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Answering FAQs About IVF Medications

IVF Medication

There are different types of medications that may be used during the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process. IVF medications may be used to stimulate the follicles to produce additional eggs, prevent ovulation from occurring too early, and may be used to help mature eggs for the upcoming egg retrieval. Though the use of different medications can sometimes be confusing, they all play an important role in helping to achieve a successful outcome. Your Primary Care Nursing Team will help answer any questions you may have about the use of IVF medications.

When Will I Start Taking Medications?
You should carefully follow the medication schedule set out by the Fertility Specialist. This schedule will be based on your menstrual cycle. For some patients, they will start birth control pills to help control the timing of their cycle. For others, they may start using injectable medications right away. It is important to follow the schedule and communicate with the nursing team that you have started & stopped the various medications prescribed for you throughout the course of your cycle.

How do I Administer the Medications?
Many women are a little nervous about administering their injections at home. When you purchase the medications from your clinic, a nurse will provide you with injection teaching and will also provide some additional literature about the use of the medications. The exact method of administration will vary depending on the medication. Some medications may involve a prefilled syringe, while others might require the use of a needle and syringe. Sometimes the couple will take part in the medication teaching together so that one partner can assist with administration on the other partner.

What Should I do With Used Needles?
It’s important to never reuse needles or syringes. As soon as a needle has been used, place it into a designated sharps container that was provided. If the specific medication did not come with a designated sharps container, you should deposit the needle into a glass sealed container and bring to the clinic or local pharmacy for disposal.

Patients of ReproMed who have questions about IVF medications are encouraged to call our center for assisted reproduction near Toronto at 416.233.8111. During your consultation with our reproductive specialists & nursing team, you’ll receive all the information you need to correctly administer your medications. For further information about assisted reproduction, you can browse the informative articles on our website.

A Look at Sperm Storage for Cancer Patients

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Men who have been diagnosed with cancer may wish to cryogenically preserve their sperm, since cancer and cancer treatments can lead to infertility. If infertility does result, a couple can use the preserved sperm through the IVF procedure to hopefully conceive a child. Ideally, sperm samples should be frozen before beginning cancer treatments. However, it is still possible to provide a sample during the first few days of cancer treatments.

Reproductive medicine specialists recommend abstaining from sexual activity for 48 hours prior to providing a sample. They also advise men to store several samples, if possible, to increase the chances of successfully achieving one or more healthy pregnancies. It is best to wait 48 hours between providing samples, although waiting 24 hours may also be sufficient. Many Fertility Specialists recognize these are trying times for patients in this predicament and will often go to extra efforts to help patients in need.

ReproMed offers compassionate male fertility services, including sperm banking for men who wish to preserve their future fertility despite cancer. Call our sperm bank in Toronto at 416.233.8111 to get started.

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Get the Facts about Choosing a Sperm Donor

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For some patients, the use of donated sperm plays an important part in helping a couple to start a family. At a sperm bank, you can choose specimens from countless donors based on your preferred criteria. Different banks offer varying amounts of information about the donors. In general, the donor profiles will include information such as the individuals’ physical characteristics, education history, family history, and medical history. The donor profiles may also provide a glimpse of the donors’ personality traits, special skills and abilities, and personal preferences. Much of this information is often made online.

Sometimes, a premier sperm bank, like ReproMed, will provide clients with extended donor profiles. These extended profiles offer you the opportunity to view donor photographs, read the reflections of staff members upon meeting the donors, and hear an audio interview with the donor himself.

ReproMed provides extensive assistance for those who wish to choose a sperm donor at our sperm bank in Toronto. We also offer donor specimens and personalized, one-on-one consultations to help you make your decision. To set up an appointment at our assisted reproduction clinic, call (647) 558-1486.

Single Embryo Transfer (SET)

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Defining Single Embryo Transfers
After undergoing egg retrieval, the eggs are fertilized with the sperm in a lab. Once the resulting embryos develop, they can then be transferred into the woman’s uterus for implantation. Though there may be several embryos created as a result of the IVF process, in the case of single embryo transfer (SET), only one embryo is transferred. This eliminates the possibility of having multiple births.

Understanding the Risks of Multiple Births
Many women can carry multiples to term safely and give birth to healthy children. However, it’s important to realize that there is an increased risk of pregnancy and delivery complications with multiple births. Some challenges include the higher risk of premature births, low birth weights, and increased risk of delivery requiring a cesarean section. To reduce this possibility, reproductive medicine specialists may recommend that patients transfer a single embryo.

Identifying Appropriate Candidates for SET
Despite the advantages of SET, it may not be appropriate for every reproductive medicine patient. Clinics set criteria for recommending SET based on factors such as maternal age, embryo quality, the number of embryos available to transfer, and the patient’s fertility history. In some cases, it may be beneficial to transfer more than one embryo. Such a decision will be made mutually between the patient and Fertility Specialist once all the risks are reviewed and discussed.

Assessing the Embryos before Transfer
To give patient’s the best chance at getting pregnant, the reproductive medicine specialist will work with the embryology team to evaluate and determine the best developed embryo to use in the transfer. Selecting the best embryos, especially in the case of SET, it important to the overall success.

The reproductive medicine specialists at ReproMed offer extensive fertility services to help couples choose the fertility treatment that is right for them. If you have any questions about options for reproductive medicine near Toronto, give us a call at (647) 558-1486.

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