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“A lot helps a lot?”

The dangers of self-medication in fertility treatment

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock Even the area of reproductive medicine is touched by the commonly held misconception “a lot helps a lot” when it comes to taking medicines. We often encounter situations in which patients undergoing hormonal stimulation (ovarian stimulation) want to increase the prescribed dosage of their own accord, saying they had read

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Quality in IVF Centers

Application and Relevance of a Quality Management System

Certificate: ISO 9001:2008 | IVF Centers Prof. Zech “If there’s a way to do it better: find it.” Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931) If we interpret this quote by Thomas Edison, the continual pursuit of improvements may (as, for example, in the case of Edison) lead to new inventions or to the improvement of already existing

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“Sometimes there’s more in the basket and sometimes less “

The number of oocytes in an IVF treatment

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock The stage of hormonal stimulation (ovarian stimulation) is an exciting time. Daily injections are required and each ultrasound scan is anticipated with great excitement. What our patients want to know is: “How many follicles can be identified? Do all the follicles continue to grow? How many large and probably mature

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PGD, PGS, PID, PGT …

Terms for Genetic Diagnostic Methods in Fertility Treatment

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock When it comes to genetic analysis in reproductive medicine, there exist a number of commonly heard terms, such as Pre-Implantation Diagnosis (PID), Pre-Implantation Genetic Testing (PGT), Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening (PGS). But how can they be distinguished from one another? Are there any differences between them? I

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The Precautionary Freezing of Egg Cells

Different Motives – Different Regulations

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock Cutting-edge medical procedures provide women with the opportunity to have some of their oocytes frozen and “stored” as a precautionary measure. This is intended to preserve the positive status quo of their fertility at the time of cryopreservation, which in turn represents an option for achieving a pregnancy using their

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When the path to parenthood is “blocked”

Therapy options in connection with the treatment of blocked/damaged fallopian tubes

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes are among the main causes of unwanted childlessness and are seen as classical indications for IVF treatment (“In vitro fertilization”). Tubal damage is frequently associated with the accumulation of serous, inflammatory or post-inflammatory fluids. We are referring here to a condition called hydro- or sactosalpinx.

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Genetics in reproductive medicine

Background and Significance

by | Published on 14. April 2016, in Treatment.

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock Genetic disorders may cause severe diseases in humans and are known to have adverse effects on fertility, which may even lead to miscarriages. A closer look into these genetic disorders suggests that there are two main reasons for this: Chromosomal disorders and gene mutations. In chromosomal disorders, a distinction is

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Myths vs. facts of male sexuality

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock My previous blog post (→ “From Venus to Casanova all the way to Marilyn Monroe…”) has dealt with sexual myths from their beginnings right up to the present day. Against this background, I would like to pursue the following questions on the basis of two examples: What are the myths

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Towards happiness of fatherhood

TESE – sperm retrieval procedure for “in vitro fertilization”

by | Published on 15. March 2016, in Treatment.

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock IVF treatment (IVF/ICSI/IMSI) involves the fertilization of the egg cell by a sperm outside the female body in the laboratory. In some cases, however, sperms have to be collected directly from the man’s testes during a minor surgical intervention called TESE – “Testicular Sperm Extraction”. The TESE procedure is used

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Infertility

Medical clarification and treatment of the possible causes

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock Couples wishing to conceive a child but who are not able to achieve pregnancy despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least one year should consider medical investigation (fallopian tubes, sperm). In most cases, the reasons for infertility involve a variety of factors such as diseases, genetic disorders, increasing age,

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