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Preparing for Intrauterine Insemination

Intrauterine insemination, often referred to simply as IUI, is a method of insemination that directly inserts washed, prepared sperm into the uterus to increase the chances of conception. It is often effective in cases of male factor infertility, because it ensures that a healthy number of sperm reach the uterus, thus increasing the chances of fertilization by bypassing the cervix. To prepare for IUI, you may need to begin taking certain fertility drugs to get the body ready for pregnancy and ensure proper timing for the insemination. As you take this medication and approach your insemination date, you may wish to utilize the following in preparation.

Pay Close Attention to Fertility Drug Side Effects

Fertility drugs may pose side effects, and it is important to record these and discuss them with your doctor as they occur. Some side effects may be normal, while others could indicate an adverse reaction to the medication that will necessitate a new strategy for your reproductive care.

Keep Your Stress Levels Down

Stress can be common for patients/individuals facing infertility, and it may be damaging to your treatment if you are not working to keep stress low. As you undergo fertility treatment, remember to continue making time for yourself and for your partner, by engaging in activities you enjoy and taking your mind off fertility treatment to relax and de-stress.

Fortify Your Body with a Sound Diet and Exercise Routine

With a healthy foundation, fertility treatments like IUI will be much more effective. You can support your treatment by following a healthy, balanced diet and getting regular, moderate exercise that will help you stay strong and boost your immune system to prepare the body for insemination and pregnancy.

Write Down Your Doctor’s Instructions

You may be provided with a lot of information during your pre-IUI consults, so be sure that you are recording your doctor or nurse’s specific instructions so that you do not forget any steps once you leave the office. If you are doing a repeat IUI, don’t assume it will be the same process as your last one. Communication is vital to success.

If you and your partner are struggling with infertility, you can identify the right treatment options under the care of ReproMed. Our center for assisted reproduction provides comprehensive fertility care in Toronto, so don’t hesitate to call us at (972) 494-5438 for a consultation.

How Is Male Infertility Diagnosed?

When a couple is having difficulty conceiving or carrying out a full-term pregnancy, it is essential that both partners schedule a visit with a fertility specialist, since there are both male and female infertility factors to consider. It is estimated that a male factor is involved in around half of all infertility cases. Male infertility is often linked to defective sperm production, which can be tied to many different health conditions, so various screenings may be necessary for a complete diagnosis. When you visit ReproMed for your male fertility care in Toronto, you may expect to undergo the following exams to determine the viability of your sperm as well as the cause of any existing defects.

Reviewing Medical History

During the initial consultation, a discussion will take place about your medical history, sexual health, family health history, and any known medical conditions or medications you are currently taking. In some cases, a physical examination may take place. All the collected information is essential for creating a more detailed diagnosis as well as noting any lifestyle factors that may be affecting fertility.

Sperm Analysis

Because male infertility is linked to the count and motility of your sperm, it will be necessary to collect a sperm sample and evaluate it in a laboratory setting. If sperm analysis yields normal results, it is likely that fertility treatment will focus on your partner.

Lab Tests

Lab testing may be necessary to measure hormone levels, test for retrograde ejaculation (sperm traveling backwards into the bladder) or screen for genetic factors that can influence sperm production.

Radiologic Screenings

It may be also necessary to schedule a radiologic screening such as an ultrasound to identify conditions that are associated with infertility such as varicocele or genital tract obstruction.

Through these diagnostic methods, ReproMed is able to provide comprehensive male fertility treatment that will coincide with your partner’s reproductive care. To learn more about us or schedule a consultation with our Toronto team, call (972) 494-5438 or visit our website.

What Are Common Causes of Male Infertility?

Male infertility plays a role in at least 40% of infertility cases. It is for this very reason that the male partner is asked to attend the initial consultation to help get a complete picture of potential challenges at hand. Understanding the potential causes for male infertility is important so the correct treatment plan can be applied to help address these issues.

As this video explains, male infertility has to do with the availability of sperm as well as the morphology and movement of that sperm. Each of these factors will be measured during a sperm analysis in the andrology lab, and abnormalities will be diagnosed with a series of different tests. Male infertility may stem from physical causes, such as varicoceles, or chemical issues like hormonal imbalances or side effects of certain medications. It is for this very reason that the male partner is asked to attend the initial consultation to help get a complete picture of the challenges at hand.

Regardless of the cause of your fertility issues, ReproMed can offer help with a state-of-the-art andrology lab and assisted reproduction services in Toronto. To learn more about us, visit our website or give us a call at (972) 494-5438.

How Should You Tell Your Child About Using a Sperm Donor?

If you have chosen to use a sperm donor to conceive, you may be thinking about immediate concerns, such as the type of person you want to be part of the genetic makeup of your child. You may not, however, be thinking about the future conversation you may have with your child when you tell her or him how she was conceived. Choosing to have this conversation is a personal choice and one that is left up to the parents to decide. This may be a topic to consider discussing with a counselor in preparation for your cycle.

In this video, you will hear one mother’s story. In this case, the parent hesitated in discussing this topic with her daughter and she shares some of the emotions leading up to this decision. Every parent has a unique journey, and it will be up to you to decide the right time and the right way to have this conversation if you choose.

ReproMed can guide you through the donor selection process and in-vitro fertilization procedures, so don’t hesitate to call us at (972) 494-5438. We are a leading provider of donor services in Toronto, and we are a participating clinic in the Ontario Fertility Program.

Reproductive Therapies from A to Z

Most patients who visit a fertility clinic will be presented with advanced treatment options like in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI). These state of the art services have helped thousands of patients worldwide start a family. Working with a fertility team of specialists will guide you through your reproductive journey.

Many patients often wonder if there are holistic therapies or supplements that can be used instead. Patients are often surprised to learn that these therapies can be used in conjunction with the advanced treatment options.

Your doctor may recommend some key lifestyle changes before you undergo these procedures. This may include weight loss, increased exercise, or fertility acupuncture. Focusing on a stress-free environment during treatment is also encouraged. There are a variety of supplements for both female and male patients to consider before starting treatment. You should never take fertility supplements without consulting with your doctor first.

ReproMed offers many advanced services for couples facing infertility, and we also work with patients as they seek alternative care to complement their clinical care in Toronto. For more information about us, visit us online or call (972) 494-5438.

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