Assisted reproduction

Spermiogramme and Advanced Semen Studies (FISH AND TUNEL)

One of the
basic studies done to determine the male’s sperm quality is the seminogramme ,
also known as spermiogramme. We would need a sperm sample to carry it out (see how
to take the sample correctly). Sperm is analysed from macroscope and
microscope point of view.

What is the seminogramme?

The most relevant parameters of the study are threefold:

Sperm countSperm […]

2020-10-19T13:20:01+02:004 de October de 2020|4 Comments

What are an embryo’s nutritional requirements prior to transfer to the mother?

During in vitro fertilisation processes, for the first few days of their lives, human embryos have to develop outside the mother’s body in special incubators.  Temperature and pH conditions need to be optimum and embryos also need to have access to all the necessary ingredients in order to feed and, in doing so, meet their […]

2020-10-22T09:08:27+02:002 de October de 2020|0 Comments

Instituto Bernabeu´s specialised unit for the treatment of Klinefelter´s Syndrome and fertility.

Klinefelter’s Syndrome is considered the most common chromosomal abnormality  in humans, with an incidence of 1 out of every 500 newborn males. Those affected by this syndrome have an extra X chromosome, which leads to primary testicular failure and therefore infertility and hypoandrogenism.

It is a chromosomal abnormality that only affects men and mainly causes hypogonadism. […]

2020-10-19T22:10:43+02:001 de October de 2020|0 Comments

Assited Reproduction Techniques: FIV vs ICSI

Currently there are two main techniques used to achieve Assisted Reproduction IVF. These two techniques are conventional in vitro fertilization (IVF), and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

In IVF, the previously capacitated male sperm are deposited together with the oocytes of women in fertilization medium in order to achieve fertilization as similar as possible to that […]

2020-10-16T15:05:12+02:001 de October de 2020|0 Comments

The advantages and disadvantages of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) consists of studying chromosomal abnormalities and genetic abnormalities in the embryo prior to transfer to the mother. Its purpose is to ensure that children are healthy and put an end to the transmission of a specific condition.

There are two types of PGD: the PGD aimed at selecting embryos that are free of a genetic disorder affecting a […]

2020-10-13T14:10:10+02:001 de October de 2020|0 Comments

Stress and its role in infertility

Infertility is an issue which has significant emotionally taxing consequences for couples. The inability to fulfil such an important part of personal development as having children directly affects all aspects of the patients’ lives.

Psychological impact

The individual’s core is affected and there is a breakdown in important matters such as self-confidence, future plans, life as a […]

2020-10-13T12:31:05+02:008 de September de 2020|0 Comments

Environmental toxic substances, endocrine disruptors and fertility

Over the last few years, there has been growing scientific interest in
understanding the relationship between environmental and occupational exposure
to toxic substances and contaminants and a variety of human health issues, in
addition to the impact that these products may have on a couple’s ability to
have children.

Contamination

A presence in
the environment of damaging elements (be they chemical, […]

2020-10-07T10:41:22+02:006 de September de 2020|0 Comments

How to deal with the diagnosis of sterility due to unknown causes

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.

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2020-09-10T12:52:49+02:004 de September de 2020|0 Comments

Advantages of Embryo Donation

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), […]

2020-09-10T12:14:10+02:002 de September de 2020|0 Comments
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