Infertility: the importance of an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment

Written by: Dr. Gorka Barrenetxea Ziarrusta
Published: | Updated: 01/11/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Currently, due to different circumstances such as delayed childbearing, one in five couples find it difficult to get pregnant through natural reproduction. In these cases it is advisable to make an assessment of the couple to try to identify the cause of the difficulty. Contrary to what happened years and what many people think, the diagnostic evaluation is significantly simplified and completed in a maximum of two visits.


At this point you may be indicated assisted reproduction treatment. Although there are many methods, most of them are based on in vitro fertilization. It basically involves stimulating the ovaries (by a treatment lasting 10 to 12 days) after which oocytes are fertilized in the laboratory are removed. Finally, we proceed to the transfer of an embryo to the uterus (very simple procedure, the annoyance is comparable to the performance of cytology). The entire procedure is completed in two weeks. After another twelve days, the woman will know if you've achieved a pregnancy.

Therefore, we have to simplify the diagnostic evaluation and treatment more comfortable and, most importantly, more effective. One of the pillars of this effectiveness lies in the fact that the embryos obtained after IVF are kept in special incubators (known generically as "video time lapse") which also allow for optimal conditions for growth, Comprehensive monitoring of embryonic development. It is for this reason that the most advanced and best performing centers have any of the systems time lapse video available today.

Besides having the latest technology, it is important that the breeding center have an advanced program that allows embryo preservation embryo transfer one at a time, avoiding negative consequences of assisted reproduction such as multiple pregnancy. Therefore, every couple should know the results of a center not in terms of pregnancy but in terms of child born healthy, term and alone (single pregnancies).

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By Dr. Gorka Barrenetxea Ziarrusta
Fertility Specialty

Dr. Barrenetxea is a renowned specialist in assisted reproduction. He is an expert in IVF, preimplantation diagnosis and fertility preservation.

He is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of the Basque Country / EHU and Professor of Assisted Reproduction Master taught by the Complutense University of Madrid with the Spanish Fertility Society.

Throughout his career he has directed several doctoral theses and received numerous awards, including the Research Award of the Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Madrid.

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