AIDS. Assisted reproduction is the best option

The risk of contracting HIV during unprotected sexual intercourse is estimated to be between 0.5 and 1%. For serodiscordant couples (one partner is a carrier), trying for a child naturally can entail an elevated risk of transmission. In cases such as these, assisted reproduction techniques are an excellent choice for getting pregnant without the risk […]

2019-01-11T10:57:28+00:0011 de January de 2019|0 Comments

Embryonic development: the embryo on day 1 (D1)

When an oocyte is in an optimum state of maturation, ovulation takes place. This is known as day 0 of development (D0) and fertilisation by a competent spermatozoon must take place during this period.

When the oocyte is fertilised, it is then known as a zygote and
we are now on D1 of development. Certain characteristics and essential
structures need […]

2019-01-04T09:51:56+00:004 de January de 2019|0 Comments

Embryo fragmentation

Embryo fragmentation is a phenomenon that takes place in most embryos and its origin is not entirely clear. Some studies would seem to suggest that the fragments come from cell remains that have no nucleus or that they are the result of the decomposition of one or more cells from the embryo itself. The oocyte plays the most important role in fragmentation. Poor oocyte quality can lead to embryos that are highly fragmented. Embryo quality is determined by several characteristics such as the number of cells, their size or if the cell interior has an abnormality of any kind such as granularity or vacuolisation. However, one of the factors that has most impact on embryo quality is the extent of fragmentation. Based on the amount, in percentage, of space that it occupies, fragmentation is categorised into 4 types or degrees. […]

2018-12-17T11:07:30+00:0021 de December de 2018|0 Comments

DNA fragmentation in sperm: TUNEL

When a couple fails to get pregnant or has an unsuccessful pregnancy, a number of tests performed on both partners is recommended. One of the basic tests in analysis of the male partner involves performing a seminogram or spermiogram that provides us with an initial indication of semen quality. This information can be supplemented with a sperm DNA fragmentation analysis, should this be considered necessary.
The DNA fragmentation test is a technique that supplements a study of the male factor in certain cases. […]

2018-11-28T09:56:53+00:0030 de November de 2018|0 Comments

The impact of Turner syndrome on women

Turner syndrome is a chromosomal condition caused by partial or total loss of one of the X chromosomes.
All human beings have 23 pairs of chromosomes and this is what is known as the karyotype. It is where all genetic information is stored. In other words, it is what determines our external appearance, our personal physical characteristics, how our organs work, whether or not we will have certain illnesses and so on. There are 22 pairs of numerical chromosomes ranging from 1 to 22 and one pair of sex chromosomes: X and Y. Women have two X chromosomes – one from their father and one from their mother. Men have one X chromosome – from their mother – and one Y chromosome – from their father. If, when a female embryo is generated, incorrect division leading to total or partial loss of the X chromosome takes place, this generates an abnormal karyotype that is characteristic of women with Turner syndrome. The syndrome, by definition, does not occur in males because they only have one X chromosome and cannot live unless this chromosome is present. […]

2018-11-14T11:19:07+00:0016 de November de 2018|0 Comments

Is there hope for me following fertilisation failure after ICSI?

In vitro fertilisation treatment (IVF) techniques consist of fertilising oocytes with spermatozoa in a laboratory. They are held under conditions that are similar to their natural environment and, a few days later, the best embryo is selected and placed in the woman’s uterus where it remains until it implants. From this point on, monitoring procedures are the same as in any other spontaneous or natural pregnancy. […]

2018-11-02T14:19:35+00:002 de November de 2018|0 Comments

Can I take my frozen embryos, oocytes or spermatozoa with me?

In in vitro fertilisation (IVF) laboratories, embryo cryopreservation (freezing) the viable embryos that remain following embryo transfer or when transfer is postponed is common practice. Cryopreservation of sperm samples has also been common practice for years and oocyte freezing has joined this list more recently. […]

2018-10-24T09:12:06+00:0026 de October de 2018|0 Comments

What is a hysterosalpingography?

A hysterosalpingography is an examination using x-rays and, as its name suggests, it is used for exploring the uterus (hystero-) and fallopian tubes (salpingo-).
The examination is rather uncomfortable but this is remedied by giving the patient some form of pain relief or muscle relaxant before proceeding. An alternative test called a hysterosonography does now exist, too. It is pain free, does not require the use of x-rays and, furthermore, obtains the same results as a hysterosalpingography. Nowadays, hysterosonographies are the preferred choice over hysterosalpingographies. This technique can be performed at Instituto Bernabeu and the results are provided immediately. […]

2018-09-28T09:08:28+00:0028 de September de 2018|0 Comments

How can I help my IVF treatment to work? 10 pieces of advice that may improve your chances

What can I do to get that positive result? How can I help my in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment to work? Numerous factors have an impact on the success of in vitro fertilisation and getting pregnant. Living a healthy lifestyle, avoiding toxic habits, using medication appropriately and the following these 10 recommendations and pieces of advice, such as avoiding the use of perfume or ensuring that your bladder is full on the transfer day, may be a great help. […]

2018-09-20T09:19:00+00:0021 de September 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
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