Archive for July 2012

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First “test tube baby” Louise Brown loses mother

Louise Brown, born July 25th, 1978, went down in history for being the world’s first “test tube baby” or first child conceived using in vitro fertilization (IVF). Sadly, earlier this month, Louise lost her mother Lesley, after she contracted an infection when she was being treated for gallstones in a hospital in the UK. Given […]

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Financial Costs

One cycle of in vitro fertilization costs over $5000 (Except in Quebec).

In most provinces (except Quebec where up to three rounds of IVF with one embryo transfer is publically funded for women who meet the criteria), women and couples must pay between  $5,000 and $10,000 to undergo an IVF cycle – depending on whether they require additional services such as pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) or intracytoplasmic […]

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Study links common fertility treatment to birth defects

A recent Australian study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that out of over 308,000 births, those babies born as a result of the fertility treatment known as ICSI – intracytoplasmic sperm injection, were 57% more likely to have birth defects. ICSI is generally used with male-factor infertility where the man’s sperm […]

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Cancer treatment now includes fertility planning

The latest development in cancer treatment includes consideration of a woman’s future fertility plans and efforts to preserve her fertility using technology such as egg freezing and the freezing of ovarian tissue. Until recently, standard cancer protocols included aggressive treatments without consideration of the effects of these drugs and surgeries on a woman’s fertility. However, […]

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