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30 September 2019
Preimplantation Genetic Testing: Benefits and Concerns

Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT) is used to examine the genetic and chromosomal makeup of a pre-embryo in the laboratory before it is implanted into the maternal womb. Like many scientific advances, this is a breakthrough that might hold the promise of hugely significant benefits to both individuals and scientific communities but also carries the potential for misuse. These potential uses of the technology in ways that were not part of the original intention have raised ethical concerns for current and future applications.

20 September 2019
What is PCOS and how can its negative outcomes be reduced?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition which can affect women during their fertile years. It affects how the ovaries work, and can reduce their function and effectiveness. It is a common hormonal condition, present in as many as one in five of the relevant population, although many women with PCOS do not experience any symptoms and it remains undiagnosed in around 70% of those who have it.

13 September 2019
What is pseudocyesis, or false pregnancy?

The medical term for a false pregnancy, or phantom pregnancy, is pseudocyesis, from the mid-century English pseudo-meaning ‘false’ and the ancient Greek kuesis meaning ‘conception’. It is a rare condition, estimated in the US, for example, to affect only around six out of 22,000 pregnancies. It is often assumed to be ‘all in the mind’ but the reality of the condition is much more complex.

2 September 2019
#acreationstory

We have been helping people to start families for 29 years now. It is the way we have been paving on a daily basis with our social and environmental commitment. In fact, at IVI, we work on making the journey towards motherhood a sustainable one. A journey that we embark on even before the patients… View Article

28 August 2019
Treatments with donated embryos triple in the last decade

In the last decade the number of treatments involving donated embryos has tripled here at IVI. Although just over half of these patients were Spanish, IVI is still experiencing a lot more patients coming from overseas to receive this treatment, mainly due to the legality aspects that come with embryo transfer. We have spoken to… View Article

21 August 2019
A study by IVI Sevilla finds new data on the possible causes of polycystic ovary syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) 5-15% of all woman within the fertile age are affected by polycystic ovaries (PCOS) mainly because there is no cure. The main tell-tale sign of PCOS is lack of ovulation, leading to irregular periods and increased levels of male hormones. Other symptoms related to PCOS that some woman may experience is… View Article

7 August 2019
Is it important to quit smoking during preconception?

Preconception is the period of time when you prepare to start trying for a baby. In medical circles there is a growing recognition that maternal health before conception, not only during pregnancy, can have a major effect on the development and prospects of the unborn child. The best-known example of this is the now widely known development in spina bifida prevention. We now know that a small amount of the B-vitamin folic acid can reduce neural tube defects by up to 70%. This clinches the case for pre-conception health having a direct impact on the unborn child. But what about smoking? In this article we take a look at the benefits of quitting smoking before pregnancy. We also examine the potential damage it can do, some aspects of which you may not be aware.

31 July 2019
Is it possible to get pregnant after ovarian cancer?

As with many complex issues, the only truthful response to the question of whether or not you can get pregnant after ovarian cancer is: it depends. The main factors relate to the severity of the cancer and its subsequent treatment plan. This could involve chemotherapy and/or different types of surgery, with each of these circumstances putting a different angle on the possible solutions to pregnancy after cancer treatment.

24 July 2019
8th International IVIRMA Congress: Present and future of ART meet in Mallorca

The 8th International IVIRMA Congress on Reproduction took place in Mallorca 4th to 6th April 2019. More than 1,600 participants from 71 countries attended the event in Palma de Mallorca including Javier Marqueta, President of the Congress and Director of IVI Mallorca, Scientific Director Juan Antonio García-Velasco and Dr. Dagan Wells, all members of the scientific committee.

17 July 2019
The latest research on the importance of progesterone levels during pregnancy

A lot of us have a general idea of how important progesterone is during pregnancy, knowing that the progesterone-oestrogen balance is important for the menstrual cycle and a healthy hormone balance. For most of the non-medical community, that’s probably the extent of the awareness. Now, new research, unveiled at the 35th European Society of Human… View Article

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