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PIA / Patient Info Evening

15.05.2024

or 12.06., 10.07., 14.08., 11.09., 09.10., 13.11. and 11.12.2024

Each Monday at 4 p.m. at the Kinderwunschzentrum Magdeburg, Michael-Lotter-Str. 7. We look forward to seeing you!


Your Kinderwunschzentrum Team

Your wish to have children

As with many other couples, you may have a strong desire to have a child. However, despite your efforts, you may have been unable to conceive for a variety of reasons, which could be attributed to either partner.

At our fertility center in Magdeburg, we can work with you to identify the underlying causes and explore suitable treatment options. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will provide you with personalized care in a comfortable and stress-free environment.

Take the first step today – We look forward to hearing from you!

Phone:
0391 – 66 24 890
Mail:
service@kiwumed.de

Kinderwunschzentrum Magdeburg Labor

Your desire to have children

„Is it me or is it you?“

Perhaps you’ve been asking yourself this question, when it comes to your unfulfilled desire to have children. Statistics show, that in about 30% of cases, the cause lies with the woman, while in 45% of cases, it lies with the man. In 20% of couples, both partners contribute to the issue, and in 5% of couples, there are no identifiable causes.

At our fertility center, we provide a targeted and personalized diagnosis to determine the root cause of your fertility challenges. Together, we will develop a treatment plan that meets your unique needs. Our team is committed to providing compassionate care in a supportive environment, so you can feel confident in your journey towards parenthood.

Possible causes at a glance:

  • Men may experience limited sperm quality due to various factors such as hormonal disorders, childhood mumps or goatpeter, testicular abnormalities, varicose veins in the testicles, infections, genetic disorders, diabetes, and stress.
  • Both underweight and overweight can restrict fertility in both men and women. Underweight women may experience ovulation absence, while overweight women may experience cycle disorders. Men who are either overweight or underweight may also experience reduced testicular function and lower sperm quality.
  • Endometriosis is a very common and unfortunately very often unrecognized restriction of fertility in women. It is almost always accompanied by very painful menstruation, which must be clarified by laparoscopy. If left untreated, it can lead to complete infertility. It should therefore always be recognized very quickly and treated effectively.
  • While hypothyroidism can lead to cycle disorders in women and negatively impact sperm quality in men, its influence on fertility and pregnancy chances remains inconclusive.
  • A woman in her 40s today looks much younger and is often much fitter than she was 20 years ago. It may be hard to believe under this impression, but the eggs that a woman receives for her entire life before giving birth are as good as used up after around 40 years. Fertility decreases with increasing age, especially in women. This begins as early as the age of 30. Between the ages of 35 and 40, a woman’s fertility decreases dramatically. From the age of 40, the ovarian reserve is almost exhausted. The chance of pregnancy becomes very low and the risks of miscarriage and malformations in the child are significantly increased.
  • Other potential causes of fertility issues in women include hormonal imbalances, malfunction of the pituitary gland, lack of ovarian stimulation, blocked fallopian tubes, ectopic pregnancies or abdominal surgeries, diabetes mellitus, and more.
Team Kinderwunsch
Team Kinderwunschzentrum Magdeburg

“We wonder why we haven’t yet become parents”

Rest assured that we can help you get a comprehensive picture of what might be causing the issue. Our diagnostic process includes:

  • Hormone analyses through blood sampling
  • Cycle control through vaginal ultrasound examination at the time of ovulation
  • Mirror examination of the uterine cavity
  • Abdominal cavity mirroring
  • Checking the patency of the fallopian tubes through surgical intervention or invasive diagnostics
  • Examinations after frequent miscarriages (after the 3rd miscarriage, diagnostic clarification is needed to determine if there is a habitual tendency to miscarry)
  • Sperm analysis and more

We will evaluate the results of all examinations together with you and suggest the appropriate treatment. We will prepare the treatment plan together with you to ensure that you receive personalized care that addresses your specific needs.

“We’re trying to become parents now!”

