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Content Tagged: Health

Eating tomatoes could improve male fertility

A new study suggests that eating tomatoes could improve a man’s fertility. The research was conducted at the Cleveland Clinic’s Centre for Reproductive Medicine in the United States. The researchers reviewed 12 studies and found that lycopene, the nutrient that gives tomatoes their red colour, improves sperm count and swimming speed, and reduces the number […]

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I’m a 28 year old single woman who was recently told that I carry the BRCA1 gene mutation. Apparently my mother inherited the mutation from her father. I would dearly love to have children in the future, when I find the right partner and have a stable job. But I’m concerned about my high risk of breast and ovarian cancer. As I make decisions about preventive treatment, what should I be considering in terms of my future fertility?

Written by our medical expert Dr. Beth Taylor, co-founder and co-director of Olive Fertility Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia.  As you know, carrying the BRCA1 gene gives you a high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer over the course of your lifetime.  While women without this mutation have about a 10% chance of developing breast […]

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The importance of nutrition even before pregnancy!

A recent study published in Nature Communications suggests that what a woman eats before she is pregnant can have an impact on the health of her future children. The study was conducted with the Medical Research Council’s unit in Gambia, West Africa and led by Dr. Andrew Prentice, of the London School of Hygiene and […]

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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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