The fertility treatment at the Fertility Centre Niederrhein has a high success rate. With the help of modern assisted reproduction methods, 60 to 70% of all couples with an unfulfilled desire to have a child can be helped to have their own child. The pregnancy rates for insemination are approx. 10 to 12%, for IVF and ICSI treatment the national average is approx. 29% (German IVF Register 2011).
It is our duty to educate our patients about the possible risks of treatment.
Hormonal stimulation can in rare cases lead to an overreaction of the ovaries. This so-called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) can be of varying severity. There may be a very large enlargement of the ovaries, in extreme cases with an accumulation of water in the abdominal cavity or in the chest. There is an early form of hyperstimulation syndrome that occurs during stimulation treatment, or a late form that occurs after pregnancy. In severe cases, the treatment of hyperstimulation must be in-patient.
Like a natural pregnancy, an ectopic pregnancy can also occur after assisted reproduction. The reason for this is that the embryo can move freely on the mucous membrane in the uterus as well as in the fallopian tube until the 5th / 6th day after fertilisation, before it settles there. It may happen that the embryo sticks in a fold of a fallopian tube and settles there. However, with careful monitoring, this can be detected in good time so that appropriate medication or surgical measures can be taken to terminate the ectopic pregnancy.