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Meet with Dr. Watson and make your self-diagnosis

„Welcome to Self-Diagnosis. Since you are here, I suppose there is something troubling you, so let’s find out more about it. Let me ask you some questions.“ This is how your self-diagnosis will start. This is how Dr. Watson will talk to you. Why Dr. Watson? Did you already hear about Artificial Intelligence? Did you hear about IBM Watson? IBM Watson is in some sense the smartest computer on the planet. His skills are used especially in healthcare. This area…

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What are the legal requirements for assisted reproduction in the Czech Republic?

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The Czech Republic enjoys a liberal legislation on assisted reproduction that allows for a wide range of infertility treatment options. All methods of assisted reproduction – except cloning and gender selection for non-medical indications – are allowed. Only heterosexual couples can receive infertility treatment at clinics in the Czech Republic. Another important aspect is that there shouldn’t be a family relationship between the partners that would exclude marriage. However, marriage itself is not a pre-condition. The legal age limit for…

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Prague Fertility Centre showcases innovations and offers free consultations at The Fertility Show

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Private fertility clinic, The Prague Fertility Centre is set to showcase its ground-breaking new IVF treatments – CATI and the Oosight imaging system – along with offering free consultations at The Fertility Show London next month. The show, which takes place from November 4 – 5 at London Olympia, aims to raise awareness of fertility issues and offer advice for the one in six couples in the UK that are struggling to become parents. The Prague Fertility Centre, which will…

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Squashing the Myth – Infertility is the Woman’s Problem

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  Infertility problems can be overwhelming. They affect couples worldwide. This article will shed some light on a multi-millennial myth associated with infertility. The myth? “Infertility is a woman’s problem”. Why is this myth still engrained in so many people’s minds? Is it fueled by a superfluous society mindset that has been imbedded into many people’s minds for hundreds or even thousands of years? Is a man’s virility at stake? If society continues to educate themselves and becomes familiar with…

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Gynaecologist: If I were an infertile woman, I would want to live in the Czech Republic

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“The Czech Republic is experiencing an infertility epidemic; every tenth couple has reproductive problems. However, the care provided here is at a high level and the success rate of assisted reproduction is 90%. If I were an infertile woman, I would be glad that I live here,” says Luboš Vlček, gynaecologist and physician in the field of assisted reproduction. You’re talking about the epidemy of infertility. Is it really caused by the fact that people are not in such a…

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IVF news: did you know that pregnancy causes long-term changes in your brain?

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Every day science moves forward, either in small, partial steps or in quite significant discoveries. We’ll be bringing you regular news from IVF, keeping an eye on both scientific and medical advance and also inspirational stories. December brought various good news. 1. Researchers have investigated a protein called NLRP2, which plays an important role in early embryogenesis. This insight could result in better understanding and treating of reproductive disorders. The protein was shown to become more important with increasing maternal age,…

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DAY 3 OR DAY 5 EMBRYO TRANSFER: MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE

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You are unique and thus the decision of when to transfer an embryo into your womb in the course of an IVF procedure is an individual matter. In this post, we will discuss the two most frequently preferred developmental stages when an embryo can be transferred into the womb – the cleavage stage (2-3 days after fertilization) and the blastocyst stage (5-6 days after fertilization). Blastocyst versus cleavage-stage With a natural pregnancy, the embryo reaches the womb in the blastocyst…

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Why normal spermiogram is not enough to ensure men’s fertility

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Sex is war. Okay, that’s a contentious statement to grab your attention, and probably not the best lens to view all of human loving and procreation through, but the fertilization process in human sex does sometimes resemble a military operation. The sperm-meets-the-egg part of reproduction is not the beginning. There is a complex saga leading-up to the moment of fertilization, one which takes thousands of sperm on a mission which none come back from. There are an array of sperm-types,…

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WHY IS PGS NOT SUITABLE FOR EVERYONE WITH RECURRENT PREGNANCY LOSS? PART II

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Following the first article introducing how pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) works, we want to talk about who is this therapy beneficial for and how to use it best. A new study suggests PGS is not for everyone Due to the frequency of aneuploids in miscarriage, pre-implantation genetic screening for recurrent pregnancy loss patients has been recommended over the years as an alternative medical strategy for reducing miscarriage rates and improving full-term, healthy live birth odds. And just like all other…

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