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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

What is embryo collapse? Does it affect how the embryo implants?

Embryo collapse refers to the contractions that are observed in the blastocyst and which have a connection to appropriate embryo development.

Following a number of physical phenomena, there is a build up of liquid in the cavity which ends up forming what we know as the blastocoel. A progressive accumulation of liquid leads to an increase in […]

2019-07-11T13:25:35+02:0011 de July 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

How can we improve the chances of pregnancy for women who are obese?

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 […]

2019-04-29T09:25:39+02:0010 de May 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

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+02:0030 de November 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+02:0024 de August de 2018|0 Comments

Fragile X chromosome syndrome and fertility

Fragile X syndrome is one of the most common causes of hereditary intellectual disability.
The gene responsible for the disease is known as FMR1 and it is found in the X sex chromosome. As a result, both the transmission and the severity of the disorder varies in each sex. As a general rule, men are said to suffer from it whilst women are said to transmit it.
There is a repeat region in the FMR1 gene (expansion) and its size determines whether or not the individual has the disorder or not, as indicated below. […]

2018-06-26T17:29:28+02:0029 de June de 2018|0 Comments

Sperm capacitation

The spermatozoa in ejaculate need to have gone through a process known as sperm capacitation in order to obtain the ability to fertilise. This happens naturally in the female reproductive system and techniques in order to make it happen in the laboratory have been undergoing development for many years. […]

2018-06-06T09:08:08+02:008 de June de 2018|0 Comments
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