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Embryoclinic at “The Fertility Conference 2021”

Embryoclinic proudly participated at The Fertility Conference 2021 and presented a poster in cooperation with some well-respected fertility specialists: Barriers and breakthroughs starts today! Check out our poster about Worries and concerns of patients and their ability to cope with stress and emotions before starting fertility treatment.

One of the findings is that patients are mostly concerned about the uncertainty of their reproductive future and stress at work/outside home. Despite perceiving support as adequate, patients still reported low ability to cope with stress and emotions.
Women and couples embarking on fertility treatment may be more likely to require emotional support as the impact of the confounding factors is greater than what can be expected. In recent times, the coronavirus pandemic could be one of those confounding factors.The full results and conclusion are available at the conference.

The Fertility Conference 2021 – the joint annual conference of the Association of Clinical Embryologists, British Fertility Society and the Society for Reproduction & Fertility – is the largest UK educational forum focusing on fertility and reproductive medicine.

Poster details

Greece – Fertility destination 2021

 

Embryoclinic is proudly sharing the great experience of fertility care for international patients and is joining forces to highlight Greece as the perfect fertility destination. Every team member is dedicated and experienced to provide high standards of care and uninterrupted communication and support to all our international patients, irrelevant of their country of residence.
We aim at making the journey to parenthood a wonderful experience for all, while making their best of their stay in our wonderful country.

Warm Mediterranean climate, tempting blue sea, impressive beaches, amazing historical sites and great food – this is what we all know Greece for. However, not all of us may be aware of the fact that one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world plays also a very important role on the medical tourism map. It turns out that Greece has a lot to offer in terms of in vitro fertilisation and reproductive medicine in general. If you have been considering IVF treatment abroad and wondering whether Greece is a right choice for you, we’ll say: yes! Here are some reasons why.

It is in Greece where you will find some of the world’s top IVF clinics, combining high-quality services and reasonable rates. These units, mostly located in Athens, Thessaloniki and Crete, apply best practices and are staffed with both state-of-the-art technological equipment and trained specialist doctors. The clinics are certified by internationally acclaimed organisations, which assure not only innovation but also safety and quality of clinical, surgical and laboratory procedures.

What is more, all the IVF clinics in Greece operate under license from the Greek National Authority of Assisted Reproduction. It is a national body that makes controls, gives suggestions, collects data and keeps records of every single case related to assisted reproduction in the country. And finally – what’s probably most important from a patient’s point of view – first class fertility treatment is offered in Greece at a much lower cost than in other top European fertility destinations.

Greece has surely a lot of advantages over other countries in terms of infertility treatments and services – one of them is its liberal IVF legislation. Issued in 2005, it allows most IVF methods (e.g. intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), egg/sperm donation, frozen embryo transfer), surrogacy arrangements and genetic testing options (such as PGT-A and PGD). The age limit for women undergoing IVF treatment is 50 years old and there are no exceptions in terms of marital status. It means that all the procedures are available to both married and unmarried heterosexual couples, single women and women in lesbian relationships. In case of the latter, it is only required that one partner states she is going through treatment as a single woman and signs a notarial deed.

Greece is one of the countries that allow anonymous egg and sperm donation. According to the Greek IVF law, information on a patient and the child conceived via donation will not be disclosed to an anonymous donor – and vice-versa. Donor anonymity translates into a lot of advantages: the development of egg/sperm banks, large pools of donor candidates and the lack of waiting lists for donation treatments. The latter will surely be considered as a great asset by advanced-age patients who find time very precious and cannot allow themselves to wait months for the treatment to start.

Feeling convinced? We suppose so! However, if you are still not sure whether your IVF treatment should be performed in Greece, we encourage you to follow the campaign Greece – Fertility Destination 2021 that commences on October 1, 2020. In the upcoming 6 months, the campaign will make you familiar with all the available treatment options in Greece and some of the most acclaimed IVF clinics that accept international patients.

The campaign’s online events will present you with a unique chance to get to know some of Greece’s leading fertility specialists and trusted IVF coordinators who will share some useful advice on fertility treatment in our country. And who knows, maybe you will find your future fertility team among them?

The campaign is organised by eggdonationfriends.com and fertilityclinicsabroad.com – two well known websites for patients seeking IVF treatment options abroad. It is also supported by more than 30 ambassadors worldwide and special Patron from Greece – ELITOUR – Greek Medical Tourism Council.

