Genesis Fertility Centre: Winter Holiday Closure

We will be closed for the holiday season from Wednesday, December 24, 2014 to  Friday, January 2, 2015, inclusive.

We will be re-open on Saturday, January 3, 2015 with regular office hours.

If you will like assistance with your treatment cycles or you would like to speak with a staff member before the 3rd, please call us at 604-879-3032 between 9:00am and 12:00pm on December 24, 27-31 or January 2.

We’d like to wish you a very happy holidays!

Happy Holidays from Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver

Season’s Greetings from Genesis Fertility Centre

As we are in the midst of the festive season and working our way towards the end of 2014, it is a time to celebrate and also reflect on the past year at Genesis Fertility Centre.  Over this past year, we as the Genesis team have had the privilege to work with patients and journey with them in their quest for a family.

The Genesis Fertility Centre team.

The Genesis Fertility Centre team.

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Vancouver Sun: Chromosomal screening boosts chances that IVF will succeed

Did you know that Genesis Fertility Centre offers genetic screening services (pre-implantation genetic diagnosis [PGD] and comprehensive chromosomal screening [CCS])?

Vancouver Sun‘s Erin Ellis had a chance to speak with one of our patients, Christa LeFlufy, about her experiences with genetic screening. We are very happy to be part of Christa’s fertility journey.

Learn more about Christa’s story and chromosomal screening in the story below.

Dr. Sonya Kashyap speaks with Christa LeFlufy about chromosomal screening at Vancouver's Genesis Fertility Centre

Dr. Sonya Kashyap speaks with Christa LeFlufy about chromosomal screening at Vancouver’s Genesis Fertility Centre

Genesis Fertility Centre: First clinic in Canada to have independently verified pregnancy rates

In 2013, Genesis Fertility Centre became the first and only clinic in Canada to independently verify our pregnancy success rates.

Genesis Fertility Centre, First, Canada, Independently Verified, Success, Pregnancy, Rates

Genesis Fertility Centre is the first fertility clinic in Canada to have independently verified pregnancy rates.

Why did we have our clinical results independently verified?

We did this to improve transparency about our clinic’s pregnancy rates and make it easier for patients to understand our success rates.

In the U.S., pregnancy rates reporting by fertility clinics is mandatory, audited and identifiable. In Canada however, success rates reporting is voluntary, de-identified and unaudited. Websites may contain only biochemical pregnancy rates and use different denominators, making it virtually impossible for patients to compare the success rates of different fertility clinics.

At Genesis, we ensure validity of our pregnancy rates annually through third-party auditing conducted by two independent, unrelated industry organizations: Fertility Authority, a leading authority in patient advocacy, and IVF Reports, an authority in IVF standards.

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Wellness Wednesday: 3 Reasons Thyroid Imbalance Can Cause Infertility

By Dr. Jeda Boughton, BodaHealth

3 Reasons Thyroid Imbalance Can Cause Infertility

It is estimated that 16% of couples have fertility problems. Thyroid imbalance can contribute to difficulty conceiving a child in several ways, such as:

1)    Menstrual Cycle

The underproduction of thyroid hormones (hypothyroidism) or the overproduction of hormones (hyperthyroidism) can cause irregularities in your menstrual cycle. A cycle that is too long or too short can cause difficulty with conception.

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Meet Us Monday – Larysa Fedarava, Embryologist (Part 2)

Meet Us Monday: Larysa Fedarava, Embryologist at Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver

Здравствуйте! Я – Лариса из Минска, Беларусь. Работаю в нашей клинике с 2010 года, сначала как андролог, затем специализировалась на эмбриологии. Андрологи и эмбриологи работают плечом к плечу. Мне очень приятно сказать, что мои коллеги –  действительно увлеченные и замечательные люди.

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Thrifty Mommas Tips: 3-Part Fertility Series

We were very fortunate to have Paula Schuck of Thrifty Mommas Tips join us at our November egg freezing informational event.

Paula had a chance to blog about the event, her newly acquired knowledge of egg freezing, as well as the inspirational stories of two of our wonderful patients: Anna Kashani and Heather Pelz.

Read about egg freezing as well as Anna and Heather below!

Part 1: Seven Facts About Egg Freezing

Thrifty Momma Tips, Paula Schuck, Egg Freezing, Genesis Fertility Centre, Fertility

 

Part 2: Egg Freezing – Anna’s Cancer Diagnosis and Fertility Preservation

Thrifty Mommas Tips: Egg Freezing, Anna Kashani, Genesis Fertility Centre, Fertility, Cancer, Preservation

Part 3: Egg Freezing – Heather and Hunter

Thrifty Mommas Tips, Paula Schuck, Egg Freezing, Heather Pelz, Genesis Fertility Centre, Fertility

Wellness Wednesday: Toxin Awareness

By: Dr. Spence Pentland, TCM

Toxins to avoid for fertility health

Environmental toxins are a very passionate topic in my life. My desire to create awareness through strong emphasis on the negative impacts of these substances and products may, at times, create fear and the feeling that major damage has already been done. This could then be followed by a sense of despair, resentment, and not knowing what to do. I apologize if any version of this is your experience, but to some degree if it is, I have done my job! That said, beginning the process of reversing damage caused by toxins is simply a matter of starting to incorporate choices that lead to a cleaner, less toxic personal environment. Start today; it’s easier than you think.

No one is immune to the health ailments that are being caused by environmental factors. Educating yourself is key, not only for conception, but also for parenting. Health challenges like Autism and cancers are rising steadily for children and their causes have been linked to common pesticides. Learn as much as you can and avoid what you can.

