Canada Infertility

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.

'Unexplained Infertility' Explained

The Purple Fig | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

In viewing a recent "health matters" segment where my amazing colleague Dr. Erica Robinson was interviewed regarding ways to improve fertility, it occurred to me that she, myself and the rest of our expert team at the World of my Baby (WOMB) are addressing aspects of fertility every day that are often categorized as "unexplained infertility."

The Kind of Fertility We're Not Talking About

Erica Berman | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada
Erica Berman

Next time you meet someone who is dealing with any kind of infertility, please remember this and be kind. Also, think twice before making any assumptions about a person based on how many children they have, whether its none or 10. Not everyone has the luxury of choosing what they end up with.

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.

What a Wrongful Birth Lawsuit Can Teach Us About Race

Charmaine Nelson | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada Living
Charmaine Nelson

A lesbian couple was informed that their egg had been inseminated not with the desired sperm of the white, blonde-haired, blue-eyed donor, but with that of the black male, the result of a clerical error. Where the outrage has ensued is with the couple's $50,000 wrongful birth lawsuit.

Would You Donate Your Eggs to a Couple Who Couldn't Conceive?

Dr. Sonya Kashyap | Posted 12.04.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Sonya Kashyap

The concept of egg donation is novel to many. For most women over 40, it is difficult to conceive. Some undergo infertility treatments with their own eggs but these days, many conceive through the use of an egg donor. Since it is a private matter, most women do not share the struggles of conception, making it a taboo subject. The invention of egg donation as a procedure was revolutionary in terms of helping couples, who for varying reasons would never have had the ability to create a family. Technology will continue to advance, creating new options for families looking for solutions. But in the meantime, we can all help by staying informed and sharing each others' stories in hopes that one day, fertility troubles will be an issue of the past.

If You're Going Through Infertility, You're Not Alone

Erica Berman | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

Despite the fact that one in six couples in North America has difficulty conceiving, infertility is still something with a lot of stigma attached to it. Few people openly discuss their fertility struggles, and many people experience shame. As an infertility counsellor, I see many women whose identity, body image, and self-esteem erode as they struggle to conceive while, seemingly, everyone else gets pregnant with ease around them.

10 Myths About Having A Baby In Your 40s

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada Living

Women are constantly told their biological clocks are ticking, so for those planning to have a baby after 40, it may feel like time has already run ou...

The 7 Biggest Fertility Misconceptions Out There

Dr. Angeline Beltsos | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Angeline Beltsos

Once ovulation is over, pregnancy is not possible. Ovulation, when an egg drops from the ovary into the fallopian tubes, occurs once a month roughly 7-10 days prior to a woman's period. To become pregnant, a sperm must meet the egg during this 24-48 hour timeframe. Couples should have sex prior to and during ovulation as sperm can survive in the reproductive tract for 72 hours.

My Sister Gave Me Her Eggs: A Journey Through Fertility

The Purple Fig | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

When I finally got married at 37, I was worried that I wouldn't be able to get pregnant. But it happened in a flash on our honeymoon and we had a son. I was one of my only friends who openly wanted a second child. So began the trying; a summer of love. Which then turned into a fall of resentment. Now my sister and I are in the waiting cubicle of an IVF suite in downtown Toronto.

Canadians Pay Egg Donors On The Grey Market

CBC | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada Living

It’s been illegal for 10 years in Canada to buy sperm or ova, but Radio-Canada’s investigative program Enquête has learned that some clinics and ...

Stressed Out? You Could Be Reducing Pregnancy Chances

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Living

A couple trying to conceive can face a lot of stress, particularly if complications arise. Yet can stress affect the ability to conceive? A new study ...

10 Reasons Why You Can't Get Pregnant

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

If you're looking for ways to boost fertility in 2014, you may be surprised how some of your habits may be getting in the way. We all know poor he...

When Infertility Affects Your Marriage

Erica Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

Are you and your partner having difficulty conceiving? Do you feel like she isn't the same woman you married? Does she seem obsessed? Emotionally fragile? Always sad? Angry? As an infertility counsellor, one of the things I find myself doing most often with heterosexual couples is reassuring both husbands and their wives that her extreme reaction to infertility is norm.

Want A Baby? Lay Off The Bacon

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 10.21.2013 | Canada Living

For men trying to conceive a baby, hold off on the bacon and processed meats, a new U.S. study suggests. Harvard University researchers say that th...

What India Can Teach Us About 'Renting Wombs'

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Marni Soupcoff

For all the raised eyebrows about India's billion-dollar surrogacy industry, that system still seems preferable to our own. At least there, a woman who undergoes the substantial physical and mental rigours of a surrogate pregnancy is clearly and openly compensated for her efforts.

Six Things Not to Say to a Couple Struggling With Infertility

Devan McGuinness | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Living
Devan McGuinness

I was diagnosed with infertility about five months into trying when I realized I was not regularly ovulating and thus began our 14 month struggle to get pregnant. There are some phrases I heard a few times over during my struggle with infertility and found less than helpful.

What to do with Orphan Embryos

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

"Did you get all the answers right on your test today?" "Did you make any progress on your research project?" These are the typical questions we ask...

Want to Have Kids One Day? Get to Know Your Fertility Health

Erica Berman | Posted 03.30.2013 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

You're 28; You're single; You're having fun. Should you have your fertility checked? If you hope to one day have children, the answer is: yes. Understanding the risks of delaying child bearing is important, as is knowing the details of your own particular fertility health. Here are a few tips.

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.

After Miscarrying I Never Got the Pregnant Glow Back

Erica Berman | Posted 01.21.2013 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

There is a fantasy surrounding pregnancy portraying it as a blissful state when women glow with health and the miracle of life. Yet, when a woman has experienced miscarriage and/or infertility, a pregnancy can be filled with fear and anxiety. We are not women who will ever experience that radiance that is supposed to accompany pregnancy.

Can We Preserve Fertility In Male Cancer Patients?

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Scientists have long been searching for a way to preserve fertility in young boys who undergo cancer treatments and may be unable to father ...

Why "Trying" Is Different Than Having Sex

Natalie Karneef | Posted 12.08.2012 | Canada Living
Natalie Karneef

There is nothing less romantic or erotic than getting busy with the end goal of producing something that wears poopy diapers. "Trying" is really, well, trying. Anyone who thinks it's "the fun part" has never had to turn it into work -- relentless, scheduled, no-matter-how-tired-you-are, get-up-at-5:30a.m.-before-you-go-to-work, work -- which is then charted on graph according to basal body temperature.

Not a Biological Parent? How to Tell Your Child

Erica Berman | Posted 11.30.2012 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

As an infertility counsellor, I see a lot of clients who are using third-party family building strategies. This includes using sperm or egg donation and/or a gestational carrier. One of the many concerns these individuals have about family building using these methods is what they will tell their child.

How Sexual Abuse Affects Fertility

Erica Berman | Posted 11.21.2012 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

In my practice I have seen several clients who did not marry and/or or attempt to have children until later in life when they had resolved the emotional trauma from sexual abuse, and its impact on their interpersonal relationships. Having waited, these women were now facing age-related infertility.