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What to Expect When You Undergo a Fertility Assessment

Whether you have decided you are ready to start a family or not, experiencing fertility issues, or simply planning for the future, discussing reproductive matters with your primary care physician is an important first step. Many times your primary doctor will refer you to a fertility specialist to seek a more comprehensive fertility assessment. Depending on your age, the decision to refer to a reproductive clinic sooner, rather than later, may help to identify issues for your or your partner’s fertility.

A Discussion with the Doctor

In many cases, your primary doctor may send some test results they may have conducted or medical information to assist the Fertility Specialist. You will sit down with the doctor to discuss your reproductive goals, as well as your health history, reproductive and sexual history, and known infertility issues in your family. This information can help identify any potential problems and determine additional tests if necessary. In some situations, it may lead to some specific tests, like genetic screening, and help establish realistic goals for assisted reproduction procedures.

Hormonal Testing

For women, age is an important factor in fertility, because hormone levels will naturally fluctuate and drop off after a certain point. That’s why your doctor may order blood work to measure estrogen and progesterone levels in addition to others that may affect your fertility. For men, it may be appropriate to measure testosterone levels.

Sperm or Ovary Analysis

Fertility in women is linked to an adequate supply of healthy eggs. Therefore, your doctor may order an ultrasound of the ovaries to get a count of viable follicles. Men, on the other hand, may provide a semen sample, which will be reviewed in an andrology lab to assess the sperm count, motility, and mobility. Computer analysis assists in these procedures for improved accuracy and efficient testing.

Next Steps

Once the testing is complete, a follow-up consultation will take place to tie everything together. At that time, the best path forward will be mapped out between you and the doctor.

For fertility assessments and state-of-the-art infertility treatment options, connect with ReproMed. Our Toronto clinic can offer personalized, dedicated care that is compatible with Ontario’s government-funded fertility services. To learn more, visit our website or call us at (972) 494-5438.

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.

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