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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

Questions and answers about egg and embryo donation in IVF treatment

Egg donation How is a donor selected? In a previous article, we talked about the donor selection process that people must undergo before starting on the egg donor programme. Not only must donors meet certain legal requirements but they must also fulfil comprehensive medical requirements, including psychological evaluation, genetic screening and lifestyle habits. Is there a long waiting list? Donor availability varies depending on the fertility centre and at some centres there may be a waiting list of up to … Continue reading Questions and answers about egg and embryo donation in IVF treatment

Time and fertility: a desperate waiting game 

Time and fertility

There is always a sense of desperate waiting, regardless of whether you are trying to get pregnant or waiting for the results of IVF treatment. The person who first said ‘time flies’ was not trying to get pregnant. Whereas in everyday life time flies and you always feel that there are simply not enough hours in the day, time passes slowly if you are waiting anxiously to find out whether you are pregnant. In this process, time plays a central … Continue reading Time and fertility: a desperate waiting game 

Can eggs be re-energised?

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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

Does the use of vitrified eggs affect the results?

vitrified eggs

The first pregnancy with vitrified eggs occurred in 1986. However, due to diverse restrictions and a lack of technical perfection, only now has a study been published demonstrating to what extent vitrified eggs affect the success rates of assisted reproduction treatments. Currently, nearly 90% of vitrified eggs survive the devitrification process. Based on the latest results in 2013, the scientific community has concluded that egg cryopreservation should no longer be categorised as an experimental treatment but should be considered routine … Continue reading Does the use of vitrified eggs affect the results?

Do ovarian cysts need to be removed to become pregnant?

A widespread condition in female health is the prevalence of ovarian cysts. Usually these cysts are small and have no symptoms. They are common in women of child bearing age. There are different types of cyst: –   Functional: they are formed as a result of menstruation for two general reasons. First, when the follicle that has to open to release an egg doesn’t open correctly (follicular cyst) and, second, because once the follicle has released the egg it closes … Continue reading Do ovarian cysts need to be removed to become pregnant?

How to approach infertility naturally

In December we held an online and in-situ PicNic at our centre, thanks to Eva María Bernal and Marian Cisterna. During the programme our psychologist Alfredo García Garate looked at different areas of infertility. One area that he looked at in depth, and which he placed special emphasis on, was the importance of normalising the situation, thereby preventing a host of conflicting emotions from occurring that can otherwise arise. Garate explains how to approach the situation and normalise infertility. How … Continue reading How to approach infertility naturally

Why are all my friends able to become mums but not me?

This question is frequently asked by women whose greatest desire is to have children but who are unable to get pregnant. It can be a stressful situation that leads women to feel a great sense of psychological pain. Many women may try to overcome this disappointment by focusing on other ways of becoming mothers, such as adoption. However, when women see their hopes of becoming a mother frustrated they naturally feel disappointed and tend to experience a great sense of … Continue reading Why are all my friends able to become mums but not me?

We can help you find out your ovarian reserve

The first stage before beginning assisted reproduction treatment is to undergo testing to assess the fertility and general health of the affected person, and her partner’s – if she has a partner. Some of these tests will enable the ovarian reserve to be calculated, and the success rates of in vitro fertilisation can then be estimated. What markers are used to measure the ovarian reserve? Age: A woman’s age is a determining factor in ascertaining the ovarian reserve. In effect, … Continue reading We can help you find out your ovarian reserve