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    Tips for Coping with the Emotional Side of Using Donor Sperm or Donor Eggs

    Last updated 5 days ago

    For many couples who are struggling with infertility, in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI) offers the opportunity to welcome a child into the world. However, for some patients undergoing reproductive therapies the need for a sperm or egg donor is also required. Couples who rely on a third-party donor to conceive a may face some emotional challenges as they go through the process.  It can be helpful to visit a clinic that offers fertility counselling in addition to reproductive medicine therapies.

    Understanding Common Concerns
    Many couples who decide it’s time to grow their family often do not consider the possibility of infertility. They may envision themselves having a child in the traditional way, without the need for reproductive medicine. It’s common for couples to feel grief for the loss of a child, even though reproductive medicine offers the opportunity to conceive. An individual may experience emotional challenges when donor sperm or donor eggs are needed. They may worry that they will be unable to bond with the child and they may question their parenting abilities. Insecurity, jealousy, and isolation can result. It is not uncommon for a couples to struggle with their partner’s insecurity in facing some of these challenges.  

    Communicating with Your Partner
    For both men and women, communication is critical. Partners who are going through fertility treatments with donor sperm or egg should feel free to openly discuss their concerns, fears, and feelings with each other. Both partners should reach a mutual decision regarding how much information to share with family members and close friends, and what to tell the child later in life about his or her biological origins.

    Finding Support
    Men and women may hesitate to reach out for social support because they may feel awkward about the need for using third-party reproduction.  However, building a support network can help couples work through their emotional challenges. They might seek help from a professional fertility counsellor who has extensive experience working with couples going through these difficulties.

    The reproductive medicine specialists of ReproMed know that each patient faces unique physical, emotional, and social challenges. At our fertility clinic in Toronto, you’ll find comprehensive services, including fertility counselling for individuals and for couples. To receive the support you need when making fertility decisions, call (647) 558-1486.

    Understanding the Designated Egg Donor Program

    Last updated 11 days ago

    At ReproMed, our reproductive medicine physicians understand the importance of a personalized approach to resolving infertility. One of these unique services we offer is the Designated Egg Donor program to residents of Toronto and beyond. With our Designated Egg Donor program, patients who require donated eggs may choose the egg donor they are familiar with. Many of our patients prefer to designate a family member, friend, or other special person in their lives to provide the eggs.

    The first step in utilizing our Designated Egg Donor program is to schedule a personal consultation with the known donor, patient, and one of our reproductive medicine specialists. At your consultation, you’ll be provided with all of the information you need to proceed. The designated donor will need to go through a screening process, including an interview with our Medical Director, a complete physical examination, a psychosocial profile, and blood testing. Once this phase of the program is complete, the designated donor will consult our specialists to establish a schedule for fertility medications and egg retrieval.

    To discuss whether our Designated Egg Donor program might be right for you, call ReproMed at (647) 558-1486. We also invite you to visit our reproductive medicine clinic on the Web.

    The 5 Steps of the IVF Process

    Last updated 20 days ago

    If you’re ready to start your family, but are struggling with infertility, it’s important to remember that you are not alone and that there are effective treatment options available. One highly successful treatment for infertility is in vitro fertilization, or IVF. This fertility treatment can be broken down into five main steps, starting with stimulation of the ovaries and ending with embryo transfer and storage. This infographic from ReproMed, an infertility treatment center in Toronto, explores the steps of IVF in greater detail. You’ll find out how eggs are retrieved and learn about the different options for egg fertilization. You can help other couples in similar situations find out more about their options for fertility treatment by passing this information on to them.

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    Surplus Embryos: What Are Your Options?

    Last updated 26 days ago

    One aspect of the IVF process is that it can lead to the creation of multiple embryos.  If after the initial transfer there are surplus embryos, patients will have a decision to make on future direction of these embryos. 

    Embryo Freezing
    The most common path is to cryo-freeze the embryos for future use. This provides the patient with the option of extending their family at a later date or allow for additional attempts at a pregnancy from a failed fresh cycle.  Many clinics, like ReproMed, offer patients long-term storage to provide the most options possible for future planning.

    Donate to other couples
    When one is done building their family, one consideration is to donate un-used embryos to other couples in need.  This can be down with someone you may know, known embryo donation, or done anonymously through a program that may be offered by your clinic. In either situation there will be some additional bloodwork and paperwork required to complete the donation process.  Often patients are more than willing to go the extra mile knowing they are altruistically helping someone else in need.

    Destroy or Donate for Scientific Research
    The field of reproductive medicine is consistently evolving and some of the advancements being made is from the donation of embryos to improve assisted reproduction procedures and techniques.  If you are not comfortable with donating embryos for this purpose, you may also choose to destroy embryos which will be completed by the embryology team once proper consents have been provided.

    ReproMed provides several options for patients who have surplus embryos. You can find us online or call (647) 495-8305 to schedule a consultation and discuss your needs.

    Complimentary Tips for Preparing for Your IVF Cycle

    Last updated 1 month ago

    In-vitro fertilization is an advanced therapy that has helped many couples struggling with infertility achieve their goal of starting a family.  There are many factors that contribute to a successful treatment.  Some of the success depends on the health habits of the parents-to-be. Here are a couple of complimentary tips of the things you can do before your IVF treatment.

    Clean up your Diet
    The best pre-pregnancy diet for any mom is one that is limited in processed foods, hydrogenated oils, sugar, and salt. You should opt for all-natural, organic foods where possible and stick to choices that have a low glycemic index.

    Take Steps to Manage Stress
    Stress is a common problem for couples facing infertility, and it can actually cause more difficulty as you try to conceive. To manage stress, you might use massage, acupuncture, yoga, or even meditation. It can be therapeutic to use stress management techniques with your partner so that you are able to take your minds off of the fertility treatment process.

    Boost Antioxidant Intake
    As you change your diet to cleanse your body, you may already be eating more fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants. Still you might focus on eating dark berries, leafy greens, sweet potatoes, and carrots, which are all high in antioxidants.

    If you are considering IVF or other fertility treatments to support your family planning goals, connect with ReproMed at our Toronto office. You can find us online or at (647) 495-8305 to schedule your first consultation with our caring team specializing in reproductive medicine.


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