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Man becomes father using sperm frozen before life-saving cancer treatment

Antony Allen, 41, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 17, and was required to undergo a year of life-saving chemotherapy. Allen was told that the cancer-fighting treatment would leave him infertile. His father, Les, encouraged him to freeze his sperm so that he would have an opportunity to become a father in the future. […]

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Woman with BRCA1 gene mutation delays preventive surgery to undergo IVF

The BRCA1 gene mutation has been in the news lately, ever since actress Angelina Jolie acknowledged having recently had a preventive double mastectomy after learning that she carries the BRCA1 gene mutation. According to the National Cancer Institute, about 12 percent of women in the general population will develop breast cancer sometime during their lives, […]

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What to do with remaining embryos after IVF?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) involves creating embryos from eggs and sperm. Often several embryos are created, with only one or two being transferred to the woman’s womb. Any remaining embryos are typically cryopreserved (frozen) and stored for later use. However, once their family is complete, depending on an individual or couple’s beliefs and values, they […]

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I’m a 34 year old woman who was diagnosed 10 years ago with schizophrenia. I manage my mental illness with daily medication and therapy. Most days I generally feel fine. I am in a relationship with a wonderful and supportive man. We both want to have children but are concerned about how my illness might affect a child. Would I need to go off my medications if I’m pregnant? Would my meds affect the baby? Would my mental illness be transmitted to my child?

Written by our medical expert Dr. Beth Taylor, co-founder and co-director of Olive Fertility Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia.   Thank you for your question – it’s a good one!  Mental illness is not caused entirely by genes but having a family history does increase one’s risk of developing schizophrenia.  While 1% of people have schizophrenia, those who […]

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