Fertility

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.

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.

The Trouble With Buying Eggs and Sperm Over the Border

Sara Cohen | Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada Living
Sara Cohen

For years now, ever since the Assisted Human Reproduction Act became law back in 2004 and prohibited the purchase of donor gametes from a donor or a person acting on behalf of a donor, most donor sperm used in Canada has been imported via the U.S. or other countries. The problem? Here it is: at this point, most egg banks in the U.S. offer only anonymously donated eggs. To make a long story short, whether or not this is legal is a nuanced answer where the devil is in the details but suffice it to say that I think it is possible to carefully work within the confines of the AHRA to import ova into Canada in a legal manner.

Northern Lights In The Yukon: Is Canada Inadvertently Solving Japan's Population Decline Crisis?

Abi Paul | Posted 06.14.2013 | Canada Alberta
Abi Paul

It was a chilly but clear evening (-35 degrees Celsius) when we got on the tour bus in Whitehorse, Yukon. The tour was for the viewing of the spectacular northern lights, an atmospheric phenomenon that is best viewed under certain environmental conditions during certain periods of the year at certain locations in the northern hemisphere.

Change My Mind: Should There Be an Age Limit For Fertility Treatments?

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada Living
Marni Soupcoff

How old is too old to be a new mother? In the latest installment of our "Change My Mind" series, HuffPost asked two experts in the field of the bioethics of fertility to debate the statement: It's time to drop upper age limits on fertility treatments. Arguing for the "agree" side is Sara Cohen, a fertility law lawyer based in Toronto. Her practice focuses on legal issues surrounding fertility treatments including IVF, egg donation and embryo donation. Arguing for the "disagree" side is Francoise Baylis, Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy at Dalhousie University. What do you think?

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.

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.

Should I Freeze My Eggs?

Heather Magee | Posted 11.03.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

Often when I tell people that my partner and I aren't sure if or when we'll start a family, the same few questions arise. Can you imagine yourself 20 or 30 years down the road, with no children or grandchildren? Don't you want someone to carry on your family's lineage? Won't it be lonely with just you two?