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Close to nature

IVF treatment involving blastocyst culture

Icon image | Photo: Shutterstock The aim of this medical specialty can already be inferred from the term Reproductive Medicine. It means understanding and copying nature right down to the smallest details, i.e. supporting human procreation using medical-technical procedures designed to help sub-fertile couples. Based on current scientific knowledge, an important role is played by

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“What are the situations where egg donation may help?”

FAQs on egg donation

Icon image | Photo: Shutterstock The couples’ requirements may vary considerably when it comes to achieving a pregnancy via egg donation. There are situations where couples cannot achieve a successful pregnancy with the woman’s own oocytes (e.g. cancer treatment, genetic diseases, premature menopause) and would therefore have to consider IVF treatment with egg donation. First,

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Sperm Quality

Assessment and Significance in Fertility Treatments

Structure spermatozoon/oocyte | Photo: Shutterstock Egg and sperm cell are of equal importance for the development of the embryo. A closer look at the sperm factor suggests that the assessment of sperm quality followed by the selection of appropriate spermatozoa for the fertilization of the oocyte are important steps on the path towards the much

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An impuls towards parenthood

Hormonal stimulation in fertility treatment

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock Precisely tailored to the woman’s individual situation, her body is prepared for pregnancy prior to receiving fertility treatment. The ovaries are stimulated with hormones, which is an important first step towards the long-awaited child. The targeted administration of hormones is intended to induce the maturation of multiple follicles, each containing

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Cumulative pregnancy rate

Part 5 of the topic-series »Success Rate«

[← article overview of the topic-series “Success Rate”] Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock When analyzing success rates in fertility treatment, it often turns out that the stated values refer to cumulative pregnancy rates. But what exactly is meant by this type of pregnancy rate? Cumulative is derived from the Latin word “cumulare” (to accumulate). According

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“Natural cycle IVF”

IVF treatment in an unstimulated cycle

Graphic representation female cycle | Photo: Shutterstock For many women, starting fertility treatment is often associated with discomfort, since it entails hormone therapy involving the injection of specific preparations. Most women get used to it quickly, since what it does mean in any case is that they advance further on their way leading to the

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“When can I take the pregnancy test and what happens next?”

FAQs on fertility treatment

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock Before and during fertility treatment, patients are often faced with a lot of impressions and information. Sometimes, however, this can be highly confusing, giving rise to a large number of questions. After asking around, I discussed the issues with Univ. Prof. Dr. Herbert Zech, a specialist in reproductive medicine and

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… and if it doesn’t work?

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock Doctors, medical assistants and embryologists in the laboratory, IT department, hygiene specialists, Info Center etc. We, as a team at the IVF Centers Prof. Zech dedicate our entire know-how and passion to helping infertile couples achieve a pregnancy with the help of assisted reproductive technology (ART). In many cases, the

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“Single Embryo Transfer” in IVF – Facts and Background

Part 5 of the topic-series »Fertility treatment process«

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Implantation rate

Part 4 of the topic-series »Success Rate«

[← article overview of the topic-series »Success Rate«] Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock If practitioners of reproductive medicine talk about the implantation rate, they mean the percentage of those embryos that implanted themselves into the uterine lining after having been transferred to the womb. Fetal heartbeat can be visualized via ultrasound in order to definitely

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