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Making the Decision to Undergo Fertility Treatment

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Infertility is a heartbreaking diagnosis to receive, yet it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can never have children in the future. With the advancements in reproductive medicine, many patients have been successful in their treatment of infertility. Your Fertility Specialist will work with you in providing the best path forward.

Understanding Infertility
Before you can proceed with an advanced reproductive therapy, you need to learn as much as possible about the underlying cause. You can expect to undergo a physical exam, conduct diagnostic tests (including blood work & ultrasound), and review your entire medical history. This preliminary series of tests, known as diagnostic cycle, will help the reproductive medicine specialist pinpoint the underlying cause of the infertility issue. Armed with this information, a treatment protocol can then be designed to overcome the fertility challenge.

Identifying Your Options
Your reproductive medicine physician can identify the treatment options that may be right for you. A follow-up session will take place to review the results of the diagnostic testing. Some of the preliminary treatment options for consideration include procedures like ovulation induction and timed intercourse. For more challenging infertility issues, advanced reproductive therapies such as IVF and third-party reproduction might be the best path forward. The Nursing Team and Fertility Specialist will help you learn about all the steps that are involved with each treatment option and any potential outcomes with each.

Making Decisions
Before making your decision, you may wish to sort through your feelings with the help of a fertility counsellor. Consider all of the implications for each option, such as the possibility that fertility treatments may not work on the first try or you may need to resort to more advanced treatment therapies. Regardless of the route you choose, the staff at the clinic will be there to help answer any questions you may have.

Even if you aren’t sure yet whether male or female fertility services are right for you, ReproMed encourages you to call us at 416.233.8111. Our fertility specialist offers individual and couple consultations to help families make informed decisions. Visit our website for more information about our center for reproductive medicine near Toronto or click through to our blog for informative articles about fertility treatment options.

Introduction to Fertility Counselling

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When a couple is facing infertility, emotional challenges often arise. It can be helpful to work with a fertility counsellor as well as a reproductive medicine specialist. Your infertility clinic may offer counselling onsite for couples and for individuals, or you can ask your reproductive medicine specialist for a referral.

Identifying Who Can Benefit from Fertility Counselling
Anyone who is struggling with infertility or considering assisted reproduction can benefit from fertility counselling. This type of counselling services does help individuals and couples overcome emotional challenges; however, it also guides future parents in the decision-making process. Fertility counselling is appropriate for intended parents who plan to use a gestational carrier, for prospective gestational carriers, and for prospective sperm and egg donors.

Understanding How Fertility Counselling Can Help
A fertility counselling session can explore many different topics. The registered social worker can provide the support and resources that couples need to work through the difficult emotions associated with infertility, infertility treatments, failed IVF cycles, miscarriage, and other challenges. Individuals and couples can learn techniques to manage stress and strategies to manage difficult questions from others about their attempts to conceive. Often, couples find fertility counselling to be very helpful in renewing the strength of their relationship. Fertility counsellors are highly knowledgeable about reproductive medicine. They can discuss the couple’s assisted reproduction options and guide them in making decisions. Fertility counsellors can even help long after the child is born. They can help parents manage disclosure to the child about assisted reproduction, and they can provide mediation and conflict resolution services if there is ever a dispute.

ReproMed invites our patients to schedule an appointment for fertility counselling with our Registered Social Worker, Dara Roth Edney of Informed Fertility. Ms. Edney works closely with couples who are exploring their options for reproductive medicine near Toronto to help them overcome emotional challenges and make informed decisions. For a fertility counselling appointment or a consultation with one of our reproductive medicine specialists, call 416.233.8111.

Exploring Male Fertility Treatments

Many men with infertility are found to have a low sperm count. A low sperm count can occur because of genetic abnormalities or obstructions in the male reproductive system, among other reasons. To overcome this common cause of male infertility, an assisted reproduction specialist might recommend taking medications to stimulate sperm production. In other cases, surgery may be appropriate.

You can watch this video to learn more about the causes of low sperm count in men and how to overcome this obstacle. This expert explains some of the examinations and tests that may be needed, such as an endocrine evaluation.

