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A Couple's Guide to Fertility

Fertility is the ability of an individual to conceive a child. Unfortunately, infertility is not an uncommon problem among both men and women. A wide range of issues can contribute to infertility, such as anatomical abnormalities and environmental hazards. However, it’s important to note that even if you or your partner has been diagnosed with infertility, you may still be able to have a child. Talk to a specialist of reproductive medicines for personalized medical guidance.

Defining Infertility

In addition to the inability to conceive a child, infertility includes the inability of a woman to carry a pregnancy to term. Generally, physicians recommend that a couple visit a reproductive medicines clinic if they haven’t achieved pregnancy after one year of trying. However, couples who are 35 or older may consider assisted reproduction sooner than this, since fertility declines with advancing age.

Practicing Fertility Awareness

Before scheduling an appointment at a reproductive medicine clinic, couples can try practicing fertility awareness. A woman’s basal body temperature (BBT) naturally declines shortly before ovulation and increases 24 hours following ovulation. Women can track their ovulation by checking their BBT each morning and recording it. Couples can increase their chances of pregnancy by having sexual intercourse five days prior to ovulation and the day of ovulation.

Being Diagnosed with Infertility

If practicing fertility awareness doesn’t help, couples can turn to a doctor who specializes in reproductive medicines. Both partners should undergo a physical examination and a medical history review. For men, the doctor may recommend a semen analysis. Women may be asked about their reproductive history and they will typically undergo a pelvic exam. The physician may check the hormone levels of both partners.

When you become a patient at ReproMed, you’ll receive all the information you need about your fertility issues and your assisted reproduction options. We provide a broad array of male and female fertility services in Toronto to help couples achieve their dreams of starting or growing their families. Call us at (972) 494-5438 and let a friendly staff member know how we can help you.

Take a Tour of Our Cryopreservation Lab

If you’re curious about the benefits of egg freezing, consider visiting ReproMed, a clinic for assisted reproduction near Toronto. You can also take a virtual tour of our Cryopreservation Lab by watching this video.

You’ll see the liquid nitrogen tanks that we use for cryopreservation and you’ll learn about our advanced alarm systems, which monitor the tanks on a 24/7 basis. In the unlikely event of equipment failure, an alarm notifies our personnel immediately. This means that we can guarantee that cryopreserved samples maintain their quality and integrity, regardless of how long they are stored.

Egg freezing may be an appropriate choice for you if you’re interested in preserving your ability to have a child at a later date. To learn more about our female fertility services or reproductive medicines, visit our website or call ReproMed at (972) 494-5438.

Understanding Third-Party Reproduction

Struggling with infertility is difficult, but advances in reproductive medicine mean that your chances of starting a family, even with infertility, are greater than ever before. One such option is third-party reproduction. Third-party reproduction involves the use of donor eggs or sperm to achieve a pregnancy. In the case of surrogacy, third-party reproduction involves another female carrying the baby to term. With third-party reproduction, donations can come from sperm banks and egg donation services, or they can come from people known to the recipient. To find out if this kind of assisted reproduction therapy could help you start your family, take a look at this infographic from ReproMed. We provide assisted reproduction services in Toronto and can help you understand the cause of your fertility issues and the best course forward for having a baby. If you have fertility issues, you are not alone. Please help the thousands of others dealing with the same problems by sharing this information.

Coping After You Are Diagnosed with Fertility Issues

Having children is a wonderful gift. But if you’ve been diagnosed with fertility issues, you may feel as though your life has gone off track. A diagnosis of infertility does not automatically mean that you can never have children. There are lots of reproductive medicine treatment options available that you can consider. Many couples successfully conceive with the help of assisted reproduction. In the meantime, it’s important to cope with your emotions in a healthy manner.

Explore Your Treatment Options

Consider scheduling an appointment with a reproductive medicine specialist to discuss your treatment options. Even if you aren’t yet sure if assisted reproduction is the right choice for you, it may feel empowering to become better informed before making a decision. Learning as much as you can about infertility treatments might also help you channel your difficult emotions into productive activities.

Consider Joining a Support Group

Some people may find it difficult to discuss their fertility issues with family members and close friends. However, expressing your feelings is healthier than trying to suppress them. You may wish to join a local support group for couples who are struggling with infertility. Or, join an online support group or discussion forum.

Be Selective with Baby-Centric Activities

Fertility issues may produce feelings similar to those experienced during the grieving process. For the time being, it may be too difficult for you to cope with activities that focus on children, such as babysitting for a friend or relative, or attending a baby shower. Give yourself permission to decline these invitations. In the case of baby showers, you could still send a gift if you wish.

Keep Up with Other Interests

After an infertility diagnosis, you may feel as if infertility dominates your thinking patterns. It’s important to give yourself a break now and then to focus on activities you enjoy. Consider booking an appointment for a massage, read a favorite book, or join an exercise class to cope with stress.

The assisted reproduction specialists at ReproMed are dedicated to working closely with each patient to provide a comprehensive, customized infertility treatment plan. Some of our treatments for infertility near Toronto include IVF, egg donation, and acupuncture. To schedule a consultation with a specialist of reproductive medicines, call (972) 494-5438.

What You Need to Know about Surrogacy

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Infertility can be an obstacle to starting or growing your family. In some situations, your reproductive medicine specialist may indicate you need the assistance of gestational carrier, commonly called a G.C. or surrogate. A surrogate is a woman who agrees to help others become parents by carrying their child to term. The surrogate has no genetic ties to the child. Instead, the intended parents’ sperm and eggs are fertilized, and the embryo is implanted in the surrogate. Alternatively, donor sperm and eggs may be used. Before deciding whether using a gestational carrier is a good choice for your family, you may wish to consider the legal and financial ramifications of your decision.

Legal Considerations
To start, you can initially consult with a reproductive medicine specialist about the aspects related to your case and how the surrogate will assist you in the cycle. Then, to learn about the laws that are applicable to surrogacy, you should meet with a lawyer with experience in this area. There are many excellent Fertility Lawyers across the country that you can work with.

In Canada, it is legal for couples to use a gestational carrier to bear their child. However, commercial surrogacy is not legal. That is, it is against the law to pay a woman to be a gestational carrier. To protect the legal rights of all involved parties, it is recommended that the intended parents have a lawyer draw up a legal contract before the IVF procedure is performed.

Financial Matters
Although it is illegal to compensate a gestational carrier, reimbursing her for her pregnancy-related expenses is allowed. Intended parents may wish to ask an attorney about the specific expenses that may be allowed. These generally include medical bills, medications, related travel expenses, prenatal vitamins, and maternity clothes. If a healthcare provider informs the surrogate that she must go on bedrest, she may be reimbursed for lost wages.

ReproMed is a proud provider of reproductive medicines in Toronto. If you and your partner have decided that a gestational carrier is the best choice to start your family, our assisted reproduction specialists can perform IVF with you and your partner’s sperm and eggs or with donated sperm and eggs. Schedule a consultation with a reproductive medicines specialist today by calling 416.233.8111.

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