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    What Is Sperm Banking?

    Last updated 2 days 20 hours ago

    A sperm bank is a place where donated sperm is acquired, tested, and stored for future fertility use.  Sperm donors are thoroughly screened based on the strict guidelines outlined by the Canadian Semen Regulation.  In many cases sperm banks, like ReproMed, will extend testing protocols beyond the minimum regulatory requirements to ensure that only the safest sperm samples are offered to patients.

    In addition to collecting all the medical-genetic history, the bank will note all physical features, family history, educational history, skills, abilities, and personality traits.  This information is often presented to recipients through an on-line catalogue that can be accessed from the Internet.  Additional donor information, known as Extended Profiles, can also be accessed and includes such items as Donor Photos, Temperament Reports, Staff Impressions, and Donor Essays. 

    Compliant specimens are carefully frozen in an advanced cryopreservation tanks until the recipient requests the samples to be shipped to their doctor or clinic to be used in a treatment cycle.  Some patients may engage the sperm bank for long term storage of units for future subsequent pregnancies. 

    If you have any questions about sperm banking, call ReproMed at (647) 495-8305. Our strict donation rules and sperm banking protocols have allowed us to help patients throughout Canada achieve a pregnancy. You can visit our website to learn more about our other reproductive services, including IVF and egg freezing.

    What Is Intrauterine Insemination?

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) involves the injection of sperm directly into the uterine cavity. This procedure is often recommended for couples experiencing fertility challenges or for single & same-sex females wishing to achieve a pregnancy.  At reproductive centers like ReproMed, the IUI is performed in a safe, sterile outpatient clinic.

    During an IUI, the female patient lies on an examining table and has a speculum inserted into her vagina. The attending medical professional then carefully inserts a small catheter through the cervix and slowly injects the prepared (washed) sperm sample into the uterus.

    The entire procedure takes less than 5 minutes. For best results, it’s ideal to have two separate inseminations within a 24-hour period. Slight cramping is common after this procedure, and can be alleviated with a mild anti-inflammatory.

    ReproMed is dedicated to safe and effective reproductive medicine. We provide a wide range of fertility services, including intrauterine insemination, IVF, and egg freezing. To speak with one of our Toronto medical professionals, feel free to call (647) 495-8305.

    Preparing for Your First Fertility Clinic Visit

    Last updated 16 days ago

    It’s perfectly normal to be a little nervous about your first visit to a fertility clinic, especially given the emotional implications of infertility. Understanding what to expect can calm your nerves and help you get the most out of your consultation with the reproductive medicine specialist. You may wish to visit the website of the fertility clinic beforehand to learn more about the practice and the people you will meet.

    Complete Required Paperwork
    At your first visit, you can expect to fill out a patient questionnaire, medical history, and necessary consents. You can save time at the visit by requesting these forms ahead in advance. Many fertility clinics make these forms available for download on their websites. When filling out the paperwork, be sure to complete as much information as possible to assist the Fertility Specialist in the initial diagnosis.

    Write a List of Questions
    During your visit with the reproductive medicine specialist, you’ll receive a great deal of information about infertility and possible treatment options. It can be easy to lose track of the questions you’d planned to ask. Write a list of your questions in advance.  Some of the common ones are what tests the doctor recommends, what to expect during treatment like in vitro fertilization (IVF), and whether complementary therapies such as acupuncture are beneficial.

    The Fertility Assessment
    It’s common for infertility patients to undergo fertility testing during a second visit; however, some clinics may conduct testing at the first visit to help save time & travel. Both men and women can expect various testing to taking place during the initial diagnostic phase.  Rest assured, the clinic’s trained team of specialist will be there to support you from the start.

    The caring team at ReproMed provides comprehensive fertility assessments and infertility treatment options. At our fertility clinic, you’ll also find extensive counselling and patient support services, in addition to financing assistance. Future parents in the Toronto area can reach us by calling (647) 495-8305.

    How a Fertility Specialist Can Help You Conceive After Cancer

    Last updated 20 days ago

    A cancer diagnosis is life-changing, both for the patient and his or her family. Unfortunately, if you’re diagnosed with cancer before you have the opportunity to have children, your chances of starting a family could be affected. The disease itself and its various treatments, radiation therapy, can cause a significant decline in one’s fertility. It is critical for those who have been diagnosed with cancer to consult a Fertility Specialist as soon as possible to secure all the possible options about fertility preservation.  For those who have already had cancer treatment, there may still be fertility treatment options available to you.

    Cryopreservation is a safe, effective option for those who have not yet started cancer treatment. A fertility specialist can retrieve a woman’s eggs and cryopreserve them for future fertilization when the time is right to start a family. Men may also have their sperm frozen for later use. Sometimes, couples choose to cryopreserve embryos. The fertility specialist can retrieve the eggs and combine them with the male partner’s sperm. The embryo is then carefully preserved for a future attempt at a pregnancy.

    Egg or Sperm Donation
    Even if you did not have eggs, sperm, or embryos cryopreserved prior to undergoing cancer treatment, it’s a good idea to consult a fertility specialist about your options. Your physician may recommend considering the use of donor eggs or sperm as a potential option in starting a family.

    In some cases, women who have survived cancer may no longer be able to carry a child as a result of the treatment.  In this scenario, the use of a gestational surrogate may be required.  The Fertility Specialist can provide all the details associated with third-party reproduction.

    The reproductive medicine specialists at ReproMed are dedicated to helping each individual achieve his or her dream of becoming a parent. If you’ve been recently diagnosed with cancer or you’re finished with your treatment, you can learn about your options by scheduling a consultation with a fertility specialist. Call our clinic in Toronto at (647) 495-8305.

    Fertility Clinic Run Arounds: Have You Been A Victim?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    It is sad to see some patient's get the run around. ReproMed updates our pregnancy stats at the end of Q1 every year. Our results are blended (currently 6 years of data) to give patients the truest notion of achieving a pregnancy. And of course, they are always online for everyone to see!

    Check out this link on The Fertility Clinic Guessing Game from the National Post and see why some Canadians have no way to find out the success rates for IVF treatments.


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