Hei­del­berg has the lo­west birth rates in the state

In the en­tire state of Baden-Würt­tem­berg, birth rates have been de­cli­ning in re­cent years. While ap­pro­xi­m­ately 109,000 children were still born in the state in 2019, there were al­ready ne­arly 1,000 fewer ba­bies in 2020. This trend is par­ti­cu­larly evi­dent in the city of Hei­del­berg. Here, each woman gives birth to only 1.06 children on average. In com­pa­rison, across Ger­many there are 1.53 children born per woman.


How cou­ples and sin­gles in Hei­del­berg fulfil their de­sire to have children

There are many re­asons why pregnancy may not work na­tu­rally. In he­te­ro­se­xual cou­ples, me­dical re­asons such as ste­ri­lity in the man or gyneco­lo­gical dia­gnoses in the woman usually stand in the way of ful­fil­ling the de­sire to have children. Ho­wever, les­bian cou­ples or single women often also have the great de­sire to raise their own children. The fer­ti­lity cen­ters in Hei­del­berg are the first point of contact for this.

In­fer­ti­lity tre­at­ments for he­te­ro­se­xual cou­ples

The fer­ti­lity cen­ters in the uni­ver­sity city of Hei­del­berg offer he­te­ro­se­xual cou­ples the en­tire spec­trum of mo­dern re­pro­duc­tive me­di­cine. From dia­gno­stics and the crea­tion of tre­at­ment plans in­di­vi­du­ally tail­ored to the couple, to in­se­mi­na­tion (IUI), IVF (in vitro fer­ti­liza­tion) and ICSI (in­tra­cy­to­plasmic sperm in­jec­tion).

In­fer­ti­lity tre­at­ments for les­bian cou­ples.

Since the summer of 2018, un­mar­ried les­bian cou­ples have also been me­di­cally ac­com­pa­nied in Hei­del­berg in ful­fil­ling their de­sire to have children. In co­ope­ra­tion with a sperm bank, ar­ti­fi­cial in­se­mi­na­tion is per­formed with donor sperm. Here, too, there is a choice of dif­fe­rent me­thods such as IUI, IVF or ICSI.

Fer­ti­lity tre­at­ments for single women

In the 21st cen­tury, not every woman wants to live the classic fa­mily model with a hus­band, a house and a dog. There are more and more women who would like to fulfil their de­sire to have children wi­t­hout a steady partner at their side. Here, too, the fer­ti­lity cen­ters in Hei­del­berg pro­vide sup­port. The only pre­re­qui­site: a single woman must have a so-called gua­rantor person; a trusted person who could take care of the de­sired child if the worst came to the worst. This could be a best friend, a sister or even a mo­ther. Once this hurdle has been cle­ared, there is not­hing stan­ding in the way of tre­at­ment with donor sperm in Hei­del­berg.


Fi­nan­cial sup­port for cou­ples with an unful­filled de­sire to have children in Hei­del­berg

Fer­ti­lity tre­at­ments can quickly be­come very ex­pen­sive. In ad­di­tion to the tre­at­ment costs in the cli­nics, which are in­curred for ex­ami­na­tions, an­es­thesia for punc­ture, etc., the costs for me­di­ca­tion also have an im­pact. The ICSI me­thod is the most com­plex and at the same time the most ex­pen­sive pro­ce­dure, which can cost up to 5000.00 Euros per at­tempt. He­alth insu­rance com­pa­nies usually only cover part of the costs for two to four at­tempts. This usually leaves a high per­sonal con­tri­bu­tion of 50% on average. A few he­alth insu­rance com­pa­nies cover up to 100% of the costs if a doctor pre­dicts suf­fi­ci­ently high chances of suc­cess.

The fun­ding in­itia­tive “Help and Sup­port for In­vol­un­tary Child­less­ness”

The Fe­deral Mi­nistry of Fa­mily Af­fairs has laun­ched this sup­port in­itia­tive to en­sure that cou­ples in Ger­many do not fail to ful­fill their de­sire to have children due to fi­nan­cial re­asons. The fun­ding sup­ports mar­ried he­te­ro­se­xual cou­ples — and re­cently also un­mar­ried cou­ples — with up to 50% of the per­sonal con­tri­bu­tion. Each fe­deral state sets its own eli­gi­bi­lity cri­teria for this once again. The share fun­ding does not have to be re­paid. Un­fort­u­na­tely, the state of Baden-Würt­tem­berg is not yet part of this in­itia­tive. Ac­cor­dingly, no sub­si­dies are curr­ently available to un­in­ten­tio­nally child­less cou­ples.

Kri­te­rien bei der Aus­wahl eines Kin­der­wunsch­zen­trums

What are im­portant cri­teria when choo­sing a fer­ti­lity center?

Fa­mily plan­ning may be one of lifes most im­portant ques­tions. If the de­sire to have a child is not ful­filled na­tu­rally, fer­ti­lity cen­ters can help many cou­ples fulfil this wish. But not every fer­ti­lity center of­fers the same tre­at­ment me­thods. In the end, it is also cru­cial that the couple feels well taken care of. Below we have listed two im­portant fac­tors that you should con­sider when choo­sing a sui­table fer­ti­lity center.

Types of tre­at­ment
As a rule, fer­ti­lity cen­ters offer all the classic me­thods of ar­ti­fi­cial in­se­mi­na­tion. Ho­wever, if you would like to make use of spe­cial ser­vices, please in­form yourself in ad­vance whe­ther the clinic of your choice pro­vides these ser­vices.

Qua­li­fi­ca­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence
The qua­li­fi­ca­tions and ex­pe­ri­ence of the me­dical team can af­fect the suc­cess rate as well as how com­for­table you feel.

Suc­cess rates
Some fer­ti­lity cli­nics pu­blish their suc­cess rates. This is a good in­di­ca­tion of how many cou­ples from Hei­del­berg have al­ready been helped. But in the end, these rates are average va­lues that say not­hing about your per­sonal li­keli­hood of suc­cess.

The unful­filled de­sire to have children is a very sen­si­tive topic and it is im­portant that you can build up trust with your doctor. The­r­e­fore, we re­com­mend that you make an in­itial ap­point­ment for a con­sul­ta­tion so that you can get an idea of the at­mo­sphere in the prac­tice yourself. Are you still loo­king for a sui­table fer­ti­lity center? Then we would be happy to offer you our sup­port in a free and non-bin­ding con­sul­ta­tion. Talk to us!


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