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IVF and Assisted Reproduction

Fertilization outside the body, i.e. in vitro fertilisation and embryotransfer (IVF+ET) is a method thanks to which thousands of healthy children were born all over the world.

This method is the only treatment option for bilateral fallopian tube obstruction and andrology infertility (low sperm quality). Additional indications are the ovarian, immunologic and idiopathic type of infertility and endometriosis.

Basic principle: the egg is aspirated from the ovary, fertilized by sperm in laboratory and the resulting embryo is then transferred into the uterus.

How does it work? The entire process takes place during one menstrual cycle. Using hormonal drugs in the first half of the cycle we stimulate the function of the ovaries in order to have more eggs maturing at the same time. The aim of hormonal stimulation is that we want to get more eggs to choose from. From experience we know that some eggs are incapable of being fertilized and furthermore after fertilization only some embryos develop and are viable.

Autoaplikace léků pro hormonální stimulaci vaječníkůThis controlled hormonal stimulation starts on the 2nd or 3rd day of the cycle, where despite the menstruation we usually perform ultrasound examination to make sure that everything is all right. If it is, a nurse administers the first injection dose and because these drugs are intended for self-administration, she explains everything to the patient and gives her necessary drugs till the next check-up. We monitor the ovarian response through repeated ultrasound examination - about 2- 4 times during 10-15 days. At the last check-up we plan the date for egg retrieval.

Egg retrieval (oocyte pick-up [OPU]) or also follicular puncture takes place mostly in a short general anaesthesia. Therefore, it is necessary to have preoperative examination done. We can offer this service. We aspirate the eggs with a needle inserted through the vaginal wall while checking the process with ultrasound; we insert the eggs into a special culture media and then they are under the care of an embryologist. The woman then rests for about two hours in bed.

About at the same time her partner hands in the sperm to be used to fertilize the eggs. The couple then talks with the doctor about the number of eggs retrieved and is informed on further procedure. Depending on the situation we issue a sick leave note for the woman. The embryos are further cultured and after mostly five days we insert the embryo or embryos through the vagina and cervix into the uterus, using a thin catheter. This is called the embryotransfer (ET).

Before embryotransfer the couple or just the woman is informed about the course of embryo culture procedure and then the embryotransfer itself takes the place; after this, there is about one hour rest in bed. We prefer partially full bladder for embryotransfer. After ET we recommend to refrain from heavy physical activity. Since the egg retrieval the woman takes medication, mostly in the form of vaginal capsules which should be taken at least until a pregnancy test. If she gets pregnant, she needs to take medication until approximately the 8th week of pregnancy.

Těhotenský testAll medical treatments are performed on an outpatient basis, without hospitalization. It is necessary to have an identity card to have the OPU and ET performed.

If we obtain more embryos than those transferred into the uterus, other embryos can be frozen and transferred after thawing in one of the next cycles, ideally after successful IVF, i.e. postpartum. This procedure is called FET – frozenembryotransfer. The woman thus no longer has to undergo ovarian stimulation or puncture.

The proof of pregnancy is performed after 14 to 16 days after ET through a reliable urinal test. Until then the woman should not discontinue using drugs, even if bleeding occurs!

Currently, the IVF method is covered by health insurance to women up to 39 years (39th birthday) by all health insurance companies. They pay three or four IVF cycles according to the number of transferred embryos. If only one embryo is transferred into the uterus in each of the first two cycles, the insurance company covers four IVF cycles. In case of transferring two or more embryos, only three cycles are covered.

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Your health and safety are our priorities

16.10.2020

Clinic is operating daily in accordance with epidemiology instructions in Czech Republic. Your health and safety are our priorities.   If you are travelling from abroad, we offer: - Official clinic invitation to confirm that travel is of medical purpose - FREE COVID PCR test for travel purposes for our female patients as part of their IVF treatment packages Feel free to contact us for more information.

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Annonymous spermiogram analysis

19.05.2020

The same as every year, this summer in June we offer “Annonymous spermiogram analysis”. You can book your sperm analysis using specific individual code according to which we wil track your result. The cost of the analysis is 1000 Kc.  Booking is possbile at the reception, by e-mail or phone.

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Easter opening hours

08.04.2020

Dear patients,  during Easter will be the clinic opened just for urgent cases on Saturday 11th and Monday 13th only in the morning. In urgency call +420 602  758 353. The clinic opens for you on Tuesday 14th April.  Thank you for understanding. We wish you happy Easter!

