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“What can we expect from the IVF center of our choice?”

FAQs on the services and quality standards of an IVF center, using the example of the IVF Centers Prof. Zech

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Icon image | Photo: Shutterstock When it comes to choosing an IVF center, most people´s decisions are based on the pregnancy rate obtained by the center in question. This is quite understandable. However, one should be careful not to rely on one single success parameter, but first ask the following question: “What can we expect

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“Good Swimmers” – but is this enough?

Additional information as part of the semen analysis can be provided by molecular biological assessment of sperm quality

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Icon image | Photo: Shutterstock In the evaluation of male fertility through the analysis of a semen sample under a microscope, the desired outcome is to see a lot of “good swimmers” among the spermatozoa – although this still says little or nothing about their morphology and inner structure. Thanks to modern technologies, it is

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Diagnosis: PCO Syndrome

A syndrome with a complex nature as the potential cause of the involuntary childlessness

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Icon image | Photo: Shutterstock One evening, my friend Gudrun called, telling me that she had been diagnosed with PCO syndrome by her gynecologist. She asked me to exactly explain the disorder to her. Gudrun is a healthy woman in her early 30s. She has taken the pill for several years for contraceptive purposes and

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Increased Risk of Hypertension due to IVF?

A new study has created a great deal of uncertainty among patients

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Icon image | Photo: Shutterstock A recently published study (see link) conducted by a Swiss working group on the increased risk of high blood pressure in children conceived by assisted reproductive technologies (ART) is currently making big waves, not least through nonstop media coverage. Additionally, this was fueled by some statements made by the senior

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“What are our chances of achieving a pregnancy resulting in the birth of a healthy child?”

FAQs on genetics within the context of fertility treatment

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Icon image | Photo: Shutterstock IVF treatment with PGD/PGS might be an option for infertile couples who, despite all efforts, have still not become pregnant and whose diagnostic findings seem to be linked to the failure. However, the option is only available for couples who meet all the medical and legal requirements. Basically, there are

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Hello “little polar bear”!

Cryo cycle after IVF

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Icon image | Photo: Shutterstock “It had finally worked out and I became pregnant with our little ‘polar bear’. Since yesterday, we are the proud parents of a healthy baby girl and we couldn’t be more thrilled.” In this way or in a very similar one, couples talk about their experiences gained during IVF treatment

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Dealing with the Loss

Part 1 of the topic-series »Trying to conceive after a miscarriage«

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[← article overview of the topic-series »Trying to conceive after a miscarriage«] Icon image | Photo: Shutterstock As already announced, our topic-series shall, inter alia, give you an idea of how important it may be to seek psychological assistance after a miscarriage – in particular when the couple still shares the desire of having children.

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Close to nature

IVF treatment involving blastocyst culture

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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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Trying to conceive after a miscarriage

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Icon image | Photo: Shutterstock A miscarriage is undoubtedly one of the worst things that can happen to a couple on their path towards their long awaited child. For those couples, it is something of a personal disaster to give up on their dream for which they had accepted much hardship and in which they

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

FAQs on egg donation

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Icon image | Photo: Shutterstock There are a variety of reasons why couples may want to use donated eggs to fulfil their dream of having a child. 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 may therefore decide to try

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