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A common hormonal condition in which an imbalance in the sex hormones may cause menstrual abnormalities, skin and hair changes, obesity, infertility, and other long-term health problems. The name comes from the multiple small cysts that line the ovaries of most women with the disorder.

This form of diagnosis can rule out the presence of serious genetic disorders carried by either parent. Following this test, we select healthy embryos and transfer them into the perspective mother’s body. This method requires highly-qualified staff and the corresponding certification. Our laboratory system and expertly-trained staff are fully-equipped and prepared to offer this extremely sought-after procedure.

There are two types of procedures. The first, a biopsy of the oocyte’s polar globules, analyses the genetic material from the mother. The second, which looks at trophectoderm cells (TE) from blastocysts, analyses genetic material from both partners.

A condition in which a woman enters menopause before the age of 40 as a result of the ovaries ceasing to produce oestrogen and ovulation ends.


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(Reception of Oocytes from Partner); this allows lesbian partners to share the motherhood experience: one woman donates her eggs to her partner and is the ‘biological mother’, whilst the woman carries the baby in her uterus and experiences the pregnancy as the ‘birth mother’. This is a very inclusive and intimate experience, one that has brought great joy to the journey of motherhood for many mothers to be.


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A standard test of a man’s semen to check the number and shape of his sperm and their motility.

The main agents of male reproduction that are produced in the testes and released into semen.

Sperm donation is a modern reproductive method used to overcome the unfortunate situation when functional male reproductive cells are lacking. IUI or an IVF treatment is usually applied after the selection of the donor’s sperm. These situations can differ greatly, but sometimes couples simply cannot become pregnant with the male partner’s own sperm for a myriad of reasons, including genetic or mechanical obstacles or chemotherapy damage. Lesbian couples or single women can also use sperm from a donor to complete fertilization.

Surrogacy is an arrangement, often supported by a legal agreement, whereby a woman (the surrogate mother) agrees to become pregnant and give birth to a child for another person(s) who is or will become the parent(s) of the child.


U

The womb; the main female reproductive organ.


V

A surgical procedure for men that prevents sperm from reaching the urethra, making him sterile.

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