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IUI / IVF / ICSI-ET – Abbreviations that stand for life

IUI / IVF / ICSI-ET <b>– Abbreviations that stand for life</b>

The specific egg fertilisation technique that is best for your personal case depends on various factors. We would be happy to give you individual advice - but first, here is some general information on medical terms that really do stand for life.

With intrauterine insemination (IUI), also known as “assisted fertilisation”, a prepared sperm sample from the male partner is transferred into the woman’s uterus on the day of ovulation. Semen centrifugation generally improves the mobility and density of the sperm. In addition, the medical prerequisites are better during intercourse: the sample is located closer to the ends of the fallopian tubes and the site of ovulation, and the contractions of the uterus can transport the semen towards the viable egg cell - thus making the chances of pregnancy two to three times greater.

Logically, IUI can be combined with a low dosage hormonal stimulation of the ovaries, which significantly increases the chances of success. In addition, it is possible to double the chances of pregnancy in patients under 36 years old, as the uterine contractions and insemination can be optimally synchronised using a special technique.

The actual methods of artificial fertilisation, which takes place outside the woman’s body in our embryological laboratory, are “normal” in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and “advanced” in vitro fertilisation with a micro-injection of sperm into the egg cell (ICSI = intracytoplasmic sperm injection). The former is an option for women with blocked fallopian tubes or endometriosis, while the latter is useful in the case of a significant reduction in semen quality.

For this method, the woman is given a high dosage of hormonal treatment by injection, and then after ovulation the ovarian follicle formed must be removed via the vagina. This minor routine operation is conducted under general anaesthetic administered by our expert anaesthetists, overseen by Dr Finior.

On the same day, the fertilisation process is carried out using sperm from the male partner and the egg cells from the female partner. While with normal IVF, the quality of the sperm is such that many mobile sperm are simply grouped around the egg cell in order to achieve fertilisation, with ICSI one optimal, mobile sperm is inserted into each egg cell using a microscope. This is how fertilisation can be achieved with reduced sperm quality in order to create human life.

On the day of egg collection, we will inform you directly of the number of egg cells collected from you and the quality of the sperm analysis. The very next day, we can see how many egg cells have been fertilised - and at this stage, with prior agreement, some of the fertilised eggs can be frozen.

The transfer of the embryos that grow from the egg cells (embryo transfer, ET) takes place without anaesthetic between three and five days after removal of the egg cells. We determine the exact timings and number of cells with you.
After the transfer, you begin an important phase lasting around two weeks, during which time we all hope that the desired pregnancy occurs. Generally, only the daily administration of progesterone in various dosage forms is required before a pregnancy test can then be carried out.


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