Archive for April 2014

5 Year Plan

I’m a transman that has been on testosterone for 3 years. Where do I start if I want to extract, fertilize, and freeze my eggs so that my girlfriend can carry our child in approximately 5 years? Approximately how long will I have to be off testosterone/ take other hormones to get the specimens needed for later?

Written by our medical expert Dr. Stephen Hudson, Director of the Victoria Fertility Centre in British Columbia, Canada.  There are a number of issues that need to be addressed in your question, so I will break it down into parts. There are some unknowns about you (such as your and your partner’s ages, and the […]

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More evidence for the relationship between stress and infertility

New research claims that too much stress can increase the risk of infertility in women. The study was published in Human Reproduction and conducted in the United States. The researchers tracked 501 couples who were trying to become pregnant, measuring the women’s levels of alpha-amylase and cortisol, enzymes in saliva that indicate stress. The women […]

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Woman with BRCA1 gene mutation delays preventive surgery to undergo IVF

The BRCA1 gene mutation has been in the news lately, ever since actress Angelina Jolie acknowledged having recently had a preventive double mastectomy after learning that she carries the BRCA1 gene mutation. According to the National Cancer Institute, about 12 percent of women in the general population will develop breast cancer sometime during their lives, […]

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A compassionate choice: Parenting a child with Down syndrome

My husband, Grant and I were married in 2009. We got started on trying for a baby fairly quickly because I was already 38 and we wanted to have enough time to have 2 children. We were devastated when my first pregnancy ended in miscarriage. I got pregnant again about 4 months later, and after […]

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