How to find a sperm or egg donor: Interview with Erika Tranfield from PrideAngel

How to find a sperm or egg donor: Interview with Erika Tranfield from PrideAngel During a recent Fertility Fair in Berlin I had a chance to speak to Erica Tranfield from the Pride Angel. PrideAngel is an unusual website, kind of a "dating service" which brings together egg donors, sperm donors and co-parents online. On the website, it is possible to get an onsite-mail, create a profile and search for thousands of members and communicate with them safely. [...]

2018-06-18T08:02:23+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Gay parenthood in Germany: Interesting services at Oregon Reproductive Medicine

Gay parenthood in Germany: Interesting services at Oregon Reproductive Medicine Recently, I had a chance to speak to Dr. Brandon Bankowsky from the Ore gon Reproductive Medicine and one of the co-organizers of the Fertility Fair 2017 in Berlin. Given the bad press that this conference received in local newspapers (Germany is known for its strict Embryo Protection Act which doesn't allow many fertility treaments such as egg donation, surrogacy, also PGS is performed only under special circumstances), [...]

2018-06-18T08:12:20+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Tags: , |

Fertility treatments in Turkey (and why Turkish women believe that onions help while trying to conceive)

Fertility treatments in Turkey (and why Turkish women believe that onions help while trying to conceive) During a recent fertility conference in Berlin, I spoke to numerous fertility experts, but only at the Turkish booth did it feel like home to me. Or, more precisely, it felt like sitting in my own kitchen - a peaceful, comfortable world, untouched by the hectic surroundings. Would I like a coffee? No? Then have a chocolate. Sit down. [...]

2018-06-18T08:14:10+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Tags: , , |

So many men with low and weak sperm counts. Why?

So many men with low and weak sperm counts. Why? Image credit: nenetus at FreeDigitalPhotos.net In the past months, I have had several occasions to talk with male fertility experts and I always use this opportunity to ask whether it's true that the sperm quality of men in Western countries is in decline? Do doctors notice any of that in their daily practice? I personally notice that many - maybe as many as 50% [...]

2018-06-18T08:15:35+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Tags: , |

Why buying expensive CoQ10 makes sense and you should save money somewhere else

Why buying expensive CoQ10 makes sense and you should save money somewhere else In 1978, British scientist Peter Mitchell received a Nobel Prize for his contribution to the understanding of biological energy transfer and his hypothesis about the role of CoQ10 in the transfer of energy in the mitochondria. While Peter Mitchell was not the first to discover CoQ10 (its original discovery is contributed to Frederick L. Crane), his studies revealed that CoQ10 is a [...]

2018-06-18T08:19:00+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Tags: , |

What can cause a man to be infertile: Things about male fertility you need to know

What can cause a man to be infertile: Things about male fertility you need to know While at the workshop at the Dexeus University Clinic in Barcelona, Spain, I had a chance to talk to the head of the Andrology Department, Dr. Alvaro Vives. I thought he would not find much time for my questions or show interest in my blog. Dexeus is a busy clinic and it's not just any andrology department that they [...]

2018-06-18T08:20:53+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Expert interview : How egg donation works in real life

Expert interview : How egg donation works in real life Dr. Elizabet Clua Dr. Elisabeth Clua has blue eyes and blonde hair. One could easily think she looks like a typical German doctor. Only that she is not. Elisabeth is Spanish and a leading expert in reproductive biology. Her daily job is egg donation or, more precisely, matching donated eggs (from healthy, young women) with their recipients (older, infertile women). In even more [...]

2018-06-18T08:22:17+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Expert interview: What an embryologist from an IVF lab says about when women should start having babies and why

Expert interview: What an embryologist from an IVF lab says about when women should start having babies and why During the workshop at a spanish fertility clinic, I took the opportunity to spend some time with Dr. Fina Gomez, a leading embryologist in the IVF lab. I asked her the kind of questions that we discuss here on the blog; I wanted my readers to hear a real person speak about real issues related to [...]

2018-06-18T08:24:57+00:00 January 15th, 2017|Tags: , , |

FSH home-test (fertility test): you can use it but make sure to know this

FSH home-test (fertility test): you can use it but make sure to know this One of the most important hormones telling a women how many eggs she has left is FSH (follicle stimulating hormone). In recent years, several home tests have been developed as a convenient means to check fertility at home. Such tests are similar to pregnancy test strips, meaning it's really very easy to use them. Testing should be performed on cycle day [...]

2018-06-18T08:26:49+00:00 January 6th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Trying to conceive but forgetting about vitamin D? Great.

Trying to conceive but forgetting about vitamin D? Great. My kids at the Christmas Market in Berlin. Yes, THAT one. I hate winter in Berlin and don't see any reason why not to hate winter in Berlin. I could count over a dozen reasons for it and the first one is the fact that winter in Berlin lasts for about six months each year. And as much as I try to at least [...]

2018-06-18T08:29:53+00:00 December 30th, 2016|Tags: , , |