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Managing your fertility options when you have HIV

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is an incurable yet manageable chronic illness that affects people of all ages. However, men and women of reproductive age (between 15 and 44) make up the largest group of individuals affected by the virus – approximately one-third of whom eventually want to have a family. Although HIV doesn’t typically […]

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A new DNA test may help improve IVF success rates

A new DNA test developed by an international team of researchers may help improve the success rates of in vitro fertilization (IVF). The test uses cutting-edge DNA technology (i.e., “next generation sequencing”) to assess whether or not embryos have a normal number of chromosomes, problematic genes, and healthy mitochondria. Since chromosomal, genetic, and mitochondrial abnormalities […]

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Different paths to motherhood

Like many experiences in life, popular culture often depicts only one version of women’s transitions to motherhood – one that is perceived to be much like a fairy-tale for some women. Although the process of becoming a mother is often depicted as happening naturally and relatively easily once a woman finds a suitable partner, the […]

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New guidelines support single embryo transfer for young women undergoing IVF

An important new guideline for in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments in Canada states that only one embryo should be transferred into the uterus of women under the age of 35, who have a good prognosis of achieving a pregnancy. For younger women with a “poor prognosis” for achieving pregnancy, transferring two embryos is the recommended […]

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