Archive for April 2013


Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome: A risk factor for some fertility treatments

Ovulation induction is a common fertility treatment that involves the use of medications to stimulate ovulation when a woman does not ovulate regularly (oligoovulation) or when a woman doesn’t ovulate at all (anovulation). It is also routinely used during in vitro fertilization (IVF), egg donation, and egg cryopreservation cycles to stimulate the release of a […]

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Scientists discover a way to treat some cases of male-factor infertility

The results of a recent study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility may provide hope for thousands of men who suffer from male-factor infertility. Researchers at Cardiff University’s School of Medicine have found that sperm transfers a protein – PLC-zeta (PLCz) – to a woman’s egg at the time of fertilization. This protein starts […]

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The relationship between smoking and fertility: More reasons to butt-out

It is widely known that smoking cigarettes is detrimental to our health and well-being. Smoking is linked to many health conditions – some of which are life-threatening – including lung and esophageal cancer, heart disease and stroke, and respiratory problems. What may be less widely known is that smoking also appears to negatively affect reproductive […]

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I am 25 and was just diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). My husband and I aren’t ready to have kids now, but we really want to become parents when we’re ready. Is there anything I can do to ensure I will be able to conceive in the future? Should I meet with a fertility specialist now, and what are my options?

Written by our medical expert Dr. Stephen Hudson, Director of the Victoria Fertility Centre in British Columbia, Canada.  This is a very good question, and I think it demonstrates foresight and responsibility on your part to be addressing your concerns at this stage in your life. First of all, for the sake of our readers, […]

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