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Spotlight on Our Patient Access Program

When you seek fertility care from a specialist in reproductive medicine, you may feel overwhelmed with information—which may include a lot of unfamiliar terms and procedures. In order to assist our patients in confidently making the right decisions for their health and family planning, ReproMed has initiated a Patient Access Program. Through this program, patients will have an OHIP-covered visit with a fertility specialist to discuss all of your questions and concerns. During this visit, you will not feel hurried or rushed, and you can take the time to thoroughly understand your case and all available treatments.

Though infertility treatment has become more widely accessible to patients, it is still essential to ensure comprehensive patient education with a case-focused approach. Every couple is unique, so there is no one-size fits all approach to care.

At ReproMed, we understand the need for personalized, easily accessible care in reproductive medicine in Toronto. You can schedule a consultation with us for your Patient Access visit by calling (972) 494-5438, or visit our website for more information about our services.

How to Prepare for IUI - Part 2

We had several questions about our recent IUI article and have decided to share more information with readers. To reiterate, intrauterine insemination, or IUI, is an assisted reproductive procedure in which washed sperm is inserted directly into the uterus. The procedure is a non-surgical fertility treatment option, but it does require some preparation beforehand to produce effective results in the form of successful, full-term pregnancies.

Keep a Flexible Schedule

You should avoid strenuous activity and stress following each IUI cycle, so it may be beneficial to keep a flexible schedule leading up to and following your IUI procedure. Because accurate timing is essential for IUI success, it is also vital to show up on time for each insemination appointment.

Coordinate with Your Partner

Ideally, insemination will take place within 90 minutes of sperm specimen collection. Refrain from ejaculation 3-5 days prior to proving a sample. In the time between sperm collection and insemination, specimens will be washed and specially prepared in the andrology lab. You should coordinate with your partner to ensure that samples are collected within the right timeframe. Your partner may also need to follow special instructions prior to insemination to improve sperm count and motility. If you know in advance that your partner will not be available during the planned IUI procedure, it may be prudent to schedule a sperm freeze for the specimens are stored at the clinic.

Use Hormonal Therapies

Hormonal treatment will prepare the body for pregnancy and sync your cycle to create precise timing in each insemination treatment. The day after insemination, the physician may recommend starting progesterone suppositories to create a desirable environment for embryo implantation. Progesterone supplementation will be required daily until 12 weeks gestation.

When you choose ReproMed for your fertility care, you will have access to a wide range of assisted reproduction technologies and specialists. To learn more about our facilities and treatment options, visit our website, or call us at (972) 494-5438 to schedule a consultation.

A Closer Look at Andrology

When couples are experiencing infertility, both partners should schedule consultations with a fertility specialist for a diagnosis. After the initial consultation, men will be referred to the andrology lab, where the very important sperm analysis will take place. There are several causes of male factor infertility, such as poor sperm motility, so securing proper diagnosis is important in determining the right treatment path to pursue. Andrology is an essential science for treating male infertility.

Lab Environment

In order to ensure optimal accuracy in diagnostic testing, the andrology lab maintains a clean room environment, which is the same concept used in surgical suites to limit and control airborne contamination. HEPA filters and strict laboratory regulations ensure that specimens are kept clear of particulates for the most accurate testing possible.

Diagnostic Testing

The andrology lab handles tests, including: semen analysis, sperm wash assessment, and sperm binding assay. These procedures will determine the viability of semen to fertilize an egg through intercourse or an IUI (Intra Uterine Insemination) and develop into a healthy embryo for a full-term pregnancy. In some cases, diagnostic testing can also highlight the causes of infertility, such as low sperm count or low testosterone.

Male Infertility Treatment Options

Surgical sperm retrieval and epidydimal sperm aspiration can assist in acquiring a specimen for procedures like in-vitro fertilization. In some cases, couples may benefit from sperm preparation to select the most viable individual sperm to create potential embryos.

For a closer look at male infertility treatment and the andrology lab at Repromed, the Toronto Institute for Reproductive Medicine, call us at (972) 494-5438. We provide complete care for couples, partnering with counselors and supplemental medicine specialists to ensure that you are able to achieve your family planning goals.

What to Expect with a Designated Sperm Donor

When you are facing male factor infertility, it may be necessary to utilize a sperm donor. You may choose to select an anonymous donor or an open-ID donor. But did you know that you can also designate your own donor? As this video explains, working with a designated donor presents a unique opportunity to allow the child and parents to have a relationship with the donor beyond conception. You do, however, need to ensure that your designated donor is a suitable candidate with testing and other screening methods.

Watch the entire video clip to learn more about designated donors, and contact ReproMed for detailed information about our donor services. To learn more about our Toronto assisted reproduction services, call us at (972) 494-5438 or visit our website.

Canadian Infertility Awareness Week - Meet Kaleb

To celebrate Canadian Infertility Awareness Week #CIAW we want to show you some of the team members working behind the scene that help make a difference each day. Meet Kaleb, our onsite acupuncturist. Complimentary therapies like fertility acupuncture can be utilize before and after an IVF transfer to help make a positive impact on achieving a successful pregnancy.

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