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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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“The stork in need of 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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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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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

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“Down…Set…Go!”

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock 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

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Stress test for spermatozoa

Stress test for spermatozoa

Egg and sperm contribute equally to the successful development of the embryo. Nuclear vacuoles in the sperm head are associated with reduced natural fertility in men. Questions arise about what causes the nuclear vacuolization. Do we, as biologists, even promote the development of vacuoles in the laboratory without knowing?

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Happy family

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock It is not only the life with biological children that involves worries, fears and even problems – you will have to go through the same experiences with adopted children. Despite the blissful experience to actually be able to raise children, the grief over the own biological childlessness, however, may last

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Having kids despite non-vital sperm

No man wants to hear it – yet it is possible that the involuntary childlessness is due to male-related fertility issues resp. poor semen quality. Luckily, there are now techniques permitting to conceive children in spite of male factor subfertility.  

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