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28 February, International Rare Disease Day

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

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

Egg Donation Treatment at ProcreaTec

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  

 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?

Sperm Donation in Spain

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

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 (PGD)

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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)

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

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?

Who are the egg donors in Spain?

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?