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“Large or Small?”

Study on how to optimize ovarian stimulation/follicular aspiration

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Icon image | Photo: Shutterstock Fertility treatment usually starts with the stimulation phase. This means that the woman has to undergo customized hormone therapy in order to induce her ovaries to produce multiple follicles, each containing an oocyte. The number and growth of follicles within the ovaries are closely monitored by ultrasound examinations. During the

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“I’m not a real woman, because I’m not able to have children”

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Icon image | Photo: Shutterstock Women and their partners – who, for a long time, have been struggling in vain to conceive – talk about the above and many other thoughts and feelings associated with their situation. It is in particular the social environment that fuels such thoughts by quotes like: “Now you are married.

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What is actually meant by miscarriage?

Part 2 of our topic series »Trying to conceive after a miscarriage«

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[← article overview of the topic-series »Trying to conceive after a miscarriage«] Icon image | Photo: Shutterstock If a pregnancy cannot be brought to term but instead ends in spontaneous abortion or miscarriage, this could be a devastating experience, especially for those couples who had long been trying in vain to get pregnant and have

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Spermiogram

What’s possible nowadays when it comes to the assessment of male fertility

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Icon image | Photo: Shutterstock The causes of unwanted childlessness may vary widely from one couple to another and therefore require an individual approach. This is why the male factor is moving more and more into the focus of attention of science. Today, we know that spermatozoa ought to be investigated with considerably greater accuracy

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Hypnosis in fertility treatment

When does it make sense and how does it work?

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Icon image | http://www.brandt-hypnose.at Hypnosis to quit smoking, for weight loss, as an aid to psychotherapy … … to name just a few areas that hypnotherapy has been successfully applied to. But what about using this “tool” when dealing with unintended childlessness and during IVF treatment? As a clinical psychologist at the IVF Zentren Prof.

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“What can we expect from the IVF center of our choice?”

FAQs on the services and quality standards of a fertility clinic, using the IVF Centers Prof. Zech as an example

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Icon image | Photo: Shutterstock When it comes to choosing an IVF center, most people´s decisions are based on the pregnancy rate obtained by the center in question. This is quite understandable. However, one should be careful not to rely on one single success parameter, but first ask the following question: “What can we expect

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“Good Swimmers” – but is this enough?

Additional information as part of the semen analysis can be provided by molecular biological assessment of sperm quality

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Icon image | Photo: Shutterstock In the evaluation of male fertility through the analysis of a semen sample under a microscope, the desired outcome is to see a lot of “good swimmers” among the spermatozoa – although this still says little or nothing about their morphology and inner structure. Thanks to modern technologies, it is

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Diagnosis: PCO Syndrome

A syndrome with a complex nature as the potential cause of the involuntary childlessness

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Icon image | Photo: Shutterstock One evening, my friend Gudrun called, telling me that she had been diagnosed with PCO syndrome by her gynecologist. She asked me to exactly explain the disorder to her. Gudrun is a healthy woman in her early 30s. She has taken the pill for several years for contraceptive purposes and

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Increased Risk of Hypertension due to IVF?

A new study has created a great deal of uncertainty among patients

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Icon image | Photo: Shutterstock A recently published study (see link) conducted by a Swiss working group on the increased risk of high blood pressure in children conceived by assisted reproductive technologies (ART) is currently making big waves, not least through nonstop media coverage. Additionally, this was fueled by some statements made by the senior

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“What are our chances of achieving a pregnancy resulting in the birth of a healthy child?”

FAQs on genetics within the context of fertility treatment

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Icon image | Photo: Shutterstock IVF treatment with PGD/PGS might be an option for infertile couples who, despite all efforts, have still not become pregnant and whose diagnostic findings seem to be linked to the failure. However, the option is only available for couples who meet all the medical and legal requirements. Basically, there are

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