March 31, 2023

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Thessaloniki: "test tube babies"

Couples from abroad come to Thessaloniki to receive a test tube baby.

More and more couples are seeing their dream of having a baby come true with the help of assisted reproduction techniques. Besides the number of couples from abroad is increasingwho travel to Thessaloniki for this purpose.

The scientific developments that have recently taken place in a particular area were the focus of the scientific conference “2023… Goals and objectives of assisted reproduction” (“2023… Στόχοι και προκλήσεις στην Υποβοηθούμενη Αναπαραγωγή”, Mezhναπαραγωγή), Mezhναπαραγωγή, Mezhναπαραγωγή scientific conference

President of the National Administration of Assisted Reproduction, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Faculty of Medicine of the Hellenic Academy of Sciences Nikolaos Vrachnis referred to changes since the passage of the Assisted Reproduction Act 4958. According to him, in the social graph cryopreservation of female eggs has undergone changesand now a specific procedure can be done without medical indications. “Each woman can cryopreserve her genetic material and use it later. Women aged 33-35 who undergo this procedure will have an 80 percent chance of having a baby. For women in their 40s, the chances drop to 25%, and for those over 45, the chance of having a baby is almost 0%,” he said. The expert pointed out that the limit for assisted reproduction has been increased from 50 to 54, which means that a woman can have a child up to the age of 54.

In addition, he added that, as far as genetic material is concerned, now you can reveal the name of the donor, that is, parents can know who is carrying the child. Thus relatives can transfer genetic material to the couple if they so wish, said Mr Vrachnis. Georgios Pantos, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, AUTH, President of the Hellenic Society for Fertility and Infertility, mentioned the importance of assisted reproduction, as well as its rapid development: “Today, with a liberal legal framework, Greece is an attractive place for IVF. We can use all the new methods, such as blastocyst transfer, “pregnancy management” of women over 40.”

For his part, Stratis Kolimbianakis, professor of obstetrics-gynecology and assisted reproduction at AUTH, emphasized the importance of special diagnostics when by examining some cells, it is possible to determine whether the embryo is healthy. Giorgos Zerdilas, CEO of the Athens Medical Group, mentioned the high-level services offered by the Medically Assisted Reproduction Unit of the Interbalkan Medical Center in Thessaloniki: “Today’s meeting coincided with three years of successful work by Phoebe, a leading reproductive unit based on first-class equipment, a pioneering laboratory, with excellent medical partners and staff.”

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