This Worm Could Help Solve Women's Fertility Issues

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 11.22.2015 | Canada Living

But not all worms work the same way.

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.

As A Doctor, I Want You To Know Your Miscarriage Isn't Your Fault

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Parents
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Women often feel guilt, thinking a stressful event or something like their previous use of oral contraceptives caused the miscarriage. The majority of time, miscarriage is a random, isolated event and a cause can't be determined.

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 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.

What We Need to Teach Young Women About Their Bodies

Ruth Miller | Posted 09.02.2015 | Canada Living
Ruth Miller

At the clinic I rarely met women, young or old, who understand their fertility and what happens during the menstrual cycle. They all know about the blood, although not always why they bleed. But few know anything about what happens between periods. No one has told them. Why have we kept this information from young women? Why do we tell them they can get pregnant any time of the month? If it's to encourage young people to use protection when they have sex, it doesn't seem to work.

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 Cancer Changed My Plans for Motherhood

Stephanie Gilman | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Living
Stephanie Gilman

Because my cancer was hormone-sensitive, I need to take a drug called Tamoxifen that is proven to reduce the risk of the cancer returning and possibly spreading to another part of my body. The newest recommendation is to stay on this drug for 10 years. Great news, right? A drug that could actually help keep me alive. I am lucky to have that option. Unfortunately, hormonal therapy for cancer comes with a whack of side effects. The biggest one for me is that I've been told not to get pregnant while taking it, due to its potential to cause birth defects.

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...

WATCH: The Beauty (And Ugliness) Of Pregnancy

Connected | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Parents

Newly pregnant Nina and Stefano deal with their life change in different ways. Derek moves out of his mom’s house and takes advantage of being singl...

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

Dr. Sonya Kashyap | Posted 05.01.2015 | 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.

Is It Time To Break Up With Your Birth Control Pill?

Dr. Christine Palmay | Posted 04.28.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Christine Palmay

If you're like many women, chances are you're in auto-pilot mode and you've used the same birth control since you first started having sex. The challenge with complacency though, it doesn't just lead to missed opportunities, but rather can lead to some alarming trends.

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.

Quick Fertility Tips for the Holiday Season

Dr. Sonya Kashyap | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Sonya Kashyap

For those who are trying to conceive, especially single women who may be trying to decide between becoming a single parent or choosing egg freezing, the holidays can be a tough time as it brings into focus family and resolutions for the future. Instead of focusing on your worries, think about the positives.

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.

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.

Is Your Biological Clock Is Ticking, The Sound Of This Can Speed It Up

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada Living

It's more than a metaphor: the sound of an actual ticking clock can ignite a woman's desire for children -- that is, if she comes from a background in...

Finally, Some Good News About Having A Baby After 30

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Living

For women who choose to have children later in life, the messages they hear about their health are often of doom, gloom and general negativity. But a ...

Do All Only Children Secretly Wish For Siblings?

The Purple Fig | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

Do only children pine for siblings? Most of the parenting world seems to think so. Parent-friends have warned me of the perils of leading my son down the dark and isolating path travelled by the only child. Armed with some incentive to find the truth, I began a very casual and non scientific study.

10 Reasons Why You Can't Get Pregnant

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.12.2015 | 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 poo...

6 Ways To Boost Fertility

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 10.21.2013 | Canada Living

For women hoping to conceive, experts advise watching your weight and following a Mediterranean-style diet to boost your odds of having a baby. As ...

SavvyMom Roundup: Gluten, Bacon and a Sad Kid at the Zoo

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

The war against gluten, the problem with bacon, teens and social media, a sad kid at the zoo and apple season all caught my attention this week.