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    The Importance of Fertility Protocols

    Last updated 2 days 11 hours ago

    Scheduling plays a critical role in successful IVF and fertility treatment. It is for this reason that clinics like ReproMed follow precise protocol standards and depend heavily on timely communication between patients and the medical team. It all starts with the beginning of the female patient’s menstrual cycle and notification to the nursing staff of the first day of her period, known as “day one.” This then sets into motion a series of blood tests, ultrasounds, and the commencement of medications; all to take place on specific days during the course of the next cycle. Several monitoring systems are also used to ensure the optimal date is set for the retrieval of eggs. Upon successful fertilization, the embryo(s) are then transferred to the uterus three days later. Though there are different protocols that the Fertility Specialist may implement, the one thing that remains constant is the importance of communication between all parties involved.

    Do you have more questions about how IVF or ICSI works? The friendly staff at ReproMed can address your inquiries and concerns. To schedule an appointment, call our Toronto infertility clinic at (647) 495-8305.

    60 Minutes Story on PGD

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Every once in a while we come across an interesting story on aspects related to our field. Last night, 60 Minutes did a very interesting story on PGD. Check out the video here.

    Some of the Small Factors about Male Fertility

    Last updated 17 days ago

    It has not always been widely recognized that infertility is a problem that affects men just as equally as it does women.  Even with the knowledge that either partner may be infertile, there are still some factors that affect male fertility that are not always considered. Male infertility can be related to heredity or certain health issues, but it may also be caused by some avoidable habits and surroundings. Here is a closer look at some of the facts about the preventable causes of male infertility.

    Heat is an enemy to fertility
    Before you take a dip in the hot tub or visit the sauna, you might stop to think about your exposure to heat. Sperm are highly sensitive to heat, so these warm environments may be reducing your sperm motility and mobility. Another heat source you may not think about: your laptop. If you frequently use a laptop directly on your lap, you’ll want to start resting the computer on a table or pillow instead so that the heat is not directly in your lap.

    Tight underwear may be problematic
    The age old dilemma of boxers vs. briefs is settled in terms of effects on fertility, because sperm production may actually be hindered by the compression of tight briefs. However, the medical evidence for this is not as strong, so you should not get too worried if you otherwise have healthy fertility-friendly habits. Still, it doesn’t hurt to wear looser fitting underwear.

    Environmental factors can get in the way
    Many men are surprised to learn that aspects of their job may be affecting their fertility if they work with pesticides and herbicides, which can affect sperm health. At home you might avoid these products and opt for natural alternatives, while masks and proper ventilation can limit your exposure in the workplace. Certain medications may also have an impact on fertility, so it’s important to talk to your doctor about fertility concerns when you are prescribed medication.

    For fertility care that will allow you to explore a wide range of family planning options including donor services, visit ReproMed in Toronto. You can contact us on our website or by calling (647) 495-8305 for an appointment.

    What You Need to Know About Blastocyst Transfer

    Last updated 24 days ago

    During a typical in-vitro fertilization procedure, embryos are transferred on day 3 after they have been formed. At this point, the embryos have not reached the blastocysts stage at which they normally hatch in the uterus. With a blastocyst transfer, the embryos are left undisturbed in the laboratory for 5 days so that they are at the “blastocyst stage” when they are transferred into the uterus. This choice has some specific advantages, but it may not be necessary in all cases.

    What happens during treatment?
    Blastocyst transfer begins with the same steps as standard IVF: egg fertilization using sperm which allows for the creation of individual embryos in the lab. Once these have been cultured for 5 days, they will be transferred directly into the uterus. Waiting until the 5 day mark, rather than 3 days, allows your physician to pick the most viable embryos to transfer. 

    What are the advantages?
    Because it will be clearer which embryos are the most likely to result in full-term pregnancy, fewer are transferred; in most cases only one blastocyst may be needed for transfer with high chances of pregnancy. This means that there is a lower likelihood of multiples, which may make the pregnancy high-risk. It is important to note though, that 40% to 60% of embryos make it to the blastocyst stage in culture.  With that said, patients with an ideal prognosis, and those with a larger number of embryos (more than 6) may benefit from a blastocyst transfer.

    To weight all of your options for advanced fertility treatment in Toronto, call ReproMed at (647) 495-8305 or visit our website and schedule a consultation. Our caring and specialized physicians will take you through every step of the process with IVF and related treatments—including affordable financing options.

    A Closer Look at the IUI Procedure

    Last updated 1 month ago

    IUI, which stands for Intra-Uterine Insemination, is a proven and successful treatment therapy to help patients achieve a pregnancy.  In this video you will see an animation of how this procedure works to help you know what to expect. 

    The IUI is scheduled in conjunction with your ovulation that is closely monitored by a fertility nurse.  Medication may be used prior to the procedure to assist in the releasing of the eggs from the ovaries.  Sperm washing is a process used to separate sperm from fluid in the semen. Once these steps have been taken, a catheter will be guided through the cervix to the uterus where sperm will be injected. This direct process of insemination can increase the chances of pregnancy without any invasive surgical procedures.

    To learn if IUI is right for your family planning goals, call ReproMed at (647) 495-8305 to schedule a consultation with our team of fertility specialists. We offer a wide range of modern fertility treatments that can allow you to start your family on your own terms.


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