The treatments are tailored to each couple’s individual needs. During “cycle timing,” we work to identify the optimal time for fertilization. If necessary, we support follicle growth from the second day of the cycle and monitor follicle growth with a vaginal ultrasound on days 10-12. Once the follicle has reached the ideal size, ovulation is triggered and sexual intercourse should occur within 12 hours.

In intrauterine insemination, we aim to inject sperm into the uterus precisely at the time of ovulation. Mild hormonal stimulation is used to bring about ovulation.
In in vitro fertilization or intracytoplasmic sperm injection, we fertilize eggs outside of the body. We stimulate the ovaries with hormones to mature multiple follicles, and when 4-5 follicles per ovary reach optimal size, we induce ovulation, retrieve the eggs, and perform fertilization. Embryo transfer occurs between the 2nd and 5th day after fertilization, and a pregnancy test is performed 14 days after transfer.

Contact

Take the first step

If you have any questions or would like to have a personal conversation, we are here to assist you. You can reach us through phone or email. Additionally, you may fill out the contact form below. We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you soon!

Phone: 0391 – 66 24 890
Mail: service@kiwumed.de

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    Your desire to have children

    Frequently asked questions
    – FAQ

    Important

    What do you need for the initial consultation?

    Please send us the following documents by e-mail, fax or post at least 1 week before your initial consultation:

    1. referral from both partners
    2. Carefully completed and signed medical history form, which you can find on our website
    3. Findings, if available (hormone values, letter after uterus/abdominal endoscopy, last smear test from gynecologist, spermiogram)
    What do I need to consider before sperm retrieval?

    For diagnostics or before treatment: Insemination (IUI), In-Vitro-Fertilization (IVF), Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) the following must be observed:

    • Please bring your identity card for sample identification to this appointment
    • you should not have had a Covid-19 infection at least 3 months before your appointment/before treatment, as this can affect sperm quality
    • you should not have taken any antibiotics for at least 2 weeks before your appointment
    • you should have observed a waiting period (abstinence) of 2-3 days before your appointment
    • you should avoid contamination before taking the sample, as this can lead to false results
    • please wash your hands before and after taking the sample and do not touch the inside of the container
    • Do not wash your genital area with soap
    • Do not use lubricants before collecting the sample
    How can I optimize my fertility and thus my chances of success even before undergoing fertility treatment?
    • Maintain a healthy body weight, it can help you to improve your fertility. If you are overweight or underweight, we recommend nutritional advice, a physical examination if necessary, an examination of your insulin metabolism and, if necessary, support with medication
    • Completely giving up nicotine long before starting treatment is advisable and can increase fertility in both men and women. Smoking can cause damage to the germ cells (egg cells, sperm cells) but also to ovarian function and sperm quality. The same applies to alcohol and drugs.
    • Eat a healthy and balanced diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables and wholegrain products.
    • Supplements such as folic acid, iron, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids are also recommended.
    • Avoid sugar and sugary drinks (cola, lemonade, fruit juices) and eat plenty of protein-rich foods (legumes or quark as well as chicken, turkey or steak).
    • Make sure you get enough physical exercise
    • It is important to get enough healthy sleep and reduce stress, as stress can affect hormone production and therefore reduce the chances of pregnancy. Try relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation or breathing exercises.
    What is social freezing?
    In social freezing, a woman’s unfertilized eggs are frozen in order to preserve them for the future. This gives women the opportunity to have a child at a later date if they are unable to become pregnant at the present time for professional or personal reasons.
    For this purpose, the woman receives hormonal stimulation to allow several egg cells to mature. The eggs are then retrieved under light anesthesia and frozen using a special process (vitrification) and stored at very low temperatures until they are needed. This procedure is also carried out in our fertility center and we will be happy to advise you on this.

    Costs

    How much does the treatment cost?

    We provide treatment to patients with all types of health insurance, whether statutory (“gesetzlich”) or private.

