Archive for May 2013

Herpes & Fertility

I am 24 years old and was just diagnosed with herpes. I may want to have kids one day so I’m wondering if herpes can affect my fertility? What do I need to know about the herpes virus and pregnancy?

Written by Dr. Beth Taylor, co-founder and co-director of Olive Fertility Centre. You are not alone.  Almost 1 in 6 people have genital herpes.  Genital herpes is caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) type 1 or 2.  Most people who have genital herpes don’t have any symptoms, but if you do the symptoms can […]

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Lifestyle choices can affect male fertility

According to The National Infertility Association, approximately 35% of all infertility cases are attributable to fertility issues experienced by men. There are numerous documented causes of male factor infertility, many of which are beyond men’s control (e.g., structural anomalies, endocrine or hormonal problems, genetic diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis, viruses such as mumps). However, in […]

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Family in 20s

The pros and cons of having children in your 20s

In today’s cultural climate, many women and men in their twenties are focused on pursuing higher education, establishing their careers, and pursuing other life goals (e.g., travelling, building a partnership) – with the intent of starting to build their families in their 30s and 40s. Although becoming a parent later in life has its benefits […]

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“Just relax”: Unhelpful advice for women trying to get pregnant

Many women and men experiencing difficulties achieving a pregnancy have heard these words: “just relax and you will get pregnant”. The reality is that relaxing may feel like an impossible task for couples experiencing fertility problems. Being told to “just relax” when you have been trying to get pregnant, much less when you are dealing […]

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