all complications during pregnancy.
A small percentage (between 2 and 5%) of cases are recurrent and this is what is known as recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL). […]

2018-09-11T17:49:04+00:0014 de September de 2018|0 Comments

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 an advanced age and their prognosis is poorer. This is a huge challenge for reproduction specialists. […]

2018-09-06T09:36:01+00:007 de September de 2018|0 Comments

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 volume (>10 ml). Findings such as these in ultrasounds in a single ovary are sufficient in order to be able to give a diagnosis. However, since taking oral contraceptives can change ovary morphology, this diagnostic criteria does not apply to women who take oral contraceptives.
From a practical point of view, when assisted reproduction technology (ART) is being used, detection of polycystic ovaries in isolation is useful for predicting the ovary’s response to stimulation using drugs and the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. […]

2018-08-29T13:55:38+00:0031 de August de 2018|0 Comments

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 from developing or delay them until later. As such, we come across increasing numbers of couples of childbearing age who wish to have children and in which one of the partners is a carrier of the virus. […]

2018-08-22T08:59:51+00:0024 de August de 2018|0 Comments

How many embryos should be transferred? The importance of medical advice

Following in vitro fertilisation (IVF), the embryos obtained are evaluated in the laboratory before transfer to the patient’s uterus. A key question always comes up at this point: which and how many of those embryos should be transferred? […]

2018-08-16T10:59:19+00:0017 de August de 2018|0 Comments

What is oestradiol? What is this sex hormone’s role?

Hormones are messengers that are present in all multicellular organisms – be they animal or plant organisms – that coordinate the functions of each part of that organism.
The sex hormones par excellence are oestradiol in females and testosterone in males. However, the adrenal glands in men and women produce both hormones and they are both necessary for normal development of the two sexes. […]

2018-08-08T14:20:13+00:0010 de August de 2018|0 Comments

Have I got poor ovarian response? How should I deal with it?

A patient can be classified as having poor response when the number of oocytes obtained during a cycle of in vitro fertilisation is under what was expected. The criteria generally used to label a patient as a poor responder is when 3 or fewer oocytes are retrieved and she has incredibly low ovarian reserve markers (fundamentally, AMH and AFC). […]

2018-08-01T11:49:34+00:003 de August de 2018|0 Comments

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. […]

2018-07-04T09:08:34+00:0027 de July de 2018|0 Comments

Assisted hatching

Assisted hatching is a laboratory technique that consists of making a small hole in the zona pellucida, the membrane surrounding the embryo, in order to make it easier for the embryo to hatch out (something that naturally needs to happen) and implant in the uterus. […]

2018-07-02T18:35:44+00:0020 de July de 2018|0 Comments

The significance of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in fertility

Sexually transmitted disease (STDs) are infections that are transmitted, on the whole, during unprotected sexual intercourse.  However, they can also be transferred from mother to child during pregnancy.
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2018-07-02T18:03:52+00:0013 de July de 2018|1 Comment
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