Dr Rafael Bernabeu

The link between thrombophilia and recurrent implantation failure

The percentage of pregnancies achieved following assisted reproduction treatment has progressively increased over the years but we still have a long way to go before we achieve optimum results. This is why alternative treatment options that have not already been attempted are taken into account when several courses of treatment have not given a positive result.

It has been […]

2019-03-22T09:45:54+02:0022 de March de 2019|0 Comments

What is the corpus luteum?

After ovulation, follicles transform into the corpus luteum or ‘yellow body’. Corpus luteum development depends on the luteinising hormone (LH) surge before ovulation and on the number of receptors for this gonadotropin in the granulosa cells and in the theca cells.  Both types of cells go through significant changes in structure and composition and this turns the walls of the corpus […]

2019-03-04T12:41:29+02:0022 de February de 2019|0 Comments

What tests do I need to have before egg donation treatment?

Egg donation has become an option for women who, for whatever reason, can no longer use their own ova. For example, due to poor ovarian reserve, poor oocyte quality and premature menopause.

The process is widely used in Spain. As well as exceeding organ
donations and transplants in number, we also have the largest number of egg
donors in Europe.

It […]

2019-02-15T09:45:38+02:0015 de February de 2019|0 Comments

What is the impact of obesity on male fertility?

Obesity, when understood as a body mass index (BMI) in excess of 30kg/m2, is associated with numerous health issues including hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia and so on. It also affects fertility. In women, the impact of obesity is very clear. It generates hormonal abnormalities that have a direct impact on a woman’s ability to reproduce. As a result, obesity in women has been the subject of numerous studies and there are a large number of publications on the matter. […]

2018-11-09T13:11:18+02:009 de November de 2018|0 Comments

Can acupuncture have a positive impact on a cycle of in vitro fertilisation?

Acupuncture is a medical discipline with a history dating back several millenniums. For many years, attempts have been made to apply its therapeutic benefits to the field of sterility.
The results obtained to date have been contradictory. Whilst some groups have published improvements in the results obtained, others have not noted any differences at all. […]

2018-06-22T09:53:04+02:0022 de June de 2018|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

i-Port: bidding farewell to injections during ovarian stimulation

At Instituto Bernabeu, we are bidding farewell to ovarian stimulation injections during courses of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment. The clinic is launching an innovative device called i-Port Advance™ for self-administration of drugs using a system that is already used by diabetics and which is being put to gynaecological use. By using this device, Instituto Bernabeu is revolutionising the future of assisted reproduction and making administration of injectable drugs easier. In short, it takes the stress out of having to have one, or sometimes more than one, daily injection. […]

2018-04-24T12:46:08+02:0027 de April 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

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

The dangers of being ill-informed in forums on fertility

The Internet, with its wide range of possibilities (webpages, forums, social media and so on), opens up an endless array of opportunities for obtaining information.
However, the participants are anonymous and forums often turn into a place to which negative messages can be sent. This is because satisfied patients are busy enjoying their delight at having achieved their goal and rarely go on-line to publicly share their innermost joy. […]

2017-07-04T09:54:05+02:0028 de July de 2017|0 Comments
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