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“You are what you eat”

by | Published on 9. May 2014, in Science.
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Due to modern reproductive medicine which is aimed at identifying in detail the reasons for involuntary childlessness, the so-called “paternal effect” increasingly becomes the focus of research attention.
This also holds true for the IVF Centers Prof. Zech, where the focus is placed on the medical evaluation of clinical findings of both partners in a couple as well as on a treatment tailored to their individual needs so as to provide them with the best chances to conceive a healthy child – if possible as early as the first treatment cycle.

From today’s perspective, we can assume that men can significantly contribute to a successful pregnancy outcome by a healthy diet, in which the optimal balance of vitamins, in particular with regard to folic acid is of the uttermost importance. Read more…


“Social Freezing”

Emancipated family planning or a lifestyle trend?

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“I am frightened – to be more precise – it is almost like a feeling of panic, when I think about the ticking of my biological clock!”

“I am going to have ovarian surgery, and I am concerned about the impact this may have on my fertility.”

Our experience has shown that these scenarios reflect the worries of many women. Most of them are under enormous pressure when it comes to family planning. More and more physicians have to deal with their patients’ desire to take precautionary measures. Modern reproductive medicine offers the option of female fertility preservation, which is often referred to as “Social Freezing”.

But what does this mean in practical terms?
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On the trail of Lindbergh

This is about pioneers, innovations and heart’s desires

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It was Charles Lindbergh’s ambitious goal to be the first pilot to fly an aircraft non-stop across the Atlantic. This made him a pioneer in the history of aviation. Being a pioneer in the field of reproductive medicine, Prof. Herbert Zech has always been concerned with helping couples all over the world to overcome unwanted childlessness.

30 years ago, he founded the IVF Centers Prof. Zech in Bregenz, thus setting global standards. He managed for instance to fulfill the heartfelt desire of the first couples undergoing fertility treatment in Russia (former USSR) and Hungary. Read more…


Egg retrieval – Narcosis performed by experienced anesthetists

Part 4 of the series »Fertility treatment process«

by | Published on 4. February 2014, in Treatment.
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In order to provide couples undergoing IVF treatment with optimum treatment conditions, the specialists at the IVF Centers Prof. Zech in Bregenz are supported by a team of anesthetists – the Bodensee ANÄSTHESIE GbR. The medical specialists Michael Brandt, Erich Goldscheider and Andreas Franz are working on an outpatient basis, using the latest anesthesia techniques in various clinics and medical practices in the Lake Constance region. Apart from working with the highest quality standards, their main focus is always on people.

This will be of paramount importance, in particular shortly before oocyte retrieval (follicular puncture), a time which, for many patients, can be extremely nerve-racking and disturbing. In order to relieve the strain on the couple, at the IVF Centers Prof. Zech there is always a joint discussion with the patient, the treating doctor and the anesthetist about the details of the intervention under short-term anesthesia (sedoanalgesia).
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IVF in 2014

“30 years ago my father Herbert Zech founded our IVF Center and set global benchmarks in terms of treating infertility in couples. He has never ceased to strive for the highest possible quality standards with regard to know-how, technology and research“, said Nicolas Zech, Medical Director of the IVF Centers Prof. Zech in Bregenz in a comprehensive interview to be found in the Fertility Treatment BLOG:

Dr Zech, demanding challenges in fertility treatment are your specialty. What are the key issues today?

