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The EmbryLife Center offers a whole range of services for diagnostics and treatment of both female and male infertility. Our specialists use American IVF technology: we work according to guidelines that have shown proven results in thousands of US patients. This technology has implicit excellent laboratory equipment capabilities, in strict compliance with ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) and ESHRE (European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) requirements.

EmbryLife is the only clinic in Russia that has been accredited by the American Association of Embryologists.

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Female diagnostics


In order that the couple may have a healthy child, examination of both partners is necessary. Sometimes women delay their visit to the physician because of a feeling of guilt or shame. The family planning center EmbryLife asserts that such a concept as “blame for infertility” does not exist: this is a disease that can and should be treated. Our physicians will help establish a correct diagnosis, treat the disease and become parents with the use of high-precision reproductive technologies

Female infertility diagnostics

The diagnostics of infertility in women includes various examinations, the program of which is defined individually for each patient. Reproductive function abnormality in women may be caused by various reasons, and the treatment may be lengthy. In a number of cases, the methods of choice providing the most successful infertility treatment results will be ART (assisted reproductive technologies). Currently, artificial fertilization and its varieties, i.e., assisted reproductive technology-based methods (in vitro fertilization, ICSI, artificial insemination, etc.) represent an efficient treatment method in many forms of both male and female infertility.

Female infertility diagnostics:

When gathering information for diagnosis establishment, the physician prescribes tests to facilitate ovarian hormonal function assessment, conducts ultrasound examination (U/S) of the uterine cavity, and assesses the fallopian tube condition. Conventional hysterosalpingography (HSG) and U/S of the uterine cavity provide adequate data on the reproductive system organs. However, the U/S does not always enable exclusion of all the possible varieties of the adhesion process in the small pelvis, endometriosis genitalis externa, or examination of the condition of the endometrium. Therefore, to obtain more reliable information during the diagnosis establishment, laparoscopy and hysteroscopy may be necessary. Depending on the pathology, hysteroscopy is conducted either in combination with endometrial biopsy, or with separate diagnostic curettage of the uterine cavity.

The examination of a woman begins with:

  • advice by a gynecologist/reproduction specialist at the EmbryLife Clinic
  • U/S of pelvic organs

According to the indications, the following procedures are prescribed to the woman:

  • Colposcopy, i.e., vagina and uterine cervix visual examination with the use of a special microscope (colposcope)
  • Hysteroscopy, i.e., uterine cavity visual examination with the use of an ultra-fine optical apparatus, i.e., hysteroscope. The procedure is conducted under anesthesia
  • HSG - hysterosalpingography, i.e., examination enabling clarification of the condition of the uterine cavity and tubal patency
  • Laparoscopy
  • Test for sexually-transmitted infections
  • Hormonal testing
  • Genetic testing

Female infertility diagnostics

 

Treatment of hormonal disorders

The correction of hormonal disorders ensures pregnancy in 70% of endocrine infertility cases. A hormonal imbalance may affect ovum maturation, lead to development of many small cysts in the ovaries, and ovulation disorders. If such a disorder is the sole cause of infertility, the treatment will consist of correcting the hormonal imbalance and ovum maturation stimulation, which will lead to pregnancy.

Infertility treatment for tumors

Surgical measures are required in such cases: e.g., for uterine pathology - intrauterine synechiae (adhesions), myomatous nodes, septa and endometrial polyps. In case of uterine myoma, conservative (i.e., organ-preserving) myomectomy, i.e., surgery on the uterine body consisting of benign tumor removal, is conducted. Due to state-of-the art surgical methods, the interventions may be performed with minimum injuries, do not require lengthy hospitalization or may even be conducted on an outpatient basis.

Depending on the nodalar location, the most convenient surgical approach is selected:

  • laparoscopy: enables removal (myomectomy) with almost any localization of neoplasms up to 11 cm in diameter;
  • hysteroscopy: the method involves removal of myomatous nodes located in the uterine cavity, up to 4 cm in diameter.

Infertility treatment for sactosalpinx or hydrosalpinx 

Some pathological conditions require an especially attentive approach by the physician. This includes, e.g., sactosalpinx accompanied by permanent degenerative changes and representing chronic infection sites. Hydrosalpinx is known to halve the pregnancy rate in the ART programs. Sactosalpinx or hydrosalpinx is fluid accumulation in the fallopian tube with pseudotumor development. Reconstructive surgery is ineffective for sactosalpinx, therefore such neoplasms should be removed during preparation for the procedure by means of laparoscopic tubectomy (removal of the tubes).

Ovarian resection

The physicians consider this an objectionable procedure. Such surgery is very unfavorable for the follicular reserve, therefore this method is not used to treat retentive formations and in polycystic ovarian syndrome.

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