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Summer Time: Where to travel when you are pregnant

Summer Time: Where to travel when you are pregnant Are you pregnant and unsure where to travel this summer? If you would like to go on holiday, it is important to take into consideration that every destination presents its challenges and opportunities depending on the stage of the pregnancy. Choose your destination based on the stage of your pregnancy! At the beginning of the pregnancy, you can feel tired or have nausea or, the opposite. As such, your holiday should … Continue reading Summer Time: Where to travel when you are pregnant

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

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?

Pregnant drivers

When you tell people that you’re pregnant the first thing they do is give you lots of advice: friends, family, doctors, people in the street and even warning labels on products. “Do this.” “Don’t do that.” “Don’t drink alcohol.” “Keep away from smokers.” “Don’t drink too much caffeine.” “Don’t eat sushi.” “Think twice before getting on a rollercoaster.” But nobody says “don’t drive”. As far as risk during pregnancy is concerned, getting in a car can be as dangerous as … Continue reading Pregnant drivers

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: an increasingly used technique

It is not a new technique, but it is increasingly improved. In fact, it is a commitment to the future for many professionals of assisted reproduction. For years, fertility doctors know that numerous genetic anomalies and chromosomic alterations cause many cases of implantation failures and recurrent miscarriages. Before having PGD, what we could do in those cases was to keep our fingers crossed, wait for embryos of IVF treatment to be adequate for transfer and wish a healthy baby. Nowadays, … Continue reading Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: an increasingly used technique

What is the future of assisted reproduction?

What is the future of assisted reproduction?

As we explained in our last post, industry experts such as David Sable assure us that the future of assisted reproduction lies in discovering as much information as possible about embryos to prevent the transmission of disease and ensure the birth of healthy children. The human genome project represents an important breakthrough for assisted reproduction as it has led to the development of a technique that allows embryos to be diagnosed before implantation in the womb. What is preimplantation genetic … Continue reading What is the future of assisted reproduction?

“Three parents” and a baby

Last month newspapers reported widely on the legalisation of “three-parents” babies in the UK. The new form of treatment won a majority vote in the British House of Commons. The new procedure prevents mitochondrial genetic diseases from being passed on by parents to their children. The process consists of using the egg of a woman who wants to have children but is the carrier of a genetic disease, the healthy sperm of either the woman’s partner or a sperm donor, … Continue reading “Three parents” and a baby

Do ovarian cysts need to be removed to become pregnant?

A widespread condition in female health is the prevalence of ovarian cysts. Usually these cysts are small and have no symptoms. They are common in women of child bearing age. There are different types of cyst: –   Functional: they are formed as a result of menstruation for two general reasons. First, when the follicle that has to open to release an egg doesn’t open correctly (follicular cyst) and, second, because once the follicle has released the egg it closes … Continue reading Do ovarian cysts need to be removed to become pregnant?

The man who discovered ICSI takes a look at assisted reproduction today

Fertility preservation and the transfer of one or two embryos were some of the issues discussed during his stay in Spain   In the first week of October, the man who discovered the Intracytoplasmic sperm injection, also known as ICSI, visited Spain. Paul Devroey, the director of the Reproductive Medicine Centre in Brussels, who is considered to be the father of ICSI, is today a key figure in the history of assisted reproduction. Devroey’s research marked a milestone for male … Continue reading The man who discovered ICSI takes a look at assisted reproduction today

False Pregnancy

Are you in pain? Do you feel sick? Have you missed your period? These are symptoms that could be signs of being pregnant, but when a woman has a false pregnancy she experiences all of these symptoms without actually being pregnant. How can this psychological phenomenon be explained? False pregnancy is a psychological condition that affects some women. A woman’s body reacts as though she were pregnant, although no foetus has been conceived. Symptoms include missing periods, feeling pain, having … Continue reading False Pregnancy