21. December 2017

Best conditions for those trying to conceive

The Department of Reproductive Medicine and Gynecological Endocrinology of the Women’s Health Clinic at the University Hospital of Basel is moving to a new location. The modern offices at Vogesenstrasse 134 offer not only more treatment rooms and much more space, but also a high-tech laboratory and significantly more discretion for couples trying to conceive a child. The conditions for success in trying to conceive are also considerably improved thanks to the new law on medically assisted reproduction.


“I am proud that our team has the opportunity to open a new office in Basel. I could never have dreamed of it,” says Prof. Christian De Geyter, Chief of Reproductive Medicine and Gynecological Endocrinology (RME) of the Women’s Health Clinic at the University Hospital of Basel (USB). To date, the team has worked at Clinic 1 at Spitalstrasse 21. Now, the services are being offered at Vogesenstrasse 134. With the move of RME, office space is being freed up in the USB building, which can be used by other departments of the Women’s Health Clinic in the future. These departments were temporarily located outside Clinic 1 due to space shortage.

At the new location, RME is providing an even more comprehensive, multidisciplinary array of services for women and men. The services include, among others, identification of the causes of infertility (in women and in men), artificial insemination, gynecological endocrinology, surgical treatments, and the freezing of eggs, sperm and tissue samples. These services are provided on an area of 1,600 m2, which is more than double the size of the previous location. There are now also twice as many treatment rooms and four times as many offices for patient care services.

Significantly more discretion for couples

Since there is much more space at the new location, couples trying to conceive can enjoy significantly more discretion. Other advantages worth mentioning are shorter waiting times, free parking, and convenient access by public transportation. In addition, the laboratory is now bigger and the laboratory equipment more modern. All samples are monitored continuously in particle-free rooms.

The renovation work on the ground floor of Vogesenstrasse 134 began in September 2016 and was completed as planned in December 2017. The costs of renovation amounted to about 10 million Swiss francs. The start of operations at the new location signifies the end of a strenuous period for Dr. De Geyter’s team: “The construction project was very challenging. It was the most complex project I have ever experienced. Now, we are looking forward to the new start.”

The RME team performed about 700 artificial inseminations in 2016, mostly involving the intracytoplasmic sperm injection procedure, but also in-vitro fertilization and intrauterine insemination. The live birth rate was about 33 percent per treatment attempt. The chances of conceiving are considerably improved with the modern infrastructure, close collaboration with experts from urology, oncology, prenatal care and medical genetics, as well as thanks to the amended law on medically assisted reproduction – and all this with a lower rate of complications.