Stories about Assisted Reproduction to celebrate World Book Day

Books support us, enrich us and invite us to travel. They also help us to understand how others feel and how things work that are unfamiliar to us. That is why at IVF-Spain we want to join the celebration of the World Book Day, sharing a selection of stories about Assisted Reproduction and different families that are formed with the help of Reproductive Medicine.  Continue reading “Stories about Assisted Reproduction to celebrate World Book Day”

What is the male factor infertility?

The male factor infertility represents approximately a 40% of all causes of infertility. The abnormal quality of the sperm affects practically a half of the couples that present fertility issues. Since in these cases the chances of achieving a natural pregnancy are significantly reduced, the male factor must be meticulously evaluated.

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Coronavirus and pregnancy

Considering the social alarm associated with the worldwide spread of the new COVID-19 virus (popularly known as coronavirus), and after studying strictly and in detail the available medical information, the IVF-Life medical team states that:

COVID-19 is a new strain of virus whose infection in many cases, is asymptomatic or produces mild symptoms. In other cases, it presents as common flu, and only poses a risk to those who are immunocompromised or elderly people. In those severe cases, some must be hospitalized as their condition could become life threatening. At this point it should be remembered that even in these cases the mortality of this virus is much lower than that of the common flu.

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Which are the reasons for infertility?

Infertility affects 1 of 6 couples worldwide. Nowadays 40% of the reasons for infertility are due to the female factor, but other 40% are due to the male factor. The rest in mixed or unknown.

It is normal to know someone nearby who is struggling to get pregnant. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), infertility is considered to be when after one year of trying naturally, pregnancy is not achieved. Then it is advisable to go to an assisted reproduction centre so that a specialist can make a complete diagnosis and find out the causes of infertility.

At IVF-Spain we know how difficult the first steps can be. Even more being such a complicated process, that can bring up many doubts.

That is why we organise regular patient meetings at English speaking cities like London, Manchester and Dublin. We also organise Webinars to solve all questions that come up before starting a fertility treatment in Spain.

To know more, please look at our event section.

Main reasons for infertility

The age. It is a fact, that each time more and more women decide to delay motherhood. That is where the word “ovarian reserve” appears.

The ovarian reserve measures the quantity and quality of a woman’s oocytes. The data reveals that after the age of 35, the ovarian reserve decreases, which implies the decrease of probability for a pregnancy. That doesn’t mean that getting pregnant is impossible, just that the egg quality keeps decreasing with the years.

Endometriosis. Endometriosis comes up when the tissue who covers the interior of the uterus grows outside of it. Between 30% – 50% of the cases with endometriosis cause infertility. This tissue affects the female reproductive organs such as the ovaries, altering the quality of the eggs or the appearance of cysts that usually need surgery. In the fallopian tubes, with the formation of adhesions or fluid that prevent fertilization from taking place between the egg and the sperm.

Anovulation. The absence of the ovulation affects around 20% – 25% of the cases with infertility. The problem is that the problem of this hormonal disorder may originate in the pituitary gland, the hypothalamus or the ovary. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome may suffer from anovulation and therefore infertility.

Semen quality. In recent years the quality of sperm has suffered a great decline. Experts indicate that contamination, sedentary life and stress have a great influence on this deterioration of the semen sample. Low concentration, poor motility or morphology of sperm, among other anomalies, can influence the success of fertility treatment.

The importance of a good diagnosis

For pregnancy to occur, many factors involved in reproduction must be synchronized. The failure of any of these perfectly designed gear parts will prevent the desire to form a family from being achieved.

That is why it is so important to trust an assisted reproduction centre with the knowledge and technology capable of offering a correct diagnosis. In this way, the process can be personalized, fine-tuned with the necessary techniques and achieved in the least number of attempts, avoiding adding emotional wear to the future parents.


Single mothers by choice are already a social reality

 “We’re no different from women who do it as a couple, we’re just women with the desire to be mothers.”

Strong, empowered, with a University Degree and with a job that offers financial independence. This is the profile of the patients who decide to face their maternity alone or also known as single mothers by choice.

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From Maybe to Baby: a TTC Journey

How everything began

Our TTC Journey started in Jan 2012 and had numerous tests and procedures before eventually starting IVF in England in May 2015. I have a low ovarian reserve and we had two fresh cycles in the UK resulting in only one fertilised egg from those two cycles and one day 2 transfer. We felt that at this point things were not going to work for us.

At that point we knew we had to go private for our remaining cycles and had heard very good things about clinics abroad. We researched online and decided that Spain was where we wanted to go, the success rates seemed the best. Spain is also only a few hours flight away in the UK.

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What happens when IVF Treatments don’t work

Starting an IVF treatment is a very difficult decision and it can be very emotional. What happens when IVF treatments don’t work?

Why does everyone get pregnant, but I have so many problems? Where should I go? What if IVF treatments don’t work for me? Who can guarantee that it will be successful?

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