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Recent research studies are increasingly supporting the idea that stress may be responsible for 30% of all infertility problems. Although stress may not directly affect fertility, it negatively affects physiological conditions that impact fertility. Therefore, if you are trying to conceive, it is very important for you to get your stress levels under control. Here are 10 ways you can de-stress:

# 1. Listen to music

Music is an instant mood lifter. Scientific studies have shown that listening to classical music can regulate your heart rate, lower blood pressure and reduce levels of stress hormones. So it's a good idea to listen to the kind of music you enjoy whenever you find that things are getting too much.

# 2. Exercise regularly

Exercise is not only good for maintaining overall health, but it also releases endorphins, which are the hormones responsible for relaxing the body. Make sure you exercise regularly, for at least 30 minutes as many times a week as you can, to keep stress at bay.

# 3. Meet your friends

We all have a friend or group of friends who are always there for us when we need them. Having a strong support system always helps. Make sure you socialize regularly and meet people who love and care about you. Talk to your parents every now and then and share your thoughts with them. It can be difficult to find time to spend with others when you are busy with your daily life, but it makes a big difference.

# 4. Volunteer

Volunteering can make one feel a sense of accomplishment. Join a cause or group you support and get out there!

# 5. Meditate

Meditation works as a great way to let go of the worries and obligations of the day. If you close your eyes, take a deep breath, and focus on your body and mind for about ten minutes each day, you will feel refreshed and able to let go of negative thoughts or doubts.

# 6. Pick a hobby

Do you like gardening? You could get some ideas online and try to create your own little garden, or if you are into cooking, you could learn some new recipes from the latest cooking shows. Whatever your passion is, take some time to cultivate it, as any activity that brings you satisfaction and joy will have a positive effect on your mind.

# 7. Take a vacation

Traveling always broadens one's overall vision and makes one discover a lot more about the world. Is there a place you've always dreamed of visiting? A vacation, even if it's just a day or two, would help you feel rejuvenated and even if time or finances don't allow you to go to your dream destination – scroll through photos of great trips you've had in the past. Relive those moments, the fun times and those happy feelings.

# 8. Get a pet

Studies have shown that playing with a pet can significantly reduce stress. If you have time and space for a pet, it would be a wonderful way to ease your worries. It's definitely worth it for the joy you get from seeing your pet respond with affection or play around the house.

# 9. Write down your thoughts

When you're feeling upset, try writing your feelings down in a journal or personal blog. This will help you understand yourself better and have more clarity in your thoughts and feelings.

# 10. Laugh 

Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress. It relaxes the whole body, strengthens the immune system and can prevent heart disease. Try watching comedies, enjoy some lighter moments with friends, or remember the moments that made you laugh. Remember, no matter what happens stress is not good for you or your chances of conceiving. So try to live a stress-free life by following some of these simple tips.  

Center for Reproductive and Fetal Medicine

Effective doctor-patient communication is vital to providing high-quality health care. Any communication regarding your medical profile (getting results, instructions, answering questions, concerns) will be done directly with the doctor. This means no midwife or secretary will interrupt your conversations. Instead, if you call with any concerns, they will be there right away to address your needs. Contact us by calling 694 649 8771 or by completing the relevant Contact Form.

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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.