Category Archives: Female Factor

The ovarian reserve in women over the age of 35

The ovarian reserve in women over the age of 35 A growing number of women are deciding to have their first child after the age of 35. Only 2% of them go to see the specialists in order to have a study of their ovarian reserve done. Currently there are many women who want to become a mother at the age of 35 or even older. However, when they go to see the specialists after some unsuccessful attemps of getting … Continue reading The ovarian reserve in women over the age of 35

Summer Time: Where to travel when you are pregnant

Summer Time: Where to travel when you are pregnant Are you pregnant and unsure where to travel this summer? If you would like to go on holiday, it is important to take into consideration that every destination presents its challenges and opportunities depending on the stage of the pregnancy. Choose your destination based on the stage of your pregnancy! At the beginning of the pregnancy, you can feel tired or have nausea or, the opposite. As such, your holiday should … Continue reading Summer Time: Where to travel when you are pregnant

 What is ERA Test?


This is an innovative test which allow to evaluate the receptivity of a woman’s endometrium. This test increases the possibilities of having a successful embryo transfer in some of our patients. When is the endometrium receptive for embryo implantation? Generally, the best implantation moment happens between days 19 to 21 of a menstrual cycle, this is 5 to 7 days after ovulation and it is called ‘implantation window’. What is the Endometrium Receptivity Array Test? This test consists on the … Continue reading  What is ERA Test?

Who are the egg donors in Spain?

Spain is ranked as one of the top countries for egg donors, year after year. Forty percent of egg donations in Europe take place in Spain, according to the V International Fertility Symposium organised by the Spanish Fertility Society. This means that in addition to the donation of blood, bone marrow and other organs, Spain sustains life through egg donation. What does egg donation consist of? Egg donation in Spain is an altruistic and anonymous act regulated by the law. … Continue reading Who are the egg donors in Spain?

Reasons why the Ovarian Reserve is Used Up

The ovarian reserve is the ovary’s capacity to produce eggs or oocytes which can be fertilised. Throughout a woman’s life, the ovarian reserve decreases. Surprisingly, at 28 weeks of gestation, the female foetus has between 6 and 7 million immature eggs. When a baby girl is born, it is estimated that she has approximately 2 million eggs. At puberty, she has approximately 500,000 left and around 25,000 between the ages of 38 to 51, the average age of menopause when … Continue reading Reasons why the Ovarian Reserve is Used Up

Fertile dates – today we help you calculate when they are

Today we want to show you how to calculate your fertile dates to prevent you from feeling stressed or worrying that you may have got it wrong. Generally, women with regular menstrual cycles have cycles lasting around 28 to 30 days, counting from the first day of a period. The middle days of the cycle are when a woman is most fertile. But what happens if the cycle is not regular? What day will you ovulate and when can you … Continue reading Fertile dates – today we help you calculate when they are

Why do women need to think about preserving their fertility?

Today we are going to look at a real-life case, and one that represents a recurrent issue in today’s society. It is a situation that many of you will be able to empathise with. Not long ago, I was chatting with a friend who made a reference to the fact that I work in a fertility clinic and then said in hushed tones that she was thinking about visiting my clinic because she wants to have a child. My thirty-four … Continue reading Why do women need to think about preserving their fertility?

Can eggs be re-energised?


In 2012, the biologist Jonathan Tilly and his team of Harvard researchers announced that they had found some precursor stem cells in female eggs. In April 2015, Zain Rajani was born in Canada, the first baby to be born using the technique discovered by Tilly in 2012. The news story, published in TIME magazine, explains how stem cells inserted into healthy eggs can still divide and thus help improve the egg quality of older women. The company OvaScience, which conducted … Continue reading Can eggs be re-energised?

Ovarian stimulation

Ovarian stimulation

What does it consist of? It is a necessary process for optimising the number of eggs produced in one cycle to ensure that IVF treatment is as productive as possible. Generally, the menstrual cycle of the person receiving treatment is changed and stimulation is brought about through hormone therapy. Administering hormones usually enables an optimum number of follicles, containing eggs, to be obtained. Throughout the process, the person receiving treatment should visit the doctor regularly to monitor the effects of … Continue reading Ovarian stimulation


Today we would like to discuss one of the diseases that has the biggest impact on female fertility: endometriosis. It is estimated that 10 percent of all women are affected by this condition, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). We looked at the Spanish Endometriosis Association website to collate the most relevant and up-to-date information. Pain is the main symptom associated with this disease. A range of symptoms are commonly experienced by women with endometriosis, although individuals … Continue reading Endometriosis