Center for Reproductive and Fetal Medicine



Congratulations! You have decided to get pregnant. Whether it is your first baby or your fifth, it is almost impossible to predict how long it will take to conceive. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to increase your chances of winning.



1. Follow a healthy diet 

Choose healthy foods such as leafy greens, fresh fruits, lean proteins and healthy fats such as avocados and olive oil. Healthy eating enhances reproductive health and can counteract the infertility of ovulation, which accounts for a quarter of all fertility complications. This happens when a woman either ovulates rarely or not at all.

Eggs, nuts and fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel provide omega-3 fats, a compound that your body does not produce on its own. Omega-3s encourage egg production and improve blood flow to your reproductive organs.



2. Quit smoking and alcohol 

Alcohol and tobacco negatively affect your reproductive health. Excessive alcohol consumption increases the chance of irregular ovulation. Even light alcohol consumption several times a week reduces your chances of getting pregnant. 

When you are pregnant, alcohol consumption is particularly harmful to the fetus in the 3rd to 8th week and can lead to irreversible damage. 



3. Stay hydrated

Staying plenty of water and avoiding soft drinks and sugary drinks can further increase your chances of getting caught. In contrast, dehydration is detrimental to egg health, making it less likely to be fertilized or develop into an embryo. 



4. Manage stress

Mental health is more closely linked to reproductive health than you might think. The extra stress of trying to conceive can cause hormonal changes that tell your body that this is not the time to have a baby. Cortisol, a stress-related hormone, interrupts communication between the brain and the ovaries, causing irregular cycles.



5. Spend time in the bedroom

Regular sexual intercourse can offer stress relief to both partners. This helps blood flow to your ovaries and uterus, creating a welcoming environment for fertilization while keeping the egg and sperm viable for longer. 


If these methods do not work and you try for more than 12 months with your partner, there are medical interventions that can help you, including medications that promote healthy ovulation. For more information call us at (+30) 2310.277.032


* The content on this blog is not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health care providers with questions you may have about medical conditions.

Center for Reproductive and Fetal Medicine

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The association of IVF drugs with cancer risk is a major concern for women enrolled in these programs. But the plethora of bibliographic reports collected from credible scientific studies and published in reputable medical journals worldwide are reassuring and do not confirm this concern.

Of course not. In about a third of cases, infertility is due to the woman (female factor), while in a third of cases, it is due to the man (male factor). The remaining one-third is due to both (both men and women) or even to unknown factors.

The quantity and quality of a man's sperm can be affected by his health and lifestyle. Some factors that can reduce the quantity and / or quality of sperm are:

  • the alcohol
  • drugs
  • environmental toxins, including pesticides and lead
  • smoking
  • health problems
  • medicines
  • radiotherapy and chemotherapy
  • the age

Success rates vary at each IVF Center. Very important factors are also the age of the woman, the levels of her hormones and of course the sperm of the husband. Rates generally range from 45% or slightly higher for women up to 35 years old.

Infertility is defined as the failure to conceive after one year (or 6 months, if it is a woman over 35) with normal, regular sexual intercourse. In other words, when a year passes without the woman becoming pregnant, the couple should consult their doctor to determine the cause of the pregnancy and then treat it. We must all, however, be aware and not forget that the age factor is the most critical for female fertility and that the individualized approach of each couple is the "golden key" that solves the problem.

The number of treatment cycles a woman can undergo is not specified. It is certain that in our country there are high level obstetricians-gynecologists and organized infertility treatment centers, which offer impeccable medical services at this level. If there are correct indications (eg ovaries that respond to stimulation therapy, good quality endometrium, etc.) the success rate -especially with the use of newer techniques and biotechnological drugs, which show increased bioactivity compared to conventional drugs from urine- totals approximately 65%-70% after 4 cycles of treatment.

At the Center for Reproductive Medicine of Dr. Traianos we offer egg / sperm cryopreservation services for those who have a personal or medical reason and need this service. We use the most modern vitrification technique in the freezing of sperm and eggs.

The collection of eggs takes 10-15 minutes, it is not painful, it is done under intoxication and after the end of the process you return to your activities.

In general, experts agree that the fact that a couple has already had a child can be considered evidence that there is no infertility problem in the first place. It is like a small test that has been done and proves that they "succeeded" at least once. On the other hand, we need to know that in the meantime things may have changed and a problem may have arisen (eg the man may have had some inflammation that affects the quality of his sperm or has mediated something that affects female fertility: an inflammation, a gynecological surgery, an abortion, etc.). In any case, if a reasonable period of time (one year) passes and a couple can not achieve a pregnancy, then he should with the help of his doctor investigate if there has been a problem that causes infertility.