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.
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.