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    Complimentary Tips for Preparing for Your IVF Cycle

    Last updated 2 hours 7 minutes ago

    In-vitro fertilization is an advanced therapy that has helped many couples struggling with infertility achieve their goal of starting a family.  There are many factors that contribute to a successful treatment.  Some of the success depends on the health habits of the parents-to-be. Here are a couple of complimentary tips of the things you can do before your IVF treatment.

    Clean up your Diet
    The best pre-pregnancy diet for any mom is one that is limited in processed foods, hydrogenated oils, sugar, and salt. You should opt for all-natural, organic foods where possible and stick to choices that have a low glycemic index.

    Take Steps to Manage Stress
    Stress is a common problem for couples facing infertility, and it can actually cause more difficulty as you try to conceive. To manage stress, you might use massage, acupuncture, yoga, or even meditation. It can be therapeutic to use stress management techniques with your partner so that you are able to take your minds off of the fertility treatment process.

    Boost Antioxidant Intake
    As you change your diet to cleanse your body, you may already be eating more fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants. Still you might focus on eating dark berries, leafy greens, sweet potatoes, and carrots, which are all high in antioxidants.

    If you are considering IVF or other fertility treatments to support your family planning goals, connect with ReproMed at our Toronto office. You can find us online or at (647) 495-8305 to schedule your first consultation with our caring team specializing in reproductive medicine.

    How Are Embryos Transferred During IVF?

    Last updated 6 days ago

    In-vitro fertilization is a multi-step process in which embryos develop in a laboratory setting before being transferred to the uterus. This advanced treatment therapy has helped boost the chances of successful conception for those suffering from both male and female infertility. After fertilization, embryos may be transferred on day 3 or on day 5.  Day 5 embryos have developed to the blastocyst; a more advanced stage in the development process. 

    Generally the embryo transfer process is a minimally invasive procedure since the Fertility Specialist utilizes a very thin catheter to place the embryos into the uterine cavity.   After the embryos are transferred, patients may need to follow specific guidelines to boost the chances of implantation and further development through the use of medications.  A pregnancy test will be taken about 14 days after transfer which will hopefully yield good news for the patient.

    If you have been trying to conceive for a year or longer with no success, it may be time to consult a reproductive physician and learn about your options with IVF. For infertility care in Toronto, call ReproMed at (647) 495-8305, or contact us on our website

    What Happens When Your First IVF Cycle Doesn't Work?

    Last updated 13 days ago

    In Vitro Fertilization is an advanced treatment therapy that has helped thousands of patients achieve their dream of becoming pregnant. Unfortunately for some, the process does not always work on the first attempt. As this video describes, the Fertility Specialist will conduct a thorough assessment of after the failed cycle to determine the potential cause of failure. It could be a result of uterine abnormalities, an autoimmune response, or the fact that the embryos may have a genetic abnormality. Many of the secondary options will depend on the circumstances from the first cycle. It is important to note that secondary attempts at IVF, under a frozen embryo transfer, have high success rates similar to the initial cycle. A positive fact to keep in mind should you experience a failed cycle.

    If you have experienced a failed cycle there is still hope for conception. ReproMed will provide compassionate, affordable care to help you work through the challenges of assisted reproductive medicine in our Toronto office. You can reach us for an initial consultation on our website or at (647) 495-8305.

    How Parents Can Support Adult Children Who Are Receiving Fertility Treatments

    Last updated 1 month 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 1 month 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. 


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