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.

CTV Vancouver: Should government fund fertility?

CTV Vancouver’s Maria Weisgarber had a chance to visit our clinic yesterday when Darla Macey-Nicholson and her lovely almost-five-week-old baby, Olivia, dropped by. Olivia is the first baby in Canada conceived with the assistance of the Early Embryo Viability Assessment (Eeva) Test.

Maria sat down with our medical director, Dr. Sonya Kashyap, to talk about the Eeva Test and whether taxpayers should help fund fertility treatments. Dr. Kashyap touched upon this subject earlier in the year when the National Post published an opinion piece titled “Pregnancy is a want, not a need.”

Click here or the image below to see what Dr. Kashyap and Darla had to say:

Dr. Sonya Kashyap and Darla Macey-Nicholson speak with CTV Vancouver's Maria Weisgarber about the Eeva Test and the cost of fertility treatments.

Dr. Sonya Kashyap and Darla Macey-Nicholson speak with CTV Vancouver’s Maria Weisgarber about the Eeva Test and the cost of fertility treatments.

 

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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Wellness Wednesdays: Taking Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) to Enhance your Fertility

By Dr. Jeda Boughton, BodaHealth

Coenzyme Q10 has been shown to enhance both female and male fertility.

Coenzyme Q10 has been shown to enhance both female and male fertility.
(Photo Credit: RenegadeHealth.com)

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance that we consume naturally in our diets. It functions much like a vitamin to increase energy production and acts as an antioxidant in your body. Although CoQ10 was originally touted as an important supplement to increase cardiac and neurological health, today studies are showing that this vitamin-like substance also enhances fertility. Though CoQ10 is a substance found in meat, fish and specific fruits and vegetables, supplementation is a worthwhile consideration for women hoping to conceive.

Scientists believe that the fertility-enhancing effects of CoQ10 on women are due to the roles this substance plays on energy production. Levels of CoQ10 in women’s bodies diminish as we age which leaves fewer energy resources to endure the high-energy activities of fertilization and the subsequent development of an embryo. A recent study in the Journal of Fertility and Sterility found that older women could benefit from supplementation with CoQ10. The health of a woman’s eggs was improved by supplements of 600 mg per day and fertilization rates were increased as well.

CoQ10 has also been shown to enhance male fertility.  A study published in the Journal of Andrology examined the role of CoQ10 on male fertility. The research found that supplementation with 200-300 mg of CoQ10 each day significantly increased sperm motility as well as sperm count and the overall health of sperm. Another important study, which appeared in the Journal of Fertility and Sterility, measured CoQ10 levels in seminal fluid and found that low levels are correlated with low sperm motility. Supplementation with CoQ10 was shown to increase sperm motility thereby enhancing fertility.

In my practice treating fertility holistically with acupuncture and herbal medicinals, we also offer our patients one of two forms of CoQ10:

CoQ10 Ubiquinone (oxidized) – be sure to choose a product that contains 100% natural tran-isomer.  If it does not use the word “trans” on the label then it is likely a synthetic version that will not be effective.

Ubiquinol – a reduced form of CoQ10. Studies suggest that this form has increased bioavailability for mitochondrial energy production.  This is a more expensive product, however, a lower dose is needed to achieve the same results.

Dr. Jeda Boughton is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncturist and Director of BodaHealth in Vancouver, B.C. To book a free consultation call 604-733-2632 or visit www.bodahealth.ca. For more tips on thyroid health, like our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/BodaHealth.

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Dr. Jeda Boughton and our clinic’s medical director, Dr. Sonya Kashyap, will be hosting a free seminar during Canadian Infertility Awareness Week. During the talk, you will receive valuable strategies to increase your change of getting pregnant:

  • Improve your reproductive health through Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Lifestyle choices that work best to increase fertility
  • Learn how our clinic has helped thousands of families realize their dreams of a happy, healthy baby

Bring your questions to this rare opportunity to dialogue with the two doctors.

Topic: Discover the 5 Essential Keys to Optimizing Your Fertility
Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Location: The Institute of Holistic Nutrition (300 – 604 West Broadway, Vancouver)
Cost: Admission is FREE (seating is limited)

To register, please call 604.733.2632 or email info@bodahealth.ca

Wellness Wednesdays: How and Why Optimizing BMI Improves IVF Success Rates

By: Dr. Sonya Kashyap & Dr. Spence Pentland

how BMI affects your fertility and IVF

BMI Index Comparison (Women) [Image Credit: Weightlossmex.com]

 A recent article by Postmedia News’ Sharon Kirkey highlighted Canada’s fertility specialists’ on-going discussion about whether guidelines should be established for helping (or not helping) severely obese women get pregnant.

So why is weight playing a role in the fertility treatment debate?

Most people are already familiar with the importance of maintaining a healthy body weight: being overweight increases your risk of diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes while being underweight can have negative effects on your heart, immune system and bone density. But your body mass index (BMI) can also play an important role in the success or failure of in vitro fertilization (IVF).

BMI-based body size guides for women and men [Image Credit: International Journal of Obesity]

BMI-based body size guides for women and men [Image Credit: International Journal of Obesity]

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