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    How to Become a Sperm Donor with ReproMed

    Last updated 5 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 5 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 12 days 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.

    What Your Age Means to Your Fertility

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Age is a significant factor of fertility for both men and women. Among women, fertility tends to decline dramatically at about age 30 and 35, with further declines thereafter. Not only can it be more difficult for a woman to become pregnant, but the risks of miscarriage also rise.

    Watch this video to learn more about the link between age and fertility.  The physician elaborates upon some of the risks of delaying childbearing for long period of time.  When the time is right to start your family, and if you are concerned about the effect your age may have, it’s a good idea to consult a reproductive medicine specialist about your options.

    If you and your partner are ready to begin a family, contact the Fertility Specialists at ReproMed. Couples can call (647) 495-8305 or visit us online for more information about our services, including in vitro fertilization.

    What Is Sperm Banking?

    Last updated 1 month 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.


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