Read more about Greece – Fertility Destination 2021

Suspension of fertility treatments during COVID-19 has mental health impacts

 

The suspension of fertility treatments due to the COVID-19 pandemic has had a variety of psychological impacts on women whose treatments were cancelled, but there are several protective factors that can be fostered to help in the future, according to a new study by Jennifer Gordon and Ashley Balsom of University of Regina, Canada, published in September in the open-access journal PLOS ONE.

One in six reproductive-aged couples experiences infertility, and many turn to treatments such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilisation (IVF), which require many in-person appointments to complete. On March 17, 2020, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society announced their recommendations to immediately and indefinitely suspend all in-person fertility treatments in the United States and Canada due to COVID-19.

In the new study, researchers used online social media advertising to recruit 92 women from Canada and the U.S. who reported having their fertility treatments suspended to participate in an online survey. The women, who were aged between 20 and 45, had been trying to conceive for between 5 and 180 months. More than half had had an IVF cycle cancelled and approximately one-third had been in the middle of IUI when treatments were suspended.

Overall, 86 per cent of respondents reported that treatment suspensions had a negative impact on their mental health and 52 per cent reported clinically significant depression symptoms. Neither age, education, income or number of children were correlated with the effect of treatment suspension on mental health or quality of life. However, other factors were found to positively influence these outcomes: lower levels of defensive pessimism (r=-0.25, p<0.05), greater infertility acceptance (r=0.51, p<0.0001), better social support (r=0.31, p<0.01) and less avoidance of infertility reminders (r=0.23, p=0.029) were all associated with a less significant decline in mental health.

The authors add: “This study highlights how enormously challenging the COVID-19 pandemic has been for women whose fertility treatments have been suspended. At the same time, it points to certain factors that may help women cope during this difficult time, such as having good social support.”

Source: www.sciencedaily.com.

Follicle stimulating hormone

 

What is follicle stimulating hormone?

Follicle stimulating hormone is one of the gonadotrophic hormones, the other being luteinising hormone. Both are released by the pituitary gland into the bloodstream. Follicle stimulating hormone is one of the hormones essential to pubertal development and the function of women’s ovaries and men’s testes. In women, this hormone stimulates the growth of ovarian follicles in the ovary before the release of an egg from one follicle at ovulation. It also increases oestradiol production. In men, follicle stimulating hormone acts on the Sertoli cells of the testes to stimulate sperm production (spermatogenesis).

How is follicle stimulating hormone controlled?

In women, when hormone levels fall towards the end of the menstrual cycle, this is sensed by nerve cells in the hypothalamus. These cells produce more gonadotrophin-releasing hormone, which in turn stimulates the pituitary gland to produce more follicle stimulating hormone. The rise in follicle stimulating hormone stimulates the growth of the follicle in the ovary. With this growth, the cells of the follicles produce increasing amounts of oestradiol and inhibin. Thus, during each menstrual cycle, there is a rise in follicle stimulating hormone secretion in the first half of the cycle that stimulates follicular growth in the ovary. After ovulation the ruptured follicle forms a corpus luteum that produces high levels of progesterone. This inhibits the release of follicle stimulating hormone. Towards the end of the cycle the corpus luteum breaks down, progesterone production decreases and the next menstrual cycle begins when follicle stimulating hormone starts to rise again. In men, the production of follicle stimulating hormone is regulated by the circulating levels of testosterone and inhibin, both produced by the testes.

What happens if I have too much follicle stimulating hormone?

Most often, raised levels of follicle stimulating hormone are a sign of malfunction in the ovary or testis. If the gonads fail to create enough oestrogen, testosterone and/or inhibin, the correct feedback control of follicle stimulating hormone production from the pituitary gland is lost and the levels of both follicle stimulating hormone and luteinising hormone will rise. This condition is called hypergonadotrophic-hypogonadism, and is associated with primary ovarian failure or testicular failure. This is seen in conditions such as Klinefelter’s syndrome in men and Turner syndrome in women.

What happens if I have too little follicle stimulating hormone?

In women, a lack of follicle stimulating hormone leads to incomplete development at puberty and poor ovarian function (ovarian failure). In this situation ovarian follicles do not grow properly and do not release an egg, thus leading to infertility. Since levels of follicle stimulating hormone in the bloodstream are low, this condition is called hypogonadotrophic-hypogonadism. Sufficient follicle stimulating hormone action is also needed for proper sperm production. In the case of complete absence of follicle stimulating hormone in men, lack of puberty and infertility due to lack of sperm (azoospermia) can occur. Partial follicle stimulating hormone deficiency in men can cause delayed puberty and limited sperm production (oligozoospermia), but fathering a child may still be possible.

