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Part III: Testing for Infertility with Dr. Mills

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Part III: Testing for Infertility with Dr. Mills
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By now you’re probably familiar with Dr. Ginevra Mills. She's an obstetrician gynecologist with a specialty in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, a special interest in PCOS and lifelong health, and she's got three young kiddos of her own! We’ve been talking to her about fertility: how it changes with age, causes of infertility, and today we discuss what the next steps look like if you’ve been referred to a fertility specialist.

  1. Initial Consultation: this initial meeting with a fertility specialist, such as Dr. Mills, will take approximately 30-45 mins and will largely be a discussion about your medical history. Have you had any surgeries, have you been pregnant in the past, have you or your partner had children before with other partners, have you had any terminations of pregnancy, and any history of sexually transmitted diseases, to name a few. 
    1. Please know that none of these questions are asked with judgment - they are there to inform the...
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Causes of Infertility with Dr. Mills

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Causes of Infertility with Dr. Mills
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In Part II of our three part series on fertility, Dr. Genevra Mills, an obstetrician gynecologist with a specialty in reproductive endocrinology and infertility with three kiddos of her own, discusses with us causes of infertility. She gives us a most helpful breakdown of the main reasons for infertility in both the male and female partner.

Often causes of infertility can be somewhat obvious and easily identified, and most times patients have an idea that something's going on even before they get to that point of twelve months of trying without success. Here are the main medical conditions that can affect fertility between heterosexual partners.

Issues with Ovulation

There are multiple reasons why an egg may not be released every month, and issues with ovulation make up about 15% of a couple’s cause of infertility.

  1. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): the first and most common ovary dysfunction is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in which ovaries have too many follicles in them causing...
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Fertility as we Age with Dr. Ginevra Mills

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Fertility as we Age with Dr. Ginevra Mills
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Fertility is a fascinating topic that touches almost everyone’s lives in one way or another. It is an evolving field of study that can be clouded with misinformation, lack of education, and new findings that have altered some of our fundamental understanding of the science behind it. This is why we have brought in Dr. Ginevra Mills, an obstetrician gynecologist with a specialty in reproductive endocrinology and infertility with three kiddos of her own, to help us wade through some of this information starting with: Fertility as we Age!

Let’s define infertility.

While this may seem like a basic place to start, many people may carry some misconceptions about how infertility is defined. The true definition of infertility is the failure to conceive after twelve months of intercourse without contraception. This doesn't mean that you're actively trying to get pregnant for a year. This means that you are not taking a birth control pill or using any type of barrier...

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Fertility Preservation with Dr. Garcia

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Fertility Preservation with Dr. Garcia
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Fertility.

The fact of the matter is that humans are not that great at reproduction. Even in the best circumstances, a young healthy woman only has about a 15-20% chance of becoming pregnant within one ovulation cycle. All types of fertility require a certain amount of patience and effort - and the good news is that modern medicine has evolved to provide women with a variety of safe and successful options for preserving fertility! To learn more about top tips on getting pregnant check out our blog post.

On today’s podcast, we discuss the three main options for safeguarding fertility as well as their benefits and drawbacks:

  1. Egg freezing
  2. IUI with donor sperm 
  3. IVF with donor sperm to create embryos that can be transferred at anytime in the future

Joining us is Dr. Meivys Garcia, FRCSC Obstetrics, Gynecology, Infertility Specialist and medical director and co-owner of the Markham Fertility Center in London, Ontario, Canada. She’s had a passion for fertility...

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The Basics of Getting Pregnant!

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It seems simple enough - and for the majority of people of birthing age conceiving is not a complex science - but with this episode we’d like to take a step back and discuss the very basics of getting pregnant! 

We chatted with Dr. Beth Taylor, a Fertility Specialist at the Olive Fertility Centre in Vancouver. Dr. Beth offered a lot of great insight into how you can know if you can get pregnant, the best ways to begin trying, and when you might need to look into getting some fertility help!

We should note right from the top that for the purposes of this episode and post, we are focusing on the heteronormative paradigm of the cis female and cis male having sexual intercourse to try to conceive - but there are many other paradigms and ways to conceive we will focus on in subsequent episodes! 

Top 4 Things You Should Know About Getting Pregnant

1. How do I know if I can get pregnant?

Most people start with the assumption that they are fertile, and often they are...

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Top 9 Things that affect Fertility!

 

 

Top 9 Things that affect fertility: Here is a quick review of the 9 causes of infertility!! Listen to our podcast for more details around each of these topics! 

 

Get your free preparing for pregnancy download here! 

 

Irregular or absent menstrual cycle: a “normal” menstrual cycle is 21-35 days.  There are many things that can affect your hormones that control both ovulation and your uterine lining.  We will discuss many of these in today's podcast!! Anything that affects ovulation or your uterine lining can affect your ability to get pregnant.  

 

Ovarian reserve is a very important piece of the puzzle.  Women are born with all of the eggs we will ever have, and they decrease with time, not only because they are released, but they also degrade over time.  



Age: Women in their late 30s are approximately 40 percent less fertile than women in their early 20s and this is primarily because advancing...

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PCOS and Fertility!

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Did you know that Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome affects up to 10% of women? 

In our podcast, we review the hormonal issues that cause and result from PCOS and how PCOS affects fertility. 

We discuss how the first-line treatment is diet and exercise in an effort to balance your hormones and manage your insulin and sugar levels.  

By losing 5-10% of your bodyweight many women suffering from irregular cycles due to anovulation can start ovulating again and become fertile? 

Drs. Sarah and Alicia review the signs and symptoms of PCOS and management including both lifestyle and medications to manage this common condition. 

If you are trying to conceive, and feel like you may have PCOS, make sure to reach out to your care provider for help!!!

 

 

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Preparing for Pregnancy - Our Top Ten Tips!

Did you know that almost half of pregnancies are unplanned? Whether you’re planning a pregnancy, or want to be prepared when the time is right for you, we’ve put together a list of our top ten tips for optimizing your pre-conception health! Check them out below. 

Want to know the top 10 things you NEED to do when you get pregnant? Check out our free guide here

 

Take control of your fertility! 

Some experts call this making your reproductive health plan, others call it family planning. What does this really mean? It means taking a step back and looking at the overall life goals you’ve set for yourself and where, if at all, you see children fitting in with your goals for your education, career, travel etc. Check out this free resource to help guide you here.  And if you’re currently sexually active and NOT wanting to get pregnant talk to your health care provider today about reliable options for preventing pregnancy. Learn about your...

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