Category Archives: Scientific Studies

The EmbryoScope is a state of the art incubator.

It has the novel feature of incorporating time-lapse photography, which means that images of developing embryos are taken 24 hours a day. Moreover, the EmbryoScope captures these pictures at different cross-sections of the embryos providing valuable information on their morphology. Not only are images recorded, but also at any given moment the embryologist can watch the embryo development in real time. Once placed inside the EmbryoScope, the embryos are not taken out until the transfer. With a traditional incubator the … Continue reading The EmbryoScope is a state of the art incubator.

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: an increasingly used technique

It is not a new technique, but it is increasingly improved. In fact, it is a commitment to the future for many professionals of assisted reproduction. For years, fertility doctors know that numerous genetic anomalies and chromosomic alterations cause many cases of implantation failures and recurrent miscarriages. Before having PGD, what we could do in those cases was to keep our fingers crossed, wait for embryos of IVF treatment to be adequate for transfer and wish a healthy baby. Nowadays, … Continue reading Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: an increasingly used technique

The Roller Coaster of the Two Week Wait

Numerous emotions are felt when facing fertility problems. Couples who are categorized as “infertile” are confronted with multiple psychological situations without really knowing how to deal with them. How can mood swings be faced with an approaching pregnancy test date? Most couples that decide on fertility treatment know that they will do just about anything to have a child, The treatment results can be positive on the first try, but many times several cycles are necessary and patients must be … Continue reading The Roller Coaster of the Two Week Wait

Tell me what is around you and I’ll tell you how healthy you are

The environment in which we live puts us under constant stress – pollution, noise, chemicals and food stabilisers. All these elements are part of the environmental pollution around us and can affect our health. This has led the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) to launch HELIX, a new European research project based on personal environmental exposure affecting mothers and children.