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From Venus to Casanova all the way to Marilyn Monroe…

Sexual myths and their impact on our life today

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock Since time began, people concern themselves with sexuality, the wish to have children and symbols of fertility. Firmly anchored with our “deepest yearnings and wishes”, the first myths were born. Emergence of myths The origin and thus the deep rootedness of myths are just as old as the history of

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“From the first second…”

…Companion of couples undergoing fertility treatment – the Info Center team of the IVF Centers Prof. Zech

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock As a service point for help-seeking childless couples, the Info Centers, at the private clinic Group’s seven European locations, are an important counseling and information platform for couples before, during and after the treatment. Every day, hundreds of couples concerned readily make use of this service and receive the relevant

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“Once upon a time…”

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock Today I invite you to join me and enter the world of stories. Now you are probably wondering what this has to do with reproductive medicine. I try to verify as to whether there is any truth in “stories” – also with a view to the research into the causes

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“Understanding the miracle of nature”

What contributes to the success of fertility treatment

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock Many couples wish for nothing more than to have their own child. But for some of them, their wish to conceive a child has remained unfulfilled, despite prolonged efforts to achieve a pregnancy. But, regardless of how different the underlying causes may be, today there are promising therapeutic options in

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Unwanted Childlessness and Stress

What do we know about the links existing between them?

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock Illnesses, environmental pollutants, ageing are, inter alia, factors which may impair fertility. Unwanted childlessness is often due to a combination of several causes. To date, we know far too little, for example, about the role played by psychological strain. Couples wishing to conceive are usually under great pressure and are

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“The stork in need of help”

Sequence of IVF treatment using donor eggs

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock There are many reasons why women cannot achieve a pregnancy with their own oocytes. In addition to medical reasons (e.g. cancer treatment, genetic diseases, premature menopause etc.), today, there is an increasing number of cases where socio-economic causes are at the root of the problem. Women often delay having children

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“About Experts, Nutrition and Expectant Parents”

What we should know about our diet

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock Nutrition also plays in the fulfillment of a wish for a child an important role and is a key factor in maintaining good health (for more information, see our BLOG post “You are what you eat”). In a recent interview with the American nutrition expert, David L. Katz (Professor of

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Heart’s desire: Having a Child

Variety of treatment options as an opportunity for infertile couples

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock “How many times have we discussed this matter and have spent endless nights browsing the internet to find firsthand reports by other couples dealing with unwanted childlessness. Now it is about time to give luck a bit of a boost. The decision is made: Tomorrow we are going to call

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“A chance, that a child may arise”

Psychological support for couples with unfulfilled desire for children – Part 2

Fertility-Treatment BLOG interview with clinical psychologist Mag. Karl-Heinz Brandt: (Click here to read the first part of the interview) Mag. Karl-Heinz Brandt (l) | Rene Winsauer (r) Mr. Brandt, the IVF Centers Prof. Zech offer their patients the possibility to have access to psychological counseling. We have already talked about situations in which this option

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“It is NOT in my blood…”

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock The saying “It is in my blood“ usually refers to character traits that are inborn or inherited and/or correspond to our “inner nature”. Again and again, scientific findings in the field of genetics have been highly praised by the media – including a study from 2011 which assumed that women

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