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University Hospital Halle (Saale)

location_on Halle, Germany
9.6/10 from 78 Votes

Department of Reproductive Medicine and Andrology (229627)

Hermann Behre

Prof. Dr. med.

Hermann Behre

Specialized in: reproductive medicine, andrology

About the department

The Department of Reproductive Medicine and Andrology at the University Hospital Halle (Saale) offers the full range of options for the diagnostics and treatment of infertility, hormonal disorders, reduced libido, including erectile dysfunction. The patients receive medical care from an experienced medical team, consisting of highly qualified gynecologists, endocrinologists, andrologists and experts in the field of reproductive medicine. A unique offer of the department is the cryopreservation of oocytes and spermatozoa for planning future pregnancy (for example, in case of somatic pathology or chemoradiotherapy). The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Hermann Behre.

The department operates four specialized laboratories. The main task of the Andrology Laboratory is to perform spermograms, while the Laboratory for Reproductive Biology deals with fertility treatment. The department also has a separate Laboratory for Germ Cell Cryopreservation. The activities of the research laboratory is focused on the study of new fertility molecular factors, the causes of hormonal disorders and the conduct of clinical trials.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Identification of the causes and treatment of infertility
    • Therapeutic options for women
      • Hormonal stimulation to normalize the menstrual cycle in order to achieve regular ovulation and proper preparation of the uterus for pregnancy
      • Minimally invasive removal of benign tumors (uterine myomas, endometrioid cysts, dermoids, etc.) or laparoscopic removal of adhesions
      • Assisted reproductive techniques
        • Sperm injection into the uterus (intrauterine insemination)
        • In vitro fertilization
        • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
        • Testicular sperm extraction (TESE) or microsurgical epididymal sperm aspiration (MESA)
        • Cryoconservation of in vitro fertilized eggs, embryo transfer and subsequent cultivation in the following cycles
        • Cryopreservation of sperm or testicular tissue to preserve fertility
    • Therapeutic options for men
      • Drug stimulation to normalize hormonal levels
      • Antibiotic therapy for inflammation of the testicles, epididymis, prostate gland and seminal vesicles
      • Surgical treatment
    • Assisted hatching
  • Diagnostics and treatment of endocrine disorders
    • Hormonal disorders in women, including girls
      • Irregular periods and blood clotting disorders
      • Hirsutism
      • Hyperprolactinemia
      • Premenstrual syndrome
      • Hormonal disorders in adolescents
      • Premature ovarian failure
      • Chronic pelvic pain
      • Overweight
    • Hormonal disorders in men
      • Hypogonadism in older men
      • Hormone replacement therapy using testosterone in older men
  • Diagnostics and treatment of problems in the sexual life of men and women      
    • Erectile dysfunction in men
    • Psychosexual problems
    • Planning for pregnancy after sterilization
    • Transsexualism
  • Germ cell cryoconservation
    • Deep freezing of oocytes (pronucleus stage) after successful in vitro fertilization
    • Sperm cryopreservation in case of poor baseline data prior to scheduled IVF or ICSI
    • Deep freezing and storage of sperm to preserve fertility in case of indicated radiotherapy/chemotherapy for cancer treatment
    • Testicular tissue cryopreservation prior to sperm extraction (TESE) and ICSI in case of azoospermia
    • Ovarian tissue or oocyte cryopreservation in female cancer patients who want to have children in the future
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae

Positions

  • Head of the Department of Reproductive Medicine and Andrology at the University Hospital Halle (Saale).
  • President of the German Society of Andrology (DGA).
  • Deputy Chairman of the Council on Reproductive Biology and Medicine (DVR).
  • Treasurer of the European Academy of Andrology (EAA).

Research Interests

The doctor’s research priority is the aging of men with a special focus on changing the levels of sex hormones. In old age, men have the increases levels of serum gonadotropic hormones and the increased symptoms of androgen deficiency, which characterize the clinical picture of age-related hypogonadism. The causes, manifestations and methods of treatment for age-related hypogonadism are not well studied yet, but in view of the aging of society and demographic changes, they are of great importance for health care. In addition, research interests include the study of testosterone replacement therapy and fertility in old age.

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