Canada Infertility

20 Celebs Who Have Opened Up About Their Fertility Struggles

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Parents

Getting pregnant isn’t always easy.

How I Survived The Emotional Rollercoaster Of Infertility

Tracy Gillett | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Tracy Gillett

Through infertility I became a stronger person. It taught me patience, determination and perseverance.... Your baby is worth fighting for, so although this may feel like hell, keep going. I wouldn't wish infertility on anybody, but I can't say I'd change it now. My little man wouldn't be the same person if I hadn't waited. And nor would I.

IVF Is Even Harder Than I Thought

Wendy Litner | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Wendy Litner

The hormones are making me, well, hormonal. I'm crampy. My ass hurts. I have a headache that no amount of Tylenol will touch and just generally feel like I have a really bad flu.. am completely beside myself with emotion.... I feel like time is just ticking away here, as I lie on the bathroom floor in a nauseous, weeping heap worrying how the baby I'm not pregnant with is going to affect the writing career I don't have.

I'm Realizing I May Never Get To Be A Mother

Wendy Litner | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Wendy Litner

Despite my deep longing to be a mother, I am somehow feeling more resigned now as we wait to hear the verdict of our fourth cycle. I feel much less desperate, much less crazed about it working. Because chances are it didn't, no matter how hard I wish it did. My hope feels irrelevant and in relinquishing it I feel more prepared this time. I am steeling myself off, encasing my heart, bracing myself for bad news.

Big Data Helps Us Understand Preterm Birth And Miscarriage

Will Sacks | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Parents
Will Sacks

The digital health industry is collecting data on a scale of which we have never before seen. Let's use this data to uncover and understand reproductive health challenges, so couples that want to start families are more likely to be able to do so.

How To Support A Friend Struggling With Infertility

Amy Gibson | Posted 11.02.2015 | Canada Parents
Amy Gibson

Cancer. Death. Divorce. Miscarriage. Infertility. What these experiences all have in common is that they make people clam up. People often don't know how to respond, what to say, what to do or how to react. So often, people don't respond. They don't say anything. They don't do anything. They don't react. And that is wrong. Some would argue that everyone is dealing with their own stuff and don't have the bandwidth to take on other people's problems. But if everyone's head is down and people are only worried about themselves, that is a sad and cynical statement about society. Are people really that busy that they can't be supportive of others?

My Children Have a Brother They May Never Meet

Raquel Cool | Posted 10.25.2015 | Canada Parents
Raquel Cool

No part of me regrets the decision I made to be an egg donor but I regret how I went about it and the contract I locked myself into. I regret not requesting an open donation. I did not understand the gravity of my decisions. I believed I was mature and now I look back and feel like I was just a kid. That psychological screening, many years ago, had "screened" a version of myself I could no longer relate to. I had no way of knowing that egg donation would impact my life the way it did.

What's Missing From Ontario's IVF Plans

Vanessa Gruben | Posted 10.19.2015 | Canada Parents
Vanessa Gruben

There's much to commend in the new policy; most importantly it covers all forms of infertility, regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation or family status. The problem lies in what has not yet been addressed by the province -- critical issues that surround both publicly and privately funded IVF -- that demand attention.

What You Should Never Say to a Friend Who Can't Get Pregnant

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 09.21.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

You can safely assume by the fact that I had four children in five and a half years, that I did not have much difficulty conceiving. However, two of my very best friends struggled for years to get pregnant, so while I would not want to give advice to someone who can't conceive, I do feel qualified to give advice about what do to when your friend can't get pregnant while you can.

The Real Reason Women Are Having Children Later

Erica Berman | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Erica Berman

Instead of accusing women of prioritizing career over family, perhaps we should acknowledge that it is simply more challenging nowadays for many women to find a life partner during their fertile years. For that reason alone, I applaud companies for providing women with the opportunity to expand their control over their fertility.

How My IVF Nightmare Can Help You Avoid One

Rhonda Levy | Posted 07.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Rhonda Levy

Fertility clinics with low or average success rates, and those not in step with the most recent scientific advances, faced a conflict of interest. Their patients would be more likely to become pregnant with the help of their more competent and cutting-edge competitors, but the clinics would be more profitable if they did not direct them there. With this new found insight, I no longer thought of myself as an IVF patient and began to consider myself an IVF consumer.

How Infertility Can Kill Your Sex Drive

Erica Berman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

What could be more romantic? You and your partner decide you are ready to start a family. You throw away the birth control, have a quiet evening together and excitedly ravish each other before falling peacefully asleep dreaming of strollers, onesies and playdates.

There Was A Lot Of Shame Around My Infertility In The Black Community

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Parents

Infertility is more common than you think, but that doesn’t stop women from feeling ashamed if it happens to them. In Canada, 1 in 6 couples experie...

5 Fertility Facts For Anyone Trying To Get Pregnant

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Parents

Getting pregnant isn't always easy. In fact, one in eight couples have trouble getting pregnant. This can be caused by a number of factors ranging fro...

This Mother's Day, I'm Acknowledging the Painful Side of Motherhood. Loss

Heather van Mil | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Parents
Heather van Mil

While Mother's Day is a celebration of love for many, it is a day of pain and grief for so many more. There are many faces of motherhood, some less obvious then others. There are mothers whose arms are empty; suffering from infertility, miscarriages or the death of a child. The world doesn't recognize them as mothers but they are and always will be.

Embryo Freezing vs. Egg Freezing: What You Need To Know

Dr. Sonya Kashyap | Posted 05.01.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Sonya Kashyap

The recent news that actress Sofia Vergara is facing a lawsuit from her ex-fiancé over the fate of their frozen embryos is shining a light on the embryo freezing process. If a couple separates and fails to agree on what to do with their frozen embryos, a lengthy and emotionally taxing legal battle could ensue. However, if only eggs are frozen over the course of a relationship, and that relationship ends, there is no dispute over who the eggs belong to and who controls their fate.

Menopause in Your 30s: Nine Things That Can Age Your Ovaries

Dr. Angeline Beltsos | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Angeline Beltsos

What causes early menopause or premature ovarian aging? This unique situation may occur from lifestyle factors, medical treatment or genetic predisposition. Early menopause can also be the result of an autoimmune disease.

Mitochondrial DNA 101: What You Need to Know

Dr. Sonya Kashyap | Posted 04.19.2015 | Canada
Dr. Sonya Kashyap

With headlines like "Three-parent babies!" exploding across the internet, it is easy to assume this new process will lead to the creation of children bearing the physical and psychological traits of three different people, but that is simply not the case.

Thank You for Speaking Out About Your Fertility Struggles, Jaime King

Dr. Angeline Beltsos | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Angeline Beltsos

Jaime you decided to come forward with your personal experiences and give a voice to all of those who found that trying for a baby didn't go as they planned. You didn't have to share this information, but you did. By doing so, you brought awareness to infertility and hope to women all over the world. You've given a ray of hope to those who needed it amidst the flurry of injectable medications, ultrasounds, and doctor appointments. You've brought encouragement to those who went through the "two week wait" with baited breath only to be heartbroken and disappointed.

Quebec Should Not Put Age Limits on In Vitro Fertilization

Marina Adshade | Posted 02.05.2015 | 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 01.17.2015 | 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 12.29.2014 | 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 12.21.2014 | 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.