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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

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?

IVF and work. How can you combine the two?

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?

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?  

Choosing a good fertility clinic

Recently, the national infertility network published a post in their blog that we thought was particularly interesting. It highlighted a range of factors that are prioritised and actively sought by people seeking IVF treatment at a fertility clinic. We particularly liked this article as it is based on users’ experiences and opinions, and we believe that there is no better way of improving than by listening to those who know what they are talking about. In our case, this means … Continue reading Choosing a good fertility clinic

After treatment that uses gamete donation, is telling children where they come from recommended? When should you start to tell them?

gamete donation

  Current scientific research suggests that telling children where they come from is beneficial, while hiding this information from them can cause significant psychological damage. The law states that it is up to the parents to decide whether or not they tell their child where they come from. The following are affirmations or questions that often arise for people who don’t want to tell their children: “Would my child accept me if they knew I wasn’t fully their mother or … Continue reading After treatment that uses gamete donation, is telling children where they come from recommended? When should you start to tell them?

Main concerns and necessary strengths of women who decide to have children by themselves

This issue was discussed with our psychologist Alfredo García to understand the concerns of women without partners, or without a male partner, who decide to embark upon the journey of motherhood. If you are seeking to become pregnant without a partner through a fertility clinic, you might be affected by three conditioning factors: Undertaking treatment alone, without a partner Reconciling personal life with work life, and with treatment Dealing with the emotional stress involved with treatment. Any of these three … Continue reading Main concerns and necessary strengths of women who decide to have children by themselves

Guide of recommendations and techniques for creating and nurturing leisure time

nurturing leisure time

We ask you to bear in mind that the options available vary depending on the activities that can be done alone, those with your partner, those with friends or those in a group that has been specifically created for this purpose. This could be a theatre group, a film seminar, organised groups that go on cultural outings or reading groups. Sharing group activities and creating group dynamics can put positive feedback mechanisms in motion: you meet new people that you … Continue reading Guide of recommendations and techniques for creating and nurturing leisure time

Can eggs be re-energised?

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In 2012, the biologist Jonathan Tilly and his team of Harvard researchers announced that they had found some precursor stem cells in female eggs. In April 2015, Zain Rajani was born in Canada, the first baby to be born using the technique discovered by Tilly in 2012. The news story, published in TIME magazine, explains how stem cells inserted into healthy eggs can still divide and thus help improve the egg quality of older women. The company OvaScience, which conducted … Continue reading Can eggs be re-energised?

Leisure and free time

free time

In the previous post ‘The importance of emotional balance‘ dated 5 February 2015, we talked about how adapting to fertility treatment is crucial. To do this, people undertaking treatment should place their entire faith in the doctors, leaving them to oversee the treatment in all its scientific aspects. As we began to explain, it’s important for the people involved to focus on the social and psychological aspects of the treatment. This includes creating ways of dealing with stress and reinforcing … Continue reading Leisure and free time