Individual and sensitive treatments on your journey to getting the child you want
There are many ways of getting the child you want - we take this journey with you and try to find the ideal treatment to give you the best chance of conceiving. A precise examination into the cause of any infertility is the initial basis of the treatment. Given that a combination of causes can often play a role, both partners must always be examined. Sometimes simply changing your lifestyle (e.g. losing weight, abstaining from consuming alcohol and nicotine on a regular basis) can lead to becoming pregnant naturally. In other cases, an operation suffices, e.g. in the event of blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis or uterine polyps or myomas. If ovulation fails to take place, this can usually be induced with medication. Insemination normally takes place at the time of ovulation (sperm injection into the uterine cavity). If there are severe or unexplained symptoms/causes, in vitro fertilisation (IVF) with and without microinjection (ICSI) may be required. Fertility treatment can only be given with the couple’s written consent after providing information on possible side effects and complications and in strict compliance with legal guidelines.
In principle, we distinguish between two methods of artificial insemination:
Fertilisation inside the human body IUI (Intrauterine Insemination), in which the man’s sperm is directly transferred to the uterine cavity. This procedure is painless and normally takes place after a stimulation of the ovaries and if no more than two mature ovarian follicles were detected during the ultrasound exam. This treatment is particularly suitable for women with absent ovulation and for couples with communicable diseases or sexual dysfunctions.
The principle of IVF treatment is based on a hormonal stimulation of the ovaries followed by the collection of eggs, which are inseminated in a laboratory using the partner’s sperm. The resulting embryos are then transferred to the uterine cavity. In Switzerland, a maximum of three embryos may be transferred. In the event that more than three embryos are successfully inseminated, these can be frozen and transferred at a later point in time in a thawing cycle. IVF treatment is not always successful. In Europe, the probability of giving birth to a living child after an embryo transfer is between 30-40%. The percentage of children born alive is higher in women younger than 35.
The ICSI technique is based on a procedure in which sperm is directly injected into the egg, and it is particularly suitable if there is a sperm dysfunction. The egg is secured under a powerful microscope with the help of a pipette and the sperm is injected into the egg using a thin microscopic needle. This technique does not guarantee insemination but can significantly increase the chances in cases of sperm dysfunction.
If a man’s semen quality is significantly decreased, there are no sperm cells, if there is a genetic disease or if previous fertility treatments were unsuccessful, it may be necessary to use sperm from a donor. Therapy with donor sperm is subject to strict regulations and requires special authorisation. fertisuisse offers this type of therapy and has its own, very diligently assembled sperm bank. The donor sperm is either transferred frozen directly into the women’s uterus (heterologousinsemination) or is used as part of an artificial insemination procedure with IVF or ICSI. We ensure that an ideal donor can be found for every couple despite very strict sperm selection. If you require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Egg donation refers to transferring an embryo that developed from the egg cell (ovule) of another woman (donor). From a biological point of view, there is no genetic relation between the mother and the child. An egg donation does not have any influence on pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. The uterine lining can be easily prepared for the implantation of the embryo with a hormone treatment. Egg donation enables couples who were neither able to conceive naturally nor by means of artificial insemination to become parents. However, egg donation is currently not permitted in Switzerland. We are happy to advise you in this respect.
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