The diagnostic methods are individually adapted to couples wishing to have children. In order to choose the right types of fertility tests for you, we conduct a detailed interview, because both of your medical histories play an important role.
Changes in the menstrual cycle, how long you've been trying to conceive naturally, previous operations, or illnesses are also decisive factors. Couples struggling to conceive can start thinking about which points might be important for the fertility practice in advance. The age of the woman is a decisive characteristic because, from the age of 30, the quality of the ova continuously decreases. In men, on the other hand, it must be clarified whether the sperm quality is still sufficient or to what extent it’s limited.
Cycle monitoring helps couples prepare for “sexual intercourse at the optimal time”. With this method, it is important that the fallopian tubes are unobstructed and fully operational and that semen quality is normal. This preliminary treatment measure is also referred to as a fertility check. The woman’s cycle is monitored with specific ultrasound and hormone tests. This makes it possible to monitor the number, size and maturity of the follicles, as well as the hormonal stimulation of the ovaries and ovulation.
A sperm analysis is often the first step in the diagnostic stage of fertility treatment. Through a microscopic examination in our laboratories, we examine and assess the number of sperm cells per millilitre of semen, the shape of the sperm and their motility. If less than 15 percent of the sperm is regular in shape and less than 25 percent have normal motility, natural pregnancy is unlikely.
If damages or any changes to the fallopian tubes are suspected, we offer imaging examination procedures, like the Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) and the Hysterosalpingo-Contrast-Sonography (usually shortened to HyCoSy).
With the DNA diagnostic method SpermFit, we determine the degree of fragmentation in the sperm DNA. The higher the degree of fragmentation, the less likely it is that a pregnancy will occur naturally.
The immune system protects the body by identifying and combating foreign cells, such as the threat of infection caused by a cold virus. When an egg is fertilised, the father’s genetic material also brings foreign cells into the woman’s body. If the embryo is not sufficiently protected by Fc-blocking antibodies, it can be identified as a foreign body and rejected. The result is recurrent miscarriages or no pregnancy at all after IVF. In our laboratories, we perform comprehensive diagnostics to establish the possible immunological causes for failure to conceive.
Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is used for the selection of healthy, viable embryos for artificial insemination (IVF and ICSI). Fertilised eggs are examined outside the body for cell biology and genetics in order to rule out hereditary diseases or incorrect chromosome set distribution. In the cases provided for by law for this, our practice offers pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) in order to increase the likelihood of bringing a pregnancy to full term. Our PKD and PGD specialists will gladly advise you on the possibilities of PGD.