Archive for July 2013


Surrogacy: A positive experience for both families

Surrogacy is a third party reproductive option whereby a couple creates their family with the help of a woman (surrogate mother) who agrees to carry their child to term and after giving birth, relinquishes her legal rights to the child. There are two types of surrogacy – gestational and traditional. In cases of gestational surrogacy, […]

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Managing your fertility options when you have HIV

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is an incurable yet manageable chronic illness that affects people of all ages. However, men and women of reproductive age (between 15 and 44) make up the largest group of individuals affected by the virus – approximately one-third of whom eventually want to have a family. Although HIV doesn’t typically […]

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I’m a recently married 32-year-old man. My wife and I haven’t used birth control for the last few years and are beginning to wonder if there might be something wrong. She wants us to both get checked out by a fertility specialist. Frankly, I’m a bit nervous about the idea. What does male fertility testing involve and how will I know if I am fertile?

Written by our medical expert Dr. Stephen Hudson, Director of the Victoria Fertility Centre in British Columbia, Canada.   When couples have trouble conceiving, there is always anxiety about where the problem may lie. The “could it be me?” question is always a worry, but please remember that building a family is a team event. You […]

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A new DNA test may help improve IVF success rates

A new DNA test developed by an international team of researchers may help improve the success rates of in vitro fertilization (IVF). The test uses cutting-edge DNA technology (i.e., “next generation sequencing”) to assess whether or not embryos have a normal number of chromosomes, problematic genes, and healthy mitochondria. Since chromosomal, genetic, and mitochondrial abnormalities […]

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