There are over 80,000 manmade chemicals existing in the marketplace today. Many were introduced after World War II when petro-chemical companies no longer had a market for chemical weapons and found uses for their products other forms, consisting of home and agricultural pesticides and fertilizers, food preservatives, household cleaners, and personal care products. Current estimates place the existence of over 200 of these industrially produced chemicals in the human body at any given time. The time when a human is at greatest risk of the effects of these toxins is during fetal development, hence the added relevance for this post. Many of these chemicals are known toxins that disrupt hormonal balance and are contributing factors in infertility, PMS, irregular menstrual cycles, polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, premature ovarian failure, recurrent pregnancy loss, anxiety and cancer of all kinds.

I recently heard a statistic that one half of all Americans will have cancer at some point in their life.

We are all in this together…

Everything is connected. A great example of this can be seen in Theo Colborn’s book, ‘Our Stolen Future’, in which he tells the tale of a single PCB molecule (a cancer causing chemical found in coolants and banned in 1979) travelling from a factory in Texas, to the bottom of a Great Lake, to a Polar bear in Norway twenty years later.

Drastic changes in the reproductive health, patterns and behaviors of species living around heavily polluted areas (sewage, garbage, agricultural and pharmaceutical run off, PCB’s, etc) is no secret and we are adding more chemicals each day. We are told by industry leaders and government that all are individually tested but the real danger, and something that can never be studied in totality, is how these chemicals interact when they are in our water, food and air.

But you’re on your own…

The food and drug industry is big business and you really have to look out for yourself. Be sure to read labels and go organic when possible. Some women have had success by going vegan but if that seems too extreme try your best to eat only free-range, organic fed animal products. When you can buy locally, by all means do. Not only are you getting fresher, less processed food, you are supporting the local economy and sending a message to the large corporations that care more about their bottom line than your health.

Top products to avoid:

  • Non-organic animal products ( i.e. meat, eggs and dairy)
  • Non-organic foods due to pesticide use and genetic modification
  • Water that has been stored in a plastic container and possibly exposed to temperature extremes
  • Cleaning agents that contain fragrance (laundry, body, hair, dish, household)
  • Food that has been microwaved– especially in plastic containers
  • Artificial and manmade sweeteners
  • Domestic home and garden pesticides
  • Canned foods (unless specified non-BPA lining)
  • Phthalates (used in cosmetics and to soften plastic)
  • For new homes and office building environments (full of paint, new furniture and flooring, mattresses, photocopiers, etc) please consider purchasing an air filtration system that reduces Volatile Organic Compounds.

Meet Us Monday: Jas

Andrologist at Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver

Maira nam Jas hai main England vich paida hoi si. Main Vancouver vich rehendi han. Main Genesis fertility centre te kam kardi han. Mainu lokan di madad karana changan lagda hai. Asin marijan di dil nal madad karde han.Sanu tuhade sapne sakar karan di asa hai. Tuhade har swal da jawab den lai Dr Sonya Kashyap tuhade lai jut ke kam karegi. Asin khushi khushi tuhadi har terahn nal madad karange.

My name is Jas. I was born in England. I live in Vancouver. I work at Genesis Fertility centre in the lab. At Genesis Fertility Centre we are proud of the work we do. I like to help people. We take good care of our patients. We care about your feelings. We hope to assist making your dreams come true. If you have any questions Dr. Kashyap will be happy to help you.

 

Childless for the Holidays: Tips for Coping While Trying to Conceive

By Holly Yager, M.Ed., RCC, CCC, Well Woman Counselling, Vancouver BC

tips for coping with the holidays when trying to conceive

Sentimental movies. Sappy TV commercials. Holiday greetings cards with family updates and photos. Work parties where the conversations revolve around the latest toy to buy for kids. Family dinners where everyone is gushing about your cousin’s or sister’s baby news. These are usually happy occasions, but can be highly triggering when you’re dealing with infertility.

The holidays can be difficult for anyone trying to conceive and experiencing infertility. Here are some tips to survive the holidays when you’re trying to conceive:

Set Your Boundaries

It is perfectly acceptable to turn down invitations to events that you know will be triggering. Give yourself permission to look after your needs. If you worry about others’ reactions, remember that if they were going through infertility, they would likely do the same. This year try focusing your time and energy on the people and experiences that make you feel good.

Look For Alternatives

Many couples trying to conceive find that children and family events bring up intense emotions. If you find child-centric events difficult, this may be a good year to try other types of activities. If you have friends or family who do not have children, plan to spend some time with them. Or go away for the holidays and spend time away from all the holiday activity. If you don’t have the time or funds for a vacation right now, try having a “staycation” and telling everyone you’re out of town. If you can’t skip out on events that make you uncomfortable, do your best to manage the situation by putting in the minimum amount of time – arrive late, leave early, say you have another engagement to get to.

 Advance Preparation

Avoid sitting next to those who like to ask all of those “when are you having kids?” questions. Find out in advance who will be there. If any “allies” are present who know about your experience, make plans to sit next to them. It can also help to anticipate the conversations and questions and have some scripts prepared in advance (i.e., some good come-backs or ways to deflect the questions).

 Self-Care

Spend time doing things that lift you up. This is the time of year where it is essential to recharge the batteries and regenerate for the New Year. Try booking a massage or pedicure or spending time in nature. Read that book you’ve been coveting. Tackle your “bucket list” of things you’ve always wanted to try. And make sure you are paying attention to getting enough sleep to keep your energy up.

Get Support

Spend time with those who are supportive, or at least not draining. Focus on connecting with your partner or with someone else close to you, even if you haven’t told them of your difficulties. If you aren’t able to share your situation with others, you can access online support networks such as Resolve.org or IAAC.ca. The support of a professional therapist who is experienced with infertility can also be helpful when coping with the holidays.

Meet yourself where you’re at and trust that you know what you need to get through it. With a little preparation and a lot of self-compassion, you can get through the holidays.

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