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Should You Consider Couples Counseling During Fertility Treatments?

When you are facing infertility, tensions between you and your partner may run high. Infertility is a stressful subject to talk about, and it’s even tougher to deal with it. Treatments can be mentally and physically stressful, and that stress may only complicate your situation. Therefore, you might consider going through couples counseling while you explore fertility treatment options.

Couples counseling can sound daunting, but it is intended to facilitate open communication and help each partner express themselves. During fertility care, this kind of communication can be invaluable, since you will need to make decisions as a couple about how you want to proceed in your treatment and express when you are experiencing more physical or emotional difficulty.

Sometimes, in the case of a failed treatment, taking a moment to pause and discuss what has transpired can be beneficial for couples. In many cases, this reflection can help move forward in the reproductive journey that lies ahead.

When you seek fertility care in Toronto through ReproMed, we can connect you to counseling services to help ease the process of treatment and get your family off to a positive start. For more information about our assisted reproduction services, visit us online or call (972) 494-5438 to schedule a consultation.

How Does a Miscarriage Affect Your Fertility?

Unfortunately, miscarriages are a common occurrence, so many women will experience them as they try to start or expand their families. If you have experienced a miscarriage and are trying again to get pregnant, you may be wondering how long it might take to conceive once more. As this video explains, miscarriages do not permanently affect your ability to conceive, but it can take a few months for the body to recover so that you are able to get pregnant again.

Of course, the best approach to managing your fertility following a miscarriage is visiting a fertility specialist. To make an appointment with the experienced, specialized team at ReproMed in Toronto, visit our website or give us a call at (972) 494-5438.

FAQs About Ovarian Reserve Testing

Female fertility is dependent on the quality and quantity of eggs, which can each decline with age. Therefore, it can be helpful to undergo ovarian reserve testing to assess the quantity of eggs that you have if you are having difficulty conceiving or you are considering fertility preservation to help you fulfill your family planning goals later on in life. To help you prepare for this type of testing, read on for some common questions and answers related to ovarian reserve testing.

When is the right time to have this type of testing?

In general, egg quality and quantity begins to decline gradually in a woman’s early 30s, and this trend will continue and accelerate as she gets into her later 30s and early 40s, so testing may be more appropriate for women as they get older. However, there are cases in which younger women will experience a sharper decline in egg quantity, so testing may be considered for women in their 20s or early 30s if they are having trouble conceiving.

How does ovarian reserve testing work?

Ovarian reserve testing, Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH), is a diagnostic procedure through bloodwork. This can be reflective of how well you may respond to stimulation medication. It can be a guide to proceed to IVF or not.

Are there other tests available?

Other tests may be appropriate for measuring the number of available eggs, such as testing for follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) during the menstrual cycle—lower amounts of FSH will indicate lower egg reserves. Keep in mind that there is no real way to measure the quality of eggs, so age will usually be the best indication.

What if I do not have an adequate number of eggs?

Egg donation is a common choice for women who do not have a sufficient supply of healthy eggs. Your doctor can walk you through the entire list of your treatment options to determine what’s best for your situation.

At ReproMed, we specialize in IVF and other assisted reproduction procedures to help you overcome infertility and achieve your family planning goals. For a consultation where you can discuss your fertility with a specialist in Toronto, give us a call at (972) 494-5438.

What Donated Embryo Recipients Need to Know

While some couples may need to undergo more than one cycle of IVF to achieve a pregnancy, others may have success much sooner, leaving viable embryos available for future use. In some cases, these embryos can be generously donated by couples to assist another patient to help them grow their family.

Though embryo donation is not the most common type of donation utilized in fertility care, it is still an option for certain couples to consider in certain circumstances.

If you are considering embryo donation as an option for your fertility solution, you will still need to provide basic health information and complete some initial testing. In addition, you will also need to supply demographic information as well as information regarding your expectations and preferences for characteristics such as ethnicity and hair color. Based on the information provided, you may be matched with a donated embryo that can be the key to your successful IVF treatment.

For more about the embryo donation program at ReproMed as well as a complete look at in-vitro fertilization and other assisted reproduction technologies, call us at (972) 494-5438. We will be happy to schedule a one-on-one consultation where you can get answers to all your fertility questions and learn if assisted reproduction is right for your needs.

Preparing for Intrauterine Insemination

Intrauterine insemination, often referred to simply as IUI, is a method of insemination that directly inserts washed, prepared sperm into the uterus to increase the chances of conception. It is often effective in cases of male factor infertility, because it ensures that a healthy number of sperm reach the uterus, thus increasing the chances of fertilization by bypassing the cervix. To prepare for IUI, you may need to begin taking certain fertility drugs to get the body ready for pregnancy and ensure proper timing for the insemination. As you take this medication and approach your insemination date, you may wish to utilize the following in preparation.

Pay Close Attention to Fertility Drug Side Effects

Fertility drugs may pose side effects, and it is important to record these and discuss them with your doctor as they occur. Some side effects may be normal, while others could indicate an adverse reaction to the medication that will necessitate a new strategy for your reproductive care.

Keep Your Stress Levels Down

Stress can be common for patients/individuals facing infertility, and it may be damaging to your treatment if you are not working to keep stress low. As you undergo fertility treatment, remember to continue making time for yourself and for your partner, by engaging in activities you enjoy and taking your mind off fertility treatment to relax and de-stress.

Fortify Your Body with a Sound Diet and Exercise Routine

With a healthy foundation, fertility treatments like IUI will be much more effective. You can support your treatment by following a healthy, balanced diet and getting regular, moderate exercise that will help you stay strong and boost your immune system to prepare the body for insemination and pregnancy.

Write Down Your Doctor’s Instructions

You may be provided with a lot of information during your pre-IUI consults, so be sure that you are recording your doctor or nurse’s specific instructions so that you do not forget any steps once you leave the office. If you are doing a repeat IUI, don’t assume it will be the same process as your last one. Communication is vital to success.

If you and your partner are struggling with infertility, you can identify the right treatment options under the care of ReproMed. Our center for assisted reproduction provides comprehensive fertility care in Toronto, so don’t hesitate to call us at (972) 494-5438 for a consultation.

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