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    How Parents Can Support Adult Children Who Are Receiving Fertility Treatments

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Infertility can be a challenging circumstance, not only for a couple that is trying to conceive, but also their parents. Especially when they are asked to keep fertility treatment information confidential, grandparents may feel as if they have no one to whom they can talk about their feelings. Studies reveal that grandparents overwhelmingly believe that it is their duty to provide unconditional support to their children as they undergo IVF. This support can prove integral to helping fertility treatment recipients get through what may be a difficult time in their lives. This video discusses the impact that fertility treatment can have on the parents of IVF patients.

    ReproMed offers both single and couple counselling services for IVF recipients residing in the greater Toronto area. For more information, call (647) 495-8305.

    Understanding Assisted Hatching

    Last updated 16 days ago

    The key goal of the IVF process is have an embryo implant into the uterine wall in the hopes of achieving a pregnancy.  However, even after egg retrieval and fertilization, the embryos may not implant successfully when transferred to the uterus. For this reason, Fertility Specialists may choose to use Assisted Hatching to help facilitate embryo implantation. This technique involves the Embryologist partially thinning the zona pellucida, essentially the outer covering of the embryo, to increase the chances of successful hatching and implantation into the uterine wall.

    The actual process itself can be done in several different ways.  Older methods included dissolving, this is where a fluid was used to gently erode the zona pellucida.  More modern methods include a mechanical process where a needle is used to create a slit in the zona pellucida.  The most advanced process, and the one that ReproMed employs, involves applying laser energy to thin the outer layer.  Once the assisted hatching procedure is complete, the embryos are then returned to the uterus.

    The are several scenarios where assisted hatching is used.  Some include: if prior IVF treatment has not resulted in successful implantation, women with high amounts of follicle stimulating hormone, those that have already passed the age of 37, unusually thick zona pellucida surrounding the embryos, and frozen embryo transfers.  In practice however, since there is no harm to the embryos when assisted hatching is employed, it a procedure that is used in a majority of IVF procedures. 

    To find out more about this technique, call ReproMed at (647) 495-8305. Our infertility clinic offers IVF, egg freezing, and other reproductive medicine services for patients from all over the world. 

    A Step-by-Step Guide to IVF

    Last updated 22 days ago

    IVF, or in vitro fertilization, is a common and successful means by which couples become pregnant when natural conception does not occur. For more than 30 years, IVF has resulted in the healthy births of thousands of babies worldwide. By knowing what they can expect, prospective first-time IVF recipients can better decide if this treatment option is right for them to start their family.

    Egg Retrieval
    In Vitro, Latin for “in glass,” literary refers to studies performed with biological materials outside their normal biological context.  IVF is the exactly this with the Fertilization of eggs outside the uterus.  The first step is to retrieve the eggs from the female patient.  Due to the fact that not all eggs may become successfully fertilized, the Fertility Specialist will attempt to retrieve as many eggs as possible from the ovaries. This is further complicated to the fact that women normally release a single egg during each ovulation cycle. To increase the number of eggs retrieved from the ovaries, IVF recipients will used fertility medications to increase the number of eggs that can be retrieved in the process.

    Introduce Sperm and Fertilize
    Once the eggs are collected, they are brought to a laboratory and injected with male partner’s sperm through a process known as ICSI. The Embryologist will monitor the cultured embryos as they begin to grow over the next three to five days.  In some cases, additional testing may be performed on the embryos to test for known genetic traits that may exist in male or female partner that created the embryos.     

    Transfer Embryos
    When the embryos are ready for transfer, the Fertility Specialist collects them and introduces them into the uterus via a catheter in the cervix. The number of embryos transferred depends on several factors. Though it is best practice to transfer one embryo, known as single embryo transfer, it may be determined that additional embryos are needed.  An important discussion about the possibility of multiple pregnancies is had between the Fertility Specialist and the couple when considering transferring more than one embryo. 

    ReproMed, based in Toronto, can help you have the family you want. Our innovative services offer effective and individualized solutions to your infertility problems. Call (647) 495-8305 for more information on our reproductive medicine options.

    The Importance of Fertility Protocols

    Last updated 29 days ago

    Scheduling plays a critical role in successful IVF and fertility treatment. It is for this reason that clinics like ReproMed follow precise protocol standards and depend heavily on timely communication between patients and the medical team. It all starts with the beginning of the female patient’s menstrual cycle and notification to the nursing staff of the first day of her period, known as “day one.” This then sets into motion a series of blood tests, ultrasounds, and the commencement of medications; all to take place on specific days during the course of the next cycle. Several monitoring systems are also used to ensure the optimal date is set for the retrieval of eggs. Upon successful fertilization, the embryo(s) are then transferred to the uterus three days later. Though there are different protocols that the Fertility Specialist may implement, the one thing that remains constant is the importance of communication between all parties involved.

    Do you have more questions about how IVF or ICSI works? The friendly staff at ReproMed can address your inquiries and concerns. To schedule an appointment, call our Toronto infertility clinic at (647) 495-8305.

    60 Minutes Story on PGD

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Every once in a while we come across an interesting story on aspects related to our field. Last night, 60 Minutes did a very interesting story on PGD. Check out the video here.


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