Archive for December 2014

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New technology identifies which embryos carry inherited diseases

A new type of pre-genetic testing called karyomapping helps identify which embryos have genes that will pass on inherited diseases such as Huntington’s, cystic fibrosis, and the BRCA cancer genes. Using this technology, embryos without the genes can be selected for transfer during an IVF cycle. Karyomapping takes just 3-4 weeks to provide results, as […]

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The emotional impact of infertility on men

Although infertility affects both members of a couple, we typically hear about how distressing it is for women and often don’t hear about how men are impacted by the experience. However, a recent article by Gary Ellenbolt on gives us a glimpse into a man’s experience of infertility. Gary shared how helpless he felt […]

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Don't Give Up

I’m in my early 30s and I recently had a miscarriage at 6 weeks. What usually causes a miscarriage? Will I still be able to get pregnant in the future or will it be harder because I’ve had a miscarriage? My mom had several miscarriages before she had me. Are miscarriages hereditary?

Written by our medical expert Dr. Stephen Hudson, Director of the Victoria Fertility Centre in British Columbia, Canada.  First of all this miscarriage was not your fault. Miscarriages are very common, in fact approximately 1 in 4 women will experience a miscarriage. For a variety of reasons women offer suffer in silence after a miscarriage. […]

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The unexpected risks of multiple IVF treatments

Two recent articles profiled the stories of women who went into early menopause after undergoing multiple IVF treatments, raising the question: can multiple IVF cycles actually cause early menopause? Helen Burke, 39, tried to conceive a baby since she was 22, and underwent 10 failed rounds of in vitro fertilization (IVF). Fifteen years later, at […]

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