Category Archives: Infertility

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

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

Endometrial Scratching

the first visit

In recent months, we have heard doctors talk a great deal about this process. Today we want to explain what it consists of, when it is used and if it can really improve fertility treatment. To this end, we talked to Doc Marta Moschetta. What is endometrial scratching? It consists of scratching inside the uterus where the embryo will later be implanted. It is a straightforward technique that is currently used in specialist fertility clinics. Who is the process intended … Continue reading Endometrial Scratching

MINI-IVF or minimal stimulation IVF

New ways of performing already-known processes. Mini-IVF is a term that was coined some years ago for IVF treatment that uses mild ovarian stimulation involving low levels of medication. Over time, this treatment has gained in popularity and is now offered as a standard form of treatment. However, it is not suitable for everyone and a doctor must decide when it is the best course of action. When is this treatment prescribed? Mini-IVF is prescribed for: Women under the age … Continue reading MINI-IVF or minimal stimulation IVF

What you MUST NOT say to someone struggling with infertility

A frequently occurring situation you might find yourself in is when you go to buy an ovulation test and are reading through the information on the packet, the well-intentioned shop assistant comes over to help. The first thing she asks, even though the answer is obvious, is if you are trying to get pregnant and if you are having problems. The next thing she will do, if she is a mother herself, will be to tell you all about her … Continue reading What you MUST NOT say to someone struggling with infertility

Risks during pregnancy related to endometriosis


Endometriosis increases the risk of miscarriage and complications during pregnancy Endometriosis affects 2-10% of women of childbearing age Endometriosis consists of benign endometrial cells from the lining of the uterus being found elsewhere in the pelvic area. It is a chronic disease and its causes are still unknown, although it appears to be associated with a certain genetic predisposition. In the Aberdeen Maternity Hospital (Scotland), a comprehensive study was conducted to ascertain the risks that could be caused by endometriosis … Continue reading Risks during pregnancy related to endometriosis

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

Infertility due to Hormonal Causes

We’re used to reading about the importance of lifestyle and diet for health. We also know that these habits have a positive effect on the chances of being able to get pregnant.  Together with diet, hormonal changes are a factor of maximum control in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dietary disorders and hormonal abnormalities stem from the endocrine system, which also regulates fertility. Thyroid disease or diabetes which affects both men and women, and polycystic ovary syndrome which affects … Continue reading Infertility due to Hormonal Causes

Repeated miscarriages. What are they? Why do they occur? How are they treated?

The Spanish Fertility Society defines recurring miscarriage as the loss of three or more consecutive pregnancies before week twenty. However, if one or two miscarriages have already occurred, the chances of having a repeated miscarriage are greater in comparison with women who have not had a miscarriage. At this point those affected are recommended to get tested. Sometimes early miscarriage goes undetected as it is considered to be just a delay in menstruation. Moreover, in most cases a one-off miscarriage … Continue reading Repeated miscarriages. What are they? Why do they occur? How are they treated?