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Univ. Doz. Dr. Nicolas Zech

Quality is to be preferred over quantity. For this is the only way to identify in detail the underlying causes of both female and male infertility and subsequently decide on individual and targeted forms of therapies. The necessary preconditions are: long-term experience, great commitment with regard to research as well as the use of cutting-edge technologies.
Our reproductive cells count among the most sensitive cells within our body. Unhealthy lifestyle patterns, environmental toxins, diseases and genetic disorders can be damaging to them. Above all, however, fertility gradually declines with increasing age. Now imagine that the cause of the infertility is the combined effect of the above reasons plus other factors! You can see that tailoring fertility treatment to the individual needs of the couple is crucial today. That is exactly what we work on every day.
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The hormonal stimulation of the woman can give the decisive impetus for the long-awaited offspring. The body is gently prepared for pregnancy. Ovarian stimulation is aimed at inducing the maturation of multiple that contain the maturing oocytes. This requires a targeted and perfectly timed approach. It is actually comparable to a group of children taking part in a 100-meter-sprint. If they are well- trained and prepared, they will exactly know what to do and will therefore start running at the same time. Without the necessary training, however, they would probably perform in an uncoordinated and chaotic way, and the desired success would fail to materialize.

At the IVF Centers Prof. Zech we mainly use the so-called Long-Protocol for ovarian stimulation. The aim is to obtain the highest possible number of oocytes during follicular puncture for the subsequent fertilization with the partner’s sperm. Read more…


It needs a great deal of commitment to have a “little” luck

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success”. (Alexander Graham Bell)

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IVF Centers Prof. Zech Bregenz | daily meeting

In 1892 Bell´s team succeeded in opening the first telephone line from New York to Chicago. Today, telephone conferences between the clinic group’s different locations, such as Bregenz, Salzburg or Pilsen are part of the working routine at the IVF Centers Prof. Zech. Our physicians and laboratory staff make use of conference calls on a daily basis in order to evaluate the situation of the patients and to individually analyze their current treatment status, thus being able to decide which treatment options are best for them. Since the foundation of the “IVF Centers”, more than 30.000 babies have been born following fertility treatment which underlines the importance of using such tools along with highest quality demands in terms of know-how, technology and research.

Longstanding, extensive experience is of particular benefit when having to deal with the most demanding situations in fertility treatment such as, for instance, recurrent implantation failure following several embryo transfers.

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Vitrification – a safe technology to overcome infertility


Cryopreservation aims at freezing living cells and storing them over a longer period without compromising their developmental potential. Particularly in the field of assisted reproductive technology, the optimum use of this freezing technique is critical to the success of fertility treatment.

In order to ensure both efficiency and safety of this technique, it needs great commitment and a genuine interest in science and research. This is impressively demonstrated by two current studies conducted by the
IVF Centers Prof. Zech.
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Happy Birthday! Buon compleanno! Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!

…Fertility-Treatment-BLOG – Last year we successfully kicked off our fertility-treatment Blog. By now, we can offer our readers more than 50 blog articles featuring a unique broad variety of topics, ranging from currently available fertility treatment options through social developments and unwanted childlessness, right up to the most recent research findings. In addition, from time to time we give our readers exciting insights in the clinical routine of the IVF Centers Prof. Zech.

Along with our latest “family member”, the fivet-procreazione BLOG, and our fertility-treatment BLOG that started in April 2013, after just one year, we are now blogging in 3 languages. In other words, we have good reasons to celebrate!

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Authors in Bregenz: Univ. Prof. Dr. Herbert Zech, Mag. Astrid Stecher, Rene Winsauer BA, Univ. Doz. Dr. Nicolas Zech, Ursula Kützler,
Dr. Barbara Wirleitner, Dr. Maximilian Murtinger, Dr. Maximilian Schuff

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School meets clinic!

School lessons in quite a different way as usual. This was what pupils from the BG Blumenstraße have recently experienced while visiting the IVF Centers Prof. Zech in Bregenz. Within the scope of their elective course in biology, they took the chance to learn more about fertility treatment. Nota bene: in one of the world’s leading private IVF clinic groups.

The visit was a welcome change to the normal daily routine of both everyday school and clinic life. Nicolas Zech, Medical Director of the Institute began his presentation with a general introduction to the topics ‘unfulfilled wish to have children’ and ‘IVF therapy’. The highlight was the small guided tour through the laboratory facilities that concluded the visit.

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