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The emotional side of male subfertility/infertility

Posted & filed under Sex, Sperm, The Journey.

As a reproductive endocrinologist, I often see subfertility affecting men too. It’s often in ways that they may not be able to voice to anyone, even their partners. Perhaps even to themselves. In the context of fertility, erectile concerns can often be interpreted as ambivalence about having children. Some men may refuse to have intercourse,… Read more »

I have morning sickness. How do I know what’s normal and when it’s serious?

Posted & filed under The Basics, The Journey.

Everyone gets morning sickness. It’s just part of pregnancy. It’s normal, right? Well, not necessarily. The majority of pregnant women will experience some nausea or vomiting at some point in their pregnancy. For some women, it’s mild and doesn’t last very long. The causes of morning sickness is generally assumed to be caused by hormonal… Read more »

Are there any activities I should do the day of my IUI?

Posted & filed under Sperm, The Basics.

The short answer is – there aren’t. Many corners of the internet encourage people to continue lying on their back, perhaps with a pillow under their bum after intercourse. The speculation is that this allows more sperm access to the womb and increases the chances of pregnancy. Does it work? I don’t know. But, if… Read more »

Are my fertility issues my fault?

Posted & filed under The Journey.

Throughout human history, we human beings have had a tendency to blame sick people for their condition. From heart attacks to irritable bowel disease, HIV to Ebola, these conditions share this in common: a tendency for society, and even the ill individuals themselves, to blame the afflicted. Disease and illness are looked at as a… Read more »

What does Canada’s Assisted Human Reproduction Act say about buying donor sperm and eggs?

Posted & filed under Eggs, Sperm.

In 2004, the Canadian government passed The Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHRA). The legislation also established Assisted Human Reproduction Canada (AHRC), a Federal agency, which was to be responsible for licensing, inspecting, and enforcing activities controlled under the Act. The legislation itself addresses several areas of human genetic and reproductive technologies. The Act prohibits many… Read more »

When is it time to use donor eggs?

Posted & filed under Eggs.

If you’re over the age of 37, and your AMH is less than 2 pmol/L, your ovarian reserve will likely not support a reasonable attempt at IVF. IVF demands a relatively high number of eggs to be made available to the lab. The ideal number is between twelve and twenty. If numbers are going to… Read more »

What role does stress really play in fertility?

Posted & filed under The Journey.

In social situations, when people find out I’m a fertility doctor, they often ask me how much I think stress impacts fertility. They often tell me of their friend who went on holiday, or of their sister-in-law who adopted and then conceived the very next month. Implicit in the story, of course, is if the… Read more »

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