Reproductive biology

When can I find out how many of my ova have fertilised?

Ova and spermatozoa are needed in order to be able to perform in vitro fertilisation treatment. They are taken to the in vitro fertilisation laboratory so that, once they have been appropriately prepared, they can be joined together and fertilise.

Unfortunately, biology is not an exact science and the uniting a spermatozoon and an ovum does not always create an […]

2019-08-09T11:56:21+02:009 de August de 2019|0 Comments

Rh incompatibility: could it affect my baby during pregnancy?

A person’s blood group is determined by a number of proteins
that are found on the surface of red blood cells. There are 4 main blood groups
depending on if these proteins are present or not: A, B, AB and 0. An
additional protein known as factor Rh has also been located on the surface. If
a person has […]

2019-08-02T09:10:28+02:002 de August de 2019|0 Comments

Absent uterus or Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome: what can I do?

Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome – or simply MRKH syndrome – is a congenital disorder (birth defect), the main characteristic of which is that the women who suffer from it do not have a uterus.

The cause of this infrequent condition (1 in 5,000 female births) is an abnormality during development of the internal genitalia during the embryo/foetus stage. As well as an […]

2019-06-05T11:41:18+02:007 de June de 2019|1 Comment

Is the EmbryoGlue® culture medium that is used during embryo development efficient?

Culture mediums used during embryo development in in vitro fertilisation (IVF) laboratories are crucial to the exit of assisted reproduction treatment of any kind. Culture mediums have the mission of reproducing the physiological conditions inside the female reproductive system as closely as possible, embracing fertilisation up until embryo implantation in the endometrium.

In order for implantation to take place during […]

2019-03-29T09:40:39+02:0029 de March de 2019|0 Comments

What happens to excess embryos following assisted reproduction treatment?

When in vitro fertilisation treatment commences, one of the aims is to try and achieve an appropriate number of good quality embryos in the laboratory so that the best ones can be selected and transferred. Whilst the Spanish law on assisted reproduction (Law 14/2006) permits transfer of a maximum of 3 embryos per cycle, progress in techniques has meant that […]

2019-03-08T10:01:34+02:008 de March de 2019|0 Comments

Can patients manage embryo and gamete transportation?

Whilst it is not part of the day-to-day routine at reproductive
medicine clinics, it is now increasingly common to have to transport biological
samples (oocytes, semen or embryos) from one clinic to another and even from
one country to another.

There can be several reasons for this such as the following:

– The
couple wishes to continue their treatment in a […]

2019-06-20T08:31:16+02:008 de February de 2019|0 Comments

Exhaustive sperm donor selection and exclusion criteria

Nowadays, many couples have to turn to gamete donation in order
to make their dream of becoming parents come true. In cases such as these, the
couple tends to have common and understandable doubts about reproduction
treatment clinics’ processes for accepting gamete donors onto their banks.

Let us use this forum to explain the semen donor selection process at Instituto Bernabeu […]

2019-02-01T12:01:16+02:001 de February de 2019|0 Comments

Progress in treatment for patients with poor ovarian response

Personalising courses of treatment is undoubtedly currently the
most important area of change in the field of medicine. A specific strategy should be designed
depending on each patient’s individual characteristics.

One of the key areas for developing personalised medical healthcare is the use of pharmacogenetics. A patient needs different doses or types of pharmaceutical drugs depending on certain genetic variations. […]

2019-01-23T10:37:32+02:0025 de January de 2019|0 Comments

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+02:0011 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 […]

2019-06-20T08:31:28+02:004 de January de 2019|0 Comments
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