Assisted Reproductive Technology

Quebec Should Not Put Age Limits on In Vitro Fertilization

Marina Adshade | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Marina Adshade

Last week, Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette tabled a bill that, if passed, will strictly prohibit women over the age of 42 from having access to in vitro fertilization (IVF). While the purpose of the bill, on the surface at least, is to lessen financial strain on the healthcare system, this particular section of the bill doesn't seem to have been included for that purpose. It seems much more likely that what the Quebec government is trying to save is donor eggs, not dollars.

Egg Freezing Deserves Serious Consideration

Dr. Sonya Kashyap | Posted 10.21.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Sonya Kashyap

Egg freezing has sparked widespread media interest after Apple and Facebook recently announced they would cover the cost of the fertility procedure up to $20,000. This caused some serious debate. Some interpreted this as the tech giants' way of giving women more of a choice around career and starting a family; others saw this as a chauvinistic attempt to recruit and retain female employees. To further understand why this is such a contentious issue, here is some background information on the procedure and how it applies to Canadians.

Pregnant Couples: Is it Wrong to Wish for a Girl Over a Boy?

Erica Berman | Posted 02.10.2013 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

There is a family-building circumstance that some people find themselves in, that seems to only provoke condemnation from others. I am talking about when a parent or couple is unable to conceive a child of a particular gender which they desire.

Should Your Donor Offspring Know Its Biological Parents?

Erica Berman | Posted 10.01.2012 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

As barriers to adoption increase, egg donation is becoming a more popular option for couples who are unable to use their own eggs. Because it is illegal to pay for eggs in Canada, it is often difficult for a woman to find a donor, so they head to the U.S. Many of the egg banks do not yet offer open ID donor programs and this causes a bit of an ethical dilemma. Should these individuals, desperate for a child, and without other options, not proceed with what is often the most accessible and affordable means of getting a donated egg because their hypothetical child may want to know the identity of his or her biological mother?

What Are You Waiting For? Doctors Advise Against Postponing Pregnancy

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.16.2012 | Canada Living

TORONTO - New guidance from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is warning Canadian women against postponing pregnancy for too long.The soc...