When the stork is late

Louisa Brown, the first child of the tube, blew out the candles of her thirty-one year old! Millions of infertile couples celebrate with her who, through in vitro fertilization, made their dream come true, to give birth to a healthy child…

In collaboration with Anastasios Sykoutris, Md, Phd, MSc, Gynecologist Surgeon-Obstetrician, director of the Infertility Research Clinic, Athens Bioclinic (former curator of the extracorporeal unit of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London)

Are you trying to get pregnant for a year and failed to conceive? It is time to visit an organized infertility center. It is important for a woman to visit an infertility clinic and have a thorough examination before in vitro fertilization. This increases the chances of getting caught, and in some cases a milder technique may be chosen.

Infertility Control

The control of the two partners includes the following steps:

  1. The couple visits a specialist gynecologist specializing in infertility as part of a well-organized infertility clinic.
  2. At the first visit, a complete history is taken, an ultrasound (intravaginal) is taken and appropriate laboratory tests are organized. At the second visit, the test results are read and we decide on the type of treatment we will follow.
  3. The man makes a sperm chart in a special center with great experience. This test allows us to see the number and motility of sperm, but also to study many other parameters that will lead us to safer conclusions about sperm quality.
  4. The woman must have special hormonal tests, an intravaginal ultrasound through the genitals, and a special test to check the fallopian tubes called hysterosalpingography.
  5. In some special cases, hysteroscopy and laparoscopy should be performed to fully investigate the problem. This involves exploring the partner’s genitals with special microcameras under anesthesia. This test allows us to investigate the anatomy and physiology of the female genital system.

Infertility Treatments

Induction of ovulation: Indicated in women who have ovulation disorders. These women usually have no or irregular periods. What we are trying to do is to correct the disorder by correcting the cycle with special drugs enabling these women to ovulate.

Insemination: This technique is indicated for women who have repeatedly failed to conceive through the process of inducing ovulation. It is also indicated in women with unexplained infertility, cervical factor infertility and in cases of various male factor problems, such as mild sperm disorders. This procedure is done with the use of drugs to create one or two follicles, while the husband gives sperm to the laboratory, which, after processing with special techniques, is placed with a special catheter intrathoracically into the uterus.

In vitro fertilization: It is a technique that is suitable in case of failure of the previous
treatments or directly in women with blocked fallopian tubes and severe sperm disorders. The chance of success in IVF is related to the woman’s age, the ability to produce eggs from the ovaries, the quality of sperm, the duration of infertility, but also the effect of toxic factors, such as alcohol and

Published in Feel Good Magazine on the afternoon of April 25, 2009

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