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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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“Single Embryo Transfer” in IVF – Facts and Background

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

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Why an embryo does not “spill out”?

A biological-physical approach regarding embryo implantation in fertility treatment

Graphical representation of female genital organs | Photo: Shutterstock Among patients undergoing fertility treatment (IVF/ICSI/IMSI), the following question is repeatedly raised in the relevant forums: “Could it be possible that my embryo may somehow ‘spill out’ of the uterus after embryo transfer?” In this respect, it should be noted that the uterine cavity is not

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Pregnancy rate

Part 3 of the topic-series »Success Rate«

[← article overview of the topic-series »Success Rate«] Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock Of course, patients often ask me about pregnancy rates achieved by our IVF centers. Quite often this question is linked with the notion that the pregnancy rate can provide precise forecasts on the successful outcome of fertility treatment. Actually, a uniform definition

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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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“If the stork needs a little 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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“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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Blastocyst Culture

How treatment methods may help to make the dream of having a child come true

Blastocyst Involuntary childlessness today is no longer an inevitable fate, thanks to a wide range of treatment methods. This variety includes different approaches in terms of their efficiency which, from the perspective of the respective physicians, biologists and experts, undoubtedly also play a role here. However, from a scientific point of view, it is important

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“Using science to overcome infertility”

How to correctly assess embryonic development

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock “After my wife’s oocytes had been fertilized by my sperm and some of the impregnated ova have developed into embryos, we now want to know which embryo is the one most suitable for being transferred to the uterus and what our chances are to achieve a pregnancy and the birth

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On the trail of Lindbergh

This is about pioneers, innovations and heart’s desires

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock 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

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