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Archive for October 2013

Embryo donation and embryo adoption – new family building options

The Katie Show recently featured a segment on embryo donation and adoption. A couple, Dan and Keli Gassman, who adopted an embryo in order to have their son, shared their story with the audience. Although the terms embryo donation and embryo adoption are sometimes used interchangeably, there are some differences that are worth noting. In […]

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My husband and I are both taking anti-depressants. We’ve been having difficulty getting pregnant and are going to start our first IVF cycle. Do anti-depressants impact either men’s or women’s fertility? Could taking anti-depressants decrease the likelihood that our IVF cycle will be successful?

Written by our medical expert Dr. Stephen Hudson, Director of the Victoria Fertility Centre in British Columbia, Canada. I am going to restrict my answer to the SSRI’s (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) which are the most commonly prescribed anti depressants. There are many other anti depressants, however addressing all of these is beyond the scope […]

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Recent series profiles LGBTQ family building

The Province newspaper recently published a six-part series on assisted reproduction and becoming a LGBTQ parent. They called the series “Pride and Joy” in celebration of these newly emerging families. The series includes: Part 1: “One Family’s Story” – the long road of gay and lesbian family building Part 2: “What Makes a Parent” – […]

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New treatment may help women become pregnant after premature menopause

A new fertility treatment may offer hope to women who have entered premature menopause. The technique is said to “reawaken sleeping eggs” that remain in a woman’s ovaries after menopause. Researchers from Stanford University in California and St. Marianna University in Kawasaki, Japan have pioneered a technique that encourages women’s remaining “sleeping” eggs to mature […]

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