Category Archives: Assisted Reproduction

What does the success of an IVF cycle depend on?

  What does the success of an IVF cycle depend on? To achieve a pregnancy, the elements needed are: an egg, a spermatozoon and a receptive endometrium in an adequate uterus. However, the success of the fecundation process depends on a few factors: Oocyte quality: When the ovarian puncture is performed, it is uncommon for all the retrieved eggs to be of high quality. The most common situation is to find a few mature oocytes, others that are non-viable and … Continue reading What does the success of an IVF cycle depend on?

Post Embryo Transfer Symptoms

Post Embryo Transfer Symptoms An array of symptoms can manifest after an embryo transfer. Although many of these symptoms would usually go unnoticed, while waiting for a pregnancy test result, the most seemingly insignificant symptom can become the biggest worry Period pain post-IVF and tightness in the ovaries These symptoms are very frequent, but not very bothersome. This symptom is due to the effect of the progesterone (Utrogestan or its equivalent medication) in the endometrium. These symptoms should not be … Continue reading Post Embryo Transfer Symptoms

In Vitro Fertilisation and Egg Reserve: do women use up their egg reserves following several IVF treatments?

A question that is often asked at consultation sessions for assisted reproduction is if a patient can use up their egg reserve following several IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) treatments, and undergo early menopause. When women are young (under 35), with each menstrual cycle they develop lots of follicles in their ovaries and generally produce one dominant follicle. With increased age, the follicle reserve declines and fewer follicles are produced. During In Vitro Fertilisation, all follicles growing at the time of … Continue reading In Vitro Fertilisation and Egg Reserve: do women use up their egg reserves following several IVF treatments?

28 February, International Rare Disease Day

Currently, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) conducted by fertility clinics like ProcreaTec reduces the risk of passing on rare diseases by 98% According to the Spanish Federation of Rare Diseases, rare diseases are: Illnesses that have a low incidence rate or occur infrequently within the population. To be considered rare, each specific disease can only affect a limited number of the total population, defined in Europe as less than 1 per 2,000 citizens (EC Regulation on Orphan Medicinal Products). It is … Continue reading 28 February, International Rare Disease Day

Becoming a Mother, Aged Forty and Over

Advice for trying to get pregnant, and pregnancy not posing a health risk Changes in modern-day society have led to women deciding to get pregnant at a later age. In less than a decade, the average age a woman has a child, at least in European countries, has gone up from twenty-seven to thirty-two. This is due to social changes that have occurred in recent decades which have seen women go to university and have professional careers, forcing them to … Continue reading Becoming a Mother, Aged Forty and Over

Fertility preservation in young cancer patients, an option people know little about

On repeated occasions, we have underlined the fact that doctors have a responsibility to the society they live in.  Part of this responsibility includes properly informing patients of their full options and associated risks when they are diagnosed with a serious illness. A recent study has revealed that most young cancer sufferers whose fertility is put in jeopardy as a result of treatment do not know about fertility preservation, which could enable them to become parents in the future. The … Continue reading Fertility preservation in young cancer patients, an option people know little about

Advantages of the EmbryoScope at ProcreaTec

Today we talk to Procreatec’s embryologist Nagore Uriarte about the latest technology used in the ProcreaTec lab. We also look at how this technology has affected the centre’s success rates after almost one year. The EmbryoScope What advantages have you observed through using the embryoscope in your work as an embryologist? As we outlined in several videos and recent news posts, the embryoscope is a cutting-edge incubator. Not only can it be used to continuously monitor embryo culture conditions but, … Continue reading Advantages of the EmbryoScope at ProcreaTec

Travelling for egg donation

The thought of having to travel for egg donation is always stressful for a couple if they have to do so. How long will they have to stay in the city where the egg donation will take place? Where will they stay? How will they get there? How much will it cost? Don’t get overwhelmed with anxiety; the centre’s coordination and patient care service will help you, providing support at all stages of the process. Duration of the visit First … Continue reading Travelling for egg donation

Sperm Donation in Spain

Infertility problems affect both men and women equally. There are lots of male related factors that can prevent pregnancy from occurring. Certain diseases can be tackled with specific treatments but in other cases the couple must seek sperm donation. Who is it for? Couples that are affected by sterility: absence of or low sperm count, total or almost total sperm immobility, abnormalities in all or almost all male gametes. Couples that are carriers of genetic disorders with a high probability … Continue reading Sperm Donation in Spain

Genetic transmission is possible even in pregnancies with donated eggs

Genetic transmission

  In 1990, the British scientist David Baker had already conducted research to prove that what happens in the female womb is vitally important to understand a new-born baby’s DNA. A study recently conducted by the Valencia Infertility Foundation, published in the prestigious English journal Development, reveals that a baby’s genes can be altered by the gestating female even though the egg used for the embryo originates from a donor, not her. Until today, hypotheses suggesting that genetic exchange occurred … Continue reading Genetic transmission is possible even in pregnancies with donated eggs