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
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
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?
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.
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)
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
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?
If you are in the middle of an assisted reproduction treatment you will know that it is not easy combining it with your day to day. What’s more, it often takes its toll on emotional, social and professional life. It is this last issue that we want to address today in response to the question: how can treatment be combined with a job? Doctor’s visits, blood tests, injections and ultrasounds – all of this has to be reconciled with working … Continue reading IVF and work. How can you combine the two?
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
Recently we read a guide in an American publication on how to choose a fertility clinic. But not just any fertility clinic, how to choose the best fertility clinic. Once you have accepted that you need to go to see a fertility specialist to get pregnant, the next hurdle to overcome is where should I go? After a year of doing pregnancy tests at home and of going to the gynaecologist to see if there is a particular problem preventing … Continue reading How to choose a fertility clinic