The IVF & Reproductive Medicine Educational Center

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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.

Factors that Affect IUI Success Rates

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a procedure in which sperm is directly injected into the uterine cavity to align the injection with the peak of ovulation. Sometimes this is done following hormonal treatment which helps stimulate the ovaries to mature more than one egg. Though IUI is a relatively simple procedure from the patient’s perspective, it does require precise timing, preparation, and follow-up care to achieve success. Working with fertility specialists, like ReproMed in Toronto, patients will receive a customized approach to their treatment cycles. Patient specific plans help to increase ones chances of success considering the following factors:

Procedural Timing

Appropriately timing IUI is critical to success. In cycles involving fertility medications, regular monitoring is required to identify that ideal time for insemination. This consist of blood work to monitor hormones, ultrasound to monitor follicle size, and endometrial thickness, and consultation with nursing staff to review findings. In some cases, patients may opt for double inseminations which take place 24 hours apart.

Treatment Care

Though you will be working closely with the Nursing team, your doctor will be carefully reviewing your chart after each visit. Should the Fertility Specialist suggest a change to the protocol based on the findings, the Nursing team will relay this information to you. It is important to be in a positive frame of mind leading up to and after the procedure. Try to avoid strenuous exercise, and get lots of rest and relaxation for the days following your insemination.

Patient Age

Age is a factor in any fertility procedure, including IUI. Those of advanced maternal age may wish to only undergo 3 cycles of IUI before moving on to advanced treatments like IVF. For patients under the age of 35, they may wish to try multiple round of IUI if they are not successful in the first attempt.

Sperm Preparation

IUI success is not limited to female factors. After a proper semen analysis, and medical clearance to proceed to IUI, sperm will be washed and prepared in an

Andrology lab before the procedure. The specimen is typically prepared 90 minutes before the actual insemination. It will be important to coordinate with your partner or sperm donor. In addition, the best samples are provided with 3 to 5 days of abstinence.

To learn more about IUI and other options for reproductive care, visit ReproMed for a consultation. Our doctors will spend time talking with you and your partner to determine your unique needs and goals. Call us at (972) 494-5438 to schedule a consultation.

Why Does IVF Increase the Odds of Having Twins?

Even though twin pregnancies are often carried to term, there are some risks to both mother and child. These pregnancies have a higher chance of resulting in premature births and complications at birth. Twin pregnancies can occur naturally, however, they can also be a result of transferring multiple embryos during an IVF cycle. This video will further explain the risks of having twins in IVF procedures and the methodology of curbing the risks in various situations. For this reason, many fertility specialists will opt for Single Embryo Transfer (SET) with the goal of achieving a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

At ReproMed, we are passionate about providing our patients with comprehensive education about all reproductive procedures, so they may weigh the risks and benefits for themselves. To learn more about our treatment options and the risks they may carry, call our clinic at (972) 494-5438 to schedule a consultation in Toronto.

Spotlight on Regional Fertility Services in Rural Regions

Residing in rural and remote regions can limit access to medical care for specialized services. Reproductive medicine, in particular, can be a challenge for patients in these areas. Fortunately, ReproMed has experience in extending services beyond our Toronto location. Partnering with physicians and localized labs we can help ease the burden for patient travel.

With advancements in technology, it is quite common for patients to video conference with the physician and the nursing team throughout the cycle process. If patients travel to the clinic, arrangements can be made to complete as much testing as possible on that day to make the trip worthwhile. In addition, the actual procedure date at the clinic can be planned well in advance to make travel arrangements easier to make.

To learn more about the special resources and services ReproMed provides to patients in rural areas, call our Toronto offices at (972) 494-5438. We are proud to serve patients from all backgrounds and lifestyles, and we believe that healthcare should not be limited by geographic boundaries.

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