Source: www.yourhormones.info.

4 Reasons to Go Abroad for Fertility Treatment

Fertility treatment abroad

is becoming more and more popular. The benefits of seeking options away from home include:

1. Treatment Cost
2. Donor options
3. Perception of better IVF success rates abroad
4. Seeking treatment in a less stressful environment

Specifically in Greece,

  • There are good fertility regulations
  • Fertility treatment in Greece is less expensive than in the UK.
  • There are often shorter waiting lists and access to a higher number of donors.
  • The cost of living in Greece, as well as travel and accommodation costs, is fairly low.

How does the process work at EmbryoClinic?

EmbryoClinic’s international co-ordinator will ask you to fill out a medical questionnaire on your fertility history and type of treatment desired.The initial free consultation will follow, via Skype, with the co-ordinator and a fertility doctor, who will discuss your medical case, assess your options and may ask for more tests to be carried out.If you decide to proceed, a new appointment will be arranged for an on-site consultation.

It will take place in Embryoclinic Thessaloniki, where you will meet the co-ordinator, who will be your contact person during your treatment, alongside the medical director. After all necessary examinations, you will be informed in great detail about your personal fertility treatment plan and next steps to take.

During your treatment, the co-ordinator will be available to answer your questions, manage your appointments and discuss with the doctor all your case details. They will also inform you about how many times you will need to travel to Greece and how many days you will need to stay.

Want to know more? Read the full article in Fertility Help Hub.

EmbryoClinic – COVID SHIELD Certification

We proudly announce that EmbryoClinic has been awarded the COVID SHIELD Certification by TÜV AUSTRIA an international certification leader.

This certification is placing EmbryoClinic among the very few IVF Clinics globally with a Certified COVID protection policy in place.

At EmbryoClinic we are constantly showing our commitment towards utmost safety for our patients, staff and the society.

TOGETHER WE ARE #CELEBRATINGLIFE with safety!

The world’s first online fertility expo

Embryoclinic is proudly participating in the world’s first online fertility expo!

We are all very excited to support those trying to conceive in these challenging days during the coronavirus pandemic, through a virtual expo!

Not only you can see our fertility services in our EMBRYOCLINIC booth but also participate in a live event where you can have a real talk with our fertility experts live and on-demand!

IVF Babble is organizing an amazing fertility event to bring us all together and talk about FERTILITY!

Don’t miss our LIVE event on 18-19 JULY 2020!

To register for the expo: https://babblefertilityexpo.online-event.co/stand/embryoclinic

INFORMATION FOR SAFETY MEASURES IN EMBRYOCLINIC AGAINST SARS-COV-2

The following information explain some of the safety measures applied in Embryoclinic to protect patients and staff members against infection.
Please take some time to read them and prepare for your visit to the clinic.

1st Step: During your first contact with Embryoclinic and before booking your appointment you will be asked questions regarding possible infection and receive information about the safety measures in the clinic.

2nd Step: It is very possible that you will be requested to have a test to detect possible infection prior to your treatment.

3rd Step: at the time of your visit to the clinic you will have your temperature measured and asked to wear a face mask, have your hands cleaned with antiseptic and have your shoes covered , all will be provided by the clinic staff.

4th Step: You will be asked to fill in a questionnaire which will help the clinic to estimate your risk of being infected.

All appointments are schedule so that there is a social distance of more than 1,5 meters in the waiting room.
The staff will take care so that there is a minimum of waiting time in the area.
If you belong in a vulnerable group susceptible to high risk of infection or infection complications, if have visited a high risk area or have a family member with Covid-19 or you suspect possible infection or experience symptoms please report immediately to staff members.
All medical equipment and surfaced is the unit are being regularly disinfected by authorized personnel.
Air conditioning systems are also disinfected and their operation is in terms with guidelines provided by local authorities.

The team of Embryoclinic has taken special care for your safety during the Sars-Cov-2 pandemic and you are kindly requested to follow the safety measures.

We will be happy to provide more information regarding our safety measures, please contact us in info@embryoclinic.eu or ask your fertility coordinator if you are already a patient.