The Province & Vancouver Desi: Vancouver fertility centre helps those facing cancer treatment still have babies

White Rock resident Anna Kashani has an amazing story to tell. At the age of 29, she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Although receiving the news of cancer was painful, being told that she had no time for fertility preservation was unbearable.

We were honoured to be able to help Anna and her fiancé Marlon Azurdia by increasing her chances of conceiving in the future. Anna had nine embryos frozen at our clinic before receiving her first dose of chemotherapy treatment last month.

To learn more about Anna’s compelling story, the emotional impact of infertility on Canadians and Canadian immigrants, as well as detailed information about egg freezing, please click here to view The Province and Vancouver Desi article and video.

Dr. Sonya Kashyap, medical director of Genesis Fertility Centre, explains how egg freezing works (Source: The Province & Vancouver Desi)

Dr. Sonya Kashyap, medical director of Genesis Fertility Centre, explains how egg freezing works (Source: The Province & Vancouver Desi)

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Fertility Food Fridays: Colourful Quinoa Salad

Recipe by Krista A. Parr

Healthy quinoa salad for fertility

Colourful food makes for a healthy meal.

When you include all the colours of the rainbow in your diet daily, you can be sure that you’re getting a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. This is a great way to cover many of your nutritional requirements without over-analyzing the components of your food. This colourful salad is packed with too many antioxidants to name, but all antioxidants are important for male and female fertility in that they protect eggs, sperm, reproductive organs, hormonal glands, and even DNA from free-radical damage. As well as consuming colourful, antioxidant-rich meals like this salad, you can also support your fertility by avoiding free radical damage from cigarettes, alcohol, over-exercising, hydrogenated oils, and excessive stress.

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New Tang Dynasty: Success Stories for Beating Infertility

Did you miss Monday’s broadcast of Heather Pelz’s story on New Tang Dynasty (NTD TV)?

Heather has had a very special experience with infertility. At age 44, she wanted to conceive a child using her own eggs, an event that has less than one per cent chance of success (chances of conceiving at age 44 is deemed to be less than one to five per cent; the possibility of conceiving a baby with the mother’s own eggs at that age is even lower).

Heather gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Hunter just prior to her 45th birthday.

Chinese couple Mei Ling and Felix have also beaten the infertility odds. Mei Ling’s biological condition made her chances of conception to be around 10 per cent. With fertility treatment, she is now happily carrying her first child.

Click on the video below to find out more about their success stories in addition to how infertility is affecting first-generation immigrants. The Mandarin video clip starts at the 25:51 mark.

Wellness Wednesdays: How Do You Make IVF More “Natural”

By: Dr. Sonya Kashyap

How Do You Make IVF More "Natural"

How Do You Make IVF More “Natural” (Photo Credit: Euristikos.eu)

When couples envision starting a family, natural conception is typically the first thing that comes to mind; therefore it can be quite the shock when it is discovered that in vitro fertilization, or IVF, may be their only option. The idea of creating life in a lab can be a difficult concept to grasp for those who are used to the normative form of conceiving and are unfamiliar with the more technical side of fertility. New patients often want to know if their estrogen levels are normal, if their number of eggs is normal, etc. To be sure, there is nothing normal about this process. However, that is not to say we cannot work to make it as natural as possible.

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CTV Morning Live: Canadian Infertility Awareness Week 2014

Canadian Infertility Awareness Week is upon us and Dr. Sonya Kashyap was on CTV Morning Live this morning to talk about infertility, a medical condition that plagues one in six couples in Canada. Deana Burtnick and her daughter, McKinley, were also on air to talk about how the clinic made Deana and her husband’s dream come true.

Click here or the image below to find out what infertility means to Canadians and how advances in technology can help people conceive.

CTV Morning Live - May 26, 2014 - Canadian Infertility Awareness Week (From left to right: Keri Adams, Host of CTV Morning Live, Dr. Sonya Kashyap, Medical Director of Genesis Fertility Centre, Deana, Former Patient of Genesis & her daughter McKinley)

CTV Morning Live – May 26, 2014 – Canadian Infertility Awareness Week (From left to right: Keri Adams, Host of CTV Morning Live, Dr. Sonya Kashyap, Medical Director of Genesis Fertility Centre, Deana, Former Patient of Genesis & her daughter McKinley)

Meet Us Mondays: Lori Williams, RN, Nurse Manager & In-Charge of Sperm Retrieval Program

 

Lori Williams, RN, Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver

Lori Williams, RN, Genesis Fertility Centre

The Genesis family has many touching and compelling stories to tell, but Lori Williams, a registered nurse, nurse manager and in-charge of the Sperm Retrieval Program at our clinic, has a special and personal one to share. Her struggles with her husband’s cancer is one that parallels many of our patients.

Lori’s personal experiences and strength translates into her dedication to help patients at our clinic. We hope that you will find her path to Genesis an inspirational tale.

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Hi! My name is Lori and I work as a Registered Nurse at the Genesis Fertility Centre.  Prior to working at Genesis, I worked for more than ten years at Vancouver General Hospital – first as a vascular/general surgery nurse then as a critical care nurse in the Post Anesthetic Care Unit.

I love my job and I truly believe it has helped shape me into the person I am now.  It is one of the few careers that give you intimate access to extraordinary stories of others’ personal lives. I have met World War II heroes, inventors, survivors of unimaginable circumstances as well as star-crossed lovers.

My career has also exposed me to the varying limits of human capacity and has taught me that regardless of age, race or status, no one is exempt from life’s curve balls.

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Infertility Does Not Discriminate; Why Should We?

By: Dr. Sonya Kashyap

Evelina Zachariou, Infertility Does Not Discriminate; Why Should We?

Infertility Does Not Discriminate; Why Should We? (Photo Credit: Evelina Zachariou; Flickr)

The comments published on May 12’s edition of the National Post with regards to “Pregnancy is a want, not a need,” were very disheartening to read. I understand that the opinions in the article are not meant to be hurtful, but as a fertility doctor, I would like to bring to light that infertility is not a choice, much like many other medical conditions that public health care treats on a regular basis.

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Wellness Wednesdays: 7 Ways to Improve Fertility

Wellness Wednesdays: 7 Ways to Improve Fertility

Here are a seven great tips for improving your fertility!

Women are born with a finite number of eggs which are depleted monthly through menstruation until menopause sets in and ovulation stops. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to increase the number of eggs you have and there are very few things that influence the quality of those eggs. The primary determinant of egg quality is your age, which is why conceiving can become more difficult and pregnancy more high risk the older you become. Men, on the other hand, make new and healthy sperm every two months for the entirety of their lives. Unfair!

However, there are a few things that women can do to enhance fertility. Below are six easy tips to improve your chances of conceiving:

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Business in Vancouver: For the Record – Dr. Susan Lockhart

We’d like to officially welcome Dr. Susan Lockhart to the Genesis Fertility Centre team! Susan joins us as the clinic’s director of clinical operations.

Susan was formerly the Program Director of the UBC Centre for Reproductive Health. During her tenure at UBC, she was the recipient of the Creative Achievement in Reproductive Endocrinology award in recognition of her work in founding the Hope Fertility Fund.

Most recently, Susan worked as Program Director in the Maternal Infant Child Youth Program of the Fraser Health Authority (2007-2014). While working in the Fraser Health Authority, Susan completed her PhD in Public Policy and Administration with a Health Care Specialization. Susan was inducted to the national honour society, Pi Alpha Alpha for high achievement during her doctoral studies.

Check out Susan’s appointment story in today’s Business in Vancouver!

Genesis Fertility Centre - Business in Vancouver - For the Record - Susan Lockhart

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