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
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
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
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
Scientists from the Charles Perkins Centre and the ANZAC Research Institute of the University of Sydney have published the results of a study in the journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) which concludes that carbohydrate prolongs life expectancy while protein promotes fertility. These conclusions were reached by adjusting quantities of protein, carbohydrate, fat and energy through 25 types of diet that were given to mice and then analysing the data obtained. Up until now, the widely accepted … Continue reading Diet, fertility and longevity
When a woman tries for a baby month after month and is unable to get pregnant, she gets caught up in a negative thought cycle, leading to stress and sometimes depression, without ever having consulted a fertility specialist.
Assisted reproduction treatment is no easy option. The couple or woman may have to undergo a number of disappointing failed attempts. Despite the hopes pinned on the ‘last treatment’, medical experts have a duty to advise and orientate their patients on the most suitable treatment. What should people do if IVF treatment is unsuccessful, and how should they decide whether to use a different technique? IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) is a laboratory process in which eggs extracted from the affected … Continue reading IVF. What next?
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?
For thousands of years the Chinese have used fertility treatments based on acupuncture and natural herbs. This tradition is rooted in the predominantly patriarchal culture, where the lack of an heir was considered to be catastrophic for a monarch or person of importance.
If you are in the middle of an assisted reproduction treatment you will know that it is not easy combining it with your day to day. What’s more, it often takes its toll on emotional, social and professional life. It is this last issue that we want to address today in response to the question: how can treatment be combined with a job? Doctor’s visits, blood tests, injections and ultrasounds – all of this has to be reconciled with working … Continue reading IVF and work. How can you combine the two?