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+02:0014 de September 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+02:0020 de July de 2018|0 Comments

Antiphospholipid Syndrome: What is it? How does it affect pregnancy?

Antibodies are proteins produced by the immune system of our organism to combat possible infections of viral or bacterial origin. In some diseases, the immune system produces antibodies that, erroneously, attack the tissues of our own body. The result of this attack is the appearance of what are known as autoimmune diseases. […]

2018-06-12T09:06:25+02:0015 de June de 2018|1 Comment

I’m not getting pregnant. Why not? What can I do about it?

If you have been trying to get pregnant for a year or more without success, it’s time to search for an expert’s advice. […]

2018-06-04T09:57:30+02:0025 de May de 2018|3 Comments

What is a progesterone deficit? Administration and side effects

Progesterone is one of the most important hormones in a woman’s metabolism and fertility. It is produced by the ovaries following ovulation during a normal menstrual cycle but when a woman is pregnant the placenta takes over responsibility for production. Its main roles consist of preparing the endometrium (internal layer of the uterus) for implanting a fertilised ovum and sustaining pregnancies.  It also plays an important role when a woman is breastfeeding because it helps to prepare the mammary glands for milk production. […]

2018-01-08T11:02:33+02:0012 de January de 2018|0 Comments

The role of seminal fluid in improving fertility treatment

There are two parts to semen: spermatozoa and the seminal fluid that the spermatozoa use as their means of travel.
Seminal fluid has traditionally been attributed the role of a simple means of transportation. However, many years ago, it started to become clear that exposure to seminal fluid with no spermatozoa content improved in vitro fertilisation results and the results in couples experiencing recurrent pregnancy loss.
Increased proof of this improvement in results has emerged over the last few months, as indicated in the recent scientific publications referenced at the end of this post. These pieces of scientific work confirm early observations and explain the reasons why. […]

2017-12-20T10:23:13+02:0022 de December de 2017|0 Comments

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD): comprehensive chromosome screening

Pre-implantacional genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a technique used to detect genetic or chromosomal abnormalities and it is performed on the embryo prior to transfer to the mother’s uterus.
Its use is recommended in couples where one of the partners is a carrier of a genetic or chromosomal abnormality that either means they are unable to get pregnant or increases the risk of pregnancy loss or abnormalities in their children. In some cases, it is the only means of having biologically healthy children and, in others, it is an alternative to prenatal diagnosis. […]

2018-03-26T19:03:51+02:0024 de November 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+02:0020 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. […]

2018-03-28T10:55:25+02:006 de October 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+02:0022 de September de 2017|0 Comments
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