University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Center for Hormonal Disorders and Fertility (253173)
Specialized in: hormonal disorders, fertility
About the department
The Center for Hormonal Disorders and Fertility at the University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich offers the full range of modern diagnostic and therapeutic services in this field and is one of the largest medical facilities of this kind in Europe. The main department’s focuses include the treatment of infertility and pregnancy impairment with in vitro fertilization, intracytoplasmic sperm injections, blastocyst transfer, nutrition correction and the use of immunological methods. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Christian Thaler, who ranks among the top German doctors in his field of specialization, according to the Focus magazine.
To clarify the causes of infertility, the center performs hormonal testing, ultrasound, diagnostics of fallopian tube patency, laparoscopy, genetic testing, as well as a comprehensive examination of the partner. Intrauterine insemination is performed in the case of conception problems, anovulation, formation of antisperm antibodies, sperm quality decrease (namely, impaired amount, mobility and shape of the sperm cells), problems with sperm penetration into the uterus, insufficient sperm amount and infertility of unclear genesis. The procedure is conducted with the use of a thin soft plastic catheter. In vitro fertilization is offered to the patients with obstruction or incorrect placement of the fallopian tubes, endometriosis, cervical problems and unsuccessful attempts of intrauterine insemination. In addition, the department performs intracytoplasmic sperm injection as an additional measure for the in vitro fertilization.
To treat chronic miscarriage due to the various causes (pathological changes in the uterus, infections, genetic defects, immunological causes, blood clotting disorders, hormonal factors), in addition to medical and surgical techniques, the center uses many effective conservative methods, such as nutrition correction, acupuncture, methods of traditional Chinese medicine, etc.
The service range of the department includes:
- Diagnostic capabilities
- Hormonal testing
- Ultrasound examinations of the ovaries, uterus and other pelvic organs
- Examinations of the fallopian tubes
- Comprehensive genetic testing
- Therapeutic options
- Menstrual cycle monitoring
- Hormonal stimulation
- Intrauterine insemination
- In vitro fertilization
- Intracytoplasmic sperm injection
- Testicular sperm extraction (TESE)
- Diagnostics and treatment of hormonal disorders (hormone replacement therapy)
- Prescription of contraceptive pills
- Spiral placement
- Vaginal ring placement
- Barrier contraceptive methods
- Other diagnostic and therapeutic services
Dr. Christian Thaler was appointed as a University Professor at the University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 1998, where he now leads the Center for Hormonal Disorders and Fertility. Before taking up this post he worked and studied in the renowned hospitals and institutes in Germany and abroad, including the Center for Reproduction and Transplantation Immunology, Indianapolis, USA, the Center for Assisted Reproduction, Brigham, and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, the Medical School of Aberdeen, UK and the Department of Gynaecological Endocrinology of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.
Prof. Thaler is the President of the German Society of Reproductive Medicine, the oldest and largest German Society involved in the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for infertility. He is a Member of the Executive Board of the German Menopause Society. Also, he was the Vice President of the American Society of Reproductive Immunology for some years. He is member in numerous national and international scientific societies. Dr. Thaler is authorised to provide advanced training in gynecological endocrinology and reproductive medicine, and is an examiner in these fields for the Bavarian Medical Association.
Main Clinical and Scientific Interests
- Ovarian function and the effects of trace elements and vitamins on this function.
- Mechanisms of embryonal nidation in the womb (implantation).
- Hormonal and immunological processes during early pregnancy.
He is the author and co-author of numerous books, book contributions, a large number of scientific publications.
Photo of the doctor: (c) LMU Klinikum
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