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The breast cancer gene BRCA and IVF

Posted on November 27, 2019

What is a gene? A gene is described as the “unit of inheritance”. What it actually refers to is a region of our DNA that codes for a specific protein. In other words, it is a page in our DNA instruction manual. Our DNA code, made up of genes, arranged in chromosomes, contains the instructions … Continue reading

Foods To Increase Fertility

Posted on November 13, 2019

These days we have a HUGE amount of scientific research telling us which nutrients are important for fertility: Omega 3 Fatty acids, folate, zinc, selenium, iron, vitamin E, just to name a few! But we eat FOOD, not nutrients, so part of my job as dietitian is helping translate this scientific research into to practical … Continue reading

Why Do Couples With Infertility Need To Have A Karyotype Done?

Karyotype testing for men and women suffering infertility can provide extremely useful information that helps your doctor to get to the bottom of your problem. Karyotypes can diagnose chromosomal abnormalities, a cause of infertility that is relatively common and underappreciated. Where a karyotype is normal, a certain set of problems are ruled out, allowing us … Continue reading

If I’ve Conceived Naturally Once, Why Am I Struggling Now?

Posted on October 21, 2019

Secondary infertility is defined as struggling to conceive now, when you have conceived before. It’s more common than you may think. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. It takes two… A lot of us assume secondary infertility is due to a woman getting older. There are many cases where this is true. As … Continue reading

How many embryos should be transferred?

Posted on September 3, 2019

IVF technology today allows us to safely vitrify (freeze) embryos. That is why the aim of an IVF cycle should be to create one baby at a time. There are some cases where Embryo Transfer (ET) x 2 can be considered. I use this tactic (with my patients’ consent and agreement) in cases where IVF … Continue reading