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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

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

Confessions of an infertile man

Following International Men’s Day, which took place on 19 November, and the movement #movember -an amalgamation of the words Moustache and November- we read some interesting articles on male infertility. We would like to share one in particular with you that was fun and informative at the same time. Confessions of an infertile man From the dawn of time, men have been pre-programmed to fulfil two biological imperatives. Number one: to kill spiders in the bath tub and number two: … Continue reading Confessions of an infertile man

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

EmbryoGlue and Assisted Hatching

embryoGlue

What is it used for? When is it used? EmbryoGlue What is it? EmbryoGlue is a transfer method which has been in use since 2003. It improves implantation success by using a combination of hyaluronic acid and recombinant albumin. Hyaluronic acid is a natural compound found in all human tissue, especially in the uterus. There are high quantities of hyaluronic acid in cells surrounding the egg. What is it used for? A study published following meta-analysis 1 by the Cochrane … Continue reading EmbryoGlue and Assisted Hatching

What do we know about male infertility?

Demanding physical work, high blood pressure or taking pharmaceutical drugs can negatively affect male fertility, reveals a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health and University of Stanford, California.  The study, which used a sample of more than 500 couples who were trying to conceive and who had been having sexual relations without using contraception for over a year, has revealed significant findings about male fertility.  The men were required to provide extensive information on their health records, jobs … Continue reading What do we know about male infertility?

The importance of emotional stability when starting on the journey of fertility treatment

Receiving a diagnosis of infertility often leads to feelings of stress and frustration. These feelings have nearly always been building up for several months, or for at least the two or three months that a couple has been having sexual relations without using protection but who are unable to get pregnant. These emotions in themselves are natural. People must learn to deal with them, to normalise the situation and keep these feeling under control so that they don’t take over … Continue reading The importance of emotional stability when starting on the journey of fertility treatment

The importance of DNA quality in sperm and its influence on embryo development

In a previous post we talked about some of the tests performed in the andrology laboratory to screen sperm prior to receiving fertility treatment. Evidence suggests that increased DNA fragmentation in sperm can negatively effect embryo quality, particularly from day 3 of embryo development, or after embryos have been transferred to the womb. DNA fragmentation test: The DNA fragmentation test aims to pinpoint possible breaks in genetic material contained in sperm. It is a specialist test that is not performed … Continue reading The importance of DNA quality in sperm and its influence on embryo development

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

Techniques used in andrology laboratories: MACS

This method has many benefits although only a handful of centres still currently use it. For over twenty-five years, magnetic-activated cell sorting (MACS) has been used for treatment when the male factor has a big impact. The method enables the best sperm to be selected, thus increasing the chances of fertilisation. For severe male factor infertility, sperm quality can affect the treatment’s success rate as it affects the development of the fertilisation process in its early hours. In the 1990s, … Continue reading Techniques used in andrology laboratories: MACS