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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

Advantages of the EmbryoScope at ProcreaTec

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

 What is ERA Test?

ERA TEST

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?

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.

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

Diet, fertility and longevity

diet , fertility

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

IVF. What next?

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?

Fertile dates – today we help you calculate when they are

Today we want to show you how to calculate your fertile dates to prevent you from feeling stressed or worrying that you may have got it wrong. Generally, women with regular menstrual cycles have cycles lasting around 28 to 30 days, counting from the first day of a period. The middle days of the cycle are when a woman is most fertile. But what happens if the cycle is not regular? What day will you ovulate and when can you … Continue reading Fertile dates – today we help you calculate when they are

How are egg donors selected?  

In today’s day and age everybody knows what different assisted reproduction methods are available – artificial insemination, in vitro fertilisation and also receiving donated eggs. But do we know how egg donors are selected in fertility centres? The egg donation programme selection process, known as OVODONA at ProcreaTec, is straightforward. Women must fulfil strict criteria so that we ensure people receive fertility treatment with maximum safety throughout all aspects of the treatment. This is why the process involves a number … Continue reading How are egg donors selected?