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Why You May Still Need Endometriosis Treatment When You Aren't Trying to Get Pregnant

Endometriosis is a common condition among women, which causes backflow of the uterine lining into the fallopian tubes and outer areas of the uterus. Not only is this condition a frequent cause of female infertility, but it may cause many unpleasant symptoms, including heavy menstruation, persistent feelings of fullness, and significant abdominal pain. Because of these symptoms, you may still consider treatment options for endometriosis, even if you do not have any child bearing goals. In addition, endometriosis may increase the risk of other conditions affecting the reproductive organs, including pelvic inflammatory disease.

Consulting with your doctor or OBGYN can provide you with access to all available treatments. For those facing infertility as a result of endometriosis, a Fertility Specialist can provide personalized, compassionate care to fit your reproductive needs.

To find comprehensive reproductive treatment as a result of endometriosis and related conditions, look to ReproMed, the Toronto Institute for Reproductive Medicine. You can schedule an appointment with us by calling (972) 494-5438, or visit our website to explore our assisted reproduction treatment options.

Coping with Pregnancy Loss

For the past couple of years we have talked about many topics related to infertility and reproductive medicine. Today we want to pause and share with you a video about a very important challenge that some patients face: miscarriage. Once in a while we come across certain pieces that we feel can benefit patients even though it is not an easy topic to discuss.

A miscarriage can be incredibly trying for any couple, and recurring miscarriages can be even more difficult to face. Regardless of whether you seek reproductive care to facilitate a full-term pregnancy or you choose to fulfill your family planning goals through other means, it is important to recognize the emotional trauma that past miscarriages may have caused. This video will inform you of one woman’s struggle with pregnancy loss and her confrontation with the feelings that her miscarriages caused.

At ReproMed, we understand the sensitivity involved in infertility issues and assisted reproduction. In addition to our clinical services, we provide counseling and detailed consultations to provide our patients with the added compassion and dedication that sets us apart. To learn more, call us today at (972) 494-5438.

Is Offsite Insemination Right for You?

If you are considering the use of donor sperm to conceive a child, insemination will be part of the process. Though insemination is commonly performed in the clinic setting, it is possible to complete this process outside of a doctor’s office. At ReproMed, we are happy to assist patients with offsite insemination which can be facilitated at the patient’s home. With offsite insemination, you will receive access to our donor catalog, two vials of donor semen, an insemination kit, instructions, an ovulation prediction kit, and continuous access to our team of reproductive specialists. Below you can learn a little more about the program.

It Starts with You and the Fertility Specialist

Offsite insemination can be ideal for many patients, but it is not right for everyone. You will need to schedule an initial patient consultation with the Fertility Specialist so he can learn about your medical history. This session can be done in person, via phone, or Skype video conference. There will be some tests that will be scheduled in the clinic or at location closer to your home to help better understand aspects of your cycle. Once a complete picture is achieved, the doctor can make a recommendation if you are a candidate for Home Insemination.

Sometimes, Infertility is Not the Issue

Though ReproMed is a leading provider of in-vitro fertilization and other advanced fertility services, we do see many patients who are simply seeking access to safe and compliant donor services. If you do not have known fertility issues, offsite insemination may be a simpler way to complete conception. More than 50% of patients under the age of 40 will achieve conception in three cycles of insemination.

You want to maintain a comfortable and intimate setting.

The clinic environment may be more sterile than you prefer, so you may choose to inseminate on your own or with your partner in the comfort of home. The unique intimacy and familiar surroundings of the home environment can allow you to relax and ease any stress related to the insemination process.

To learn more about insemination and our selective donor qualifications, call ReproMed at (972) 494-5438.

What You Need to Know About Sperm Donors

Sperm donation is common in assisted reproduction, and it may facilitate pregnancies for couples facing male factor infertility, same-sex couples, and single women. Though the use of donor sperm is widespread, it still carries some misconceptions—particularly concerning the health and credentials of each donor.

Donors are held to rigorous standards. In fact, only about 2% of applicants have their specimens accepted. Candidates may be rejected based on health, educational requirements, or lifestyle factors. Sperm banks will post a table listing all the infectious screening tests completed by each donor.

In the process of selecting a donor, patients will also see a comprehensive profile that includes likeness photos, audio recordings, staff impressions, and essential credentials. After reviewing both medical and qualitative traits, patients can make an informed decision with regards to choosing their donor.

At ReproMed, we have dedicated donor services in Toronto to provide our patients with an easy process as well as complete peace of mind in their donor selection. To learn more about our donor requirements, call our offices at (972) 494-5438.

Answers to Common Questions About Surrogacy

The process of surrogacy, also referred to as use of a gestational carrier, has been utilized for many years in the field of reproductive medicine. It is a reproductive therapy considered for women who are unable to carry a pregnancy to term, same-sex male couples, and for single men wishing to start a family. Choosing a surrogate is a highly personal decision, and it should be made with a background of information about the surrogacy process in general.

How does the surrogacy process begin?

The first step in this journey is identifying the individual who will act as your surrogate. This may be someone you know, a friend or family member, or a generous individual you may learn about with the help of an agency that specializes in surrogacy.

In working with an agency, patients will select a surrogate from a pool of volunteers who wish to help. The agency will connect both the surrogate and the patient, known as the “Intended Parent,” together to discuss the possibility of working together.

Regardless of the specific selection process, surrogates will have no DNA connection to the child.

What is the screening process for surrogates?

To become a surrogate, a woman must be considered healthy and fit to carry a pregnancy to term. Both physical and psychological screenings will take place to determine candidacy as a surrogate. This will require the surrogate to visit the fertility clinic to complete a series of medical tests for assessment. At the end of this screening process, the results will be shared with the intended parents before beginning the actual process.

At ReproMed, we provide the most advanced technologies in reproductive medicine paired with compassionate care and individual counseling to cater to each patient’s unique circumstances. To learn more, visit our website or give us a call at (972) 494-5438.

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