fertility

How do male and female contraceptives affect my fertility?

Contraceptives are any means of stopping the union between an ovum and a spermatozoon from taking place
and, therefore, avoiding pregnancy.

There are a number of available contraceptives  for men and for women and their impact on fertility varies.

So-called ‘natural’ contraceptives (the rhythm or Knaus-Ogino method, basal temperature or […]

2019-09-13T09:20:44+02:0013 de September de 2019|0 Comments

My personal choice to use artificial insemination and become a single mother

I’m not very old but I’m not young enough to just let time go by. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time now. I’ve always wanted to have children. It’s not something I feel I can’t live without but it is something I’d like to do. I’ve been in several relationships but none […]

2019-07-26T08:55:33+02:0026 de July de 2019|0 Comments

What tests do I need to have before in vitro fertilisation treatment (IVF)?

In vitro fertilisationis a procedure that is carried out in an embryology laboratory with the aim of obtaining embryos using female gametes (ova) and male gametes (spermatozoa). The ova and spermatozoa can be retrieved from the patients (the patients’ own gametes) or from female and male donors (donated gametes).

There are many different ways of obtaining embryos which facilitate a […]

2019-07-01T11:19:34+02:0019 de July de 2019|0 Comments

Anti-müllerian hormone (AMH) is no longer a crystal ball

Anti-müllerian hormone (AMH) is used in reproductive medicine as an ovarian reserve marker. This hormone is detected using a simple blood analysis and, in conjunction with a follicle count ultrasound scan on the ovaries, it helps us to predict a patient’s response to stimulation. This is mainly true when patients have a limited prognosis.

In any case, despite how […]

2019-07-01T09:02:31+02:005 de July de 2019|0 Comments

Cryopreservation of the ovarian cortex. What is it? Is it better than freezing ova?

What is cryopreservation of
the ovarian cortex?

Cryopreservation in the field of assisted reproduction treatment has clearly been a revolution on all levels. It has changed strategies in cases in which fertility has been compromised for any one of a number of reasons.

This revolution began with freezing both male and female gametes over the course of the latter half of […]

2019-06-21T09:57:40+02:0021 de June de 2019|0 Comments

Why hasn’t my assisted reproduction treatment worked?

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 […]

2019-06-13T09:00:34+02:0014 de June de 2019|0 Comments

5 indicators that the time has come to visit a fertility clinic

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. […]

2019-05-17T08:55:21+02:0017 de May 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

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+02:0021 de September de 2018|0 Comments

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

The term polycystic ovary syndrome is used to define an ultrasound diagnosis characterised by the presence of 12 or more follicles in each ovary (between 2 and 9 mm in diameter) and/or an incremented ovary volume (>10 ml). Findings such as these in ultrasounds in a single ovary are sufficient in order to be able to give a diagnosis. However, since taking oral contraceptives can change ovary morphology, this diagnostic criteria does not apply to women who take oral contraceptives.
From a practical point of view, when assisted reproduction technology (ART) is being used, detection of polycystic ovaries in isolation is useful for predicting the ovary’s response to stimulation using drugs and the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. […]

2018-08-29T13:55:38+02:0031 de August de 2018|1 Comment
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