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The menstrual cycle

The basis for the development of new life

You have probably already become intimately familiar the details of your cycle – when couples want to conceive, the first and most fundamental question is usually about fertile days. Like many other processes in our body, the menstrual cycle is also controlled by hormones – more precisely, by the hypothalamus: from here, hormonal signals are sent to the pituitary gland, which triggers the production of the sex hormone FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) and luteinising hormone (LH).

The most important stages for a pregnancy

Ovulation: During ovulation, the mature follicle bursts and releases an egg that is ready for fertilisation. This egg, which can survive for 24 hours, then moves through the fallopian tubes into the uterus.
Fertilisation: Fertilisation occurs when a sperm cell penetrates the egg through the embryonic membrane. The genetic material of the man and the woman then merges. The ideal window for fertilisation starts two days before ovulation and ends on the day of ovulation. A woman is in her fertile phase between the 9th and 16th day of her menstrual cycle.
Implantation: If the embryo settles in the endometrium (the mucous lining of the uterus), we speak of implantation. Initially the yellow bodies and then later the placenta produces the hormone progesterone, which is important for sustaining the pregnancy.

Hormonal imbalances

Hormonal imbalances in the woman can affect her ability to become pregnant and carry a pregnancy to term in a many different ways. This type of fertility problem can often be solved through hormone therapy, so that it becomes possible for her to fall pregnant naturally. Through an individualised hormone analysis in our laboratories, we determine your hormonal situation and advise you of your chances of a natural pregnancy after hormonal treatment.

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Endometriosis is a benign, chronic condition affecting 7-15% of all women of reproductive age. This is when endometrial cells settle outside the uterine cavity on the organs of the abdomen. The adhesion or scarring of the tissue can make transportation of the sperm and implantation of a fertilised egg difficult and is therefore one of the most common causes of infertility. Our doctors will advise you in detail about endometriosis as a cause of sterility and about treatment options. 

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