Currently, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) conducted by fertility clinics like ProcreaTec reduces the risk of passing on rare diseases by 98% According to the Spanish Federation of Rare Diseases, rare diseases are: Illnesses that have a low incidence rate or occur infrequently within the population. To be considered rare, each specific disease can only affect a limited number of the total population, defined in Europe as less than 1 per 2,000 citizens (EC Regulation on Orphan Medicinal Products). It is … Continue reading 28 February, International Rare Disease Day
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
Egg donation is procedure where an anonymous donor gives her oocytes to a woman who wants to become a mother but can´t with her own eggs. The donor (between 18- 35 years old) offers her eggs altruistically to another woman who, for reasons of age, previous surgery, previous chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatments, amongst other causes has not been able to conceive with her own eggs because of their lack of quality or quantity. FAQ on IVF with Egg Donation
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?
Infertility problems affect both men and women equally. There are lots of male related factors that can prevent pregnancy from occurring. Certain diseases can be tackled with specific treatments but in other cases the couple must seek sperm donation. Who is it for? Couples that are affected by sterility: absence of or low sperm count, total or almost total sperm immobility, abnormalities in all or almost all male gametes. Couples that are carriers of genetic disorders with a high probability … Continue reading Sperm Donation in Spain
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.
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
Definition of PGD Preimplantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD, is a technique which allows the testing of chromosomic and genetic alterations in embryos. This study technique will determine if the analyzed embryos are or not healthy. In this way, only embryos which are free of alterations will be finally transferred to the patient. How is PGD carried out? Patients who are going to undertake treatment with PGD will go through the process as those not using PGD, that is, an egg … Continue reading Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)