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Kamloops couple conceives – they say in vitro works

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“It’s a common goal for many couples – to settle down, get married, and one day have children.

So what happens when things don’t go as planned? That’s the story of one Kamloops couple, Shelby and Tyler Kennedy, who found out that having a baby would not be easy.”

Read the full article here

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.

Meet Us Monday: Jaq

Oh my, now it’s my turn to write a ‘Meet us Monday’ for the Genesis blog.

You could probably tell from the first sentence that I’m not exactly an extrovert, but  I will share a little bit about myself. I’m from Singapore, which some people call  “a little red dot” because it is such a small country, but it is a vibrant one. Back in Singapore, I had a very hectic work schedule, not to mention at the end of every month we had to churn out reports for month end results (and yes you guessed correctly: I worked in an accounting department).

As I’m not getting any younger,  my husband and I decided that we would like to have a more relaxed life and the only way for us to do that was to move to a western country. We were lucky that all of our paperwork was approved in a very short time by the Canadian government, so we were able to land in Vancouver by the end of 2011.

Long story short, Genesis was looking for someone in the accounting dept. and I happened to apply and got the job. I have been working at Genesis for 3 years now and it’s been nothing but busy everyday. Not a single day goes by where I’m not learning something new and I mean it! Allow me to explain why: My husband and I do not have children.  We accepted that early on and therefore I knew nothing whatsoever about fertility. Therefore, to work in a fertility clinic and to learn all the fertility terminologies was quite challenging for me.

Have I accomplished my goal of having a more relaxed life here in Vancouver? My honest answer is not yet. However, though it is a very busy working life, as the time goes by I like working at Genesis more and more and am so proud of our team and the work we do. Not only do we help each other as a team, but we also sincerely want to help patients in every way possible.  Every member of this team will do everything they can to help you achieve your goal.  Being from Singapore where technological advancement is so prevalent, I can appreciate how hard the team has worked to ensure patients at Genesis have the latest technologies to help them in their journey.

Oh one last thing! At Genesis we really are a unique team, for instance most of us speak more than 1 language. For example, I can converse in Japanese as well as Indonesian and Mandarin (have to admit though that my mandarin is not good but manageable in that I can understand what people are talking about most of the time). If you happen to drop by to Genesis, you will probably see me working with numbers in the accounting dept.

Thank you for reading my little blog and looking forward to have a chance to meet you all in Genesis.

でわ、わたしの小さなブログをよんで頂き誠に有難う御座いましてGenesis にお会いできるチャンスをお楽しみ二しております。

Wellness Wednesday: Breast Self-Exam

how to conduct a breast exam

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Fertility treatment does not increase the risk of breast cancer; however, scientific literature suggests that women who are experiencing infertility are at increased risk of breast cancer.

What can you do?

The best way for early detection of breast cancer is by conducting breast self-exams. In fact, up to 40 per cent of breast cancers are initially detected by women who have felt a lump in their own breasts. Mammograms can help detect cancer before you can feel a lump, breast self-exams help you to be familiar with how your breasts look and feel so you can alert your healthcare professional if there are any changes.

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation states:

There is no right way or proper technique to being breast aware. You find a way or ways that are comfortable for you.

There is also no time schedule for being breast aware. You do it at a time and in a place that works for you.

Breast awareness is an important part of proactive and preventive health care but it does not claim to save lives or reduce deaths from breast cancer.

For more information on breast self-exams click here.

I can personally attest to the importance of breast self-exam. I found a breast lump during a self-exam that led to early diagnosis and treatment. And now, 18 years later, I can very gratefully call myself a breast cancer survivor. Please take the time to learn and do your own breast self-exam!

Susan Lockhart, PhD, MBA, BScN

Director of Clinical Operations

Genesis Fertility Centre

Fertility Food Friday: Autumn Vegetable Roast with Quinoa & Feta

Fertility boosting recipe by Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver

 

Recipe by Krista A. Parr

The smell of roasting root vegetables and squashes with herbs and garlic is a hallmark of autumn in my kitchen. There’s something so cozy and grounding about this type of cooking as it heralds the season of spending more time indoors baking, making soups & stews and preserving the harvest through fermenting, canning and dehydrating. I also find that this season invites quiet introspection: a time to go inside, both literally and figuratively. To all those who are travelling on a fertility journey, regardless of what stage you’re at, may this Autumn bring you closer to yourselves through nourishing foods, thoughts and actions. As a side dish or main event, this simple, wholesome casserole-type dish feeds body and soul, and you can feel it as you savour every flavourful bite.

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