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    Healthy Food for Women's Fertility

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Changing your diet can make a difference and help improve your fertility. The right kinds of proteins, and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, can make a difference in your overall health, as well as the health of your baby. Watch this video to learn more about the link between diet and women’s fertility.

    If you are ready to start a family, eating the right foods in addition to working with a fertility specialist is a great place to start. Contact the Fertility Specialists at ReproMed for more information by calling (647) 495-8305 or visiting us online.

    Understanding Your Assisted Reproduction Options

    Last updated 20 days ago

    Infertility is far more common than you might realize. To help couples become pregnant, reproductive medicine specialists have developed a number of advanced treatment therapies.  Couples visiting an IVF clinic will receive personalized recommendations that suit their particular infertility challenges. Some of options may include fertility medications, in vitro fertilization (IVF), and the use of donor eggs or sperm.

    Fertility Medications
    Fertility Specialists commonly prescribe fertility medications to women who are experiencing ovulation difficulties. One of the most commonly used fertility drugs is clomiphene citrate. The drug helps stimulate the production of eggs.  Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) is used to trigger the release of eggs.  Sometimes, fertility medications alone are sufficient to achieve pregnancy. They are also used extensively in an IVF procedure.

    In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
    After the ovary has released eggs with the help of fertility medications, a reproductive medicine physician can perform an egg retrieval procedure. The male partner provides a sperm sample, which is carefully processed. Then, the eggs and sperm are combined in the laboratory. The fertilized eggs grow into embryos. In a separate procedure, the embryos are transferred directly into the uterus, where they can implant to the uterine wall.

    Donor Selection
    Another assisted reproduction option is the use of donor eggs or sperm. Donor eggs and sperm may be used for a variety of reasons, such as in the case of same-sex couples. A couple may also choose donor eggs or sperm in the event that genetic abnormalities are found. Couples can visit an IVF clinic that features a sperm bank and an egg donation program to learn about screening criteria and to select their ideal donor eggs or sperm.

    To learn which assisted reproduction options might be right for you and your partner, schedule a confidential meeting at ReproMed, an IVF clinic in Toronto. Our reproductive medicine specialists will thoroughly evaluate your unique health challenges and explain your infertility treatment options. Call us today at (647) 495-8305 and ask us about our egg donation program and our licensed sperm bank.

    How to Become a Sperm Donor with ReproMed

    Last updated 27 days ago

    As a licensed sperm bank, ReproMed helps couples in Toronto and across Canada achieve their dreams of having children.  For some patients, they must rely on the use of donor semen in their goal of starting a family.  This can only be achieved through the generosity of men coming forward to participate as sperm donors. 

    Our sperm bank has a rigorous screening process. After filling out our online application form, potential donors may be contacted for an interview. You will be asked to provide us with extensive medical information and information about your genetic history.

    During your two to three screening visits at our bank, you will be tested for various infectious diseases, and evaluated for any genetic abnormalities. You can also expect to undergo a physical exam. You will be asked to provide a semen sample for analysis. Upon your acceptance, you can arrange an ideal donation schedule.  All appointments and specimens are handled with the utmost confidentiality.

    If you have any questions about becoming a sperm donor with ReproMed, please call us at (647) 495-8305. Our clinic in Toronto would be glad to discuss program details more in depth.  

    ReproMed's Dr. Del Valle Contributed to an Article in Flare Magazine

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Dr. Del Valle of ReproMed contributed to an article in Flare Magazine! Read the article on Egg Freezing to learn five things you need to know about freezing your eggs!

    A Patient's Guide to ICSI

    Last updated 1 month ago

    If you are planning to undergo an IVF cycle, your reproductive medicine physician may recommend using intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) as part of your treatment. ICSI is a fairly recent innovation in the field of reproductive medicine that has yielded impressive results for infertile couples. Talk to your Infertility Specialist to find out whether ICSI is right for you and what you can expect from the procedure.

    ICSI Candidacy
    Reproductive medicine specialists typically recommend ICSI in cases of male infertility. Since it involves the precise injection of a single sperm into an egg, it is ideal in cases in which the sperm cannot reach the egg or cannot fertilize the egg naturally. ICSI can be highly effective in cases of male infertility involving a very low sperm count, abnormal sperm morphology, ejaculation difficulties, and similar challenges.  It also recommended for couples with no prior history of a pregnancy.

    Sperm Sample
    The male partner provides a sperm sample. Sometimes, the infertility doctor will need to extract sperm directly from the male partner under a local anesthetic. This may involve testicular sperm aspiration (TESA) or percutaneous epididymal aspiration (PESA).

    Egg Retrieval
    As with a typical IVF procedure, the female partner can expect to undergo an egg retrieval.  After using fertility drugs to stimulate the release of multiple eggs, the physician will carefully “retrieve” them using an ultrasound guided needle. A local anesthetic will alleviate any discomfort.

    Fertilization and Transfer
    In the laboratory, an embryologist will isolate a few, individual sperm and inject one into each egg. The fertilized eggs will then develop into embryos under close supervision.  When they are ready for “transfer,” the female partner will come back to the IVF clinic and the physician will complete the procedure.

    The reproductive medicine specialists of ReproMed utilize state-of-the-art technology for IVF and ICSI protocols. Our IVF clinic in Toronto is dedicated to providing extensive patient education to help you and your partner make an informed decision. Take the first step toward overcoming infertility by calling (647) 495-8305 to arrange a confidential consultation with a reproductive medicine specialist.




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