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What Does Aging Mean for Male Fertility?

In about half of all cases of infertility, male infertility is the cause or a contributing cause. As with some women, many men are also waiting longer to start or grow their families. While it is certainly possible to conceive a child later in life, many men need the help of reproductive medicine. Just like female fertility, male fertility tends to decline with age.

As men grow older, the quality of their sperm becomes degraded. Sperm motility declines, which is the ability of sperm to move toward an egg. The structure of sperm and the total volume are also adversely affected. Additionally, women are at a higher risk of suffering a miscarriage if the father is over 45 years of age according to a study done by Columbia University. This certainly doesn’t mean that it’s impossible for an older couple to conceive a child; however, couples are more likely to need male fertility services and testing.

ReproMed is a leading provider of male fertility services in Toronto. Give us a call at (972) 494-5438 if you’re interested in scheduling a consult with one of our reproductive medicine specialists.

Using a Sperm Donor to Start a Family

Becoming a mother can be among the most fulfilling things a woman can do. For some however, conceiving a child may require the use of donor semen to achieve this goal. This may be the result of male partner who struggles with infertility or for those who have no partner at all. For all of these women, the services from a sperm bank and donor insemination procedure could be the solution.

The first step is to have a consultation with Fertility Specialist. During this time the medical history is collected and some preliminary tests may be prescribed. After this takes place, and the patient is deemed a suitable candidate to proceed, they will be introduced to the sperm bank to start the donor selection process. Selecting a donor can seem like an overwhelming task; but rest assured, members of the sperm bank will be there to answer all the questions and assist you along the way.

ReproMed offers the Data Assisted Donor Selection (D.A.D.S.™) consultation to women and couples who are considering donor sperm insemination in the Toronto area. Call (972) 494-5438 for an appointment or to request more information about our sperm bank.

What to Do When You and Your Partner Disagree About Fertility Treatment

To have a baby or not is an issue that can sometimes be a source of conflict for couples. For some couples who may need services involving reproductive medicine may have trouble agreeing on how exactly how they should proceed. For instance, after a failed cycle of in vitro fertilization (IVF), one partner may want to stop trying while another may not want to give up just yet. If you and your partner are disagreeing about fertility treatment, it’s important to consider whether both of you have all the information need to make the best decisions.

Become Informed

Consider scheduling a follow-up consultation with your reproductive medicine specialist to discuss the situation. Explain the position of each partner and request more information about your current options. You may be surprised to learn that you have more options than you realized. In some cases, the consideration of using third-party reproductive services may be an option. This may include donor sperm, donor eggs, or gestational surrogacy. Before you and your partner can come to an agreement regarding next steps with your fertility treatment, it’s necessary to be fully informed of your options.

Organize Your Thoughts

When couples disagree, one or both partners might have trouble clearly communicating why they feel the way they do. Put the discussion on hold for a while to allow each of you to organize your thoughts. It can be helpful to write down your thoughts and concerns. Clearly state your goals for your family and the fertility treatments you’re willing to explore to achieve those goals. It may also be helpful to consider meeting with a Fertility Counselor who may be able to help provide some guidance during this time.

Listen Actively

Once each of you have clearly organized your thoughts, sit down for a discussion and agree to some ground rules. Each person should have enough time to state his or her position without being interrupted. Actively listen to your partner and try to understand the situation from his or her point of view. Before both of you come to an agreement, it may be necessary to pause the discussion and reflect on the situation for a while.

ReproMed brings together knowledgeable and experienced reproductive medicine specialists in Toronto. Our female and male fertility services include IVF and fertility counselling. If you and your partner would like to explore your options for having a family, you can call us at (972) 494-5438.

A Look at ReproMed's Compliant Rating from Health Canada

Finding reliable medical care is essential for any type of treatment, and this is particularly true when you are seeking reproductive care with third party reproduction. At ReproMed, we are proud to have received a Complaint rating from Health Canada following our annual donor semen inspection.

This rating showcases our compliance with the rigorous standards that Health Canada has set forth to ensure patient safety and proper storage of semen specimens. In order to achieve compliance, we maintain rigid donor screening guidelines as well as a quality guarantee.

If you are having trouble conceiving or you want to discuss your future fertility with family planning services, contact ReproMed by calling (972) 494-5438. By complying with national standards and working to advance the science of reproductive medicine, we can help you grow your family with a wide range of options, including reliable donor services.

Examining Three Types of Third-Party Reproduction

There are many different fertility issues that a couple may face. While some may be treated through therapies like in-vitro fertilization using a couple’s own eggs and sperm, other causes of infertility may necessitate third party reproduction. In this article, you can learn about three methods of third-party reproduction that you might explore under the care of the experienced physicians at ReproMed.

Embryo Donation

While some couples will go through several rounds of IVF before successful implantation, others might have success right away. This can leave an excess of healthy, viable embryos, which the couple may choose to donate to others in need. In other cases, couples may freeze embryos for future use and decide for a number of reasons not to use them in the future. These couples might also donate embryos, which can be an option for couples struggling with a wide range of infertility causes.

Surrogacy

Surrogacy may be appropriate for many different couples. Same-sex male couples seeking children may consider surrogacy, as well as couples who are facing health or anatomical issues preventing a healthy full-term pregnancy. With surrogacy, a couple’s own eggs and sperm or those from a donor will be fertilized in a lab to create healthy embryos for implantation to a surrogate. She will carry out the pregnancy, typically with associated medical expenses covered by the couple seeking reproductive services.

Sperm and Egg Donation

In-vitro fertilization can take place with a couple’s own eggs and sperm or with donor specimens, depending on the type of fertility issues present. In some cases, egg and sperm donation will occur anonymously, with health and lifestyle information provided to the couple as they select donors.

At ReproMed, you can find comprehensive infertility care with assisted reproduction and fertility assessment services. Whether you are seeking fertility preservation or third party reproduction, we can help you achieve your family planning goals. To learn more, give us a call at (972) 494-5438.

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