Archive for January 2014


New study suggests IVF births have greater risks of complications

A recent study conducted in Australia at Adelaide University is raising concerns about the maternal and fetal risks of infertility treatments. The researchers analyzed records from over 300,000 births in Australia between 1986 and 2002 and compared the number of adverse birth events after natural conception versus fertility treatments. Multiple births, which carry increased risks, […]

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Triplets born after vasectomy reversal

Chad Doss had a vasectomy after having his children with his first wife. However, the marriage ended and when he met his second wife, Amanda, he realized that he wanted to have a baby with her to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother. Chad consulted his urologist, Dr. Samuel Thompson, who said that having […]

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I’m a 34 year old woman who was diagnosed 10 years ago with schizophrenia. I manage my mental illness with daily medication and therapy. Most days I generally feel fine. I am in a relationship with a wonderful and supportive man. We both want to have children but are concerned about how my illness might affect a child. Would I need to go off my medications if I’m pregnant? Would my meds affect the baby? Would my mental illness be transmitted to my child?

Written by our medical expert Dr. Beth Taylor, co-founder and co-director of Olive Fertility Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia.   Thank you for your question – it’s a good one!  Mental illness is not caused entirely by genes but having a family history does increase one’s risk of developing schizophrenia.  While 1% of people have schizophrenia, those who […]

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IVF success rates “could be doubled” according to researchers

According to a team of researchers at Peking University and Harvard University a new screening method that detects healthy embryos could raise IVF success rates to over 60%, offering new hope to older women who are trying to conceive. Published in Cell, the study highlights a new screening method that removed left-over fragments of cells, […]

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