Serum IVF Center is a friendly family oriented Fertility clinic and our goal is simply to deliver an excellent service, coupled with a sincere commitment and dedication to highly personalized and compassionate care. We provide fertility diagnosis and advanced treatment options to patients located all over the world. Our doctors have diagnosed and treated some of the most difficult fertility cases, including women with recurrent miscarriages, multiple IVF failures and complex medical conditions among others. We specialize in women of advanced reproductive age and have a very successful egg donation program.
Our clinic is specialized on medical tourism and we have couples/ladies that are coming to us from all over the word. While being with us, our goal is to have a lovely and stress-free time in Athens. For that reason, Serum employees are ready to plan everything regarding your stay from the moment you arrive till the moment of your departure!
We can manage your transportation, arrange your stay, and most importantly ensure you enjoy your time here!
You have the option to book a variety of personalized day-tours to visit the highlights of Athens with excellent tour guides who can show you the very best of Athens, a sailing excursion to taste the spectacular Greek blue waters, a sightseeing from the Athenian hills.
We are here to help you have a dreamy stay, based on your preferences and the pure natural beauty of Greece. Moreover, we will gladly provide you with information about what’s up in town, events, festivals, special guests
and we can recommend you what to do in town the days you are visiting.
During an IVF treatment, a number of different protocols can be used for the stimulation of the ovaries and the creation of multiple follicles instead of just one that occurs during a natural menstrual cycle. Here at Serum, we treat every case differently adjusting the stimulation protocols on a woman’s need and creating personalized treatments. IVF is often offered as a primary treatment for infertility in women around or past the age of 40 with no other infertility factors due to the higher success rates compared to other assisted reproduction techniques or if there are certain medical conditions such as fallopian tube damage or blockage, anovulation or various hormonal and ovulation disorders, premature ovarian failure, endometriosis, impaired sperm production or function associated with male partner infertility, unexplained infertility, genetic disorders or fertility preservation for cancer or other health conditions.
Serum offers various lab techniques such as ICSI, IMSI, PICSI, IVM, Assisted Hatching etc so to facilitate the in vitro fertilization.
Artificial insemination (IUI) is an assisted reproduction technique that involves the injection inside the uterine cavity of sperm that has been prepared in the laboratory to improve its count and motility. This is done via a thin catheter that the doctor passes through the vagina and the cervix of the uterus. The timing of the procedure is critical as it has to be synchronized with ovulation. IUI can be performed generally either during a natural menstrual cycle or a medicated/stimulated one.
The idea behind IUI is that couples who experience difficulty to get pregnant can benefit from the exact timing and placement of a more potent sperm inside the endometrial cavity. IUI can be of particularly benefit in cases where there is a cervical factor such as cervical scarring, cervical stenosis, or thick cervical mucus, or mild male factor of reduced sperm count and motility, as well as in cases where there is a problem achieving or synchronizing intercourse with ovulation. This method is also used for single women using donated sperm.
For some women egg production and/or egg quality is too weak for normal fertilization and development. This can be caused by various reasons such as advanced maternal age, endometriosis, premature menopause, chemotherapy or congenital chromosome anomalies.
The above problems can be overcome using donor eggs. At Serum we offer a large pool of carefully selected egg donors. We take pride in our donation program as all our donors are young, beautiful and proven aged 18-30. In addition donation is strictly anonymous in Greece protecting both donors and parents. Apart from physical characteristics matching, we try to anticipate what donor child might ‘fit’ into a family.
-Sperm Bank/ Sperm Donation
In some cases male infertility cannot be treated. In these cases (azoospermia, severe oligo-teratospermia etc) sperm donation can be a solution. At Serum we have the first and largest Sperm Bank established in Greece in 1991. We provide a wide variety of top quality proven sperm donor options for our patients. The protection of the donor’s and the recipient’s identity is absolute, however, we are entitled to disclose non-identifiable information necessary for the final selection of the donor, regarding characteristics such as skin, eye and hair color, education, height, weight, hobbies and any other features that may be important for the patient.
If you want to choose your own anonymous donor sperm you can arrange to import it from one of the European cryobanks at your own cost.
-Egg Freezing/ Embryo Freezing
(Freezing) & Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) – Embryo cryopreservation involves the freezing of embryos for later use. This is most often done with excess embryos remaining after the transfer of fresh embryos or a woman is not ready for a transfer.
On the same note, we offer oocyte freezing for ladies who prefer to preserve their fertility for future if they don’t feel ready to have a child right now or if they are facing medical issues.
Some patients may have a family history of an inheritable genetic disorder, or a history of recurrent miscarriages in association with age factor, in these cases in order to reduce the risk of having a child with such a disease, the patients might opt for pre- implantation genetic testing of embryos. In this way only embryos with normal genetic layout would be transferred.
Sometimes a woman cannot carry a pregnancy. There are many reasons for that such as lack of uterus ( previous Hysterectomy or Rokitansky syndrome), severe endometrial adhesions, multiple fibroid uterus, significant medical problems (ie aortic stenosis, severe renal disease etc). In these cases, she may choose to have another woman carry the pregnancy and deliver the baby for her.
The process is allowed in Greece following an application to the courts. Based on the current legislation the baby is born under the name of the intended parents making Greece a very attractive destination for surrogacy.
Hysteroscopy is the gold standard for diagnosing and treating intrauterine pathology which may adversely affect fertility, such as septum of uterus, intrauterine adhesions and endometrial polyps. At Serum, we have pioneered a procedure called hysteroscopy with implantation cuts During a routine hysteroscopy, the doctor uses the operative scissors to perform small cuts at the bottom of the uterus (fundus) along a line which extends between the entrances of the tubes on each side. The depth of the cuts extends down to healthy tissue. The fundus of the uterus is the implantation site of the embryo and by doing this technique we increase the probability for the embryo to implant.
Laparoscopy and dye test is the gold standard for the evaluation of tubal factor infertility. Injection of a dilute dye through a cannula attached to the cervix during laparoscopy, permits evaluation of the patency of the tubes.
On top that Laparoscopy provides a panoramic view of the pelvis and hence it can identify pathology such as adhesions or endometriosis that can adversely affect fertility. Most importantly, laparoscopy offers the opportunity to “see and treat” a wide range of pathology such as adhesions, ovarian cysts, hydrosalpinges, endometriotic lesions and fibroids.
– Ancillary Examination
- Immunology testing (DQA match, Chicago tests, LAD)
- Thrombophilias panel
- Antiphospholipid antibodies
- Karyotype testing
- Thyroid testing
- Period blood infection screening