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The Next Generation

Advancements in assisted reproductive technology (ART) continue at a fair pace—and that’s a good thing. Any tool that can help improve the probability of pregnancy is a valuable addition to the fertility treatment arsenal—so, in a sense, the more the better.

A principal class of techniques that make up that arsenal is sperm sorting, which has proved very useful in helping to ensure only the best sperm available are used in fertilisation, so that the birth defects sometimes connected with the use of inferior sperm are avoided.

A comparatively recent addition to that group is the FERTILE® chip, which sorts sperm by means of a science called microfluidics—roughly, the study of the behaviour of fluids when confined to a minuscule volume. In the basic procedure, a semen sample is introduced into a small cavity within the chip—the ‘micro-channel’—where the telling behaviour of sperm within that tiny space is used to identify the most physiologically and genetically sound of the lot.

The FERTILE® chip avoids the potentially damaging practices associated with some other forms of sperm sorting, has no negative impact upon embryo culture, and reduces the chances of contaminating the semen sample. It also speeds the sorting process, taking only about half an hour to complete. It is a tool our partner clinic, Gynem, has proudly added to their kit.

To learn more about the FERTILE® chip and what it can do for you, get in touch with us. And, if you’re really interested, here’s more on the complex science of microfluidics. Have fun.

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Faces of Medical Travel: Marie Glavanakovová, International Client Coordinator

Originally from Slovakia, Helena has been living in Prague for over a decade now. She graduated from the University of Economics in Bratislava, with a focus in marketing and commerce, and has worked in the tourism industry in a variety of positions, including tour guide, conference manager, and event manager.

Helena has always been attracted to foreign cultures and places. She spent four years living in different areas of Southern Europe and, in addition to her native Slovak, speaks English, Czech, and German, with a basic knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian. Helena also has a passion for food, books, and film and makes a habit of visiting the cinema, at least, once a week.

Given her extensive experience in the field of tourism and her love of exploration and travel, she is well-suited to helping you, not only with coordinating treatment, but also with leisure and gourmet tips to make the best of your stay in the magical city of Prague.

I try to live my life by the words of the Dalai Lama: ‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible’.

Blog of the Month: ‘IVF: a Male Perspective’

Infertility is more often than not an issue depicted through the eyes of the woman, but what of the masculine half of the equation? The man too strives, alongside his partner, in the quest for a baby and, in some cases, may be the one to take the initiative in seeking professional help.
Here are some factors for the man considering IVF to take into account.

Voices of Medical Travel: Testimonial of the Month
Amalie, Norway, Egg Donation, February 2019

‘We had no [prior] experience with Gynem, but, due to my business relations with some Czech companies, I already knew that the Czech Republic is a very developed country, and Czech people are a very serious and trustable people.

Our first visit to Gynem went very smoothly. We were picked up from the airport by a car sent by Gynem. Zita welcomed us and arranged our visit with the doctors. Meanwhile, our tests and scan were done, and we had the result in just an hour. Our impression was very positive—a modern, well-equipped clinic with professional doctors and staff.

During our treatment period in our home country, Zita was always very helpful. She responded to all our telephone calls and emails on time. She sent us all the necessary medications, whenever we needed them, within a couple of days.

Our second visit to Gynem went as well as our first. The embryo transfer was made without any complications. As a result, we are now 5 weeks pregnant.

We sincerely recommend Gynem to all couples’


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