    According to §27a SGB V for couples with statutory insurance, 50% of all treatment and medication costs are covered by their health insurance, in case of up to:

    • 8 cycles of intrauterine insemination in the spontaneous cycle
    • 3 cycles of intrauterine insemination after hormonal stimulation
    • 3 cycles of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) or Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

    The following requirements must be met:

    • The couple must be married.
    • The woman must be between the ages of 25 and 40 and the man between the ages of 25 and 50.
    • There must be a treatment plan that reflects the planned treatment and the costs incurred.
    • The treatment must be medically justified.
    • There must be a reasonable prospect that the treatment will successfully bring about a pregnancy.
    • Only egg and sperm cells from both partners are used.
    • Before the treatment is carried out, a doctor who does not perform the treatment must inform the spouses of the medical and psychosocial aspects.
    • The HIV status of both partners must be known.

    In case that not all of these requirements are met, the patient must bear the full cost of the treatment.

    In private health insurance, reimbursement is based on the originator principle (the insurance company of the person responsible for the main diagnosis pays)

    For couples with mixed insurance, determining the cost can be somewhat challenging. Therefore, patients should contact their insurance company to determine the cost coverage before undergoing treatment.

    We will discuss the expected costs with you before starting the treatment.

    According to §27a SGB V, treatment cost is regulated as follows:

    • Insemination: approximately € 100 plus medication worth € 30 to € 300
    • In vitro fertilization: around € 700 plus medicines worth € 500 to € 700
    • In vitro fertilization with injection of sperm into the egg cell: approximately € 900 plus medication worth € 500 to € 700

    Patients who do not fall under the regulation of §27a SGB V must pay for the treatment out-of-pocket.

    Therefore, privately insured and self-paying patients receive a cost estimate from us in advance. Privately insured patients should talk to their insurance company about the cost coverage before undergoing treatment.

    In the case of insemination, we will bill you, and you will pay on the day of the procedure. In the case of in vitro fertilization, we will bill you, and you will pay on the day of the embryo transfer.

    Does the country support us in fulfilling our desire to have children?

    State funds are available to assist childless couples with the cost of assisted reproductive measures in Saxony-Anhalt. This is the first federal state in Germany to offer these allowances to non-married couples, provided that they are co-habiting partners. The grants are available to couples who are members of statutory health insurance (GKV) or who are entitled to benefits from the state aid office and/or a private insurance company (PKV).

    The state provides subsidies towards the costs of the 1st to 3rd in-vitro fertilization treatments, including those with sperm injection, with each treatment cycle requiring a new application. Couples can receive funding if they have not yet started the eligible treatment cycle, and treatment can only commence after they have been notified of the grant.

    Funding is available up to the following maximum amounts for the first to third treatment cycles:

    • In vitro fertilization up to 800 EUR
    • In vitro fertilization with sperm injection up to 900 EUR.

    To be eligible for the grant, the couple must have their main residence in Saxony-Anhalt and meet the following requirements:

    • The woman must be between 25 and 40 years old and the man between 25 and 50 years old.
    • The couple must be married or in a non-marital partnership, and the attending physician must confirm that they are living together in an established partnership, with the man acknowledging paternity of the child.

    The State Youth Welfare Office (Jugendamt), specifically the Department for Family and Women at the State Administration Office is the contact point for funding. Dana Knipl can be reached at 0345-5141642. The legal basis for the grants is the Directive on the Granting of Grants for the Promotion of Assisted Reproduction Measures by the State of Saxony-Anhalt and the Federal Government (Rd.Erl. des MS dated 18.12.2013-42.2).

    Services

    What additional services do you offer?

    Cryopreservation of surplus, fertilized egg cells (pronuclear or PN cells):

    As we deliberately allow several follicles to mature during stimulation for in vitro fertilization, more eggs are often retrieved and fertilized than are needed. What happens to the surplus eggs? These must be discarded or can be frozen at your request. These surplus, cryopreserved cells are very useful, especially after an unsuccessful treatment or if you wish to have a sibling. With the help of this procedure, a new treatment cycle is possible without hormonal stimulation and without egg retrieval. Such a treatment cycle is also known as a cryocycle. With these cryopreserved cells, you have an additional chance and can also save money. The costs are independent of the number of fertilized eggs.

