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Fertility Test for Everybody

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock Sperm-Check using a smartphone app, ovulation tests, testing of hormone levels using ready-to-use test kits … Fertility tests for self-/home testing are not entirely new, but obviously there are ever more inventive products featuring supposedly greater user friendliness. This, of course, arouses the interest of many men and women. US

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Myths vs. facts of male sexuality

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock My previous blog post (→ “From Venus to Casanova all the way to Marilyn Monroe…”) has dealt with sexual myths from their beginnings right up to the present day. Against this background, I would like to pursue the following questions on the basis of two examples: What are the myths

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Towards happiness of fatherhood

TESE – sperm retrieval procedure for “in vitro fertilization”

by | Published on 15. March 2016, in Treatment.

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock IVF treatment (IVF/ICSI/IMSI) involves the fertilization of the egg cell by a sperm outside the female body in the laboratory. In some cases, however, sperms have to be collected directly from the man’s testes during a minor surgical intervention called TESE – “Testicular Sperm Extraction”. The TESE procedure is used

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“You are what you eat”

by | Published on 9. May 2014, in Science.

Icon Image | Photo: Shutterstock 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

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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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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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