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Archive for October 2012

My husband and I are in our mid-30s, and are hoping to get pregnant next year. We both have pretty high stress jobs and were wondering if there is anything we can and should be doing now, to increase our chances of being fertile and getting pregnant more easily when we start trying to have kids next year?

Written by our medical expert, William Buckett, M.D.  First of all, if either of you have any pre-existing disease this needs to be well-controlled. This is certainly the case for severe illness such as cardiac, renal, or autoimmune disease in which case you should inform your treating physician of your plans to conceive and he […]

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A genetic screening tool may provide some peace of mind

Concerned that you’ll pass on a fatal or debilitating condition or serious illness that runs in your family such as Fragile X syndrome, cystic fibrosis, or muscular dystrophy? A genetic testing procedure called pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) makes it possible to screen embryos for these and other serious health conditions thereby reducing or eliminating the […]

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The challenges of balancing work and family life

In a recent article in The Globe and Mail Online, Camille Paglia makes a bold statement about women’s lives: “Perhaps there is no greater issue facing contemporary women than the choices they must make about balancing home and work”. Indeed, many women from all walks of life struggle with balancing the demands of these two […]

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Running out of time

For as long as I can remember my goal was to climb the corporate ladder and establish myself professionally before I would consider having children. Most of my time, energy and focus went into work – I ended up living, breathing and dreaming about work. Thankfully, all of my hard work ended up being rewarded. […]

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