ReproMed provides an extensive range of male fertility services near Toronto. You can schedule your confidential consultation at our reproductive medicine clinic by calling 416.233.8111.

Reasons You May Need Fertility Assistance

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Male and female fertility services have helped countless couples experience the incredible joy of parenthood. One of the first steps employed by the reproductive specialist is to determine the actual cause of the infertility itself. This is achieved through the “infertility evaluation” also known as diagnostic testing. Though every patient case is different, there are many different causes that may require a treatment plan from your reproductive medicine physician. Let’s explore some of these reasons:

You May Have Anatomical Abnormalities
It isn’t unusual for both men and women to have anatomical abnormalities that interfere with conception. Conditions that can increase temperature to the males testes can lead to abnormal sperm morphology and low sperm count. Other possible anatomical abnormalities that may affect a man’s fertility include undescended testes and obstruction of the epididymis. Women may also be diagnosed with anatomical differences. For example, there may be abnormalities with the cavity or shape of the uterus or the opening of the cervix. Additionally, the fallopian tubes may be blocked because of inflammation or adhesions.

You May Have Been Exposed to Environmental Toxins
Other factors that can contribute to infertility include environmental toxins such as exposure to tobacco smoke (including secondhand smoke), pesticides, radiation, and alcohol. In some cases, even medications used by parents that the offspring were exposed to in utero can be a factor.

You Might Be a Cancer Survivor
Cancer of the male or female reproductive organs is one common reason why you may need fertility services. Additionally, chemotherapy and radiation therapy can interfere with your ability to conceive a child. Sometimes drugs used in the actual treatment itself can also cause problems.

You May Have An Underlying Medical Condition
If you’re a woman, some common reasons include thyroid disorder, endometriosis, premature ovarian failure, PCOS. In addition, the absence of menstruation (called amenorrhea) can be a factor. In addition, those who have to low or two high of a body mass index may have additional challenges in trying to ovulate.

At ReproMed, our reproductive medicine specialists use state-of-the-art technology to conduct a comprehensive assessment of male and female infertility. Based on the results of your assessment, we’ll provide personalized recommendations for male and female fertility services in Toronto. To schedule an infertility assessment, call 416.233.8111.

Answering FAQs About IVF Medications

IVF Medication

There are different types of medications that may be used during the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process. IVF medications may be used to stimulate the follicles to produce additional eggs, prevent ovulation from occurring too early, and may be used to help mature eggs for the upcoming egg retrieval. Though the use of different medications can sometimes be confusing, they all play an important role in helping to achieve a successful outcome. Your Primary Care Nursing Team will help answer any questions you may have about the use of IVF medications.

When Will I Start Taking Medications?
You should carefully follow the medication schedule set out by the Fertility Specialist. This schedule will be based on your menstrual cycle. For some patients, they will start birth control pills to help control the timing of their cycle. For others, they may start using injectable medications right away. It is important to follow the schedule and communicate with the nursing team that you have started & stopped the various medications prescribed for you throughout the course of your cycle.

How do I Administer the Medications?
Many women are a little nervous about administering their injections at home. When you purchase the medications from your clinic, a nurse will provide you with injection teaching and will also provide some additional literature about the use of the medications. The exact method of administration will vary depending on the medication. Some medications may involve a prefilled syringe, while others might require the use of a needle and syringe. Sometimes the couple will take part in the medication teaching together so that one partner can assist with administration on the other partner.

What Should I do With Used Needles?
It’s important to never reuse needles or syringes. As soon as a needle has been used, place it into a designated sharps container that was provided. If the specific medication did not come with a designated sharps container, you should deposit the needle into a glass sealed container and bring to the clinic or local pharmacy for disposal.

Patients of ReproMed who have questions about IVF medications are encouraged to call our center for assisted reproduction near Toronto at 416.233.8111. During your consultation with our reproductive specialists & nursing team, you’ll receive all the information you need to correctly administer your medications. For further information about assisted reproduction, you can browse the informative articles on our website.

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