    • Cryopreservation of fertilized eggs 485 EUR
    • per blastocyst 79.89 EUR
    • Storage fees for the first six months 180 EUR
    • The storage period can be extended from the 7th month by 3 months for EUR 135, 6 months for EUR 220 and 12 months for EUR 320.

    Blastocyst culture with embryo transfer on day 4 or 5 after puncture:

    If the number and quality of the fertilized eggs/embryos is sufficient, we recommend blastocyst culture. Despite careful examination and planning, it is not possible to predict exactly how many eggs will develop into viable embryos. This means that more embryos may be created than can be transferred to you and than were planned for transfer. At our center, we only cryopreserve surplus embryos that have developed into a blastocyst in culture.

    • Blastocyst culture 350 EUR

    Time Lapse System (Geri), optimized assessment of cell development:

    Using a specially developed camera-microscope unit, we can continuously monitor and assess the development of your eggs and embryos in real time throughout the entire culture in the incubator. This gives us the opportunity to record all changes in the cells/embryos. The additional information obtained, such as the rate of division, allows an optimized assessment of the developmental capacity of the eggs/embryos and thus leads to an improved pregnancy rate.

    • Optimized assessment independent of the number of fertilized eggs 400 EUR

    Assisted hatching, the “hatching aid” for the embryo:

    An embryo initially carries its own shell from which it must hatch before it can implant in the uterine lining. In some cases, this process can be difficult and thus jeopardize successful implantation. With the help of a computer-controlled infrared laser, we can safely incise the embryo’s membrane and thus make it easier for the embryo to hatch. This measure leads to an improved pregnancy rate and is carried out immediately before the transfer.

    • Assisted hatching regardless of the number of embryos 150 EUR

    EmbryoGlue, support for implantation:

    Once we have placed your embryo in the uterus, it must implant in the uterine lining within a certain time window. We can help with this by flushing it with Embryoglue, a liquid containing hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in all tissues. In the lining of the uterus, it acts as a bridge between the embryo and the lining of the uterus, thus facilitating implantation. This measure leads to an improvement in the pregnancy rate and is carried out immediately before the transfer.

    • EmbryoGlue regardless of the number of embryos 100 EUR

    Cooperations

    With which sperm banks do you cooperate?

    These are our cooperation partners:

    • VivaNeo Sperm Bank (Düsseldorf)

    https://www.vivaneo-spermbank.com/de/samenspender-finden/

    • Cryos International (Dänemark)

    https://www.cryosinternational.com/de-de/dk-shop/privatpersonen/

    • European Sperm Bank (Dänemark)

    https://www.europeanspermbank.com/de-de

    • SEJ Samenbank Berlin GmbH

    https://www.samenbank-berlin.de/

    • Cryostore Deutschland GmbH (Essen)

    https://www.cryostore.de/

    • Sellmer Diers (Dänemark)

    https://www.sellmerdiers.de

    Which psychologist(s) do you work with?

    These are our cooperation partners:

    • Sandy Messchendorf

    Tel: 0177 1763472 · www.sandy-stockmann.de

    This is important for us

    For you as a couple

    We encourage you to continue with your normal life during treatment. If you need a break, take the time to recharge. We understand the emotional ups and downs of the treatment process and how it can impact your relationship. Please take care of your partnership as it is more important than anything else.

    Time

    We understand that time is of the essence when it comes to fulfilling your desire to have a child. We work quickly, calmly, and prudently to ensure that your treatment plan is effective.

    Decision Making

    We always make decisions together with you after extensive consultations. We will discuss the risks and side effects of the treatments with you in detail to help you make an informed decision.

    Contact

    You have taken the first steps towards parenthood by finding each other and reaching out to us. Now all you need to do is call us. We make parents!

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