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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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Researchers invent first at-home fertility test for males

Researchers in the United States have developed a new portable fertility test called TrakFertility, that offers men the convenience of testing their sperm within the comfort of their homes, rather than having to produce a sample for testing at a laboratory. According to the test’s developers, Greg Sommer and Ulrich Schaff, the easy-to-use kit could […]

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My partner and I just found out that we’re pregnant. Given that we’re both in our late 30s, would you recommend prenatal testing? What prenatal testing options are available and which options are most accurate?

Written by our medical expert Dr. Beth Taylor, co-founder and co-director of Olive Fertility Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia.  Prenatal testing is a very personal decision. Before embarking on the process, I often ask people to make sure that they know what the test they are having can and cannot test for, and to think about […]

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My mother had several miscarriages, and my sister has endometriosis. I’ve always had painful periods and irregular menstrual cycles. I’m 28 years old and definitely want to have kids in the future, but I’m wondering whether I should be concerned about my fertility, given my family history. Should I be getting tested now in case I also have endometriosis? What kind of testing is involved, and if it turns out I have endometriosis, how might it affect my fertility?

Written by our medical expert Dr. Stephen Hudson, Director of the Victoria Fertility Centre in British Columbia, Canada.  Thank you for your questions, which need to be broken down in order to respond appropriately. First of all, the fact that you have painful and irregular periods demands attention. There may be a number of reasons […]

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