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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 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?

British scientists request authorisation to genetically process pre-embryos for research purposes

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Some months ago we published a post about a Chinese lab that had processed human embryos to try and free a gene implicated in beta-talasemia. The controversy has resurfaced in the media after a group of British scientists requested authorisation from the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to genetically modify human embryos in order to better understand how they develop. British law on assisted reproduction, together with Spanish law, is one of the most long-established and extensive in Europe. … Continue reading British scientists request authorisation to genetically process pre-embryos for research purposes

Dr. Rayward interviews Kate Davies (Fertility Coach)

Dr. Rayward

Dr. Jennifer Rayward and Nathatie Kunsch, one of our international patient coordinators, recently sat down and talked with Kate Davies, a Fertility Coach, based in the UK. She explained to them what she does and the passion she feels for her work.She does quite a bit of SKYPE consulting which is so practical in this day and age. We found her to be optimistic, gentle and helpful in her approach and very tuned-in to the needs of people struggling with … Continue reading Dr. Rayward interviews Kate Davies (Fertility Coach)

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?

Can eggs be re-energised?

eggs

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

How to approach fertility treatment to prevent social isolation

social isolation

Sharing infertility problems with other people helps to decentralise the problem and take pressure off the couple, so that the individual people within that couple are not solely responsible for supporting their partner. It’s helpful for the couple to get the right kind of support from people that love them, understand the problem and respect their decisions. Generally, these people are family members or close friends. To avoid further stress being created by the people who are supporting the couple, … Continue reading How to approach fertility treatment to prevent social isolation

The future of IVF according to a reproductive endocrinologist

Recently published in Forbes, David Sable, a retired reproductive endocrinologist enumerates what he believes will define In vitro Fertilization (IVF) in the coming decade. He looks not only at the technology that will be available, but the social trends of our society. He focuses on seven points. Summarizing he says that IVF will be used for prevention of disease. People will be more and more centered on preventing diseases their children could possibly be born with. He then goes on … Continue reading The future of IVF according to a reproductive endocrinologist