Wellness Wednesday – Success With Egg Freezing

At Genesis, supporting our patients through successful treatment is our top priority. This applies to all the procedures we perform at our centre, including egg freezing.

Egg freezing is a delicate process and its success rates are highly dependent on method and experience. Thanks to our talented and seasoned team we have managed to achieve high success rates (Table 1).

Genesis Fertility Egg Freezing Success Rates

Most women do not return for their frozen eggs for many years, so the number of women who have attempted to become pregnant from these eggs is limited. For this reason, quality assurance in the egg survival process is paramount, and has helped us achieve a thawed egg survival rate of 95%.

Delayed Childbearing

An increasing number of women are interested in having children later in life for a variety of reasons:

  • Meeting the right life partner
  • Focusing on education and career development
  • Seeking financial stability prior t o having a child

When a woman is in her late 30s or older, there is a decreased chance of pregnancy and an increased chance of pregnancy loss and chromosomal abnormalities. Women can now choose to freeze their eggs through vitrification at Genesis.

Patients with Cancer

Advances in cancer treatment have increased survival rates over the past decades. However, many cancer treatments can permanently affect fertility for both men and women. In women, cancer treatment may deplete the number of eggs in the ovaries and trigger early menopause. If you will be receiving chemotherapy imminently, your doctor may refer you and you will be seen within 24 to 48 hours to discuss your fertility options.

Fertility can be preserved through the freezing of sperm, eggs and embryos. Our team works closely with oncology teams to ensure any fertility treatment is safe.

Genesis Fertility Centre helped Anna freeze her embryos to use after her cancer treatment


Steps to Egg Freezing

Women who elect to freeze their eggs undergo the same initial steps as an IVF treatment cycle. Vitrified eggs are then banked and can be stored for many years. Women are encouraged to access this treatment prior to age 38 to increase the chance of pregnancy when their eggs are thawed, fertilized and transferred at a time in their life when pregnancy is desired. We have observed success of frozen eggs up to age 38 but consider patients on a case by case basis up to 42.

Our medical director Dr. Sonya Kashyap recently penned a detailed article for the Huffington Post entitled “Egg Freezing Deserves Serious Consideration.” The article provides detailed background information on the fertility procedure and how it applies to Canadians.

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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Hello Vancity: Genesis Fertility Centre – “Egg Freezing: Get Informed”

On Tuesday November 4, our clinic hosted an informal egg freezing information event for professional women at Coast Restaurant. The event was created for women to learn about the science behind egg freezing, information that may help them when they make their family planning decisions. In addition, the information session was a unique opportunity for people to discuss reproductive health outside a clinical setting and meet patients who have experienced fertility issues.

Yumi Ang of Hello Vancity was at the event and had a chance to speak with our medical director, Dr. Sonya Kashyap, as well as two patients who were willing to share their struggles with infertility. Here is Yumi’s take on how fertility planning affects professional women.

Genesis Fertility Centre at Egg Freezing Information Event

Genesis Fertility team. Photo Credit: Yumi Ang

Huffington Post: Egg Freezing Deserves Serious Consideration

Fertility health has been a popular topic recently as Apple and Facebook recently announced that they would be funding egg freezing for their female employees. This announcement was met with mixed reviews – some saw this as the tech companies’ way of giving women more choice around career and starting a family; others saw this as a misguided attempt to recruit and retain female employees.

In order to further understand the contentious fertility preservation method, our medical director Dr. Sonya Kashyap has penned an article on Huffington Post with facts and figures on egg freezing and how the medical procedure applies to Canadians.

Huffington Post: Egg Freezing Deserves Serious Consideration

Babies Born Using Donated Wombs

(Photo Credit: gabi_menashe via photopin cc)

It’s been a busy week for fertility science. This past weekend, the world welcomed the first baby born from a transplanted womb and on Monday, it was announced that another two women are set to give birth using their mothers’ wombs.

Why are these developments so important to the fertility field?

There are many causes for infertility, but one of the most challenging causes is Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) Syndrome, a congenital defect which occurs in 1 in 4,500 women where they are born without a uterus. This condition, and other conditions such as Asherman’s syndrome (an acquired uterine condition characterized by scar tissue formation inside the uterus and/or the cervix), can benefit from uterus transplants as a potential treatment for infertility. Previously, these conditions have had few to no options for treatment without the involvement of gestational carriers or resorting to adoption.

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Huffington Post Canada: Would You Donate Your Eggs to a Couple Who Couldn’t Conceive?

Our medical director, Dr. Sonya Kashyap, had a chance to respond to Randi D’s “I Donated My Eggs So I Could Travel the World” blog post as published on Huffington Post. In her article, she delves into the following:

  • Why egg donation?
  • Could you expect your experience with egg donation to be the same as Randi’s?
  • The difference between egg donations in Canada and the U.S. and which system is better

To read her blog in full, please click here or on the image below.


 (Photo Credit: Panayiotis Filippou via photopin cc)

Chinese paper Sing Tao reported birth of Olivia, first child in Canada to be conceived with help from the Eeva Test

Sing Tao <<星島日報>> newspaper reported the birth of Olivia, the first child in Canada to be conceived with the help of the Early Embryo Viability Assesment (Eeva) Test. Olivia’s mother, 40 year-old Darla Macey-Nicholson, is ecstatic about the latest addition to her family.

To view Sing Tao’s coverage of the exciting announcement, please click here or the image below.

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Darla Macey-Nicholson with Olivia, the first child in Canada to be conceived with the help of the Eeva Test.

24 Hours: Meet Canada’s first Eeva baby

Darla Macey-Nicholson, mother of Olivia – the first child conceived with the help of the Early Embryo Viability Assessment (Eeva) Test, had a chance to sit down with 24 Hours’ Jane Deacon and to explain why the groundbreaking reproductive technology is so important to her.

Read about Darla’s story and why Dr. Sonya Kashyap believes the Eeva Test may be a great asset to those who are experiencing infertility.

Darla Macey-Nicholson holds daughter Olivia, the first Canadian to be conceived with the help of Eeva time-lapse in vitro technology.

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