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Notice for patients: Coronavirus (COVID-19/ SARS-CoV-2)

11.03.2020

Dear patients and citizens seeking advice and assistance! As an assisted reproduction centre, even we are striving to protect our patients against potential coronavirus infection as best possible. At present, there is a prevalence of uncertainty, because a vast quantity of contradictory information is available in the media and on social networks. The “infodemic” - meaning the surplus of rumors, false reports and fake news - is minimally as problematic as the epidemic itself! For this reason, we strive to provide you with objective and up-to-date information on the topic of assisted reproduction, pregnancy and coronavirus disease, and to observe the recommendations of authorities and healthcare facilities. We ask you not to visit our assisted reproduction centre if you are suffering from symptoms suggesting coronavirus infection, or if you have spent time in any of the current high-risk areas in recent weeks, or have come into contact with potentially infected individuals. Currently, the high-risk areas are: Italy Iran In China: Province Hubei (inkl. City Wuhan) In South Korea: Province Gyeongsangbuk-do (Nord-Gyeongsang) Source: Robert-Koch-Institut (RKI): Status: 10th March 2020 At present, the health risk for citizens e.g .in Germany is classified as moderate. (Source: RKI: Status: 2 March 2020, 12:30 p.m.). Contagion from person to person is the gravest means of infection. In general, the same preventive, protective and hygienic measures as those applicable during ordinary flu season should be observed. This includes proper hand hygiene, not shaking hands when greeting and keeping a distance from individuals who are ill - including people with cold or flu symptoms.(https://www.infektionsschutz.de/coronavirus-sars-cov-2.html). COVID-19 infection is generally mild, sometimes entirely asymptomatic. The level of danger of the pathogen cannot yet be reliably assessed - but it seems to be substantially lower than in the case of MERS or SARS, and is likely to be comparable to the seasonal flu (source: AGES, status: 3 March 2020, https://www.ages.at/themen/krankheitserreger/coronavirus/). In some cases, the course of the illness can be severe. The illness tends to be fatal primarily among the elderly and/or individuals with a severe chronic health anamnesis. At present, there is no reason to believe that COVID-19/ SARS-CoV-2 infection would have a more severe progression among pregnant women than women who are not pregnant. Likewise, no cases of transmission of the virus to an unborn child have been described or confirmed yet (status: 2 March 2020). In addition to the usual preventive measures, we recommend that patients who wish to get pregnant be vaccinated against the flu, not least to avoid concurrent infection with COVID-19/ SARS-CoV-2 and the flu. This applies both to unvaccinated pregnant women and unvaccinated women who wish to get pregnant. Vaccination against the flu virus poses no threat to pregnant women, and does not require the postponement of pregnancy therapy, because it is a “dead vaccine”. Therefore, pregnancy is not a contraindication to flu vaccination. Although the 2019/2020 flu season has most likely already peaked, you should get a flu vaccination even now. In fact, vaccination against the flu is explicitly recommended for pregnant women. The Standing Committee on Vaccination in Germany (STIKO) recommends flu vaccination for all pregnant women from the 2nd trimester; if there is a higher health risk due to other medical problems (e.g. asthma or diabetes), from the 1st trimester of pregnancy.

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Beautiful "Thank you" from a happy, new mother
15.04.2020

Even during COVID pandemic time babies are born, including via IVF treatments. We received this beautiful thank you message from a happy new mother.

"I wish you primarily good health, so you could handle this challenging times and continue with your work. You have helped us greatly and we will be forever grateful."

Thank you

Thank you
04.03.2020

Dr. Šulc,

we would like to use this opportunity to thank you and your colleagues for the  care we received during our IVF treatment and following pregnancy from May 2019 until now.

We are especially grateful for your personal approach to our case, we felt cared after even when situation was not easy, we always knew we can turn to you for advice. We are aware that today it is unfortunatelly not a standard everywhere, so we value not only your medical help but also kind approach.

Michalka

Michalka
26.02.2020

Finaly even me can boast with joyfull news. On 10th February 2020 was born gorgeous girl Michalka (3650 g, 51 cm). She arrived 10 days after predicted date of birth. We, happy parents, want to thank to the whole Gest team for the longwished happiness. Markéta and Lukáš

Michal

Michal
07.01.2020

Finally can we show off our babyboy Michal. He was born on 24.12.2019, his weight was 2720g and was 48 cm long. Michal came into this world little bit earlier - at 37th week. 
Thanks a lot to the whole team - finally we have our little treasure. 
Happy parents Jaroslava and Luboš 

Zuzanka

Zuzanka
11.12.2019

We would like to thank the whole GEST team for the birth of our babygirl Zuzanka. She was born on 13. 7. 2018. Her weight was just 1120g - she was early born (28+6 week). She became a healthy, beautifull girl.
Grretings and thanks a lot again. 
Milena Wágnerová  

 

Jakoubek

Jakoubek
25.11.2019

We would like to thank to the whole GEST team for their care, namely Dr. Šulc, his colleagues, which we also met - Dr. Poláková, Dr. Černý and Dr. Alexandr. 
On 28th October was born our healthy babyboy Jakoubek. 
Thank you very much!
Jana and Martin 

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ProCrea Swiss IVF Center s.r.o.
Nádražní Str. 762/32
(entrance from Rozkošného Str. 1058/3)
150 00 Praha 5 - Smíchov

Surgery hours:

Monday 8:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 8:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 8:00 - 19:00
Thursday 8:00 - 16:30
Friday 8:00 - 16:30
Saturday Emergency only

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Phone.: +420 257 212 516 - 518
Mobile: +420 602 328 346
E-mail: info@gest.cz
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