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“I’m not a real woman, because I’m not able to have children”

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Icon image | Photo: Shutterstock Women and their partners – who, for a long time, have been struggling in vain to conceive – talk about the above and many other thoughts and feelings associated with their situation. It is in particular the social environment that fuels such thoughts by quotes like: “Now you are married.

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What’s possible nowadays when it comes to the assessment of male fertility

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Icon image | Photo: Shutterstock The causes of unwanted childlessness may vary widely from one couple to another and therefore require an individual approach. This is why the male factor is moving more and more into the focus of attention of science. Today, we know that spermatozoa ought to be investigated with considerably greater accuracy

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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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Sperm quality

Assessment and significance in fertility treatments

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Structure spermatozoon/oocyte | Photo: Shutterstock Egg and sperm cell are of equal importance for the development of the embryo. A closer look at the sperm factor suggests that the assessment of sperm quality followed by the selection of appropriate spermatozoa for the fertilization of the oocyte are important steps on the path towards the much

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Fertility Test for Everybody

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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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Pregnancy rate

Part 3 of the topic-series »Success Rate«

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[← 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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Stress test for spermatozoa

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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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