The miracle of conception involves an intimate union between the ova and spermatozoon, appropriate evolution of the fertilised embryo and, furthermore, an ideal environment inside the uterus so that implantation can take place. Whilst this process might seem simple, it is much more complex than we might think, particularly in human beings. Only 30% of our conceptions end in […]
Infertility was a taboo subject until just a few years ago but nowadays it is common practice to turn to a reproductive medicine clinic for help when women are facing issues having children naturally. Instituto Bernabeu wants to give you a few rules of thumb for knowing when the time has come to visit a fertility clinic. […]
The extent of the issue
Obesity is a public health issue both in the general population and in women of childbearing age. Far from improving, the problem has progressively increased over the last few years.
A study published in the journal The Lancet concludes that 13% of the world population has weight
issues. In Spain, there is a growing […]
The ‘implantation window’ is the name we give to the period of time during which the endometrium in the mother’s uterus is in an appropriate state for embryo implantation to take place.
Implantation is a critical and very precise process during which the embryo makes contact with and penetrates the endometrial tissue in the mother, making gestation possible. This […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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. […]